2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 15, 2015 12:09 PM by davidanders

    Create a database for PDF files



      Create a database for PDF files


      Hello all,

      I have lots of pdf files. And they contain different types of texts.

      What I want to do is when I search for a word, using FileMaker, FileMaker should return me all of the pages where the word is found. Is that possible?

      If yes, could you explain me how to do this?

      If it is possible I can purchase file maker. 

      Thanks in advance.

        • 1. Re: Create a database for PDF files

          It is not possible with just FileMaker, you'd also need to find and add a plug in. You can use container fields to store copies of or references to the PDF's but file maker cannot search the content of the PDF files in order to find the correct record with the PDF that contains that text. I have heard of a plug in, however, that can import the text contents of the PDF into a text field so you could have the PDF inserted into a container field and a copy of it's contents inserted into a text field that then can be searched. (I do not recall the name of the plug in developer nor their plug in, so you'd have to do some web searching to find them.)

          Note that some PDF's display text but are a PDF of an image of that text and this would not be data that even this plug in could import into a text field. In such cases you can't even open the PDF and use Adobe reader to search the pages of the PDF for text.