Retrieve Your Databases with a Click
Master Form V4 from http://willmaster.com/mfv4 can email files on your server to any email address you specify.
Files can be inserted into the body of the email and/or delivered as attachments. The method is as secure as your FTP and other server access information. That’s because Master Form V4 requires an email template file before it will email anything. And the template must be on your server.
Master Form V4-created database files are specifically addressed in this article. But the method will email files created by other programs just as easily and as hassle-free.
Let’s assume you have a CSV file in subdirectory "data" (subdirectory to where Master Form V4 is installed). Let’s further assume the file is named "feedback.csv".
First build the email template. Then create a form to use the template.
The Email Template
The feedback.csv file can be delivered in the email body. And it can be an attachment to the email.
Probably an attachment would work best, in this case. The attachment, once received, can simply be double-clicked to view. Alternatively, the file can be dragged into a spreadsheet or database program that can import CSV files.
This example presents both retrieval methods. File feedback.csv will be embedded in the body of the email and also attached.
Here is the template:
Subject: Your file :-)
That’s all there is to it.
Change the email@example.com email addresses to whatever is appropriate for you.
If you want only an attachment, remove the [[INSERT…]] placeholder. And vice versa.
More than one file may be attached by providing more than one [[ATTACH…]] placeholder, one placeholder per file. Similarly, multiple files can be inserted into the email body with multiple [[INSERT…]] placeholders.
(The Master Form V4 manual has information about the placeholders, including how to specify file locations.)
Upload the email template to your server someplace where Master Form V4 can find it. For our examples, we’ll assume the template file name is "filesend.txt" and that it’s located in a subdirectory named "templates".
Here is the form, in a bare web page, to use when having the database emailed to you:
value="Retrieve file feedback.csv"
That’s the simplicity of it.
The form’s action needs to be the URL to your installation of Master Form V4.
The hidden name="redirect" field value needs to be changed to the URL of the page you want to see after the form is submitted.
Save the form to your hard drive, maybe on your desktop.
Wherever you want the latest version of the database sent to yourself, open the file in your web-browser and click the button.
Master Form V4 takes care of the rest.