Every mac an windows computer has a special folder named "documents". FileMaker has a special Get Function: Get ( DocumentsPathListing ) that will list all files and folders located inside the documents folder. It also has another function called Get ( DocumentsPath ) that returns the file path--a list of information starting with the drive letter(windows) or volumnename( macs ) and then each enclosing folder ending with the documents folder.
Thus, if the folder where you want to monitor the contents is placed inside the documents folder (don't forget that you can make an alias or shortcut to such a folder and place it on your desktop), FileMaker can access the list of files inside this folder to see if any new items were added.
If you got one of several different File manipulation plug ins that are offered by 3rd party developers, FileMaker could use that plug in to check the contents of any folder accessible from your computer.
thanks Phil...now to start thinking how to create the thing!!
You'll want to read up on the text functions, such as FilterValues, GetValue and others that can extract text from a list of items separated by returns and you'll need to decide on whether to work from Documents or use a plug in.
thanks Phil, at the moment i am scrabbling in the dark trying to find a foothold.
time to get stuck in to the manuals!