SAP Smart Forms™ - Zebra Technologies Corporation

Bar Code Label Design and Printing from
mySAP™ Business Suit via
®
SAP Smart Forms™
Zebra® Printers and SAP Smart Forms
June 30, 2005
Rev 3
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Table of Contents
UPGRADING SMART FORMS FOR BAR CODING ............................................................................. 2
SUPPORT PACKS .......................................................................................................................................... 2
Smart Forms Bar Code Rendering Library (BRL).................................................................................. 2
Smart Forms Industrial Bar Code Printer Support (ZPL II) .................................................................. 2
SAPscript Users ...................................................................................................................................... 2
SAP GUI Print Preview .......................................................................................................................... 2
SMART FORMS AND ZEBRA DEVICE TYPES .................................................................................... 3
IBM® CodePage 850 - CG Triumvirate Bold Condensed Font (Scaleable) ........................................... 3
Unicode™ UTF-8 – Swiss Scaleable Fonts............................................................................................ 3
Unicode UTF-8 - Andale Monospaced Scaleable Fonts......................................................................... 3
USING THE SMART FORMS ZEBRA DEVICE TYPES WITH OUTPUT DEVICES / PRINT
QUEUES........................................................................................................................................................ 8
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TEST PRINTING FROM SMART FORMS TO AN OUTPUT DEVICE / PRINT QUEUE ............. 14
DESIGNING A SIMPLE SMART FORM ............................................................................................... 17
DISABLE PC EDITOR .................................................................................................................................. 17
SMART STYLES—PLANNING FOR SMART FORMS ...................................................................................... 18
Create the Bar Codes You Need ........................................................................................................... 18
Creating Smart Styles to Select Text and Barcodes .............................................................................. 22
LAYING OUT THE SMART FORM ................................................................................................................. 28
Map to Smart Style................................................................................................................................ 29
Add Text and Bar Code Fields.............................................................................................................. 31
Add Lines and Boxes............................................................................................................................. 34
Add Logos/Graphics ............................................................................................................................. 36
Saving and Activating the Smart Form ................................................................................................. 39
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SMART FORMS AND ZEBRA PRINTERS .............................................. 40
LABEL SIZE / PAGE SIZE ............................................................................................................................ 40
FIELD POSITIONING—X, Y COORDINATES ................................................................................................ 41
LINES AND BOXES ..................................................................................................................................... 41
TEXT OBJECTS ........................................................................................................................................... 42
Western European—IBM CodePage 850.............................................................................................. 42
International Printing (EMEA Only)—Unicode™ ............................................................................... 42
Global International Printing including APAC—Unicode ................................................................... 42
Text Reversing....................................................................................................................................... 42
TrueType Fonts ..................................................................................................................................... 42
Font Licensing (TTF) / Disclaimer ....................................................................................................... 44
LOGOS/GRAPHICS ...................................................................................................................................... 45
Uploading Graphics into Smart Forms................................................................................................. 45
Permanently Printer Resident Bar Codes (Flash) ................................................................................ 45
PRINTER SETTINGS .................................................................................................................................... 46
BAR CODES ............................................................................................................................................... 48
Printer Bar Codes ................................................................................................................................. 48
System Bar Codes ................................................................................................................................. 49
Unsupported Bar Codes / New Symbologies ........................................................................................ 50
RESOURCES .............................................................................................................................................. 51
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Upgrading Smart Forms for Bar Coding
Support Packs
SAP’s Smart Forms design tool now supports native bar code design and industrial
bar code printing. These features can be enjoyed by users of mySAP™ Business Suite
4.6c onwards. Support Packs are available direct from SAP AG for enabling this
technology. For more information on this upgrade, please refer to SAPnet notes 750002
and 750772.
Smart Forms Bar Code Rendering Library (BRL)
The Bar Code Rendering Library allows SAP to render (draw) bar codes for print
preview and output purposes. SAP AG has licensed this BRL from Zebra, which allows
Smart Forms to generate bar code output, as bitmap graphics, on PDF documents and
PCL®-, PostScript®-, and Prescribe-compatible printers. SAPWin is also supported via
SAPlpd although not recommended for mission-critical printing.
Note: Bar codes are downloaded as bitmap graphics to all of the above “page” printers.
The only true bar code “label” printer language supported in Smart Forms is the Zebra
Programming Language (ZPL II). Bar codes are NOT downloaded to ZPL II printers as
graphics, they are sent as ZPL II commands—providing greater performance and bar
code validation!
