What version of FileMaker are you using?
Are you publishing your database to the web? If so, with what method? Instant Web Publishing or some form of Custom Web Publishing?
Container fields should work for you if properly set up, but the version of FileMaker that you are using can make a key difference. WHere/How to store your files in container fields is documented in the Instant Web Publishing Guide found under Product Documentation in the help menu.
I don't want to use this for IWP. I am using FM Pro 11.
I just want to be able to use the container field to make the picture shrink to fit in it. I want to have just a reference to the picture where it is stored on the web so that all of my devices are able to download the picture.
Is it possible to use references to photos to store them in container fields in Filemaker Pro 11? I would also like to be able to use this for IWP.
Click the container field while in layout mode then click the data tab in the inspector and scroll to the bottom of the tab. There'll you'll find formatting options that allow you to "reduce or enlarge" the image to fit the container field.
Store a Reference works in FileMaker 11 and it will work with IWP IF you store the photos inside the proper folder so that the web engine can find them. See the Instant Web Publishing Guide that you can open from the help menu for details on this.
You may want to set up a system where you insert a file into a container and then use a script that exports the inserted file to the correct folder and then re-inserts the file from the new location with the "store a reference" option selected.
My references are stored on a web server. So a reference would be something like: www.draiochtweb.com/bookimages/1.main.jpg
Unfortunately the address is just sitting in the container field. But it isn't looking up the address for me.
Quoting from the IWP Guide:
"referenced container objects must be stored in the Web folder, in the FileMaker Pro folder."
I was reading the Instant Web Publsihing Guide which you mentioned above.
You may want to set up a system where you insert a file into a container and then use a script that exports the inserted file to the correct folder and then re-inserts the file from the new location with the "store a reference" option selected
This is the system which I want to set up. I want to download the image from a web page and then get a plug-in to save it in the format in which I need it. From what I gather I won't be able to this on IWP. Is that right?
My database is hosted. So I presume I would have to save the files in the web folder on the hosting company's server. Am I right?
The method that I described there would be for using a FileMaker Client of your database to add files to containers to make them viewable by your IWP clients.
You cannot modify container fields via the web browser interface used with IWP. But there is a third party tool that does enable this, If I remember the details correctly. Do a web search for "SuperContainer" and see what you find out.