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i am using fmp as a picture database. on the database i saved the filename of the pictures . how can i autimat an import getting all the pics without doin it manually. something like get file 001.jpg (fieldname=001)

thx

s.

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Since you posted this to the AppleScript forum, I'm assuming that you know AppleScript.

FileMaker unfortunately can't import dynamically named files. I've solved this problem before by taking the file whose name I know from a field, and using AppleScript to duplicate the file to a known location with the name Dummy, overwriting any Dummy file it happens to find there. FileMaker's import script step is then set to import this Dummy file. Have FileMaker import that actual graphic instead of a reference to the graphic, however.

Chuck

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Well, it might be an issue of the trade off. I don't know much about importing pictures via a browser, but the solution might involve more than FileMaker can do alone. Perhaps one of the plug-ins out there can handle the work. I think a new plug-in came out recently that allows you to get the file path for a picture imported as a reference. Perhaps it does more. I don't know the name of it, though. Take a look around www.fmplugins.com and see if you find what you need.

The answer might also be using more than one application to connect what it does to FileMaker.

I would try to think about the limitations FileMaker has and then think about what you need to accomplish. Think about what steps the computer would have to do to get to your goal, and see if there are other applications that can be automated with AppleScript to get the job done.

Chuck

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without thinkin i went to fmplugins.com an my problem got solved. the solution is called "dialog magic 5.0" its a plug in which does excactly the job i want fm to do.

Import a picture by reference automatically

Cheers!

s.

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