4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 9, 2016 3:38 PM by keywords

    Open PDF from a container field in Preview

    BillPlunkett

      I have a table with 3 fields, pkRecID (the Primary Key), Description (a description, or title, of the PDF), and a container field that contains a PDF.  I drag and drop the PDF onto the container.

       

      I have a form with a portal for the table.  Ideally, I would like to click on the description field and have the associated PDF document open in Preview.  If I must, I can add the container field to the portal but this seems "clunky". 

       

      The next step after this works, will be to copy the solution to my iPad and have it work the same way.

       

      all help greatly appreciated....

       

      Bill

        • 1. Re: Open PDF from a container field in Preview
          PeterWindle

          seeing as though your solution is going to a mobile platform, your pdf file would be stored in the filemaker file itself... so, what you would do here is to export the field contents to the temp directory...

           

          Important steps:

          select open automatically on the export field contents export option. (or email if you want to email it)

          When using the description as the filename, it's important to note that the description must comply with the OS filename restrictions (no funny characters that might stuff up your directory path, you may even find some custom functions out there that strip out all the nasty characters before it exports, so there will be no issues.

          • 2. Re: Open PDF from a container field in Preview
            keywords

            If all you want to do is read/view the PDF, don't forget that it is possible to do this in the container field itself. All you need is an instance of the container field, which can be on a separate layout, that is optimised for interactive content and large enough to make the content readable. You could make it dynamically resize according to the screen size if you want to.

            • 3. Re: Open PDF from a container field in Preview
              rgordon

              If the OP wants to use this on an iPad, interactive containers do not work. If the PDF is one page you will be able to view the PDF in a container whether it is set to image or interactive. If the PDF is multiple pages you will not be able to view it in the container.

              • 4. Re: Open PDF from a container field in Preview
                keywords

                Ahh! I didn't know that. Not fully FMGo literate.