This is where I swoop in with my oft-repeated plea to FileMaker's developers.
We really need one of the following to happen:
1) FileMaker nicely asks Apple to give it back the code for ClarisWorks 4.0 (the last version that actually worked cross-platform). A new layout type is added to FileMaker Pro - Word Processing layout.
2) FileMaker nicely asks Apple to give it back the code for ClarisWorks 4.0 and creates a simple cross-platform Word Processor that can perform a direct mail merge with .fp7 files.
3) FileMaker nicely asks Microsoft to work with them on a Microsoft Word plugin that opens a palette that allows users to perform a mail merge with .fp7 files.
Pick your favorite (or choose them all) and drop the developers a note on the Feature Request page.
Thank you for your feedback. I understand what you are saying......and feel that i have not been totally alone here.
I will send over my thoughts...... client interface is important to clients. If they wish to import many pages of information for printing, then they should have that opportunity.
Make the field tall enough to accomodate the largest amount of text possible, on however many pages it takes*.
Set the field to shrink when printing, also reducing the enclosing part.
(*) Note that the maximum size of a layout is 110 x110 inch. If you need more than that, you will have to break the text into records - or perhaps reconsider the use of a database application for this purpose.