Smart Forms Industrial Bar Code Printer Support (ZPL II)
SAP AG has, for the first time, added “true” support for native bar code printers in
mySAP Business Suite. This printer support, along with the BRL, now allows SAP users
to easily implement industrial mission-critical bar code label printing without the
additional cost of middleware. Bar coding support is added in the form of the Zebra
Programming language (ZPL II). Refer to www.zebra.com for more information on bar
code label printers.
SAPscript Users
SAPscript users may also continue to use Zebra’s BAR-ONE® for mySAP™ Business
Suite. Refer to www.zebra.com/sap for more information.
SAP GUI Print Preview
SAP NetWeaver™ 04 is required for SAP GUI WYSIWYG Print Preview. All other
versions will simply represent bar codes with a series of thin vertical lines.
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Smart Forms and Zebra Device Types
One of the following device types must be uploaded to mySAP Business Suite before you
can drive Zebra printers from Smart Forms. These device types will also ship with SAP
NetWeaver 05. Smart Forms only supports the Zebra Programming Language (ZPL II).
IBM® CodePage 850 - CG Triumvirate Bold Condensed Font (Scaleable)
Zlzeb6.pri
All 600 dpi ZPL-II printers
Zlzeb3.pri
All 300 dpi ZPL-II printers
Zlzeb2.pri
All 203 dpi ZPL-II printers
The above device types are primarily designed to work with Zebra’s preloaded
Scaleable Font - CG Triumvirate Bold Condensed. This font contains most
characters needed for the Americas and Western Europe. Additional
TrueType™ fonts are supported with this device type but they will also be driven
via IBM Codepage 850.
Unicode™ UTF-8 – Swiss Scaleable Fonts
Zlzebs6.pri
All 600 dpi ZPL-II printers
Zlzebs3.pri
All 300 dpi ZPL-II printers
Zlzebs2.pri
All 203 dpi ZPL-II printers
The above device types are primarily designed to work with Zebra’s preloaded
Swiss Scaleable Font (EMEA Only). Containing 936 characters, this font includes
support for Baltic, Central European, Cyrillic, Greek, Turkish, Arabic,
Hebrew and Western.
Unicode UTF-8 - Andale Monospaced Scaleable Fonts
Zlzebu6.pri
All 600 dpi ZPL-II printers
Zlzebu3.pri
All 300 dpi ZPL-II printers
Zlzebu2.pri
All 203 dpi ZPL-II printers
The above device types are primarily designed to work with Zebra’s optional
Andale Scaleable Font. This font contains most of characters needed for the Asia
Pacific, Americas, Western/Central/Eastern Europe and the Middle-Eastern
regions. This font is delivered on a 32mb Linear PMCMCIA card. Four flavors of
this font are available; each contain the same number of characters but are tailored
to the Japanese, Koran, Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese markets.
All of the above files (device types) are available to download directly from SAP
AG or from the Zebra Web site www.zebra.com/sap.
Zebra Part Numbers for the four flavors of the Optional Andale Font:
48303 Andale Japanese on a 32 MB PCMCIA Linear Card
48304 Andale Korean on a 32 MB PCMCIA Linear Card
48305 Andale Simplified Chinese on a 32 MB PCMCIA Linear Card
48306 Andale Traditional Chinese on a 32 MB PCMCIA Linear Card
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Installation of mySAP Business Suite Zebra
Device Types
The next series of steps outline the import procedure of the device type definition file,
i.e., ZLBZEB2.PRI to the mySAP Business Suite printing system. First, execute the
Program Execution transaction SA38 by keying in /nSA38 at the command line:
Press the <Enter> key or click once on the
box.
box adjacent to the command line text
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At the window “ABAP/4: Execute Program”, like the screen above, type in RSTXSCRP
in the Program text box then click the execute button
or press <F8> to execute the
device type definition import program.
At the next window titled “SAPscript Export to Dataset / SAPscript Import from
Dataset”, similar to the screen below, do the following:
1)
2)
3)
4)
Select the Device type option
Enter the device type name that you plan to use, e.g. “ZLZEB2” for Object name
Type in “IMPORT” for Mode (EXPORT/IMPORT)
Select From/on frontend (or File system: GUI on older releases)
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When all the required fields above are entered correctly, click on execute button
or press <F8> to start the import process. Ignore all other options.
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Allocate a Development Class
The user must either allocate a development class to the device type or make it a local
object. The development class is only required if the customer wishes to transport this
device type to other mySAP Business Suite systems. Local object device types can’t be
transported to other mySAP Business Suite systems. This is done from the screen below:
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You may enter a Development class and press the save
can skip the Development class and press the local object
button. Alternatively you
button.
Note: You will not see the above step if the device has already been uploaded.
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Select the local driver.
The pop-up dialog text box labeled “Import from a Local File ” prompts for the device
type definition file and its location. Use the browse
button to locate the file, e.g.,
ZLB_ZEB.PRI and then click the OK button to start the upload process.
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When the process is complete, update messages will be displayed in the window below.
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The above drivers are only for use with Smart Forms. The above drivers do not
support SAPscript or SAPscript generated and uploaded by Zebra’s BAR-ONE® for
mySAP™ Business Suite.
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Using the Smart Forms Zebra Device Types with
Output devices / Print Queues
Before we can use a printer (device type) in SAP mySAP Business Suite we must create
and configure a print queue (output device).
Initiate the Spool Administration program, SPAD, by entering /nSPAD in the transaction
command line. Press the <Enter> key or click on the check box adjacent to the command
line text box entry.
At the “ Spool Administration Initial Screen ”windows, press / select the Output Device
option.
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At the “ Spool Administration: List of Output Devices ”screen, shown below, press the
Change
icon.
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You should now see the screen below, exactly the same as the previous screen but with a
new line of icons. Press the Create
icon.
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At the “Spool Administration: Create Output Device”, similar to the screen below, do
the following:
1) Allocate the Output Device name. You may also allocate a shortname
2) Select the Device Type, i.e. Zlzeb3
3) Enter Location and Message if required
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Press the
TAB.
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For testing and demonstration purposes only, we recommend that you use “Front End
Printing.” We do not recommend this access method for volume or mission-critical
industrial printing. This means that you should complete the configuration of the output
device by doing the following:
1) Ensure Host spool access method is set as option F
2) Type in __DEFAULT for Host printer
3) Press the save
icon
Below is a detailed explanation of mySAP Business Suite printing terminology:
Output Device
This is the name of the print queue. You must also type in a short name; this is four
characters.
Device Type
This is the name of the printer (device type) and could be ZLZEB2. This selection will
be based on printer resolution and Codepage/language.
Spool Server
This is the name of the server that will do the spooling. Use the browse button to pick a
server that has a spool process associated with it (if it doesn’t have a spool server
associated with it then it will be highlighted in red).
Access Method
This field must be filled before host printer, although it is listed after it! This is the most
important, and complicated, field for setup of print queues (output devices). Summaries
of the options are below:
F
PC Front End Printing (requires SAPlpd running)
Required if no HOSTNAME available, such as remote WAN printing to a
standalone PC. We recommend that this only be used for testing purposes.
L
Local Unix lpd spooler (Print Queue)
C
Local NT or AS/400 print manager
U
Print Server (dedicated server such as UNIX or even a Zebra
ZebraNet® 10/100)
You can print direct to a print server such as a ZebraNet 10/100 but we do
not advise this if you will be printing from multiple clients simultaneously.
When printing from multiple clients simultaneously you must have a print
queue setup. See the example below:
Access method
Host Printer
Destination Host
U
PORTLF1
Your Printers IP Address
We have also seen graphics printing incorrectly when printing direct to the print
server. This seems to be down to flow control. Please use a print queue.
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U or S
PC with Windows® 95/98/NT4/2000 (requires SAPlpd running)
Destination Host (Like the name of the target PC / print server)
This is not required for F-Front End Printing as the destination host is the client PC that
the print request was made from (requires SAPlpd running).
For U or S, This must be the Host Name of the PC that will have SAPlpd running on it or
the Host Name of a dedicated Print Server with print queues setup. The easiest way to
determine the host name of a PC is to run SAPlpd and you will find it near the top of the
start up window. SAPlpd can be started by selecting Start-> Programs-> SAP Frontend->
SAPlpd.
This parameter is not required for L or C as the local server is the destination host.
Host Printer (Like the name of the target print queue on a PC or print server)
When using F, U or S with SAPlpd, this could be “__DEFAULT” (underscore
underscore DEFAULT) for the Default Windows printer or it could be the exact name of
the printer (not the share name), i.e., “Generic / Text Only”. This is the name listed in
Windows->Start->Settings->Printers.
When using L or C this is the “long name” of the printer. This is not the share name.
LPQ Format
This can be ignored.
Location
This is just an optional simple description/comment of where the printer is located.
Message
This is just an optional simple comment/message that you may wish to associate with the
specific print queue.
SAP LPD
If you have chosen to use access methods F then you will have to run SAPlpd on the
local PC.
SAPlpd is a proprietary print server that runs on a PC taking input from the mySAP
Business Suite server and sending it to printers on the local PC. The printers on the local
PC MUST use a generic text driver.
