By now you’ve surely heard of Studio v11, Winshuttle’s newly released and upgraded desktop product that helps automate data collection, validation, and movement in and out of SAP. Instead of having separate clients to install, Studio v11 is everything combined in one, which brings together all of the modules of Transaction, Query, and Direct in one UI to enhance the user experience. The look-and-feel has definitely changed, along with usability improvements, performance enhancements, new functionality, and an optimized architecture that lets Winshuttle make improvements quicker.
While there are significant improvements in Transaction and Query capabilities, I believe the most drastic changes are in the BAPI space. For those of you who are current Direct users, I suggest you upgrade immediately!
While Direct 10.x provided the ability to distill BAPIs and rFMs, it was a bit restricting when it came to dealing with Loops. One of the biggest challenges was that if the BAPI was designed with looping, there was no way to remove or edit the loop settings – you just had to deal with it as is. So even if you only wanted to make one single update on one single record, the loop(s) had to be included, which forced you to format your Excel data in a very specific way. Also, if there were multiple loops, each loop needed its own Identifier row, even if the identifiers were the same for all the loops. The only way to get around this was to create your own category folder and place the loops in there to consolidate.
Rejoice! In Studio v11, you now have the ability to delete any of the loops that are part of the original BAPI as well as create your own. You’re no longer forced to loop if you don’t need multiple line items updated within the same record.
In addition, there is no longer the pesky .WBD file, which was the intermediate file that had to be created before the mapping and running could be completed in the standard .TXR file. Now you only end up with the .TXR file, as if you’d been working with a t-code instead. It is a smoother and more unified user experience.
Studio v11 can run alongside your existing 10.x installations, so you are welcome to test the Studio v11 waters by having both installed. No need to worry about any older scripts written in 10.x, they will work fine in the new Studio v11. Scripts written in Studio v11 can also be run in 10.x, provided you save them down to the lower version. Enjoy your BAPI adventures!
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