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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Thanks for taking the time to write that up, Jeff.

The Mac version assembles the code into this variable… prro is performed via AppleScript: In a 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. If you are Mac only, you might be able to achieve the same thing using just Automator and AppleScript.

Append PDF script step is not appending

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Specified something else and boom no more I would be interested in hearing if you notice any speed difference. With the demo working, I imported the script into my file and made the appropriate changes, again — the problem occurred, and the fix worked. In the demo I chose to use only stored PDFs to keep the example simple. Finally, at the risk of stating the obvious… this technique can just as easily be applied to a;pend combination of native FileMaker generated outputs and existing stored PDFs.


After much troubleshooting, the problem fipemaker. I also came across an Error related to the file not being saved on line This is something FileMaker cannot do natively. 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 PDF was printed as A3 booklet we ended up with proper booklets 1 per PDF….

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Nice demo and good that it is cross platform. As a side note, I had records which all had PDFs which I needed to combine into a single file for printing. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Would you mind elaborating? Mine however was related to the desktop path.

I might also try this method to see if the append action is faster.


Thank you so much for this! This way FM is also controlling the sequence and the storage.

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This solution produce the page PDF quickly and flawlessly. Thanks for the expanded explanation Daniel. 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.

You specify the path and the file to append to.

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PDFtk has the ability to do this as well, though I did not show it in my example. When I downloaded and opened this demo file, the demo would not work.

The script then ran fine. Thanks for taking the time to comment. It did not like the Get to the what amounts to a shared desktop.

You may save someone else a lot of grief.