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AS_ChooseFolder ( _resultTOGlobalCellName ; _prompt ; _defaultLocation )

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Thomas Seidler,

MAC ONLY. Generates applescript to choose folder & returns result

Sample Input:
Perform Applescript ( AS_ChooseFolder ( "TO::GlobalCell" ; "Choose a folder:" ; "path to desktop folder" ) )


Perform Applescript ( AS_ChooseFolder("" ; "" ; "Macintosh HD/Users/Shared/") )
Sample Output:
After choosing folder dialog, TO::GlobalCell will be set to
"Macintosh HD:User:Shared:tmp:"

Alternatively, if no cell name provided, the clipboard will be set to the result. So a simple paste will allow access to data.

 Then copy & paste into FileMaker Advanced's Edit Custom Function window.


_resultTOGlobalCellName must be the full reference (i.e. including TO) for a global field. [Thanks to Bruce Roberston for tip to use global fields, it's much better: doesn't have to be on layout as other fields do.]

Uses Applescript Choose Folder dialog to allow this functionality in FileMaker.

29 Sept 2011: updated to include prompt string and default location.
24 April 2012: updated to fix filepath result (cf update to AS_ChooseFile

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This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


thanks a a lot! it works great

Sali, Hamburg
February 25, 2012 3:33am

Works well... until the user cancels the action in the finder dialogue box. Needs some extras to account for a cancel.

Conrad, Sydney
January 25, 2013 2:45pm

Great function!!! I love when I have client that are Mac only and I can use AppleScript!

To trap for user pressing cancel. Add the ScriptStep "Set Error Capture(On)" before running the applescript than if the return path is empty , stop everything because the user cancel.

If you don't add the Set error capture(On) FileMaker will return 2 msgbox.


Dominique, Ottawa, Canada
April 08, 2014 1:12pm

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