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  • Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

    Using A5-V10.5 on Windows 8 machine.

    I am able to find a pdf file location using a dialog box and the capture a non-Alpha File action Script feature.

    However, I want to save/store that pdf location and name in a character field, so in the future, I can click the field and open the file at a later date.

    There is a form in my database that includes a one-to-many link to a variety of pdf documents associated with a person's unique id. Hence it would be stored in a one to many browse field on the form. I use a button to call the XDialog Box.

    I know very little Xbasic and am comfortable with Action Scripting and do a great job of cut and paste when given the correct code!

    Thanks, in advance, for the help.

  • #2
    Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

    The answer depends on the backend you're using (dbf or some version of sql).
    The most important thing, no matter what your backend is, would be that the character field
    must be large enough to contain the entire filename.


    • #3
      Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

      the character field could easily be 75 or more, up to the max of 255. I doubt any filename + path would be more than 100 characters.


      • #4
        Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

        is your backend dbf or sql (mssql, MySQL, MariaDB) ?


        • #5
          Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

          By backend, are you referring to where the files reside on the computer? If so, files are on One Drive in specific folders related to unique customers and already in pdf format. I can open them from A5 but need help to link to them on One Drive so I can view from my CMS.

          I currently have a vendor provided (at a hefty cost) CMS package where I upload the files from that drive. I am creating my own CMS with A5 and want to preserve all the files as related to specific customers.


          • #6
            Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

            are you using Alpha's DBF tables, or are you using some type of sql?

            What does your connection string look like ?


            • #7
              Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

              Alpha DBF tables to store the link as well as find the files.

              Connection string? That is a term I am not familiar with.


              • #8
                Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

                You are using the action script element Prompt for a filename? Do you want the result of that prompt stored in a new record in the browse or as a change to an existing record? This should do either.

                Last edited by Stan Mathews; 05-12-2018, 09:25 AM.
                There can be only one.


                • #9
                  Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

                  Stan, the record will be/is always pre-existing. And each parent level record will have anywhere from 1- 100 or more pdf files in the appropriate field (many files per one parent record).


                  • #10
                    Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field


                    After I unzip, where should I place the appropriate cdx file? Which one does what?



                    • #11
                      Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

                      Don't know what went wrong with the zip creation. Trying again.


                      Should have two tables and a set definition.
                      There can be only one.


                      • #12
                        Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

                        Added Action script versions of the button scripts.

                        There can be only one.


                        • #13
                          Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field


                          So sorry for the delay in responding. My wife's dad passed away last week and we have been in NC and dealing with this. I am finally back to sitting in front of a computer and trying to catch up.

                          I imported your example into my database and I think I can see what you have done. Your example is what I want to do, find the pdf file, upload the location (not the file itself) into a database and finally, I want to be able to recall the file from its location for viewing or emailing purposes. I found your code for the location and its DB placement. But I am unable to actually open the file, even using the Action Script open non Alpha file. Is there something I am not seeing in your example.

                          Isuppose I can upload my own DB, if that would help.

                          Again, I am sorry for the delay.



                          • #14
                            Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field

                            I misunderstood. I though you indicated that you could open them.

                            The action script for a button on the form in my example to open the pdf named in the currently selected row of the browse is shown in the attached screenshot.

                            Image 24.png
                            There can be only one.


                            • #15
                              Re: Capturing PDF File Location Into a Character Field


                              I can open the file in it's "natural" location but never could get far enough to test opening it in my DB.

                              If I create an event on the field holding the file name using your above image, that would work??? Or should I create a browse button?