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#1 tomp  journeyman

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 09:57 AM

As my last 2 topics indicated, I've been struggling with creating a pdf file, inserting it for display on a layout, and then attaching it to a 'send mail' script step.

After getting it all to work in my scripts, I created the runtime and sent to my beta site.

In the runtime on both MACs and PCs, the 'save pdf' script step does not work - 'Save records as pdf has been canceled'.....

What's different in the runtime that causes this failure? What can be done about it, if anything (I hope!).

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#2 efen  master

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 10:37 AM

Runtimes cannot use the export PDF function -- the functionality is not included because of licensing issues with Adobe.
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#3 tomp  journeyman

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:30 AM

I was afraid of that. It would be helpful if FM help would mention that. I didn't see anything like that in there.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 01:19 PM

From Help > Contents > Using FileMaker Pro Advanced tools > About creating runtime solutions (FileMaker Pro Advanced):

"FileMaker Pro Advanced features are stripped from runtime applications. None of the commands on the File menu > Manage submenu are available in the runtime application. Runtime applications cannot be shared over a network and do not include the ability to Save/Send Records as Adobe PDF files. Using ODBC data sources in the relationships graph is not supported in runtime applications. For a feature comparison of the runtime application with FileMaker Pro, see the FileMaker Pro Advanced Development Guide."
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 04:20 AM

However...there is a work-around;)

Install a free pdf program that will allow creation of pdf's and when printing choose print to pdf. That is what I recommend to my clients. Easy, fast and no more headaches...
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#6 artvault  apprentice

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 10:07 AM

However...there is a work-around;)

Install a free pdf program that will allow creation of pdf's and when printing choose print to pdf. That is what I recommend to my clients. Easy, fast and no more headaches...



I'm in the need of such solution - what program were you referring to?
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#7 RHernandez  newbie

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 12:11 PM

I'm in the need of such solution - what program were you referring to?


I use Primo PDF, www.primopdf.com/ for windows (don't need it for Macs).
It's free and it works.
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