Importing Graphics


You can import graphics from your PC.

Printer Attributes

Resident in Printer Memory

When a graphic appears for the first time, it is defined as macro during the print process and stored in the printer memory. If the graphic appears again during the same print request, it can be taken from the printer memory. This considerably reduces the size of the print files created by the system.

However, the printer memory capacity is limited. Only a small number of graphics (recommended: one to three) should be buffered in this way in the printer memory during each print request. If the printer memory is full, it can no longer buffer any data so that subsequent graphics are then missing in the printout.

Use this attribute only for frequently repeated graphics within one print request (for example, for a company logo).

Automatically Reserve Height

Graphics do not influence the page break, which means that the space consumed by the graphic on the print page is not considered during formatting. If you set this attribute for the import, the system automatically reserves the actual height of the graphic for the page break. This means that any subsequent text starts below the graphic. Graphics for which this attribute is set can, therefore, trigger a page break.


Supported graphic formats are *.bmp and *.tif files. As TIFF format, you must use a Baseline 6.0 (for example, without compression). If you do not have the required format, you can use standard graphic programs to convert the graphics into this format.

Note that many printer drivers or printers support only the following resolutions: 75 dpi, 100 dpi, 150 dpi, 200 dpi, 300 dpi, 600 dpi.


  1. Choose transaction SE78.
    The Administering Form Graphics dialog box appears.
  2. Choose Graphic ® Import.
  3. Enter the file path on your PC (you can use the F4 help).
  4. Enter the graphic name for the system and select the graphic type (Bitmap Image Black/White or Bitmap Image Color).
  5. If required, set one of the printer attributes Resident in Printer Memory or Automatically Reserve Height.
  6. Choose Continue.


The graphic is loaded into the system and stored on the Business Document Server (BDS). You can now include it in the Form Painter (see also: Printing Graphics).