FileMaker plugin icon Use Scribe to automate processing of Microsoft Office and PDF files. Populate forms, insert images, highlight changes between versions of documents, manipulate Microsoft Word and Excel tables, retrieve metadata form Excel table cells, secure PDF files. With Scribe 4, you can merge or splice a PDF in a FileMaker container field and perform OCR in FileMaker.

FileMaker and PDF Improvements, Plus FileMaker OCR - Scribe 4 is now available!

Scribe 4 ships with OCR in FileMaker to read your scanned documents, such as receipts, forms, or contract PDF files. Additionally, we added features to allow you to merge or splice a PDF and get meta-data, plus multiple fixes for existing functionality in Scribe. Learn more here.

360Works Scribe can read from and write to PDF, Excel, Word files

See how Scribe interacts with each document type:

PDF Automation Scribe integration with Portable Document Format (PDF)
Excel Automation Scribe integration with Microsoft Excel
Word Automation Scribe integration with Microsoft Word
Retrieve text from PDF files and form, including retrieval of values from PDF form fields Retrieve data from any cell or range in the Excel file Find and replace text in Word documents
Add images or append images and text to PDF files Write data to any cell Populate forms built with content control fields
Insert new pages into PDF files Add images to Excel table cells Read and write data to tables in Word
Secure PDF files with encryption and password protection Retrieve cell metadata:
  • cell comments
  • background color
  • rows and columns in a range
  • Add or append images

    360Works Scribe can extract searchable text from just about any kind of document

    • Let's say that you're storing documents in FileMaker. You can store the documents in a container (or SuperContainer), but how will your user be able to search for the documents? The answer is Scribe. It will extract all of the human-readable text from any Word, Excel, PDF, HTML, RTF file, or even JPEG metadata. This text can then be stored in a searchable, indexed field in FileMaker so that your users can search for any document based on its contents!
    • Extracting text from a PDF document
      Extract text from a PDF document

    360Works Scribe can do powerful processing on text fields in your FileMaker database

    • 360Works Scribe can visually show you what text was changed. Let's say that you're storing proposals or contract text in FileMaker. FileMaker can tell you when it was last changed, and who changed it, but it can't tell you exactly what the changes were. For that, you need Scribe!
    • Sample output from Scribe
      Highlight differences between similar text

    • 360Works Scribe can highlight text within a text field. With Scribe, you can do Google Cache-style text highlighting. This could be based on a user's search term, or any other criteria. This function is not case-senstive, which means it will highlight words even if the capitalization does not exactly match. For advanced users, you can use regular-expression type matching to highlight any text pattern, not just matching words. For example, you could [highlight all text in square brackets], or all valid email address, or all hyperlinks, or anything else.

      This example shows how you can use Scribe to highlight any text in [square brackets] as a workflow and collaboration tool:
      highlight text matching a regular expression

    • 360Works Scribe can find text patterns. If you're familiar with regular expressions, you can use Scribe to find every occurrence of a text pattern, and return it as a FileMaker value list. You could use this feature to scan text fields for postal codes, email addresses, web sites, order numbers, or any other type of text value. You can also combine this with text replacement to modify the original text. Use this feature to strip out HTML code or blank out credit card / social security numbers.

      Using this feature, Scribe can extract all valid email addresses from a text field:
      extract emails from text

    What does the FileMaker community think of 360Works Scribe?

    This 6:33 video from Richard Carlton Consulting shows how to use Scribe to do a mail merge from FileMaker data to Microsoft Word.

    Hear what Lee Strong and Andy Cohen have to say about 360Works Scribe on episode 123 of FileMaker Success tips.

    "Inspector would not be all that it is without the help of the Scribe Plug-in from 360Works"—Vincenzo Menanno - Director of FileMaker Development, Beezwax

    "Scribe has been working very well. I was telling Richard the other day that the plugin is worth its price just for the substitute function that you added"—Garrett Debski, Richard Carlton Consulting

    "I have put Scribe in place and it is working flawlessly so far... We have under way a test of a pdf form that has 393 fields, some are extracted and the rest are inserted into the form. So far, I cannot report any problems at all... 360Works and you have done a marvelous job!" —Charles Huff, Briggs & Associates

    "I've just seen the Scribe plugin. I'm too dumbstruck for more than two words: WOW! and Thanks! "—Marc Thewes, Thewes & Reuter

    "Yet another amazing and simple tool to make everyone think that I'm a genius. Thanks! "—Adrian Lee-Chin, Portland Holdings

    Questions and Answers

    What version of FileMaker is required? Will it run on Windows/Mac?

    360Works plugins are compatible with the FileMaker 14 platform and higher.

    All of our plugins are designed to run on Mac and on Windows. All system requirements are the same as those of FileMaker. As long as you meet FileMaker's minimum requirements, you can run our plugins. Please reference the FileMaker Pro operating system requirements for all versions.

    Are 360Works plugins compatible with FileMaker Cloud?

    Yes, but only for the most recent version of the plugin. For non-plugin products such as MirrorSync and Zulu, MirrorSync is compatible with FileMaker Cloud, but Zulu is not.

    What about Web Publishing and FileMaker Server?

    If you purchase the Enterprise License (see below), then you will be able to use the plugin with the FileMaker Web Publishing Engine. This means that when you use our plugins in your FileMaker scripts, they will work the same way with Instant Web Publishing (IWP) or WebDirect. It also means that your Custom Web Publishing applications (with XSLT, PHP, or any other web technology) can call FileMaker scripts that use our plugins.

    Can I use this plugin with my FileMaker runtime solution?

    Yes, all of our plugins work in FileMaker runtime solutions, just copy the plugin to the runtime's Extensions folder.

    What kind of licenses are there?

    Most of our plugins are available in 3 licenses: a demo version which works for 2 hours every time you launch FileMaker, a Workgroup license for 10 or fewer users, and an Enterprise license for unlimited users within a single organization.

    What about FileMaker Go?

    If you'd like to add plug-in functionality to a mobile solution, there are a number of options available. Plug-ins cannot be installed directly on a iPhone or iPad, but you can trigger a script on a machine that does have the plug-in installed. Using FileMaker Server, you can have routine scripts that will process all the outstanding function calls. For an example on how to do this, see this article on accomplishing this with Plastic. Alternatively you could integrate RemoteScripter to trigger server side scripts. Finally, FMRPC is a separate product developed as a collaboration between Skeleton Key and 360Works.

    There are more Questions and Answers on our product support site.

    Purchase the Portfolio Bundle to obtain an Enterprise license of this product which allows for unlimited users within a single organization.

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