SimpleFile lets your FileMaker solutions easily access files stored anywhere on your hard drive, server, or network, allowing your users to keep their files and documents organized without ever leaving your solution’s user interface.
Whether you want to import or export documents that are not natively supported, or just extend the import and export abilities of FileMaker WebDirect FileMaker Custom Web Publishing, or FileMaker Go, SimpleFile will let you achieve your goals without feeling limited.
Manage Files and Folders
With SimpleFile your solution can easily create, delete, copy, move, and rename files and folders anywhere on your hard disk, on the FileMaker Server’s hard disk, or any other network connected shared folder. You don’t even have to care about converting between different file path notations as our plug-in understands them and can easily convert between them.
Without having to deal with file path syntax issues, your solutions can easily:
Read and Write Text and Binary Files
SimpleFile lets you directly read from or write to any file, whether it contains text, picture, or any kind of binary data. You can specify text encoding when working with text files, choose between Base64 or hexadecimal dump for binary files, and import to and export from container fields.
With SimpleFile you’re no longer limited to import and export abilities natively supported by FileMaker Pro. You can import anything and export anything, even on FileMaker Server, so that your solution can easily integrate with other systems.
Open File and Save File Dialogs
SimpleFile lets your solution prompt the user for a file to open, or to choose a name and target folder for a new file to create, using the standard Open File and Save File dialogs. You can provide the user with a descriptive prompt and limit the selectable files to only certain typesds.
Unlike using the built-in import & export script steps, you can let your users organize their files the way they like, while still maintaining full control over the other import & export settings. You can also retain the imported or exported file’s name and location for further processing or easy automated updates.
Convert, Resize and Rotate Images
SimpleFile can convert a picture from one file format to another, while also resizing it to the dimensions you specify and rotating it based on the EXIF rotation flag.
Resizing and converting images lets you import different manually-sized image thumbnails to your database and present them on the web, saving space and network bandwidth, while leaving the full-size originals on the disk. EXIF-based rotation lets you display scanned images properly rotated even in applications that ignore the EXIF metadata.
Mount Network Volumes
With SimpleFile your solution can mount a network shared folder as a new volume, using any of the protocols supported by the current operating system. On OS X at least Samba, AFP, WebDAV, and FTP are supported, Windows support at least Samba by default, but support for additional protocols can be installed on each platform.
Whether you are using Mac, Windows, or a NAS to hold your shared files, your FileMaker solution can access them and keep them organized just like if they were sitting on your local hard drive, without any assistance from the user.
Import and Export Styled Text Using RTF
One of the file formats supported by SimpleFile’s read and write functions is RTF, a format understood by Microsoft Word, Pages, and all other word processing applications. When using this file format, the plug-in automatically converts styles, such as font size, color, and typeface, between RTF and the styled text understood by FileMaker Pro.
You can start your workflow in a text editor, import your document to FileMaker Pro, add database data, then export it back as a word processing document, all without losing the text formatting attributes.