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  1. Hi Comment, that makes sense, though I'm still uncertain what would happen if I added records for a particular piece of land without knowing what came afterwards. For example, I have lists of tithe payments, which are based on the area of the land occupied. I have a map of the land in 1846 recorded in my database, and a map of the two parcels it becomes by 1906 as well. These are linked via a child-parent relatinship. If the tithe record for 1847, with all areas, names, and the land description is identical to the 1846, I can confidently link the tithe to the 1846 database record. Where I get stuck is seeing how a view of the tithe record can then show the 1906 children of the 1846 map. Won't the tithe record then be unrelated to the 1906 map unless viewed from the point of view of the 1846 map itself?
  2. Hi Tom and Comment, Thanks for your help. I'm doing a One Place Study of a village through the 19th century in the UK. My idea is to represent a social history of this village using a 3D game engine to power interactions. Visually, it might end up something similar to that old game SimCity, where you can watch people go about their business day to day. I aim to leverage knowledge of, for example where someone lives and where they work to automate wayfinding scripts to have them wander to and from their daily work, or to show specific events which I would have to generalise using tags with basic animations tied to locations and dates in the village. With enough information - mail routes, train times, newspaper reports etc - I hope to be able to represent life in a 19th Century english village. It would also be a way of exploring sources that are related to either places or to people within the village. You could click on a building and see a history of who lived there and how it changed in a side bar. You could also click on a person who lived in a building and see a history of their life. Once I have a base of locations, any further research can be tied to specific locations relative to time - e.g. if I tag an event as occurring at the residence of Joe Bloggs in 1856, and know he moves house in 1854, it will be the later residence. I need a solution that, if I choose a particular (grassy) field will be robust if later on I discover that that field split into three for 5 years before rejoining. I've played with many to many relationships, but it always falls apart, because I don't actually yet know every permutation of change for each field. My research is ongoing, and I am creating shape files for the filed boundaries as I find new maps and tying them to a specific time. There are gaps of twenty years or so between some maps, so I will have to accept the grey nature of any field change and probably just calculate an average date between known boundaries for the date of the change. If I knew every permutation of change for a field, I feel I could make an arbitrary string like a family tree for each field that would track it, but I just don't know enough information for that, and may never know every change that would be required. I need some objective way of referring to a field that is independent of further research discoveries. I've has some more time to consider this, and thought that as my shape files are all georeferenced, I may be able to create a virtual subset of grid squares or points that would act as a cloud of locations within any (grassy/arable etc) field in the village. These are fixed lat/long points that would not change, so a calculation based on the shape file might be able to create a cloud of points that could be matched to any area over time. That last paragraph may not make much sense, because I am now way over my head. I feel like this is heading towards what might work, but to tell you the truth it's all a bit overwhelming and confusing for me now. Semantically, how would I go about this? Do I break up the entire area of the village into 1m square blocks ( or similar) and use that as the master table for locations? I don't know how I would link this, but perhaps some function could calculate the best match for the range of 1m blocks in its area and assign the appropriate (grassy) field based on time and the latest research. Sorry of this is a bit of a ramble, but my brain starts leaking whenever I think to hard about how to implement this. Cheers, Lewis
  3. I'm trying to track land ownership over time but running into trouble when I try to make the relationships meaningful. In this village I am researching, a large stretch of land may have been subdivided into many smaller fields. Some of those smaller fields may then be further subdivided, and some others may be combined into larger fields, perhaps combined with areas which were not part of the original very large field they started from. So for example in 1800 there is a field A. In 1846 this breaks into many fields: AA, AB, AC, AD ........ In 1860 AL and AM combine. In 1865 they combine with part of another originally larger field system - AL + AM + BD. This larger field splits into five different pieces, and so on and so on I'd like to be able to track the ownership and the various uses/descriptions of a piece of land tracking forward and back in time from any point. I can do this manually by looking at the maps, but can't see how to simply show the various incarnations that field AM was part of throughout time by using relationships. Can anyone help me figure this out? Cheers
  4. The ftp route seems just the ticket. I have a dynamic IP but it is linked to a domain with DYNDNS and seems to hold up very well. I've read elsewhere, though, that if the files are in the "Web" folder in the Filemaker folder they can be seen with web viewers via iwp. I can't move all of the files across to my computer, but would a path that employed an alias work? I've had a go with no success, but I've found that's often o indication as I've left a backslash where I shouldn't, or a colon, or something else. Can anyone confirm whether the alias idea simply won't work, or may if I knew a lot more than I do?
