Nice job. Running on Mac 10.9 with Word 2011 it works perfectly. I ran it using Base Elements version 1.0.7 (I stepped over the version check in the debugger).
I have discovered that a lot of the docs they send me use the same fields - course code, course name, course director, course staff, number of students, delivery campus etc etc so now I have worked out I don't have to know any xml or html to generate the docs using their templates I am less resistant to adding them.
It is still pretty old school that we are flying word docs around the business for completion but I guess we can't get every form on the web over night... well not until they can make WebDirect work with our authentication method anyway. I have been doing a lot with CWP lately for forms but I will never be a web developer as it is too unforgiving and I am pretty hopeless at php.
Seems like such a small thing filling in a few form fields but they were actually really grateful for it.Funny huh.
Where can I get the Base Elements plugin?
Thank you kiwikaty!
Katy, I haven't had a chance to look at your file as yet, but will do. However, as your subject will hopefully bring in a number of readers, I'd also like to give the excellent 360Works Scribe a mention - http://360works.com/filemaker-pdf-plugin/
We have a system that raises insurance certificates and documentation for everything from horses to health insurance and rely heavily on Scribe. It is a commercial solution, so a fee is involved, but we create some pretty complex documentation, often that requires tweaking due to the nature of the insurance industry.
A benefit of Scribe is that you can also bring in the contents of the Word or PDF file into a text field that can then be searched on within FileMaker - pretty useful for CV storage as well.
I am also a fan of everything 360Works and we use their Web Services manager product. The bonus of Scribe is that it looks to be 2 way.
We already have the free Base Elements plugin distributed as we use this for doing http posts (as it allows passing headers which fm does not quite do yet) and we utilise its base 64 decode function. Where I can I try to utilise this so I do not have to introduce further plug ins (we are licenced for 500 seats and users are cross platform so we need to keep it as straight forward as possible).
Thanks for mentioning Scribe, when they ask if they can start extracting the data back out of these docs I will be sure to explore it!
Also go and look at
If you have some Groovy chops with Scriptmaster you can do some serious damage to Word and Excel formats both old and new with this
Can allow you to create XLS files from data in FMP13 for examples where there is a client case for it.
Scribe is lovely, but does also use a now depracated Java library, so at some point you will run into files it can't work with..