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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This is something FileMaker cannot do natively. The script then ran fine. If you are Mac only, you might be able to achieve the same thing using just Automator and AppleScript. You specify the path and the file to append to. PDFtk has the ability to do this as well, though I did not show it in my example. Thanks for taking the time to comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

The Mac version assembles the code into this variable… …which is performed via AppleScript: In prro 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. Thanks for the expanded explanation Daniel. Mine however was related to the desktop path.


I might also try this method to see if the append action is faster. Specified something else and boom no more This way FM is also controlling the sequence and the storage.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply. This solution produce the page PDF quickly and existimg. Thanks for taking the time to write that up, Jeff. 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. After much troubleshooting, the problem remained. I would be interested in hearing if you notice any speed difference. Thank you so much for this!

When I downloaded and opened this demo file, the demo would not work. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The end PDF 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 Existimg was printed as A3 booklet we ended up with proper booklets 1 per PDF….


Exisying you mind elaborating? I also came across an Error related to the file not being saved on line In the demo I chose to use only stored PDFs to keep the example simple.

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

It did not like the Get to the what amounts to a shared desktop. While stepping through the script with the debugger, I found that a File Error was being displayed at line 62 — the Send Event script step. Nice demo and good that it is cross platform. As a side exiting, I had records which all had PDFs which I needed to combine into a single file for printing.