Release 4.0 includes the following changes to line item
Report output is now handled by the ABAP list viewer, a new cross- application function of the information system for unified display and preparation of R/3 System lists. You can define and save display variants along with criteria for sorting, subtotals, and filters directly in the line item report list. The earlier Customizing settings for line item reports are thus no longer necessary as of Release 4.0A.
You can now define the line item report header in the same manner as for Report Painter reports. Maintenance of individual coulumn headings is no longer necessary.
In the initial screen, you have more selection options. Not only groups and single values, but intervals (object and cost element intervals) can form the basis of selections. You can save selection variants as in other reports. Also, you can select the value type via the menu ("Extras-> Select value type"). In the line item report for actual costs, value types 04 and 11 are defaulted (not all value types as was previously the case). For further selection criteria, other fields are now available automatically; you need not define these in Customizing.
Choose "Extras -> Further settings" to limit the selection to a maximum number and the database selection to fields in the given display variant. This last in particular results in greatly improved runtimes for large volumes of data.
You may now display line item reports for archived actual costs.
The report now includes the display fields "Object group index" and "Cost element group index", allowing group-based processing of data.
Overhead Cost Controlling (CO-OM) offers custom fields for line item reports. Use extension COOMEP01, maintained with system transaction CMOD (see Develop Extensions for Line Items).
You must convert some display variants manually. The ABAP list viewer allows quick, easy conversion.
You must transfer the filling of custom fields in structure CI_RKPOS, in exit EXIT_SAPFK00B_001 in FK00B00Z, to the new exit function module EXIT_SAPLKAEP_001.
The earlier Customizing settings in the IMG activity "Custom Display Variants for Line Item Reports" are no longer necessary. You make and save all settings directly in the line item report list.
You cannot maintain custom column headings at this time. However, you can define custom report headers.
The display variants include criteria for sorting, subtotals, and filters. You can transport these criteria by choosing "Settings -> Display variants -> Administration -> Display variants -> Transport".
Batch processing does not recognize the maximum number of search hits.
The setting "Page break per object" is now part of the display variant settings. User field "GW" in the sorting and subtotalling features.
For more information on the ABAP list viewer, see the R/3 Library under "Controlling -> Overhead Cost Controlling -> Cost Center Accounting Information System -> ABAP List Viewer" (documentation available in Release 4.0B).
For more information on the line item reports, see the R/3 Library under "Controlling -> Overhead Cost Controlling -> Cost Center Accounting Information System -> Important Standard Reports -> Line Item Report" (documentation available in Release 4.0B).