FileMaker Pro 10 does not natively support the generation of PDF hyperlinks when using "Save Records as PDF" feature, "Append to Existing PDF" feature, or the native Mac OS X feature for printing to a PDF file.
Essentially, any PDF files you generate using the native capabilities of FileMaker Pro 10 will be renderings of layouts as if you had printed them into a PDF file instead of a printer.
Thats kind of what I figured. Do you know of a plug in that might be able to get around this?
I have searched for this capability many times. There are VERY expensive (thousands) applications that claim they can do it.
The only application I have used that can do it is Print2PDF on Mac OS9. Will not be updated to OSX.
The only other option, I know of, is to manually add the hyperlinks, one by one, in Adobe Acrobat Pro.
I have not done the search for a year or so, and things may have changed.
The Computer Guy, Seattle
Thanks for your response. I have also seen hundreds of programs that say they can do this but I am a little hesitant to try one. I will research the one you recommended. Thanks for the help.
A Google for "create PDF with hyperlinks"
Brought up similar results to previous searches.
A manual method
Mac limited to a few apps
Windows Word and Acrobat Pro
This google will not help
There is a company in Vancouver BC that came up in previous searches and they had an app that was interesting. Unfortunately I have forgotten and can not find the link.
There are no hyperlinks as such in Filemaker. If you have a button on a layout that opens a specific URL, it's still only a button, not a hyperlink - even if the button happens to be attached to a text object. To turn the same text into a hyperlink in the PDF output, you'll need to edit the PDF in Acrobat or (in OS X) in Preview.
OTOH, if you have data that contains URLs, you can produce a clickable PDF document by exporting via XML to HTML, with a custom stylesheet turning the URLs into hyperlinks. At this point you'll have a regular HTML page - and there's no shortage of utilities to convert HTML to PDF while preserving the links. If you are using OS X, you can simply print the page to PDF in Safari.
Could you elaborate a little bit more going from xml to html. If I have a url on a layout in filemaker how do I convert that to html. I was also wondering about the print to pdf in safari. What is that? Does this still require a plug in to make the end result a pdf.
If I have a url on a layout in filemaker how do I convert that to html.
If it's really on the layout (i.e. not in a field), then it's not data and cannot be exported.
I was also wondering about the print to pdf in safari. What is that?
I assume you're not using a Mac? Safari is Apple's built-in browser.
I may have been a little unclear in my last response. I did mean if I have a URl in a field on a layout. How do I export that to XML and HTML. I am on a mac and I know that safari is a web browser. I was a little confused about the print page to pdf. Did you mean to search for that in safari or does safari offer a feature like this? Sorry about the confusion. I am still pretty new to filemaker and mac for that matter.
Ah, OK. But I'm afraid you may still not be happy with my answer, because a step-by-step would be way too long.
In a nutshell, when you export as XML, you can tell Filemaker to apply a custom XSLT stylesheet to transform the output. In the stylesheet, you specify the ouput method as HTML. You can think of it as a template of a web page, that you fill with the exported data. In this case, the stylesheet would "route" the URL data into HTML anchor tags.
After export, you can open the HTML page in Safari and print it to PDF.
Oh, That makes sense and your right. Thats a lot of work to get links on a pdf. Back to the drawing boards. Thanks for your help.
Actually, it's not that difficult, if you have a rudimentary understanding of XSLT. It can also be completely automated using AppleScript or Automator. The real work here, I think, would be to write a decent-looking HTML template.