Printing Invoices, purchase orders and checks has always been an painful task in SAP, especially if you are using SAP forms.
Fortunately SAP provides printing reports/documents in a PDF format. You could make your reports appear nearly as "smart" as smart forms using this technique.
Use this function module: CONVERT_ABAPSPOOLJOB_2_PDF, this converts your spool request to a PDF file on your desktop.
As an example look into this program (4.6x): RSTXPDFT4.
1. Voila'! Trendy report printing made really very easy.
On the flip-side:
1. You have to send your report to printer and then print the spool to PDF file, so if the user sets his/her defaults to "print immediately"...boom! waste of paper. But this can be over come by using the function module - GET_PRINT_PARAMETERS to suppress printing but just create spool.
2. You cannot control the font size on reports, so is your PDF file.
Alternate function module: SX_OBJECT_CONVERT_OTF_PDF.
So next time you think about great reports think PDF.
This was first published in April 2002