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FM - Calculated Path for Container Field?

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I'm trying to write a calc for a container field so that whatever record I'm on the container will show the appropriate document.  I put the filewin path, but it just produced an shortcut icon (instead of showing the document) and when I clicked on the icon, a dialog box came up saying I didn't have the correct file path (yet I've used this file path in other situations).  See attached.

Also, dragging and dropping doesn't seem to be the answer because:  1) we will have over 700 records, and 2) when you do so, the pdf file shows nicely, but it doesn't give an option to store only a reference to the file.  I tried right-clicking, but this doesn't provide an option to store a reference either.  I've written calc paths for pictures, etc. in a web portal easily; what's the procedure for Container fields?
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Adding image.
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Hi rvfowler,

Right Click on the Container field and choose "Insert Fie..."

The resulting dialog box has a checkbox for "Store only a reference to the file"

store-reference.jpg
Start playing with a plain container field (not a calculated one).
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Here's an example file. I've used the IncomeExpense database that I had created earlier and added a document feature. Remember this is a quick example, but it should get you started.

 IncomeExpenseExample.fp7
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I don't mind doing this to learn, but I don't want to do this 700 x 5 times (that's how many files we have to reference.  I'd rather do it via a calc so they all populate automatically.  I was able to do this with our pictures via a web portal.
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Hmm... How are those 700 X 5 files generated? Autmoatically? If so they could be attached when they are generated. ... Otherwise you could build a script to populate the database... Otherwise you can keep playing and troubleshoot the error you are getting (I haven't played with a calculated container field yet.)
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First, each file is generated by scanning it in as a pdf.  Then what I propose is to give it a naming convention, including a folder path by property and then by unit code as you see below.  I just used my calc in a web viewer that I use for images and it worked fine in a web viewer for a pdf file, so why do I even need a container field?  The drag and drop of the latter is nice, but it seems to automatically store it in FM; it does not give you the option of storing it as a reference only.  The following code worked fine in a web viewer.  Why not just use this for the 5 most standard docs, and then use ChallengeDays idea of a document table pulled over in a portal for all other docs?

"file://R:/TNTINFO/" & Tenants::PropCode & Tenants::EntityNum & Tenants::BldingRNum & "/" & Tenants::PropCode & Tenants::UnitCode & "/" & Tenants::PropCode & Tenants::UnitCode & "_InsCert.pdf"
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I still don't see the advantage of the container field, since it doesn't seem to take a script like a webviewer (when I use the same script I use for my webviewer in the autocalc of the container field, it just shows an icon and when I doubleclick on it, it says the path is wrong.).  In contrast, the webviewer is showing my pdf docs just fine.  The drag and drop of the container field is nice, but scripting is my first priority since we have 700 records x 5-10 docs each.  Or, maybe use both solutions?  Thanks.
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