If you want to use Forms by Adobe to extend a NetWeaver-based application, there are some (virtual) places to go and some components to be accessed. But basically, it’s all quite simple and all about a single goal: enabling the communication between your SAP system and Forms by Adobe.
What you need is:
First, visit your SAP Cloud Platform subaccount and assign some roles to the users you need to operate it all.
Then you connect your ABAP system to the Cloud Connector and the Cloud Connector to the SAP Cloud Platform subaccount.
Having done this, you can test the connection.
Finally, you use the browser-based configuration UI to tell Forms by Adobe what it needs to know to provide the forms you want to get, such as:
- which fonts to use and how to use them
- print management (including some adjustments in the ABAP print program)
- document security settings (controlled by template configuration and an ABAP program)
- job profile and support file management
- cache settings
In case you have been operating the ADS locally up until now, you can use the same configuration UI to migrate your configuration data from ADS to Forms by Adobe easily, by uploading the respective configuration files.
Assuming that creating an RFC destination or importing a certificate into the ABAP server is not unknown territory for you, the time it takes to do the basic setup can be calculated in hours rather than in days.
To call Forms by Adobe via the REST API, there’s also some specific steps to be done:
- define the connection from the SAP Cloud Platform subaccount
- setup an OAuth client
- implement a REST client
- provide your own form templates using the Adobe LiveCycle Designer
Once you have done this, you will be able to take advantage of all the beautiful features that PDF forms provide for your business applications.
If you are eager to learn more, check out Forms by Adobe documentation here: SAP Cloud Platform Forms by Adobe.
Also, you can explore all the features that this service provides using the free trial version within the official trial landscape.