2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 22, 2016 2:00 PM by MikeH

    Remote printing


      Hi all,


      We recently moved employees from our office to their homes to work remotely and everything is up and running with normal database functions with one exception.  I'd like to be able to have them print to my printer (remote printing).  e.g. they generate an invoice and, when they print it, it comes out on my printer.


      I've read about Google Cloud Print and HP's eprint, but those do not appear to do what I'm hoping.  Is there a way for filemaker to be programmed to do this or is it handled another way?


      We are using FM10 and 11 and Mac computers.  Printer is an HP M602 currently connected to my network via ethernet.


      Thanks in advance.

        • 1. Re: Remote printing

          You can do this with a bit of scripting and the use of a "robot file".


          The remote user runs a script that creates a record in a "print request" table. The data in this table must be sufficient for another script to completely reproduce all details needed for the printed report. That might be the primary key of a single record, a list of such values or even the search criteria used to produce it. You might need the name or number of a layout as well--it just depends one whether you need this for a single type of output or many different types of reports. You also need a field to show whether or not the request was used print the report yet or not.


          You then set up a client of the database with a robot file that just loops or uses InstallOnTimer Script to run at periodic intervals. Each time, it does a find on this request table to find all requests that have not yet been printed and then process/prints each in turn.

          • 2. Re: Remote printing

            Thanks.  That would automate what I've been doing throughout the day.  We have a field that gets marked "yes" when an invoice gets printed so I've been checking a few times during the day and printing them.  Or they send me a message that they've created a record and I print it then.