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#1 Ocean West  I have an idea!

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 07:03 PM

Here is a simple example of a popover as a user friendly dialog box.

 

 

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:10 AM

I like it! I'm going popover crazy here.

 

Why did you go this route rather than a Custom Dialog. You feel it's a bit more "user friendly" and more in keeping with the UI design?


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:16 AM

a standard dialog box opens on the screen in random location that is not where the user clicked, and some times opens on the OTHER monitor.

 

Clicking a button the feedback is controlled and instant adjacent to where the user clicked.

 

Adding triggers can pre or post do actions in addition to any other input (fields or buttons) while the popover was open.

the actions could also appear to be dynamic by adding minimal slide control panels and target them as the popover is opened.

 

Although you can add calculated label buttons on custom dialog boxes there still is a limit to the number of characters that are allowed.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:40 AM

All good reasons.

I've noticed that Custom Dialogs on FMGo13 are narrower. Have you noticed that as well?


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:06 PM

Custom dialogs are whatever size the user set them to; and we can't script their size.

On a fresh install they will be the default (smallest) size.

On a previous version of FileMaker it is likely that you resized the dialog.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 01:25 PM

Hmm, not what I'm experiencing, Bruce. Let me be more specific. Show a Custom Dialog on Desktop and resize to adequate size. Move file to iPad and open in FMGo13. Dialog is quite narrow.

So +1 for the use of Popovers.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:25 PM

I wouldn't expect the GO dialog size to know anything about the Pro dialog size.

 

Just as I wouldn't expect the Pro dialog size on your computer to have anything to do with the Pro dialog size when the same file is viewed on my computer.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:49 PM

I see that the GO dialog resizes itself automatically for the content. Where the PRO dialog does not resize itself and it is easy to have invisible content if the message string is too large.


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 07:01 AM

Yes. I think this started with iOS7. Using a popover may be the only way to avoid this resizing.


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