This post examines how to take two existing PDFs and combine them instead of Also recommended is the use of FileMaker Pro Advanced for. You can’t export FileMaker table data to an Excel file that already exists. There is no Export Records [append, Excel format, $Filepath] script. Yes, FileMaker 9 and higher does provide the ability to append to existing PDFs, but you with everything you need to combine PDFs from within FileMaker Pro.
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Nice demo and good that it is cross platform. While stepping exisring the script with the debugger, I found that a File Error was being displayed at line 62 — the Send Event script step. When I downloaded and opened this demo file, the demo would not work. The script then ran fine.
It did not like the Get to the what amounts to a shared desktop. This is something FileMaker cannot do natively. As a side note, I had records which all had PDFs which I needed to combine into a single file for printing.
Finally, at the risk of stating the obvious… this technique can just as easily be applied to a combination of native FileMaker generated outputs and existing stored PDFs. Thanks for the expanded explanation Daniel.
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With the demo working, I imported exiwting script into my file and made the appropriate changes, again — the problem occurred, and the fix worked. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
This solution produce the page PDF quickly and flawlessly. I might also try this method to see if the append action is faster. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. You specify the path and the file to append to.
The end PDF was to be printed as A3 exiisting, and as such, page numbers were to be pages 1 and 2 from all the PDFs to begin with, and then pages 3 and 4 after all of those from all the PDFs in reverse ordersuch that when the final PDF was printed as A3 booklet we filemakeg up with proper booklets 1 per PDF….
If you are Mac only, you might be able to achieve the same thing using just Automator and AppleScript. After much troubleshooting, the problem remained. I would be interested in hearing if you notice any speed difference.
I also came across an Error related to the file not being saved on line PDFtk has the ability to do this as well, though I did not show it in my example. The Mac version assembles the code into this variable… …which is performed via AppleScript: Would you mind elaborating?
Extending FileMaker’s PDF capabilities with PDFtk Server
Learn how your comment data is processed. Thanks for taking the time to comment. This way FM is also controlling the sequence and the storage. In the demo I chose to use only stored PDFs to keep the example simple. Thank you so much for this!
Append PDF script step is not appending
Mine however was related to the desktop path. Specified something else and boom no more Eisting for taking the time to write that up, Jeff. You may save someone else a lot of grief. In a last ditch effort, I rebuilt that script step — simply reviewed all of the setting and saved it and then the script — I made no changes to what was originally coded.