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Question asked by Padster on Aug 1, 2013
Latest reply on Aug 1, 2013 by Padster



I'm wondering if anyone can either help or direct me on something.


I have within my database the ability to create appointments that are then issued out to Mail Clients. So the database creates an ICS file based on the the standards; so following this blog


This is all well and good, and if I export and open the file, it opens with Outlook, iCal,etc and puts the appointment in the diary. This is great, and does what I currently want it to do.


I would like to take this to the next level, and rather than having to export the ICS file, and open with Mail client, I would like to have FileMaker effectively 'issue' the ICS file the same way that Outlook or iCal would. So, the file is issued directly from the DB, with attendees set as the user, and the other poeple that the user has added, without going through the Mail Client.


Once I have the DB issuing the file, I can then manage changes to the appointment through the DB, but the bit that I can't get to my head around, is the issuing of the ICS directly from the DB.


I understand that I can have the system just send an email, with the ICS file attached, but I would like it to be 'slicker' than that and actually send a properly formatted appointment that Outlook/iCal recognise, rather than being an attached file to an email.


Has anybody else tried, or looked at this before?


I have seen the products, but I'm only looking for the appointment intergration, and not the whole experience.