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With SAP NetWeaver 7.01 and SAP NetWeaver CE 7.11 also a new Adobe LiveCycle Designer became available. In this blog I  want to highlight new features of Adobe LiveCycle Designer that are of specific  interest for form developers using SAP NetWeaver. 

Syntax  Checking

This is probably the highlight for a  lot of form developers. I had the request for this functionality many times. The  following screenshot shows what you get after you hit the button with the green  checkmark. The code line with the syntax error is highlighted and you get  feedback on what is wrong. In this example a semi-colon of a for-loop is  missing. The syntax of JavaScript and FormCalc can be  checked.

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Option to Enforce  Strict Scoping Rules in JavaScript (Form Properties  Dialog)

This option influences the  performance of JavaScript execution starting with Adobe Reader 8.1 by applying  strict scoping rules. Do not use this option if you are targeting an earlier  Adobe Reader version.

Target Version  Warnings

Designer now provides support for  developing a PDF form for a specific Adobe Reader version. This is for example  useful if you want to ensure that you are using only features that are also  available with Adobe Reader 7. You can specify on the Defaults tab in the Form  Properties dialog that the target version is, for example, “Acrobat or Adobe Reader 7.0.5  or later”. You will get a list of warnings as shown in the following screenshot  if you are using a feature that is not supported in Reader 7.0.5. In the  example, locking fields after signing the form is not support with Reader 7, you  need at least Reader 8.0.

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New Dialog for  Specifying Patterns

Designer 8.1 consolidates all four  patterns in one single dialog to improve usability. You can specify different  patterns, i.e. display patterns and data patterns for print and interactive  scenarios in one location. Additionally, for interactive forms there are edit  patterns and validation patterns. Also, a  “well kept  secret “ that it is possible to handle empty (i.e. null values) and zero  values in picture clauses made it to the UI.

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Support for  additional hardware barcodes

With SAP NetWeaver 7.0 EhP1  (including corresponding ADS) and Adobe Designer 8.1 support for additional  hardware barcodes was added: Aztec, Planet Code, RFID (ASCII Data only), RSS 14, RSS 14 Stacked,  RSS 14 Stacked Omni, RSS 14 Truncated, RSS Expanded, RSS Limited and UPS  Maxicode.

Form  Metadata

Form metadata entered on the Info  tab in the Form Properties dialog is now transferred to the PDF when rendered  with ADS.

Microsoft Windows Vista

Adobe LiveCylce Designer 8.1 now supports Microsoft Windows Vista. 

Comparing the  Designer delivered by SAP to Adobe LiveCycle Designer  ES

Three Adobe LiveCycle ES features,  form guides, PDFs as background artwork and fragments, are currently not  supported in SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe.

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  1. shanto aloor
    NICE BLOG.
    and also am happy to know that these functionalities are there in the new versions…

    please send me the link from where i can download the newer version

    Thanks and Regards
    shanto aloor

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    1. Juergen Hauser Post author
      Hi Shanto,

      The SAP Designer is distributed via SAP Service Marketplace or SAP Solution Manager. For SMP, you need an S-user to log on. In the donwlaod section search for “Adobe Designer”.

      Cheers,
      Juergen

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      1. Lorenzo Masiello
        Hi

        I had the same problem und could now finally download it. 

        My problem was, that my s-user hadn’t enough privileges to download software from the marketplace. You have to question the Marketplace-Administrator in your company in order to get this privilege.

        The second point was Firefox. I couldn’t download it with Firefox 3.5. Only with the Internet Explorer 6.0 or above it has functioned.

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  2. Bryan Cain
    Hi Juergen –

    This is great news – the syntax checker is a HUGE win!

    I only see version 8.0 available for download from the SAP service marketplace.  Am I missing something?

    Thanks,
    Bryan

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    1. Juergen Hauser Post author
      Hi all,

      My S-User can see Designer 8.1 on SMP (I log on from Germany). I don’t know the reason why you cant see it. I’ll find someone from SAP to comment on this.

      Stay tuned.

      Cheers,
      Juergen

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  3. Michael Beilin
    And what about the case of dynamically added/deleted rows that do not reflected in WebDynpro context? Is this problem solved?

    Regards,

    Michael Beilin

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    1. Maheshkumar gattu
      Hi Michael,
      even i am also looking facing this issue, i have around 4 tables in pdf and need the dynamic rows functionality. right now i am taking the row count at webdynpro level and updating the table context(but this is not the idle soulution) if you come across with any inbuilt solution please let me know.

      Thanks,
      mahesh.gattu

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    1. Juergen Hauser Post author
      I consulted experts and they told me that from your statement it is not clear what you want.

      For example I was told that UPS (Unite Parcel Service) uses Maxicode and not Datamatrix. Support in Designer is just one thing. You would also have to talk about the actual output (like support in PS output).

      If you want to you can send me your request directly.

      Regards,
      Juergen

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      1. Petr Perstnev
        Additionally there are different types of support for barcodes in Adobe Designer: software rendered and hardware rendered.
        Hardware-rendered barcodes (e.g. like Aztec) are available as objects in ALD 8.1 and can be inserted in form as placeholders with data link, but will only print on supporting printers (like Zebra) and will not print on common PCL or PS printers like HP.
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    1. Juergen Hauser Post author
      Designer is provided by SAP through the standard software delivery mechanisms (solution manager or service market place).

      Cheers,
      Juergen

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      1. Stefan Winkler
        Hi Jürgen

        Is there also a free trial version available, which can be used with SAP NetWeaver 7.01 SR1 SP3 ABAP Developer Edition or SAP NetWeaver 7.01 SR1 SP3 ABAP Trial Version?

        Thank you,Stefan

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        1. Juergen Hauser Post author
          Hi Stefan,

          That would be Designer 8.1. You need to access it through the standard software delivery mechanism. We do not have trial versions the provided version can be used by SAP customers/partners.

          Regards,
          Juergen

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