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Need a little clarification about a robot FileMaker setup

Question asked by RichardStuart_2 on Aug 9, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 26, 2016 by David Moyer

Greets, all:


I finally got our WebDirect setup working but as other FM Server (FMS) users know and have discussed, there no native way for WebDirect end users to print a record (or records), or create .pdf's of records to have automatically e-mailed to them, instead.


I found a tantalizing way of getting around this issue looking at dbservice's and/or Clickwork's solutions but I don't quite understand what they mean about using a robot to handle the processing. Here, FileMaker Pro (FMP) v15.x (Windows) is installed on the same Windows server as FMS. Am I to understand that a server-side script somehow opens and uses FMP to do the heavy lifting to run scripts and send e-mails (of a .pdf version of a record) in place of a server, or...? If so, how does that work?


TIA for your help!