1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 28, 2011 11:06 AM by philmodjunk

    Attach PDF to FileMaker Pro

    KatieCassidy

      Summary

      Attach PDF to FileMaker Pro

      Product

      FileMaker Pro

      Version

      11

      Operating system version

      MAC OSX 10.6.4

      Description of the issue

      I'm trying to add a PDF attachment to a field in the database. I just need some sort of link in the field, to link to a PDF document. I've tried everything and none of the forums are helping. PLEASE give detailed step-by-step instructions as I am new to FileMaker Pro. Thank you!

        • 1. Re: Attach PDF to FileMaker Pro
          philmodjunk

          This section of the forum is intended for reporting possible software bugs. For future reference, the FM Pro Forum tab at the top of your screen takes you to a section intended for these types of questions and you'll get more and quicker responses there.

          To do what you want, use Manage | Database | Fields to define a field of type Container. Add this field to your layout if it does not appear on it automatically. (Enter layout mode and use the field tool).

          In browse mode, click on this field or tab into and select Insert File from the Insert menu. This enables you to either insert a physical copy of the file or a reference to the file. If you click the check box in the insert file dialog labeled "store by reference", you insert a reference to the file. On a mac, you'll now see the first page of the PDF in the container field. On windows systems, you'll see a file shortcut icon. If you inserted the file by reference, you can open the PDF by double clicking the field. If you inserted a copy, you can click in the field and use export field contents in the Edit menu to export and open a copy of the file.

          Container fields would be a good thing to look up in FileMaker help in order to learn more about this.

          Also, there are ways to use a web viewer to display the contents of a PDF file inside your database, though that is much more complicated to set up correctly.

          Feel free to ask more questions if some part of this is still not clear to you.