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  1. Oh That was simple enough I guess. :-)
  2. I'd like my FIlemakerGo solution to be non-password protected and simply open to my Home screen when the file is opened, I don't want the user to have a username or have any log-in step) and I'd like the display to be set without either of the Filemaker toolbars at the top or bottom of the screen. I've been searching and reading about the topic online, but by now my head is spinning, because I can't even remember what the different parts are. I'm seeing 3 horizontal strips on the screen other than what I designed on my layouts: 1) The iPad-standard ribbon that shows the Wifi signal, the time, and battery level. (Is this the 'status bar'?) 2) A Filemaker strip at the top of my layout with an 'Actions' arrow leading to File launch / close, etc. at left and the Search magnifying glass at right. (What is this called?) 3) A Filemaker strip at the bottom of the screen with Record navigation controls. (The Toolbar) So, I would like to hide (2) and (3) when my file opens. I'd like the Apple iPad data to remain. I have set up an opening script that uses Show/Hide Toolbars [Lock; Hide] and this succeeds in hiding the lower bard (3) . . . but it leaves the top one visible. I know I can hide that top bar by swiping up with three fingers - - and I'm fine with my use being able to do that too . . . but when they open the file, I want it to be hidden -- because I don't anticipate their needing any of those tools or settings, and it just makes the layout look busier than it needs to. (I've put a 'Close File; button on every layout). Is there some way I can make that upper toolbar (and what is it actually called?) hide itself by default thanks!
  3. I am trying to figure out a convenient way to send a Filemaker file to a friend's iPad with minimum fuss. This person does not use his iPad for email. I see I can send such a file via iMessage, just as I would a photograph. What I'm not seeing is how to get the file from the iPad Message app into FilemakerGo. When I send the file, I see it there in the iMessage window, but the only option seems to be 'Copy' -- is there a way to "paste" the file into FilemakerGo? Having received the file in Messages, is there a place where the file "lives" on the iPad -- and where I could move it over into Go? I'm hoping there's a way I can do this without asking the person too download it on a desktop machine, plug in the iPad, and use iTunes to move it over. Is there?
  4. THAT'S IT! Thanks to everyone who spent time replying here -- doughemi hit the nail on the head, exactly what I was hoping for. I think I had done this once a couple years ago but couldn't quite recall the logic of it.
  5. This is a super-simple parent-child one-to-many structure. PARENT: Topic CHILD: Question Each Child Question record is characterized in a field as Easy OR Medium OR Hard (each question has only one designation). I want to start on a layout in Topic Context and allow the user to specify which subsets of Questions they want to encounter: Easy, OR Medium OR Hard . . . or Easy AND Medium, or Easy AND Hard, or Medium AND Hard or Easy AND Hard, or Easy AND Medium AND Hard. Basically, any combination of these three options: A B C A+B A+C B+C A+B+C So, my though was I set up three checkboxes, INCLUDE A INCLUDE B INCLIUDE C . . . and then depending what the user ticks off, I craft a somewhat complicated IF or CASE sort of script or calculation that performs a FIND on the Question table, for each permutation of checkboxes - - I'm sort of muddy on the process. Do I store the various tick boxes as variables that I then use in a Find? . . . OR can I use a single checkbox field, where when the user checks off boxes, we get a single field with carriage-return entries like: Medium -or- Easy Medium -or- Medium Hard -or- Easy Medium Hard . . . I don't know how to utilize a single field with carriage-returned values to each on a table to find records that match any of the carriage-returned values. This seems like what would be ideal. With regard to the "Anatomy of a Good Topic Link, I'm afraid all I get is this:
  6. This really isn't a survey with branching lines -- it's just a single Find based on the user's desire to include 1, 2, or 3 of the available sub-sets of quiz questions. I maybe complicated the question by bringing up the 'sequence' issue, which will just be a simple sorting step in whatever script I end up with. The quiz questions will be served up one at a time, from first to last -- no branching depending on answers. ('Previous Performance' is just referring to how many times they got these questions right on a previous attempt at them). So say there are 100 question. 20 Easy, 30 Medium, and 50 hard. I just want the user to indicate which questions they want to attempt Easy = 20 Q's Easy Medium & Hard = 80 Q's Easy, Medium & Hard = 100 Q's What's the best way to allow them to specify which batches to include, and then turn that input into a found set?
