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Optimize Your SAP Screen Personas Flavor for Mobile

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Optimize Your SAP Screen Personas Flavor for Mobile

2019-02-17

Create differently sized versions of your SAP Screen Personas flavor for use on tablets and mobile phones.

You will learn

  • How to create adaptive versions of your flavor for use on different devices

The focus of this tutorial is on making your Create Service Notification application available to users on different devices. You will take the flavor you built in the previous tutorial and optimize it for tablet and mobile phone screens. This involves using the Adaptive Flavor feature in SAP Screen Personas to rearrange the screen in order to provide the best possible experience for your users. You will resize and organize screen objects so that users do not have to scroll to input the required information on their device.

By the end of this tutorial, you will have a group of flavors called an adaptive stack, which contains all of your differently sized flavor variations. SAP Screen Personas will then automatically select between these flavors, depending on your users’ screen size, to provide the best possible user experience.


Step 1: Create the tablet flavor

In the past two tutorials, you have focused on building a flavor for a generic tablet device. In order to gain experience with adaptive flavors, you will now optimize your flavor for an Apple iPad. Just as in previous tutorials, you will begin on the main screen of your IW51 flavor.

IW51 Main Screen

To create an adaptive flavor, open the flavor bar. Your flavor tile should be blue, indicating that your flavor is selected. Click the Show Adaptive Flavors button (**1**) and then Add Adaptive Flavor (**2**).

Add Adaptive Flavor

This will open a pop-up window where you can enter the adaptive flavor name, description, and size. Since this flavor is meant to be used in portrait orientation, indicate so in the name and description. If you know the desired width of your flavor, you can enter it in the field. Otherwise, you can also search for the device and SAP Screen Personas will set the appropriate width. In this case, search for and select Apple iPad, which will set the flavor width to 768. Click Create to open the flavor editor and begin building your adaptive flavor.

Create Adaptive Flavor
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Step 2: Build the tablet flavor

Toward the center of the screen, there is a pink line indicating the furthest right point of the tablet screen. Anything past that line will require your user to scroll for access. As your goal is to provide a simple, scroll-free user experience, you will begin modifying flavor to keep all of your screen objects within that boundary.

Adaptive Flavor Editor

To begin, you will change the order of the fields on the screen to facilitate filling out the form and maximize the use of horizontal space. Multi-select the Required Start and Required End fields and labels and move them to the coordinates 95pt down and 300pt right. This will clear the space required for the Functional Location and Equipment fields.

Move Required Fields

Next, multi-select the Functional Location and Equipment fields and labels and give them the following coordinates: 70pt down and 10pt right.

Move Functional Fields

Once those fields are in place, select the Scan Equipment button and move it to 70pt down and 300pt right. Change its dimensions to the following: 245pt wide and 16pt tall.

Move Scan Button

Now you will move the Description label and fields into place. Multi-select them and give them the coordinates 90pt down and 10pt right. Change the dimensions of the short text box to 405pt wide and 8pt tall.

Move Short Text

Now change the dimensions of the long text box: 532pt wide and 30pt tall.

Move Long Text

To conclude the modifications to the flavor, you will finish aligning the Required Start/End and Malfunction Start/End fields and labels. Multi-select all of them and give them the coordinates 133pt down and 10pt right.

You can multi-select a large group of objects using the lasso feature. Hold the ‘Shift’ key while clicking and dragging your mouse over the objects. Release the mouse to select.

Move Malfunction Fields

Multi-select the Malfunction Start and Malfunction End fields and shift them to the left, giving them the coordinates 133pt down and 91pt right.

Shift Malfunction Fields

Do the same to the Required Start and Required End fields, multi-selecting them and then shifting them to 133pt down and 381pt right.

Shift Required Fields

Your iPad flavor for Portrait orientation is now complete.

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Step 3: Inspect the flavor with Device Preview

Now that your flavor is complete, you can get a sense for what it looks like using the Device Preview feature. Open the Design tab and click Device Preview.

Device Preview Button

This will open a pop-up window. Select your device, in this case an Apple iPad. You can see that all of the required fields are accessible to the user without scrolling, which means this flavor is designed successfully.

iPad Preview

You can also test the flavor in Landscape orientation:

Landscape Preview

You can see that all of the required fields are easily accessible, so there is no need to create a Landscape flavor for this device. In the event that this is not the case, or if you would like to give users additional functionality or a different screen layout in Landscape orientation, you can create another adaptive flavor. For now, you are finished building your tablet flavor.

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Step 4: Build mobile phone flavors

If desired for extra practice, you can also build adaptive versions of your flavor for mobile phones in Portrait and Landscape orientation. The process is the same as the above but, rather than selecting Apple iPad as your device during the creation of the adaptive flavor, you will select the mobile device of your choice. You will then have to rearrange the objects on screen to fit within the bounds of the new screen size, just as before.

True or false: You may have to create an additional adaptive flavor if you would like to accommodate users working in both Portrait and Landscape orientation.
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Next Steps

Prerequisites

  • SAP Screen Personas SP06 or higher
  • Completion of the Build a Simple SAP Screen Personas Dashboard and Personalize your SAP Screen Personas Flavor tutorials
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