SAPlpd can be started by selecting Start-> Programs-> SAP Frontend-> SAPlpd. You
should see a screen similar to the following:
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SAPlpd needs to be run on any PC that requires a Windows printer driver to be used with
mySAP Business Suite. This is the case if you are using Generic Text drivers or fullblown Windows drivers.
Note: We do not recommend using SAPlpd for volume or mission-critical industrial
printing.
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Test Printing from Smart Forms to an Output
Device / Print Queue
Please ensure that the form you test print with has been designed for your device.
Do not try and print a form that has been designed with “HELVE” on an ANDALE
Unicode Device type (zlzebuX).
Please follow the following procedure to do a test print directly from Smart Forms:
Open the form you wish to print (/nSmart Forms), Type in the Form Name and press
“Change.” You will now see a screen similar to that below:
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Press the Test Icon (or press F8). You will now see a screen similar to that below:
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Press the Test Icon again (or press F8). You will now see a screen similar to that below:
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Press the execute Icon (or press F8). You will now see a screen similar to that below:
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You must enter/edit the following fields:
Output device
Print immediately
Delete after print
New Spool request
Enter the name of the print queue.
Ensure this is checked/ticked.
Ensure this is checked/ticked.
Ensure this is checked/ticked.
Press the Print button. If the print was successful then the Zebra printer should print out
your form.
The easiest means of debugging what is being sent to the printer is as follows:
1) Plug in a laser printer to the port that the Zebra should be attached to.
2) If using a Windows driver on the local PC then change the port to File (create a file
on Disk).
3) Use SAP debugging tools (the instructions below depend on the version of mySAP
Business Suite you are using).
a) Edit Output device definition temporarily to include log information (use next
screen).
b) Use the spooler (/nSP01). Select output device and press enter to view spooled
jobs.
c) Select job and select Go To->Output Requests from the main menu.
d) Select Edit->Display log from the main menu.
e) Hit the More Info button 3 times (You can also use Hex dump and list to screen or
printer)
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Designing a Simple Smart Form
Disable PC Editor
Before starting to design your form, we advise that you use the old editor for full screen
editor operations within Smart Forms. This can be achieved as follows:
Start the “Standard Text: Request” transaction by entering /nSO10 in the command line
text box located just below the menu bar of the current active window of mySAP
Business Suite system. Press the <Enter> key or click on the check box adjacent to the
command line text box entry.
You then select Setting | PC Editor from the main menu.
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Ensure that both of the above checkboxes are unchecked.
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Smart Styles—Planning for Smart Forms
Before starting to lay out your form, you must determine what text and bar code objects
you will require. You actually need to build a collection of all of the derivatives of text
and bar codes you will use within the Smart Form. All of these objects need to be created
and collected within a Smart Style.
Bar codes are actually a little more complex as you need to create the specific bar code
derivatives that you will need; this is done with transaction /nSE73. See the section “Tips
and Tricks for Smart Forms and Zebra Printers—Bar Codes”(page 51) for a detailed
explanation.
Text is relatively simple and does not normally require any additional management other
than within Smart Styles.
Before proceeding, we strongly recommend that you read the section “Tips and
Tricks for Smart Forms and Zebra Printers” starting on page 41.
The following procedure is going to create a Smart Style that uses the Font “HELVE” 12
point and 24 point. We will also use a Code 39 bar code with a height of 20 mm and a
narrow bar width 0.25 mm (2 dots on a 203-dpi/8-dpm printer).
Create the Bar Codes You Need
Please follow the following procedure:
• Execute Transaction /nSE73
• Check / Select “System bar codes” and press “Change”
• Press the “New” Icon, you will now see:
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Press the “New” button (may be “Neu”). This is “New Technology”.
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Enter in the bar code name “C39_20” and the Short text of “C39 20mm
high 0.25 narrow bar” and press OK
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Select C39 as the Symbology and press OK
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Select Normal as the Rotation and press OK
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Enter 6 (entered at 600 dpi/24 dpm but we will print at 200 dpi(¼ of
24=6))
Enter 480 (entered at 600 dpi/24 dpm but we will print at 200 24*20=480)
Leave the check digit enabled
Leave the ration at 3:1
Press OK
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Press “Yes” to Save
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If requested for a “Workbench request” then Press OK
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Press OK
You have now successfully created the “New Technology” based bar code.
Repeat this for all bar codes that you will need. (No need to do any more for this
exercise.)
