July 25th, 2013 Today we released Troi File Plug-in 7. This updated file management plug-in for FileMaker Pro 12 lets you insert text in files and drag and drop mails in FileMaker. See the version history page for the complete list of changes.
Troi File Plug-in 7 for FileMaker Pro 11 and 12
The new Troi File Plug-in 7 further expands your file manipulation arsenal. This release adds several new key features and expands existing ones.
Insert text into a file at a specified position
Troi File Plug-in 7 improves on the manipulation of (text) files: with the new function TrFile_InsertContents, you can insert text into a file at a specified position. We added a new Insert example file to the download demonstrating this functionality.
New: present your image thumbnails in a grid
With Troi File Plug-in 7 you can create square thumbnails, which is great for presenting multiple images to a user in a compact grid. In this version we added a grid view to the Thumbnail example file, which demonstrates (in a simplified way) how to do this. We also added the possibility to add a name when creating a thumbnail with the TrFile_CreateThumbnail function. The name is normally not visible, but will be used for example when you perform an Export Field Contents action later.
Drag your mails into FileMaker Pro
We improved the drag and drop functionality by adding Mail Drop (Mac OS X only). You can now drag one or more emails from the Mail.app to the FileMaker window. Add the switch "-AllowMailDrops" to the switches parameter of TrFile_DragAndDrop function to enable this extra functionality. We also updated the DragAndDrop example file to reflect the Mail Drop functionality with an extensive example demonstrating the handling of single and multiple Mail Drops.
Troi File Plug-in already gave you the possibility to write metadata information to your image files. Version 7 adds two new switches to the TrFile_SetMetaData function: "-SetImageURL" and "-UTF8CharSet". By using the "-SetImageURL" switch you can set the Photoshop Image URL metadata (not part of the official IPTC specification). The new "-UTF8CharSet" switch can be used together with the "-SetIPTC" switch. This will write the IPTC data encoded as UTF-8 text and will set the CodedCharacterSet tag in the written image file (which indicates the encoding) to UTF-8.
Several other enhancements
Apart from the new features we fixed a few issues and made several improvements:
Ready for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (preview)
We tested and improved the compatibility of Troi File Plug-in 7 with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (preview version). This version is also compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP.
Easy installing and updating
With FileMaker Pro 12 plug-ins can be installed directly from a container field! this means you no longer need the AutoUpdate feature of FileMaker Server. In our downloads formatted for FileMaker Pro 12 (.fmp12 format) we have included an example file EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12 which installs (and autoupdates!) our plug-ins with FileMaker Pro 12.
Powerful listing of folders and searching
Troi File Plug-in 7 lets you recursively list the contents of a folder with one call to the plug-in! The plug-in will return a list of all files and/or folders and all the subfolders contained in the folder you are listing. This makes processing all the items in a deeply nested folder very easy, like for example listing all the Word documents contained in a folder.
Run as a server-side plug-in
Troi File Plug-in 7 is compatible to run under FileMaker Server: it can run as a server-side plug-in or as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine when using FileMaker Server. This means that you can use the powerful file management functions in server-side scripts, opening up lots of new possibilities.
Drag and drop files and folders
Troi File Plug-in allows you to drag one or more files or folders on a FileMaker window or even a drop zone. The paths of the dropped items can then be handled by a triggered script, for example to put them in a container field. You can specify up to two drag destination rectangles (even on the same window), and each drag can trigger a different script.
Use FileMaker styled paths
Troi File Plug-in 7 is compatible with FileMaker styled paths, like for example "filemac:/MacHD/folder/file.txt". Each function with a path parameter can be given a FileMaker styled path. You can also still use all the FileSpec formats of previous versions of Troi File Plug-in, like for example "MacHD:folder:file.txt" on Mac OS X and "C:\folder\letter.txt" on Windows.
Get the Type of an Item
The function TrFile_GetTypeOfItem provides an easy way to see if a path points to a folder or file.
Get and Set creation and modification dates of folders
The TrFile_GetDateCreated and TrFile_GetDateModified functions and their variants, like TrFile_GetTimestampModified, will also get the creation and modification date of a folder. Moreover, you can also set the creation and modification date of a folder, using the TrFile_SetTimestampCreated and TrFile_SetTimestampModified functions.
Together with several improved example files and a new User Guide this plug-in is a powerful toolbox no FileMaker developer can do without.
On the version history page you can find the complete list of changes of this and previous versions.
Troi File Plug-in is a very powerful tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker database. Any files stored on the rest of the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in. All from within FileMaker you can:
All functions of the plug-in can be used in a script
enabling you to automate this power.
64 Functions give you ample power
Troi File Plug-in adds 64 functions to FileMaker Pro, giving you virtually limitless possibilities! Below you find a bit more detail on some of the functions:
Command your shell
With the TrFile_ExecuteShell function you can execute a command in the command shell of the operating system. On Mac OS X this will be a command executed in the UNIX Bourne shell, and on Windows this is the Windows CMD shell.
Troi File Plug-in allows you to retrieve extensive image and movie data like width, height and depth, and much more. While we were at it we also added an extensive example file ManageMedia.fmp12(/.fp7).
Mount and unmount
With the powerful MountDisk function you can mount remote disks on a server. On Windows you can map a remote drive to a drive letter. On Mac OS X you can even mount AFP servers across the Internet! The UnmountDisk function is available on all platforms. It is all explained in the DiskMount.fmp12(/.fp7) example file in the download.
Just substitute text in files on disk
With Troi File Plug-in you can search for a text string in a file and substitute it with another text. You can substitute text and have the result saved in the same file! And you can use replace strings of up to 150,000,000 characters, making it possible to substitute tags with much longer replacements in template files.
Extensive example files and user guide
We can not discuss everything here, that is why the demo is fully functional and comes with a 96-page user guide and 34 extensive example files demonstrating every functionality.
Try Troi File Plug-in before you buy
You are free and invited to test the program before you pay. You may also make copies of the original and complete package (including the Read Me file) and distribute it to customers, friends etc. However, you may not distribute a modified or registered version.
Troi File Plug-in 7 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 11, and 10. The plug-in can also run with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11 and 12. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X (10.5.7 or later) and for Windows 8, Windows7, Windows Vista or Windows XP (Service Pack 3).
Licenses for Troi File Plug-in cost US$ 99 per user.
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