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A long, long time ago in a far away land, Bob Cusick of Clickware sent me a log file that used a single field to log changes to fields. Through the years I modified it and released it many times but here’s the latest version. This version is so abstracted, all you need is a single custom function with parameters that specify the fields that trigger the log and the log field itself. That means you can copy and paste the formula from table to table and make minor changes to create logs in all your files.
Window Cards in FileMaker 16 are a cross between a custom dialog, a layout and a popover. This example demonstrates how to use a Window Card as a picker. WHile a popup menu is easier to setup, a picker is easier to work with when there are long lists. The picker has been designed to work with keyboard commands only, allowing for filtering, navigation and selection via keyboard equivalents.
If you missed the 2005 Developer Conference, you can still view the slides and files I used in my Philosophy of Scripting and Philosophy of Calculations presentations. I covered creating a monthly calendar with one relationship, no scripts, and no calculations. I also showed how to color the portals in a monthly calendar without any overhead in the child file or scripts or calculations. I also demonstrate how to use GetNthRecord to accomplish tasks faster and better. There is a lot of FileMaker 8 material, but a good portion is FileMaker 7-only.
I gave two presentations at the 2006 Developer Conference but one was for a class so I can't post it. What I can post, however, is the calendar solution I created in my second session. I have included the actual file, which I created in a little over an hour from scratch, in addition to a more complete solution that I used as a guide for the session. I also include an article, an outline and the commercial version of the solution. So, if you are trying to create a calendar solution or to understand how to modify my commercial version of the calendar, this download will really help you.
How many times have I asked a user how to reproduce an error and they can’t. Now you can just turn on the fancy dandy script error logging and see for yourself. Then, grab that file and import it into this file to see what’s happening. If the user can remember when the error occurred then searching the timestamp should suffice. If the user remembers the button they clicked then just search for that script name. It’s that easy.
FileMaker Pro 7 calculations preserve text formatting from referenced fields -- which can be good and bad. Unfortunately, it is not possible to remove all font characteristics using the Text Formatting functions. Here is a simple formula demonstrating how to remove text formatting including font type, size, style and size. This technique is not necessary in FileMaker 8 using the TextFormatRemove function.
This technique file is the example I used when creating FileMaker 10 videos for FileMaker, Inc. It includes object script triggers demonstrating navigation, carriage return prevention, validation, history of field level changes and filtering a list view.
This file demonstrates how to create a preferences section for a multi-user scenario with a different set of preferences for each account. Prior to ExecuteSQL, multiple table occurrences were needed to access the information from each source table. This file will show how to reduce the number of table occurrences in your solution using ExecuteSQL.
This example file shows off most of the new FileMaker 17 features for the desktop including multiple email attachments, default fields, found set portal or master-detail layouts, Perform Script by Name and Get(ActiveRecordNumber). Read the blog article and watch the companion videos at the PhilosophyOfFileMaker.Com web site.
This fairly simple set of calculation using Get(RecordNumber), GetNthRecord and Case functions allows you to display two columns in a single portal. Why would you want to do this? It's really for specialized interfaces where you are trying to optimize the amount of information displayed on screen. Think of those multi-column phone lists you used to pin on your cubicle wall as a metaphor.