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'save records as pdf' in runtime doesn't work

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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!).

TIA

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

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

Thanks

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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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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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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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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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