2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 27, 2012 11:34 AM by GS

    Opening PDF's in Container Fields



      Opening PDF's in Container Fields


      I created a small file to store PDF's (The PDF icon appears and I can launch it manually with some fooling around).  It seems to me that all I used to have to do was double click the icon and it would launch the PDF.  In FMP 11 that does not work.  I need to be able to launch these files at will from a couple of diferent files within my solution and I need to script it.

      How are people doing this now???

        • 1. Re: Opening PDF's in Container Fields

          You need to pay attention to whether the file was inserted with the "store by reference" option or not. Store by Reference PDF's can be opened by double clicking the file or via a go to field script step with the select/perform option specified. PDF's that were not inserted with this option must be exported in order to open them. The export Field option in the edit menu and it's matching script step will do that for you.

          Export Field Contents also opens "by reference" files so this can be a good "one size fits all" option, but be careful. If the user intends to open the PDF, add comments to it and then close the file, files opened with Export Field Contents are copies of the original and arent' automatically saved back into the container field. With this option, they, or a script would need to re-insert the file into the original container field or the next person to open the PDF will not see the added comments.

          • 2. Re: Opening PDF's in Container Fields

            Thanks for your help.  I eventually used SuperContainer and it works really well.  The FileMaker only way seems a little "cluncky".