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Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas

Design Studio 1.5 Export to PDF – Comparison Options

Thanks to SAP’s Learning Hub (at you can access training for Design Studio 1.5.  I used this to review the options to export to PDF in 1.5

Under the Technical Component in the outline view you create a “child” and select PDF


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Above is the option at runtime; I am not familiar with Page Sizes A2-A5


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Above is the actual output of the PDF at run time.


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In Figure 4 at runtime I select the options to display metadata and add a Header title and Footer


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Figure 5 shows the metadata of the report (showing the BEX query name)


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Figure 6 shows the run-time of the actual application; notice I have an icon for the exception but the export to PDF does not display that. 

SAP Note explains why this might happen; not all of the CSS is displayed in the export to the PDF


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From the Learning Hub, they review the different coding options for the PDF.  It can be the whole screen, a panel, or a report.  Figure 7 shows the code to export the screen.


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Figure 8 is the result of exporting the screen to PDF.  In “real” life you likely will not want the buttons and such to be exported to PDF.


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Having just attended Advanced Dashboards using Design Studio Extensions Webcast Notes last week, I tried the Visual BI DSX SDK option to export to PDF.  Figure 9 shows the familiar (to me) Letter and Legal export options.  The export button is added without any coding required to add to the button.


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Figure 10 shows the run time result of clicking the “Export” button (Visual BI DSX)

I can select the complete application or selected components.


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Figure 11 shows the PDF result of selecting the complete application.  Notice the trend icon appears in the PDF.


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Figure 12 shows I select the crosstab to display in the PDF export


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Figure 13 is the result of just selecting the crosstab.

What I like about the SAP Learning Hub is it offers structured learning to help learn SAP’s products, such as Design Studio.

More to come.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member


      Thanks for this paper.

      We are trying to use the PDF Export feature but it is considerably limited.

      Have you been able to use it in a productive environment ? What was the IT and Business feelings about it ? How have you overcome all of the limitations (If pixel-based mode is off, only displayed data is exported ....)

      Thanks in advance.

      Author's profile photo Thilo Knötzele
      Thilo Knötzele

      Hi Franck, Tammy,

      if you need more flexible export functions, you can gain them via the Export add-on from bi excellence. Please check the following blog post for a very nice overview of which features you gain in addition with our solution:

      All the best