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Creating Smart Styles to Select Text and Barcodes
Please follow the following procedure:
• Execute Transaction /nSmartStyles
• Enter a the Style Name “ZZEBRA_SHIPPING” and press the “Create”
button
We are now going to add a bar code to our Smart Style:
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Select “Character Formats” from the tree, and press the right mouse button
and then select “Create Node”
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Enter C3 as the Character Format and press OK
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Enter the Description “Code 39 20mm High 0.25 Narrow”
Select “C39_20” as the “Bar Code”, this is what we created in /nSE73
Repeat the above process for all bar codes that you wish to add to the Smart Style.
(No need to do any more for this exercise.)
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We now need to add our Text Styles to the Smart Style:
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Select “Character Formats”, from the tree, and press the right mouse
button and then select “Create Node”.
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Enter “TS” (Text Small) as the Character format and press OK
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Enter “HELVE 12 pt” as the Description
Press the “Font” TAB
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Select “HELVE” as the Font family (CG triumvirate bold condensed for
ZLZEBx)
Select 12 point as the point size
Repeat the above for 24 Point and call it “TB” (Text Big)
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We now need to make a default Paragraph for our Header Data:
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Select “Paragraph Formats”, from the tree, and press the right mouse
button and then select “Create Node”
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Enter “LJ” (Left Justification) as the Paragraph format and press OK
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We can use all of the defaults—no need to change any other settings for
the Paragraph Format. You now need to double click on “Header data”
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Select “LJ” for the Standard Paragraph
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We now need to save our Smart Style:
• Press the “Save” Icon
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Press “Local object”
You now need to Select “Style | Activate” from the main menu.
You have now successfully created and activated your Smart Styles.
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Laying out the Smart Form
Start the “Smart Forms” transaction by entering /nSMART FORMS in the command line
text box located just below the menu bar of the current active window of mySAP
Business Suite system. Press the <Enter> key or click on the check box adjacent to the
command line text box entry.
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Enter the name “ZZEBRA_FORM” as the Form and press Create button.
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Map to Smart Style
You should now see a screen similar to that below:
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We now need to map our Smart Style to this Form. Double click on Form
attributes.
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Press the “Output Options” TAB
Enter “ZZEBRA_SHIPPING” as the Style name
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Click on the Main Window
Press the Output Options TAB (if not already active)
Change the Left margin and Upper margin to 0 (Zero)
Change the Width and Height to that of the Label Size (It is actually safer, to
avoid SAP automatically moving fields, to ensure that this is bigger than the
actual label)
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Add Text and Bar Code Fields
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Press the right mouse button on “MAIN Main Window” tree
Select “Create | Window”. We are basically going to create a separate Window
for each field, in the Main Window (think of the Main Window as the Label)
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Press the right mouse button on “%Windows1 New Window” tree
Select “Create | Text”.
Press the “General Attributes” TAB (if needed)
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Enter “Date: “
Press the “insert field icon”
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Enter “&SYST-DATUM&” in the Text Editor box above (System Date)
Press OK
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Select highlight “Date: &SYST-DATUM& by dragging over it. You could make
this a multi-line field (paragraph).
Pick Character Format “TS HELVE 12 PT”. You can pick any text or bar code
style that you have created. Bar codes will just show as text on this screen.
You now can repeat the above process for each field you need to add. Remember to
create a separate Window with a separate Node for Each Field (otherwise they will all
align under each other)
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Add Lines and Boxes
You should now see a screen similar to that below:
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Press the right mouse button on “MAIN Main Window” tree
Select “Create | Window
Press the “Output options” TAB
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Enable/check the “Line width” checkbox
Enter Point size of line width (or change units of measurement)
Enable “Always draw box and shading”
Enter 100 for “Gray Value” if you want a solid box (leave as blank or 0 for lines
or boxes)
You need to create a separate Window for each box you wish to draw. You can also draw
boxes around any existing Window used for text, bar codes or graphics.
For Text Reversing we advise that you select the “Output options” TAB of the “Text
Node”, not the Window. You will also have to enable field reversing via “Tips and
Tricks: Printer Setting” (page 48): S_LZPL_SETUP and enter ‘^LRY’
See “Tips and Tricks: Lines and Boxes” on page 43 for more information
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Add Logos/Graphics
You should now see a screen similar to that below:
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Press the right mouse button on “MAIN Main Window” tree
Select “Create | Window
You may want to move / position the Window
Press the right mouse button on the Window you just created
Select “Create | Graphic
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Press the “browse graphic” icon
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Double click on the logo you require (we will use ENJOY)
For detailed information on logos, refer to “Tips and Tricks: Logos / Graphics” on page
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Saving and Activating the Smart Form
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Select “Form |Activate” from the Main Menu
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Tips and Tricks for Smart Forms and Zebra
Printers
Smart Forms was originally developed for “Form” and “Report” design, not labels. Smart
Forms can now be successfully used to design labels on high performance bar code label
printers, but you need to be aware of the tips and tricks not documented within the
original Smart Forms manuals. Please read the following:
Label Size / Page Size
In Smart Forms, a page format must be set for every form or label, for example, DINA4
or LETTER. For the Zebra printer driver it does not matter which format is set here, since
it cannot affect the label size in the printer. It is therefore of no benefit to define separate
new page formats/format types for labels for label printing with the above zebra device
types (just use DINA4 or LETTER). However, in Smart Forms, when you define the
window on the page, ensure that you only use the label area that is actually available.
