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QuickBooks New Invoice Trigger - PDF Line

  • 12 February 2021
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The QuickBooks “New Invoice” trigger has a field called “pdf” with a value of “(Exists but not shown)”. What does this mean?

In subsequent steps this field value becomes “hydrate||| [….long string of letters and numbers...] |||hydrate”

For context, I’m attempting to save QuickBooks invoices as .pdf files in Google Drive when they are created.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Best answer by Troy Tessalone 13 February 2021, 16:31

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Thanks for your response. This is exactly what I was looking for.

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Hi @Taxprepper 

File/Attachment (Exists but not shown) means that a file object is available.

Think of it as a temporary copy of the file.

These field values are meant to be put in fields that are designated for files/attachments, indicated by the file icon.

Here are some help docs:

Hi @Troy Tessalone,

Just to follow-up:

  1. When uploading the .pdf to Google Drive, I receive the error: “ExternalHTTPSConnectionPool(host='', port=443): Read timed out. (read timeout=39)”
  2. When uploading the .pdf to Dropbox, the .pdf uploads, but it uploads as a blank file.

Any insight as to what’s happening in both cases would be appreciated.

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Make sure you are using the correct link or file object for the desired field.

Please provide screenshots of how your Zap step is configured.