I would like to ask question for which I didn't find answer. I have several filemaker dbs which differs only by data entered. All tables and fields are same. My question is if it's somehow possible share layout design across all those databases because occasionally I need to modify that layout. Change it in all dbs could be time consuming. Of course I can have empty "design db" where I could re-import data after layout change but again it could be time consuming too.
Also I'm wondering if is possible to use field name (in layout) without any table name and table would be used relative by table defined in layout? (Shows records from)
Greetings and thanks for giving this a look!
I am rebuilding a client's database that was done formerly in PHP. I'm now using FM 16 Pro Advanced. There is one print layout I'm having trouble recreating.
There are a number of data fields the realtors fill out...some get filled in, other times some don't. In addition it needs to print the name of the data field then the data itself, so for instance "Construction Stick Built". I've figured out how to go through and print only the fields (and their labels) that have data. The issue I have is with the spacing in the columns.
In the attached photo, you can see that each label/data line is neatly organized in a column so that the space between the label and the data is consistent all the way down the column. It's not centered, and it's not justified...it calculates for each row of data, how much space is needed in that row to line everything up.
Would I need to determine how wide the column is, and then calculate how long the combo of the field name and data is (with that nice separator space in between them) and then use that to space everything? Seems like a lot of calculations going on but maybe that's what needs done?
I also need to figure out if the data will require it being in 1 column or using a 2 column like the one in the picture. I believe I can figure that out...it's this 2-column alignment/spacing that's got me tied up.
I am not sure if this is a tip, or if it is already known.
Anyway it has a practical value for me so I thought I post it.
Sometimes I need to present data in a layout with several sub-summary parts and usually no body parts
I find it good interface, to give the user the ability to click on the only visible sub-summary part and reveal the next part in the hierarchy, and so on...
Thus expanding and collapsing the list by clicking on the headers.
From what I read in the forums the standard technique for this is to have a global variable to store whether part X is expanded or not.
I don't like that method very much so I thought of an alternative.
Layout Example Structure
Sub-Summary Part1 (based on COUNTRIES::Name)
Sub-Summary Part2 (based on COUNTRIES::CityID)
Sub-Summary Part3 (based on CITIES::SalesmanID)
To the right of the sub-summary part, just off screen we put an instance of the field we are sub-summarizing by.
For example, inline with sub-summary Part1 we put an instance of the field COUNTRIES::Name and we name the Object as "Part1"
Now if the sub-summary part is visible using the following :
GetLayoutObjectAttribute ( "Part1";"source" ) will give us "COUNTRIES::NAME"
or if the sub-summary part is not visible will give us error 102 (Field is missing)
By looping with a $counter variable through all sub-summary parts (1....n)
we can get a list of the visible sub-summary parts (the fields they are based on)
Then we can use this information to sort the records anyway we want to.
I think it would be nice if someone thought a way to have the list sorted in the way the parts are presented.
I want to use the same header on all my layouts in FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced but I can't seem to find a way to accomplish it. I read on Google and other forums that there is no way to do it, however the posts I found are all at least a year or two old. Did they add a way to do it in FileMaker 15 or do I still need to duplicate a layout to get the same header on a different one?
Thanks in advance,