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Chapter 8. Working with Conditional Scri... > Customizing Documents with If Steps

Customizing Documents with If Steps

One of the things small businesses and free agents regularly do is generate repetitive documents. Whether it be contracts, form letters or promotions, you build a “customized” document by combining relevant paragraphs of boilerplate text and specific names and addresses from a database. You end up keeping several versions of the same basic stuff around, and then you have to manually edit each one to customize it for a specific mailing or legal document.

Although you might automatically reach for a word processing program for these kinds of projects, think again. You can crank up FileMaker's scripting muscle to generate your documents with far less pain. It's true that the set-up involves several separate tasks and will take a little time, but if you deal frequently with contracts (or any other text-based form with several modular variations), you'll find the result worth the effort.


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