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SAP GUI for Java 7.80

Update (Sept 19, 2022):

SAP GUI for Java 7.80 is now available for download at SAP Software Downloads (direct link).

 

Hello SAP GUI for Java users,

For more than a decade, the only CPU platform for running SAP GUI for Java has been Intel. Native support for Intel 64-bit started back in 2009 with SAP GUI for Java 7.20, the support for Intel 32-bit ended with SAP GUI for Java 7.50 reaching EOL in September 2021.

With the increasing popularity of ARM CPUs in mobile and now even desktop devices, it is time to bring SAP GUI for Java to a new CPU platform. 

Native support for Apple silicon

SAP GUI for Java 7.80 natively supports macOS on Apple silicon. It feels significantly more responsive than the Intel version using Rosetta2. The CPU usage and as a result the power or battery consumption is significantly reduced. It also consumes less memory.

As a sample, comparing the Intel version and Apple silicon version from startup, connecting to a system and navigating through a few transactions like se80, va01, migo, mm03 etc., resulted in following numbers on a MacBook Pro with M1 Max:

SAP GUI for Java 7.80 Intel version ARM version
elapsed time (s) *) 30 15
CPU usage (s) **) 51 22
memory usage (MB) **) 900 600

*) manual stop watch **) numbers from Activity Monitor

With this native build for Apple silicon, SAP GUI for Java also is prepared for the day, Apple will remove Rosetta2 from the OS like done before with the compatibility layer for PowerPC after the switch to Intel CPUs.

OpenJDK 17

The Java runtime and OpenJFX framework used in SAP GUI for Java 7.80 are updated to SapMachine 17 and OpenJDK 17. This is the latest LTS release of Java, which replaces OpenJDK 11 and includes the new port of the Java platform to macOS arm64.

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JDK version and hardware platform

Besides new platforms and runtime versions, there are also some new features.

Themes

There are no new themes, but now it is possible to switch live between Quartz Light and Quartz Dark. Also on macOS, the Quartz Light and Dark themes can be set to automatically adjust to the current system appearance as an option. If activated, the Quartz theme fitting to the current active OS appearance is used on startup, and once the macOS appearance changes during runtime, the theme is switched accordingly.

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Quartz theme automatically in sync with the macOS appearance

Visual and audible resources

  • The dialog to show the version information has been redesigned.
  • New application and installer icons are used.
  • A variety of sound schemes has been added for audio feedback.

Keyboard navigation

Various details in keyboard navigation have been improved, in particular related to the accessibility mode.

Rendering

For the newer themes, all code for drawing controls still using bitmap resources has been changed to use drawing algorithms. This improves rendering quality on high DPI screens and is a prerequisite for custom theming in a future release.

Controls

  • Choosing a value by typing from a dropdown listbox in grid control has been implemented.
  • For cells with radiobuttons and checkboxes in grid control, a hover effect has been added.
  • The combobox control now supports showing the keys and sorting by keys similar to its dynpro based counterpart.

Discontinued Features

  • Themes:
    • The Belize theme has been removed.
  • Connections to Web Dynpro Backends:
    • The functionality for connection type “Web Dynpro” is no longer included.

The release of SAP GUI for Java 7.80 is planned for September 2022.

As outlined in the other post, there is a beta program for early adopters.

Best regards,
Rolf-Martin Wörsinger
Product Owner SAP GUI for Java

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      Author's profile photo Diego Suguyama
      Diego Suguyama

      I’d like to know why you guys never bring the new ABAP editor for SAP GUI for Java.

      Author's profile photo Wolfgang Mayer
      Wolfgang Mayer

      Hi Rolf-Martin,

      this is great news!

      Did you observe any (positive) changes in memory consumption for the ARM-based version?

      Will it be available as app for iPad as well?

      Thanks & regards

      Wolfgang

      Author's profile photo Luis Alejandro Rodriguez Soto
      Luis Alejandro Rodriguez Soto

      Diego Suguyama, "I’d like to know why you guys never bring the new ABAP editor for SAP GUI for Java." is very sad the editor for SAP GUI for java is not a competent editor and is very limited, I suffer from the same problem

      Author's profile photo Tong Sun
      Tong Sun

       

      "I’d like to know why you guys never bring the new ABAP editor for SAP GUI for Java."

       

      Author's profile photo Florian Kube
      Florian Kube

      Thanks Rolf-Martin Woersinger for the Update. It's nice to have more and more ARM support.

      Do you may know are there any near future plans to support also Eclipse / ADT for ARM?

      Author's profile photo Rolf-Martin Woersinger
      Rolf-Martin Woersinger
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Florian,

      I am not the one who should answer this question. Could you please raise it in the ABAP area of the community? (https://community.sap.com/topics/abap)

      Thanks and best regards
      Rolf-Martin

      Author's profile photo Wolfgang Mayer
      Wolfgang Mayer

      Hi Rolf-Martin Woersinger ,

      SAPGUI 7.80 for Java works fine on MacOS 12, worth the upgrade, many thanks!

      Regards

      Wolfgang

      Author's profile photo Onur Can Yarar
      Onur Can Yarar

      Hi @Rolf-Martin,

      The request payload and response payload sections are not displayed on the Gateway Client in the /n/iwfnd/maint_service tcode.

      Is this about the version? How can I solve this situation?

      SAP%20Gateway%20Client

      SAP Gateway Client

      Best regards

      Onur.

      Author's profile photo Rolf-Martin Woersinger
      Rolf-Martin Woersinger
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Onur,
      This is not related to the new version. Please raise a separate question or better file a support message on BC-FES-JAV.

      Best regards
      Rolf-Martin

      Author's profile photo Onur Can Yarar
      Onur Can Yarar

      Hello Rolf-Martin,
      Can you help me how to send a support message on BC-FES-JAV?

      Best regards
      Onur

      Author's profile photo Rolf-Martin Woersinger
      Rolf-Martin Woersinger
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Onur,
      Please go to https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#incident/create , or if you have no account, ask your IT / admin in your company.

      Best regards
      Rolf-Martin