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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You specify the path and the file to append to.

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The Mac version assembles the code into this variable… …which is performed via AppleScript: If you are Mac only, you might be able to achieve the same thing using just Automator and AppleScript. 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. This way FM is also controlling the sequence and the storage. I also came across an Error related to the file not being saved on line 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.


Specified something else and boom no more You may save someone else a lot of grief.

I might also try this papend to see if the append action is faster. Thanks for taking the time to write that up, Jeff.

This solution produce the page PDF quickly and flawlessly. Thank you so much for this!

Nice demo and good that it is cross platform. After much troubleshooting, the problem remained. It did not like the Get to the what amounts to a shared desktop.

Append PDF script step is not appending

PDFtk has the ability to do this as well, though I did not show it in my example. When I downloaded and opened this demo file, the demo would sxisting work.

Mine however was related to the desktop path. Learn how your comment data is processed. The script then ran fine.

Extending FileMaker’s PDF capabilities with PDFtk Server

Thanks for the expanded explanation Daniel. This is something FileMaker cannot do natively. This existihg uses Akismet to reduce spam. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


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While stepping through the script with the debugger, I found that a File Filemkaer was being displayed at line 62 — the Send Event script step. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.

The end Exiting was to be printed as A3 booklet, 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 ended up with proper booklets 1 per PDF….

With the demo working, I imported the script into my file and made the appropriate changes, again — the problem occurred, and the fix worked.

Would filemakerr mind elaborating? I would be interested in hearing if you notice any speed difference. In the demo I chose to use only stored PDFs to keep the example simple.

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