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Hello,  This is my first post as I am new here.  I am trying to create a PDF and save it automatically to a web server so that is can later be accessed by Filemaker Pro.
I am trying to use php to accomplish this.  I am new to php so a simple solution (if one exists) or sample code would be great.  Please let me know know if this is possible, or if there is a program out there that might help me out.  Let me know if I need to describe things in more detail.
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by:lesouef
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what's the problem, creating pdf or uploading file or both?
could filemaker generate the pdf itself or is it database external data in it?
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by:ChipEaton
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The problem is not creating the PDF or being able to upload it.  
It's creating the PDF and having it save to the web server without user interaction.  I would like to create an automated system that will create and save the PDF once the user has "finished" an update.  
I hope this help explain what I am trying to done.

TIA.
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by:hernst42
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Sorry but your explanation is not sufficent. What do you mean by:
* the user has "finished" an update
* It's creating the PDF and having it save to the web server without user interaction. Who is "It's" So which parts do you already have?
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by:ChipEaton
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I can create the PDF but is has to be saved to the users local hard drive.  I would like the user to click a "submit" button, and then have the PDF created and saved to the web server all behind the scenes.  Without the user having to save the PDF to their hard drive and then upload it to the web server.  
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by:hernst42
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> I can create the PDF but is has to be saved to the users local hard drive.
Where is this pdf create on a server or on the clients computer or on the webserver or where?
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by:ChipEaton
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On the clients computer.
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billmercer earned 1500 total points
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"It's creating the PDF and having it save to the web server without user interaction."

It sounds like what you are trying to do is create a web site that will create a PDF file on a user's computer, then automatically upload that PDF to the site through the browser.

If that is what you want, it's not possible.

Browsers cannot automatically upload files without user interaction, for security reasons. If this were possible, then someone could create a web page that could retrieve files from your hard drive without your knowledge.  The most you can do with a browser is give the user a dialog box to upload a file.

Some sort of third party browser plugin, like a Java applet or an ActiveX control might do this, but the user would still have to accept and install the plugin.

If you are distributing some sort of application to the end users, then this could be achieved fairly easily, but it won't happen with just a browser.


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