Append PDF in IOS and FMServer
A long time missing feature only to be achieved by workarounds and robot machine
This seems to be two separate requests:
Of course, we can already produce PDF on FileMaker Go
Although the business case is probably pretty clear here, it would be useful for everyone to include some sort of story about how much time/effort their feature request would save them.
Good point David, I will 'append' some thoughts.
Generate PDF on server and WebDirect is a best seller. If i were FileMakerRocks i would reformulate that. However, i give the point.
The request is 'append' PDF on IOS. AFAIK, 'append' is not available as a function on IOS. Or, how would you consolidate multiple PDF files sourced from multiple tables into one PDF?
Happy to learn! Cheers.
You are correct – Append to PDF is not currently available in FileMaker Go. So it is a reasonable request.
It is also not available in FileMaker Server but that is because Save to PDF is not there at all So we would need that feature first. That was my point.
Has anyone found a workaround to append a pdf on filemaker go without the use of an external server?
Has anyone investigated Matt Petrowski's idea of using "Workflow" to achieve this?
Absolutely! - enabling 'Append to PDF' in FileMaker Go would be an instant reprieve from having to apologise many times to clients that it currently isn't a simple thing to do.
There are ways around it such as taking a lot of time to build complex reports by being inventive with layout parts and things such as portals with sliding up positioning etc... that can be output as a single PDF, though this is not always possible.
I have also been able to use a bit of php and FPDF/FPDI on a web server to combine multiple PDFs and then return them back to FMGo as a single PDF, but this can be a pain when the file sizes of the PDF's are large (e.g. when they include a lot of photos). To send each PDF to the server, I base64Encode it and then httppost them using 'Insert from URL'...
All of these efforts would be very quickly made redundant with 'Append to PDF' being an option for FMGo :-)
On a FM Server you can append PDFs via PDFKit or DynaPDF functions in MBS Plugin.
I have a several gov clients which use existing forms where there is a single Form A corrisponds to multiple Form B & Form C. Very simple case to create a script that creates a pdf by creating Form A and then appending the appropriate number of Form B & Form C, then repeating the process until there are no records. Simple, until you find that there is no Append available on FMGo when creating pdf documents. Since these are deployments designed for off-grid field-data-collection iPads are the platform. It does not inspire confidence in Filemaker when simple things are made complex, and time consuming for the client.
Right now my choices are to keep it simple and provide a pdf that show forms A,B & C for every record instead of the appropriate A, B,C, B, C, B, C, A, B, C, A, B, C, B, C for instance.
I would be grateful if append were provided for Save as PDF in FMGo
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