Some information that may help you:
FMP 10 allows developers to do what you want, but in a limited fashion. Look up 'Instant Web Publishing' online, or in a good manual. It allows only five people accessing your FMP file at a time, however. If you need to allow more than that, you're into FMP Server software = $$$$$$$ and web hosting charges. If you do not expect more than five people at a time, your computer is used as the online server. You will also have to format a special web URL for them that is based on your computer's IP address. The IWP utility creates a special copy of your files, and be aware that not all functions work in the IWP version of these files. You should be careful which layouts, if there are several, you want users to see. This can be controlled through directing users with buttons to navigate, or hiding layout names in Layout>Setup of your copy of the db. There are also security issues you should consider.
Sample URL for a IWP file: http://YourIPAddress:591/fmi/iwp/cgi?-db=FileName&-loadframes
The :591 allows the user to access your database through a specific port reserved for Filemaker databases.
I'm sure there are other approaches that would achieve what you want to do, but this is the one I am most familiar with. I've used IWP extensively and rely on it for a national organization.
Thanks, but IWP does not support the scripts that allow you to export files attached to records. I need a different solution. Standard IWP will not work, unless there is a trick I am unaware of.
If the only issue is allowing visitors to your site to download a specific pdf file, and IWP doesn't allow you to download the file, then put the file somewhere else that users can get to. Create a DropBox account and put the DropBox file URL into your db. Or do the same thing with a MobileMe account, if you have one. If you used MSW to create the file, then made a pdf copy from that, you might even try to import the MSW file into Apple's Pages word processing / layout program, and post it on iWork.com. I've used all these possibilities, too.
If the PDFs are on your website http://yourwebsite.com in a folder called downloads
http://yourwebsite.com/downloads/ and your PDFs are named "PDF01", "PDF02", etc
your database using Open URL in a script would work, with some possible problems.
Open URL Is Not Working When Used Via Instant Web Publishing
Google "filemaker iwp open url"
Thank you. This is a great idea. I started toying around with this idea after reading the last post. I did not have a http://yourwebsite.com. I do now and have gotten this to work on my computer. I have not tried it via IWP yet. I will post again if it doesn't work, lol! I hope you will all be so kind as to help me again if it fails.