Why arent you using PHP to creat the PDF files?
My problem is that I need to get this up and running for a client as soon as possible. I do not know PHP and have to use someone who does. His knowledge of FileMaker is like mine of PHP. The reports are all summaries of summaries and only visible in preview mode.
I do want to move it all to PHP but I need to use the existing, working system, in the meantime.
Hence my request for assistance to establish a robot connection.
The robot machine doesnt really work like that. Basically its a standard client connection which runs a script at a given time. Now if you have FMP10, you can run this script with the Install OnTimer script step to run every few minutes or so. If you are using a previous version, you can use Windows Scheduler or iCal to call an opener file that would open the file run your send script and close.
However, you can not get an end user action to force the robot machine to run. Does that sense?
You can have your end users create the report as a PDF, save it in a container or shared drive, create a log record, and then have your robot do the actual sending of all unsent log records.
We have a robot system, rather I call it a Master-Slave-Bot, or MSB.
This MSB is an FMP app that resides on a machine (all Macs here), and it uses AppleScript held within the FMP to control user accounts on another Mac. The control we use MSB for is to FIFO requests that are then sent to an idle account on the Slave mac where the Master generated AppleScript instructs the Slave Mac account to open up a remote FMP app and make it run, either importing files, connecting to other systems, and or generating exports and emails of the results.
MSB took about 1 day to make, to integrate it into each Slaved app, a couple of hours.
Think of it like this... the Master is like an end user, however as it is fast we have it control more than one user account on a single machine, resulting in processing times of about 100 human users.