  7. This seems like it should be simple, but I'm not sure of the best way to go about it . . . I have a quizzing database where each problem is tagged as Easy, Medium, or Hard. On an introductory layout, I want to give users the option of checking one or more tick boxes to determine which of the classes of problems to include in their quiz, and then I want them to be able to choose whether to order those questions in my original sequence, in a random sequence, or in a sequence based on their previous performance . The 'ordering' option I figure I'll offer by putting three buttons on the layout corresponding to the three modes -- clicking one of the three will launch the quiz. . . . but I'm less clear how I should go about presenting only the records reflected in their tick box choices. Should the tick boxes be three separate global fields (Select_easy, Select_medium, Select_hard) and then I take those field states and somehow craft a scripted Find for the 7 different possible box states? Or should it be one field with a Value List offering the 3 options . . . in which case I would perform the Find . . . how exactly? Or is there some other approach for this sort of thing?
  8. I've got the button bar set up and formatted -- looks and works great! Thanks for that suggestion! Now I have a calculation bug that's stumping me. In addition to displaying the most recent responses, I want to calculate a Mastery Score, which will be a weighted %. The most recent response is worth 5, the penultimate one worth 4, etc. down to the 5th most recent answer worth 1 point. So, to get the Mastery % I want to add up all the points and divide it by the total possible points according to how many times the user attempts the problem. I've set up a Calc that seems like it should work, but it gets the denominator wrong. The numerator appears to work okay, but the denominator is always 1+2+3+4+5 = 15 as though the user has made 5 attempts (so if he HAS made 5 attempts, it calculates properly. I have the 5 answer fields automatically set to the word 'Empty' when I create a problem record. If the user gets it right, the field changes to "Right" -- if he flunks, it is set to "Wrong". Here's the calc: And a sample result. Probably something simple I'm missing?
  9. I am creating an iPad solution for quizzing people on backgammon positions. I am trying to figure out a way of reflecting the users "Mastery" of each problem -- the idea being that they will take the quiz repeatedly over time, gradually getting them right more consistently. I thought about just showing a % of Right answers divided by Attempts -- but this number wouldn't change (improve markedly after several attempts. If they got a problem wrong the first two times, and then correct 3 times in a row, the progressive % would be 0, 0, 33, 50, 60 -- and 60% doesn't suggest the degree of mastery one deserves for getting it right for the 3 most recent attempts in a row. One thing I'd like to be able to do is display up to 5 of the most recent attempts. What I'm envisioning is something like a row of 5 Radio Buttons representing the most recent 5 attempts. Before the first attempt they would all be grey in color. If the user gets the problem right, the right hand circle would turn Green. On a second attempt say they get it wrong -- that first circle would turn Red, and the second circle would turn Green. With each subsequent attempt, the previous results would get shoved to the left, with the most recent response reflected in the right-most circle (which perhaps I would make a bit bigger than the others). I figure I do this by creating a field for each of the 5 responses and then just script a process for updating the values after each attempted problem, and use conditional formatting to display the appropriate result color. But . . . Conditional formatting won't turn the actual Radio Button's color -- it's always black, so only the accompanying text would change color. I can't just use graphic circles, because conditional formatting doesn't work for noon-field objects as far as I can see. I guess I could just create a Display field with a global value of "O" in it, copy it 5 times and apply conditional formatting to it according to the Right/Wrong/Empty values in each of the 5 fields -- maybe just altering the 'Fill' color . . . but then it would be a sure field box with a O inside it - - not exactly the nice graphical effect I was hoping to achieve with something like Radio Buttons. -- I'd rather it didn't look like Text, but rather like a row of lights. Does anyone have any suggestions for how I could go about this? Either how to achieve what I've described, or an alternate approach to displaying a user's "Mastery" of each problem? I should perhaps mention I'll also want to be able to sort the problems or search for them on the basis of mastery level -- something I can figure out a way to calculate by looking at up to 5 most recent attempts.
