Not aware of any plugin that is able to modify layout objects. What might be better would be to design a "preview" interface in a web browser that loads and formats your content using CSS.
CSS has a letter-spacing property to control kerning a bit better.
The only thing you'll be able to do in native filemaker is select a different font that looks better for you.
I'd never use filemaker for content publishing, only for content generation/storage. Working with a program like InDesign you can transfer filemaker content over and have tight control over the format.
Here's an older example of that:
Many thanks for your reply.
I'm not allowed to change the design unfortunately. I am afraid the CSS method is beyond my modest skills.
I did use Filemaker with X-Data and Quark many years ago so I may well have to buff up on that.
+1 to Mike
This is a clear case where you are trying to use FileMaker for something it was not design to do.
InDesign is a way forward. It supports AppleScript/VBScript and can import XML.
On the other hand, Quark Express and X-Data are still live and kicking. You might just want to stick to what you know.
I just looked up emsoftware website and it looks like they are doing a similar plugin for InDesign - InData
To be fair- FileMaker does make a reasonable fist of it most of the time. A company I do work for is posting out 10,000 postcards every week with variable fronts and backs - all digitally printed from PDFs created straight out of Filemaker from data supplied as csv from the client. you never know what you can do with Filemaker till you try!
I just wish it was a bit more flexible with design tools.
PS for Mike - EM Software, I could not remember their name - it was a long time ago!
Many thanks both.