Send email from FMP through MS Outlook



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Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby Scott Cardais » Sun, 19 Feb 2006 00:39:44 GMT

FMP 8.02, WIN XP

When we try to send an email from FMP, MS Outlook give us a warning, saying

"A program is automatically try to send an email on your behalf. Do you want
to allow this?"

I assume this is to catch viruses trying to propagate themselves, but it
adds an unnecessary step in our process.

Is there any way to configure Outlook to accept email requests without
question from our FMP file?


Scott C.

Re: Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby JC » Sun, 19 Feb 2006 03:58:43 GMT


There is a "setting" in Ms Outlook that you can check to "allow other
programs" to send mail.


Re: Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby GSP@DCS » Sun, 19 Feb 2006 05:37:02 GMT


I too have been seeking a way to accomplish sending emails without the 
warning from Outlook. I have not found such a setting. Can you be more 
specific on where this setting can be modified and in what versions of 
Outlook it is or is not available?


Re: Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby Scott Cardais » Sun, 19 Feb 2006 05:38:33 GMT


JC sent me this link. Seems to solve the problem.


Scott C.

On 2/17/06 3:37 PM, in article 5820f$43f633ec$d1a8fa82$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM ,

Re: Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby VoicesInMyHead » Sun, 19 Feb 2006 05:46:39 GMT

On older versions of OL Express, there was a radio button option to
bypass this behavior.  

However, for Outlook, it is now an integrated security "feature"

See  http://www.**--****.com/ 

WinXP Pro 64Bit / FMP Adv 8.0v2
a.k.a. The Voices

On Fri, 17 Feb 2006 15:39:44 GMT, Scott Cardais

Re: Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby Helpful Harry » Sun, 19 Feb 2006 06:17:55 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, VoicesInMyHead

I'd guess that it's to (try to) stop viruses sending copies of
themselves to everyone in your address book or sending copies of
important data from your hard drive to the person who made the virus.

One expensive work-around would be to get one of the email plug-ins
like SMTPit and send the mail direct from FileMaker itself.

Helpful Harry                   
Hopefully helping harassed humans happily handle handiwork hardships  ;o)

Re: Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby ursus.kirk » Sun, 19 Feb 2006 06:31:47 GMT

Also available Click The Freakin Button (CTFB)

Freeware and can be used with every program that has a button that needs 
regularly clicked.


"Scott Cardais" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > schreef in bericht 

Re: Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby Kent » Mon, 20 Feb 2006 08:32:18 GMT

Aside from other options, is it possible that you could remove Outlook from the 
equation entirely? If the user doesn't need to change anything in the email, you 
might try the free "Blat" ( http://www.**--****.com/ ) which can be run from the command 
line (i.e. via a batch file or DOS command) and does nothing but send simple 
email, including attachments to a specified address.


Re: Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby 42 » Tue, 21 Feb 2006 17:13:27 GMT

In article <180220061017559358% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, 
 XXXX@XXXXX.COM  says...

Plugins are the better route to take if your email is fully composed by 
filemaker. I highly recommend them for database that send email "right 
from the database"

But if you are using FM to just 'get an email started', and you normally 
use outlook for email, then the plugin doesn't make a lot of sense.


Re: Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby Helpful Harry » Wed, 22 Feb 2006 04:55:46 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, 42

You can use FileMaker as a complete email application (both sending and
recieving) using plug-ins. It is possible to use a Global field or
normal Text field to type up the email content and send that, etc. It
really depends on what else you need to do with the email (eg.
attaching "random" files picked by the user to the email may be a

The only real problem is that the plug-ins are expensive and on that
point it can make little sense since the separate email application is
often free.

Helpful Harry                   
Hopefully helping harassed humans happily handle handiwork hardships  ;o)

Re: Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby 42 » Sun, 26 Feb 2006 06:00:38 GMT

In article <210220060855462599% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, 
 XXXX@XXXXX.COM  says...

That is not the only problem. There are a LOT of tradeoffs to using 
Filemaker as an email program.

You lose resizable panes, resizable columns, drag and drop support for 
moving messages, adding removing attachments, etc, you also lose 
multiple-item select via shift click, control click. Then there's also 
the matter of html messages which require launching helper applications 
for each message to view. Plus tree-views which are a natural and 
logical way of fiewing folder hierarchies and message threads are clumsy 
at best in filemaker.

I'm not saying you can't do it. But unless there is a compelling reason 
to have your emails stored in filemaker its a lot of tradeoffs for 
nothing... at least for users coming from mainstream readers like 

Re: Send email from FMP through MS Outlook

Postby Helpful Harry » Sun, 26 Feb 2006 14:43:28 GMT

n article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, 42
< XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote:

True, but I never said FileMaker makes a GOOD email application, just
that it can be send and receive emails - "email" to me means text-only,
not silly HTML nonsense. :o)

If you wanted to get really complicated you could probably replicate
much of what other email applications do in a FileMaker system (and no
doubt someone sells such a thing), but really it is a waste of time
reinventing all that.

Helpful Harry
Hopefully helping harassed humans happily handle handiwork hardships ;o)

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