Important Note: in Smart Forms, only use the PORTRAIT page orientation. It is not
possible to rotate the orientation of the label by 90 degrees by selecting the
LANDSCAPE page orientation. Technical background: In the ZPL II printer language,
there is no command for rotating the output of the entire label by 90 degrees. The printer
driver therefore cannot use orientation=LANDSCAPE to rotate the label by 90 degrees.
If you need to shift the entire label output slightly on the Zebra printer, you can use the
form output shift in the SPAD transaction (when you define the output device), as
described in note 39259. This shift is analyzed by the Zebra driver.
Smart Forms has no concept of Label Size. Please ensure that the Main Window is larger
than the label.
Workaround for rotating the label output: There is a command in the ZPL-II printer
control language that rotates each individual field by 90 degrees (clockwise). If you insert
this command into the output data stream using the “command nodes” mechanism as
described below under “Printer Settings”, you will achieve the rotation of individual
fields at printout. However, you must adjust the position of the fields (or windows) in the
form to obtain a "landscape" printout, as Smart Forms and the printer driver are
not aware of the rotation. Therefore, define the Smart Form with the "portrait"
orientation. For the rotation, add a command node, for example in the MAIN window. In
this command node, enter the following under "spool control", "free
attributes":
Attribute name:
S_LZPL_SETUP
Attribute value:
'^FWR'
The LZPL printer driver sends the ^FWR command to the printer at the beginning of the
label and causes a rotation of the output fields.
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Note: The command ^FWR in the command node has no effect on printing barcodes, as
these have their own parameters for rotation. Define the barcodes needed for the
landscape label in SE73 with the necessary rotation.
Field Positioning—X, Y Coordinates
Labels normally use a “field” concept whereas Smart Forms use a “Page Window” style
of design. Label fields normally have a fixed “origin” whereas text in forms is much
more dynamically positioned.
We recommend that you make a separate “Window” for each field on the label. Each
Window should then have an associated Node (Text, Bar Code or Logo). Multi-line Text
fields may all be tied to a single Window. The reason for this is the location of each
Window specifies the fields (Nodes) X and Y co-ordinates.
All of these fields must be inside the Main Windows. Please ensure that your Main
Window is large enough! We also believe that it’s good practice not to associate any
Nodes with the Main Window.
Lines and Boxes
Lines and boxes are drawn, as with any Smart Form, via drawing a new Window,
selecting the “Output Options” Tab and then entering a point size for the “box and
shading” options.
Reverse boxes, for text reversing, can be enabled by using the ^LRY command in the
printer settings node S_LZPL_SETUP. See printer setting for more information.
Note: Ensure that you have “Always draw box and shading” checked in the “output
Options of your Windows” Grey Value must be 0 (hollow) or 100 (sold).
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Text Objects
Smart Forms supports Zebra preloaded printer-resident scaleable fonts. It also supports
TrueType font downloading and TrueType fonts stored in Zebra printer Flash memory.
We strongly recommend that you use printer-resident fonts for simplicity and maximum
printer throughput.
Western European—IBM CodePage 850
You will normally design your forms/labels for Zebra printers using the SAP “HELVE”
font. This font maps to Zebra’s printer-resident “CG Triumvirate bold condensed” (IBM
Codepage 850) when using device type ZlbzebsX.pri (X=2,3 or 6).
International Printing (EMEA Only)—Unicode™
SAP “HELVE”,”HELVECYR” (Cyrillic) and “HELVE_I7” (Greek) can also be used for
international printing using Zebra’s ZlbzebsX.pri (X=2,3 or 6) device type. This Unicode
UTF-8 device type maps to Zebra’s printer-resident Swiss 721 font. This is preloaded on
all printers shipped in EMEA. This font is available for download FOC for other
countries if required. This will allow you to print local languages using Unicode (UTF-8)
even on non-Unicode SAP systems.
