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Scripted Exports

That covers just about all the possibilities for manually exporting data from FileMaker. It often happens that the same kind of export needs to be done repeatedly. Examples might be the sending of sales reports to a home office, or perhaps generating a telephone contact list. In cases where an export operation needs to be done on a regular basis, it makes sense to use a script to automate the process. There are additional issues to consider when setting up a scripted export. Take another look at the database shown in Figure 20.1. The same export can be automated so that users can run it by just clicking a button. That makes it possible for people who have no expertise with FileMaker or even your data requirements to successfully export a properly formatted file.

To create such a script, select Scripts, ScriptMaker to bring up the Define Scripts dialog. Create a new script called Export Tab File and add an Export Records script step to it, as shown in Figure 20.10.


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