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Posted on 2013-12-06
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What is the best way, if possible, to export the field contents and save the contents into a PDF format?
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Question by:PachecoPrimo
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Use the Save Records as PDF script step (available in FMP 8 and later). Create a layout containing only the field(s) you want to export, then go to that layout and isolate the records you want to export (using a Find or a Go to Related Record step). Your complete script will look something like the following:
#  If you plan to export multiple records, make the following a List layout
Go to layout ["PDF Export Layout"]
#  Isolate the record(s) you want to export
Perform Find [Restore]
Save Records as PDF []
#  Optional step to return to your original layout
Go to layout [original layout]

The Save Records as PDF script step optionally allows you to specify the output file name (and path), whether to create a new file or append this export to an existing PDF file, set security options, and set initial view parameters for the PDF reader.
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by:PachecoPrimo
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Hi historychef,
Thanks for your comment. I am trying to create a pdf initially and then append more records to it via a loop.  How can I store temporarily the initial pdf, so that the remainder pages can be added?
Thanks
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If you check "Append to existing PDF" in the Save Records as PDF script step, FileMaker will create the file if it doesn't already exist, and append new pages to it if it already exists. Note that you cannot append individual records on the same page: every subsequent execution of the script will start a new page, including headers and footers, if any. Here's an example, produced by executing the same script twice. If you want to change the headers or footers on subsequent pages, you can create different layouts for the first page and for the other pages.

I suggest you play around with the script step until you get what you want.
Test.pdf
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