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All button tricks in this example file are done through the Appearance tab in the Inspector. More complex button tricks can be performed but at the expense of making them more complex to edit later. I like to keep it simple but even a simple trick can add flavor to your FileMaker interfaces. Hopefully these examples give you some ideas!
This technique demonstrates how to change a value list based on the current selection from another popup menu using multiple copies of the same field with different value lists attached. The fields are overlapped and appear and disappear using the Hide Object feature. There’s two additional features. The first is a copy of the field with no value list that show only in find mode. The second is an auto-enter that removes the choice from the second field when the first field is changed so there are no mismatches.
The different ways I'm showing of doing things are ones that I've seen repeatedly from beginners who haven't yet made that mental transition. Don't worry, we've all been there and, eventually, we've learnt the right way but, and I think it's fair to say, we didn't always understand the why, which is what I hope this example file, and accompanying video, will give you. (Please note that there is rarely, if ever, an absolutely right way to do something. Take 5 top level developers, give them a problem and let them solve it. All 5 will come up with a different solution; all if them will look at the others with interest but all will say 'Yes, but mine is the best.' All 5 will, however, see some technique in the other solutions that will stick in their mind and start them thinking 'What if ...' which is how we learn fastest).
Since the advent of External Authentication based on the oAuth2 Protocol that Claris International, Inc. introduced in FileMaker Server 16, some developers have searched for ways to expand the number of Identity as a Service (IDaaS) Providers that they could employ to provide authentication for access to hosted FileMaker Pro files. FileMaker Server allowed for three such providers, only one of which supported group structures. Based on some work done at a FileMaker Platform customer with assistance from Claris Consulting Engineers and Product Development Engineers1 the authors—both long-time FileMaker Server and Security experts—experimented with and devised methods to expand the universe of IDaaS Providers.