  10. Slow Field Behavior - Desktop

    Hmmmm . . . . I've tried out FMP 16 and the problem persists -- but I think I've discovered at least part of the problem is that I have two charts on the page, and it seems like they are being re-drawn after I enter data in certain fields -- but they aren't fields relevant to calculating any values in the charts. is there a reason for this, and can i change that behavior? I tried opening the file in FMP 13 and it works just fine, very snappy as before. Are FMP 15 & 16 such memory hogs I actually need a hardware upgrade to run them?
  11. Slow Field Behavior - Desktop

    Don't know if there's a way to 'bump' a query, but I'm disappointed not to get any replies on this. The problem is persisting, and if anything getting worse (though it may be I'm just getting fed up). I'm really mystified by this problems, as they don't seem to have arisen from any fresh development work on my files. Any help?
  12. I have a few databases I use on my desktop (not a network -- software is on this machines, as are files) -- just FMP solutions running on my new Retina display iMac, running OSX 10.13.2. I'm on FMP 15.03.305 Recently, these solutions have become remarkably sluggish for doing simple data entry. For example, if I click on a field with a drop-down menu based on a simple value-list with just 7 values, the list doesn't instantly appear as in the past -- It's click - beat - list displays - click choice - beat - beat - beat - value enters, tabs to next field (where 'beat' is a say half-second pause and feels like an eternity). I guess I could understand if it was a little slow auto-completing based on existing entries and there were hundreds of entries (but in the past even that sort of thing was zippy). Any suggestions what might be going on?
  13. Web Viewer & 'Hide Object When'

    Thanks for the suggestion -- but to clarify, I'm not trying to scroll with a Container field, it's a web-viewer, and it behaves very nicely in that regard. It's just this selective 'Hide When' glitch that has me puzzled here.
  14. I have a nifty little backgammon quizzing solution set up for FMGo that shows images of game positions and you tap on the image container to view the solution below. This works by toggling a simple text field from empty to 'Show' when you tap the Problem image. I've used the calculation IsEmpty ( Positions::z_SolutionToggle ) in the 'Hide Object When' option in the inspector for three items on the layout: A Text Field giving the simple answer, a Container Field with a picture of the proper solution, and a Web Viewer for displaying comments about the proper play. Tapping the Problem image toggles the control field empty again, hiding the 3 items. I have an 'On Record Load' script trigger set up to clear the toggle field so when you go to the next problem the answers are hidden. All three items work just fine in FMP my desktop. On the iPad in Go, however, the Web Viewer is glitching in a particular way. The tapping to show/hide works fine - - but if I have the answers revealed and tap for the Next problem, the web viewer fails to Hide itself, while the other two objects hide as expected. The data in the web-viewer *does* update to the text for the fresh problem -- it just doesn't hide itself. The other tw items vanish, but it stays there, displaying the new comments. Tapping the Problem pictures toggles the other two items into view as planned, and another tap hides all three, and moving to the next problem, they all remain hidden as intended, so it is only when going frrom the Revealed state to the next Hidden state that the web viewer falls down. The contents of the web viewer are drawn from a text field using this data URL I gleaned from a thread where web-viewers were offered as an alternative to fields with scrollbars in GO because scrollbars don't work so well in GO: "data:text/html," & "<html><style>*{ font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;}</style><body>" & Substitute ( GetAsCSS ( Positions::Comments ) ; "¶" ; "<br />" ) & "</body></html>" I have the 'Allow Interaction' and 'Automatically encode URL' boxes ticked. Any suggestions for fixing this bug? Thanks!

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