You can most certainly export the contents of a container field.
Whether Excel can do anything with the exported file depends on the type of file. I don't think Excel could do anything with a PDF file. There is no limitation imposted by FileMaker here.
I just did a quick test: opened an Excel spreadsheet and printed it to pdf, then tried to open the pdf in Excel. Excel no longer considers the file readable. Forcing Excel to open it does not produce usable results.
To use the contents of the pdf in Excel you'll need to first use an application to extract the text from the pdf file.
You can export the container field into base64 which will correctly store it in Excel. However, Excel can't read that. If you're using this for export/import operations, you can then import that back into FileMaker (or another service that understands base64 data) which will then allow you to view the PDF again.
I appreciate the follow up. Ok so that's what I was wondering basically, if the PDF file would be readable in Excel after exporting from FileMaker.
Any suggestions on an application to use to extract the text from the pdf file? I'm not too computer savvy.
Thank you for the follow up. Ok so basically if exporting from Filemaker to Excel, the PDF is essentially transferable, the contents is just not readable correct?
Was hoping to find a way to have it readable in Excel. Bummer.
That's correct, as for as I'm aware.
Ok just wanted to double check as I thought that was the case. Thank you.