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Function documentation Printing BI Applications  Locate the document in its SAP Library structure

Use

You can create print versions of BI applications. To do this, you first generate a PDF version of the selected BI application (Web application). You can then print this version. When you create the print version and the corresponding PDF, a dialog allows you to specify your required layout for the print version.

Note that you can only print the following Web items in Web applications:

      Analysis (Table)

      Chart

      Map

      Report

      Information Field

      Text

      List of Exceptions

      List of Conditions

You cannot print objects such as logos and images (MIME objects) and other Web items. If you want to include logos from your Web application when you print, you must first insert the relevant MIME object into the Web application by using the Report Web item.

Integration

You can call the dialog for creating a print version from the following BI applications:

BI Application

Create Print Version

Web Analyzer (Analysis Pattern)

      Using the Print Version pushbutton

      Using the Print Version context menu entry

Web Application

Using the Print Version context menu entry

Broadcasting Wizard

In the broadcasting wizard, the settings from the dialog for creating print versions are made in various steps: 

      Specify Theme and Variable Assignment

      Specify Page Layout

      Select Printer

See also Broadcasting to the Printer.

Prerequisites

The print version is saved as a PDF file. To be able to display the PDF file, the Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed.

Features

Scope of Print Version

The print version of the BI application can have up to 400 pages. The system may require some time when generating a print version of this size.

Specifying the Layout of Print Versions

Using the dialog for creating a PDF version, you can define the layout of the print version. You can choose from the following functions:

      Scaling

You can set the print version of a BI application according to the following options:

       Fit to Page Width

The BI application is fit to the width of the page in the print version. You can display the column headings on the following pages.

       Fit to Page

The BI application is fit to the size of the page.

       Poster

The BI application is printed in the form of a poster in which individual areas of the BI application are printed on different pages. You can repeat lead columns and column headings.

Note

Lead columns are the columns of the table that are furthest to the left. They typically contain the names of characteristics and characteristic values.

Note

The settings applied to report items are the settings that were specified for these items by the application developer when the items were created. For this type of Web item, the Poster and Fit to Page properties are not available.

      Page

       Theme

You can select which theme you want to use in the display:

Theme for Display

Display

Gray Scale

If you choose this option, the print version is created in the default SAP theme.

If you choose this option, the print version is created in black and white.

       Paper Format

You can choose between DIN A4 format and letter format.

       Orientation

You can choose between portrait format and landscape format.

      Margins

You can specify margins for the top, bottom, left and right in mm or in inches.

      Header

You can specify whether the print version of the BI application is to have a header and whether the header is to appear on the left, right, or center of the page(s). You can define the content for the header.

       Page 1

       Page 1 of ?

       Date

       Date, Time

       Date Time Page 1 of ?

       Free Text

      Footer

You can specify whether the print version of the BI application is to have a footer and whether the footer is to appear on the left, right, or center of the page(s). You can define the content for the footer.

       Page 1

       Page 1 of ?

       Date

       Date, Time

       Date Time Page 1 of ?

       Free Text

Constraints

The following functions are not available for the creation of print versions:

      Right to left text direction (as required for Hebrew, for example) is not supported.

      When multiple Web items are embedded, they are generally arranged under one another in the print version. You cannot change how the Web items are arranged.

      Other suitable third-party products can also be installed to create the print version for your BI application. If such products are used, some functions for the BI print version, such as the broadcaster, are not available.

      You cannot insert images, such as company logos, in the header of the print version.

 

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