Douglas Alder shares plenty of solutions from his Homebase Software blog, and the latest is no exception. Alder took the time and effort to develop a very slick way to automate document imaging on Mac with FileMaker 13:
A Macintosh computer, FileMaker Pro 13, a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i, Automator, Applescript, a Folder Action and FileMaker’s URL Scheme make a paperless solution for legal waivers a reality.
Since the advent of FileMaker Pro 12, my favorite database development tool has been great for building document management systems. These newer versions of FileMaker have much better handling of container fields, allowing developers to set up the storage for images and PDFs in a separate directory on the server. This keeps the main database file size smaller and easier to backup. With the advent of external storage, it is possible to relatively quickly add document management features to most FileMaker systems. FileMaker Pro 13’s improved URL Scheme makes life even better for developers wanting to run scripts from outside the database, including the ability to send script parameters.
This is a lengthy article with a downloadable demo file, along with step by step instructions on writing and modifying an Apple Script. But, when you are done, you’ll have a very powerful document imaging system. Thanks, Douglas!