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I'm using OS X 10.6 & Filemaker Pro 12; I'd like to have a script in FM to automatically open a .pdf file from a container field using Preview (dumping the file on the desktop) but it has to be using a variable path for whomever is using this particular hosted file in our local (or remote) office network

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I see that this question is a little old, but for anyone who comes across it now looking for help...

It sounds like what you need is the "Get ( DesktopPath )" function, as part of a Set Variable script step. It would be something like this (in pseudocode):

Set Variable $filepath ( Get(DesktopPath) & "filename.pdf")
Export from field ( FieldWithPDF, No Dialog) {{NB: check the box that says "Specify output file" and set it to "$filepath"}}

Also, be aware that if you're in a mixed environment (Windows & Mac), you may need a slightly more complicated Set Variable statement to accommodate for different path notations (see

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Welcome to SuperUser! We have no rules against answering old questions here. All knowledge is worth having. – David Mar 6 '14 at 17:04

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