Viewer for Displaying Original Application Files 


The standard SAP System’s SAP Graphical User Interface (SAP GUI) now has a viewer from Engineering Animation, Inc. (EAI) that allows you to view your products in the PLM area. This viewer works with all Windows 32 bit operating systems and can display most original application files of a document info record.

Implementation Notes

You must make the following settings in Customizing of Document Management for the viewer of the SAP System.

The document type of the document info record that manages the original application file must have the Knowledge Provider defined for the storage systems. This setting is done on the detail screen of the document type, indicator Storage via Knowledge Provider.

You can only use viewer and redlining functions when the document type is so defined that it allows storage of original application files using Knowledge Provider.

The original application file does not have to be stored in a storage category of the Knowledge Provider in order to display it. The file can also be in a logical directory with the local network.
This type of storage is not always accessible by all frontend computers, whereas with the Knowledge Providers all frontend computers can access the original application files. SAP recommends therefore that all original application files be stored using the Knowledge Providers.

The following partial steps are necessary:

You can use this call to determine for such things as whether you want display 2D or 3D formats.
The call for saying 3D formats (such as *.jt for Direct Model) with a workstation application could be done as follows:
EAIWeb.webviewer3D.1 %SAP-CONTROL%

Detailed information for the call of the application can be found in the IMG under Define workstation application.


You can view the product data in the following processing situations:

You can expand the document data in a product structure and view the original application files of a document.

You can display original application files from the tab page Document data or Originals.

You can view original application files of material items from the Product Stricture Browser.


Supported Viewing Formats

The integrated viewer can display most 2D pixel, vector, and some text formats as well as 3D model formats. A complete overview is available in the List of Viewing Formats.

Calling the Menu

After the function Display original application file is started the original application file is displayed either inplace or outplace. The display variant is set for the individual processing situations (such as displaying from a document info record or the Product Structure Browser) and cannot be changed.

The original application file is displayed in the same window as the one used for processing.

The original application file is displayed in a different window as the one used for processing.

If you display the original application file from the results screen of a document search, the system creates a new window automatically. In the new screen section the original application file is also displayed the viewer function bar becomes active.

See also: Displaying Original Application File with a Viewer

Viewer Function Bar

When you display the original application file with the integrated viewer the system adds a function bar for the viewer. The viewer function bar contains all the functions you can use in the current processing situation, such as Redlining functions. The scope of function depends on whether the viewer is displaying 2D or 3D format files.

An overview of the processing functions can be found in the Function Overview of the Viewer.

Redlining Function Bar

The call of the Redlining functions is done from the viewer function bar. The system changes from viewer mode into Redlining mode and makes the Redlining function bar available.

For more information, see Redlining for Original application files.

Dimensioning 2D Files

Dimensioning functions allows you to measure such things as angles, line and radii.

An overview of dimensioning functions can be found under Dimensioning 2D files


The following example shows how an assembly is viewed in the Engineering Workbench. The assembly was transferred from a CAD system into the SAP-System (Digital Mock-Up Viewing).


The viewer can be used on machines with at least a Pentium® class processor at 133 MHz.

For 3D formats you will need the following: