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If you need to define a relative path from your database to a file defined by a calculation or a script in your database you need to find a way to make the path dynamic. The best way to do this is to define a custom function to handle the path generation for you. You might be asking yourself where this technique would possibly be used? It can be used for web site development to locate files and images, the web viewer (FileMaker 8.5) to view files on your computer, storing printed files to a defined location, saving files on a shared file server, etc. The technique is far more useful that you may imagine. However, when you actually try to get it to work for the first time you may find that it's more of a task to program that you had anticipated. Even if you don't have FileMaker Advanced to write custom functions, you can still use this technique in a calculation or a script to define a variable. It works best in FileMaker Pro 8.5, but can also be used to work with 8.0 and 7.0. This article will demonstrate the utility of the custom function with FileMaker Pro 8.5 and the web viewer to view a file in a relative location from the Path.fp7 database.
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