Global International Printing including APAC—Unicode
SAP end users wishing to print Asian characters on Zebra printers must use the SAP font
ANDALE_J, ANDALE_K, ANDALE_S or ANDALE_T with the Zebra Device Type
ZlbzebuX.pri (X=2,3 or 6) and the corresponding optional matching font card available
from Zebra. Refer to the section on device types at the beginning of this document for
more information. This will allow you to print local languages using Unicode (UTF-8)
even on non-Unicode SAP systems.
Text Reversing
Text reversing is supported via Solid Boxes. Refer to “Tips and Tricks: Lines and Boxes”
(page 43) and also “Tips and Tricks: Printer Settings” (page 48) for detailed information.
TrueType Fonts
Smart Forms allows users to upload TrueType fonts and then use these fonts for the
form/label design (See OSS Note 201307). TrueType fonts are uploaded using
transaction SE73; see below:
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For detailed information on how to upload a TrueType font, refer to OSS Note 130658
In the case of ZPL II printers, this font is automatically downloaded to the printer at the beginning
of the print run as an IBM Codepage 850 scaleable font, and then deleted at the end of the print
run. It is also possible to tell the printer device type that the TTF is permanently stored in printer
Flash memory and therefore does not need downloading. If downloading performance or network
traffic is an issue, we strongly advise that you use a printer-resident scaleable font or store the
TTF on the printer’s Flash memory.
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Download a TTF Font to Zebra Flash Memory
You should store the Font on E: or B: (Flash) not R: (RAM)
Download Zebra ZTools™ utility from http://www.zebra.com/SD/utilities.htm#ZTools
Install, Run and select “Convert | Unbound TT”
Please ensure that the name uses no more that 5 characters (ZTools support 8 but SAP
has a 5-character limitation)
This will create a file with the extension of “ZSU”. In the case of “Arial,” this would be
“Arial.ZSU”. You then must download this to the printer.
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Modify the Zebra SAP Device Type
Select Transaction SE73 (Printer Fonts) and press “Change”
Scroll down and Double click on the target device type (This must be one of the
IBM Codepage 850 device types Zlzebx (x=2, 3 or 6)
Double click on the TrueType font (for example ZArial)
Enter the name of the font that you downloaded to the printer (for example
“ARIAL”—don’t specify the memory location)
Font Licensing (TTF) / Disclaimer
It is the responsibility of the end users to ensure that they comply with the font licensing
requirements provided by the owners of such fonts. Any fonts stored in the Flash memory
of Zebra printers may require licensing from the font vendor. This applies to fonts
converted using ZTools, fonts downloaded via ^DY or fonts copied directly onto
CompactFlash® memory cards.
Note: Windows Core Fonts require licensing from Agfa Monotype Corporation before
they can be stored in the Flash memory of any Zebra printer as a “permanent printer
resident font.” Arial Unicode MS requires licensing from Microsoft Corporation before it
can be stored in the Flash memory of any Zebra printer as a “permanent printer resident
font.”
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Logos/Graphics
Colored bitmap graphics from Smart Forms are changed to black and white when you
print from the Zebra printer driver. If the picture quality deteriorates following this
conversion, you should convert the graphic to black and white using a graphics program
(such as PaintShop Pro) and import it into Smart Forms as a black-and-white graphic.
The driver does not convert monochrome graphics. However, all graphics may be
justified to adjust the size of the graphic to the printer resolution (203, 300 or 600 dpi).
During the import to Smart Forms, you have the option to flag a bitmap graphic as
"resident." In this case, the printer driver saves the graphic when it first appears in the
printer's RAM ("R:" device of the Zebra printer). At the end of the spool request, the
driver deletes the graphic again from the printer's RAM, so that no more memory remains
occupied. Resident graphics during label printing from Smart Forms are therefore only
faster if more than one label is printed within a spool request, and the resident graphic
repeats on every label.
Uploading Graphics into Smart Forms
Transaction SE78 can be used to upload logos. You can also run program RSTXLDMC
from transaction /nSA38.
Permanently Printer Resident Bar Codes (Flash)
The only way to support graphics stored on printer Flash memory is to recall the object
with a direct ZPL II command. This could be done very simply with the
S_LZPL_SETUP command node (see printer settings) or alternatively by creating a
custom “Printer Bar Code” or print control (see bar codes).
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Printer Settings
Command Nodes allow you to set printer specific settings from within individual Smart
Forms. Each Smart Form may have different settings associated with it. This means that
you can have a Smart Form set the printer’s darkness (burn temperature) and print speed
(as well as many more settings).
Command Nodes are set by selecting a page Windows and pressing the Right Mouse
Button over the tree structure and then select “Create | Command.” See the diagram
below:
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The ZPL II commands must be entered in the command node using quotation
marks.
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Below is a list of supported command Nodes:
Description
Human Readable
Command Node
S_LZPL_HR
S_LZPL_HR1
S_LZPL_HR2
S_LZPL_HR2
Supported Values
System Bar Code Style Name
Print Speed (^PR)
Media Tracking (^MN)
S_LZPL_SETUP_SPD Supports 2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,12
S_LZPL_SETUP_MTR N Y W M
Media Type (^MT)
Print Mode (^MM)
Top Position (^LT)
Tear Off Position (~TA)
Media Darkness (^MD)
Generic commands
S_LZPL_SETUP_MT
S_LZPL_SETUP_PM
S_LZPL_SETUP_TP
S_LZPL_SETUP_TO
S_LZPL_SETUP_MD
S_LZPL_SETUP
(Continuous, Non-Continuous, Web Sensing, Black Mark Sensing)
D T (Direct Thermal, Thermal Transfer)
T R P C (Tear off, Rewind, Peel Off, Cutter)
Supports -120 to 120
Supports -120 to 120
Range is -30 to 30
Any ZPL-II Command
Note: If the System Bar Code name used in the Smart Style is entered against
“S_LZPL_HRx” (x=1 to 3) then the Human Readable will be enabled for that specific
object (only human readable below the bar code is supported).
Other ZPL II commands can be added via “Printer Bar Code Objects”, i.e., a circle, box
with rounded corners, RF-ID field or a ZTools bar code! This is also useful for enabling
“box reversing” to support “reverse text” via using the command ^LRY.
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Bar Codes
Bar Codes are managed via transaction /nSE73. See the screen below:
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Individual bar code “types” need to be created for each flavor of bar code. A Smart Style
then needs to be created to include bar code “types” for each Node. Firstly you need to
create/configure “printer bar codes” or “system bar codes.”
Printer Bar Codes
“Printer bar codes” are bar codes that are specific to a specific printer. These bar codes
actually have the commands and parameters hard coded for each separate bar code
symbology and derivative. This is known as SAP’s “old bar code technology.” You will
also need to create new “printer bar codes” if you wish to change any parameters such as
ratio, narrow bar width, or height. You should try and avoid this “old technology” if
possible. See the screen below:
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System Bar Codes
“System bar codes” can either use the “old barcode technology “and use a specific
“printer bar code” based on the device type selected, or alternatively use the “new bar
code technology.” We recommend that you use “new technology” if possible as this has
many advantages:
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Does not require the creation of “printer bar codes” for every single possible
device type being used
Does not require knowledge of the printer’s command language.
You can preview the bar code (SAP NetWeaver 04 onwards)
This can also be rendered on non-Zebra printers (although as a graphic)
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You will have to create a separate “system bar code” for separate styles. This means that
a separate “system bar code,” based on “new technology,” would have to be created for
all derivatives of rotation, height, narrow bar width, ratio and checkdigits, etc. You would
then include all of the bar codes you need for your form within a Smart Style
(/nSmartstyles).
New Technology—“System Bar Code”
This new rendering technology was actually developed by Zebra Technologies
Corporation and licensed to SAP AG. These new bar codes are rendered as
graphics using Zebra’s Bar Code Rendering Library in the kernel of mySAP
Business Suite. PCL, PostScript and Prescribe printers receive the graphic as a
bitmap. Zebra printers receive the graphic as a ZPL II command, ensuring
maximum performance and data validation.
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Note: Bar code parameters “Height” and “Module Width” are entered at a
resolution of 600 dpi independent of the resolution of the target printer. This
means that a bar code height of 120 would print 10 mm on a 203-, 300- or 600-dpi
printer.
For more information on this “New Technology” see OSS Note 430887.
Unsupported Bar Codes / New Symbologies
You can create new or custom bar codes by creating a “Printer Bar Code” and create a
“System Bar Code” using “Old Technology” that refers to the “Printer Bar Code.” This
mechanism lets you create an object that has ZPL II associated with it. You could use this
feature for any object or ZP II command. Examples of this could be:
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Drawing a circle or ellipse and having it come out as ZPL II (not a graphic)
Boxes with rounded corners (via ZPL II)
Reversed text (White on a black background)
Recalling a graphic that is stored in Flash memory
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Resources
Visit www.zebra.com/sap to keep up-to-date on bar code printing and RFID solutions for
SAP End Users.
Additional Smart Forms information can be found by visiting the SAP Developer
Network website at www.sdn.sap.com. Refer to SAPnet notes 750002 and 750772.
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