  5. Hi MFero, I don't use the container because it seems to show only the first page of my pdfs. IdealData, Are you saying that the "file" protocol in web viewer does not work in iwp, or in web viewer? I already have it working in webviewer when used on the machine which has the original files. My problem is when it is viewed from elsewhere via iwp. In Explorer on windows I get an error message saying "Can't find etcetc. Have you got the right address?" Via Safari on Mac I just get a blank box. Could a solution be along the lines of replacing "file &c" with "http://myip/somethingorother"?
  6. I have a database that contains thousands of letters which have been scanned and put into individual PDF files. On my own computer I have set them up as referenced files in containers and am using a webviewer to view them. What I'd like to do is have this work on iwp as well - but at least when testing on my own computer (using Safari 5) I get just a blank screen in the web viewer - no "URL is not there" or otherwise. At present my paths in the web viewer are file://etc/etc/etc Do I need to make a relative path using ip address etc or is this a known problem with iwp and local files? I'd really appreciate any help/ideas on this one. Even if it means the whole web - viewer approach has to go out the window. The only caveat I have to work under is that the files stay on my computer - there's close to 500Gig and I can't afford to host that much anywhere.
  7. Thanks Fseipel. I'd tried using the URL from Safari before, but it had not worked - probably because I was trying something overly complicated for me at the same time. I've got it showing files on external volumes now - would this work for people viewing on iwp? Or does a filepath from their point of view need to be entered?
  8. I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out how to get pdfs held on an external hard drive to show up in a web viewer. At present I have references held in container fields to the pdfs, and I have found a solution to showing the pdfs if they are held on my own computer, but it says: "The requested URL is not found on this server" when they are on the external drive. I'm a newcomer to this, and have found references here and there to this being a problem, but have not understood whether this is a filepath problem or something far greater. Ideally I'd love to find a solution that would enable people viewing the database on iwp to review the files as well, but if this is impossible I'd be happy with viewing it only at my own computer. There is almost a terrabyte of files and growing, so putting them on the host computer is not an option. If anyone can help me I would be incredibly grateful.
  9. Hi Comment, Thanks for your hep. The script doesn't work either, but to tell you the truth I'm just happy it works so well now on my own computer, as I'm the one who'll be using it most. It's only family members who are looking at the site, so they'll be fairly forgiving, I hope.
  10. I realised that your solution was far more elegant, and have adapted my database to function using the relationships as in the earlier post. Not only was scripting cumbersome, but of course as I said earlier, it would not work in iwp. With the new setup, however, the portal still returns to the first record every time. Do portals still reset in iwp automatically as they used to in normal filemaker?
  11. Thankyou, Would you believe I solved it just before reading your post - I got rid of all the scripts I had kept building on and started from scratch. I have one script that gets the variable when I click the portal row (triggered by a button which is the photo) to go to related record. And part of my on record load script sorts out the portal. It doesn't work in iwp, though. I thought this solution would work as it relies in scripts throughout - the only user interaction is the button click which works in all other ways. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  12. I've had a search, but am not sure exactly what search terms to use for my problem.I'm sure this will not be the first time it's come up, and the answer may be glaringly obvious. I have a photo database. In my layout there is a large central copy of the photo surrounded by relevant details - date, place, notes, people in the photo. There is also a portal which shows related photos in that set. On the other side there is a portal which shows all photos arranged by date. Scroll up and down to select the photograph you want to see, click on the portal thumbnail and that record is gone to. My problem is that there are over 800 photographs, and every time you go to a new record the portal resets itself to the first row. I've tried scripting it to grab the active portal row as a variable and then go to that variable every time a new record is called, and this works reasonably well, but the "AllPhotos" Portal does not need to be active to change records, and when this happens, it scrolls back to the last selected photo in the portal which could have been ten minutes ago after quite some time finding the new photo. Is there some Get(TopVisiblePortalRow) calculation or something that could sort out this problem?
  13. I'm not sure if this is the right place for my question, but it is related to the ins and outs for filemaker. I have a database with product photos. All are arranged on an external hard drive because I knew that in the future our home business would expand to more than the one user at a time. I now have a network based backup hard drive at home, and want to shift the references to inages on the backup of my smaller portable hard drive which is now on the network. I want to use the portable one as a working drive - to edit images in the file when needed, and the edits being 'uploaded' to the database next backup. Is there any way I can change the file path of each image automatically? I'm hoping there might be some inbuilt function like in Indesign where you find the folder and inDesign sorts out everything else. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Lewis
  14. Thanks Peter. I've set something up now based on your ideas which works quite well. I want it to function invisibly, so when I am happy with the layout I am using I will duplicate it and have the normalised fields in place of the regular fields so that a script can perform the find there, then return to the origianl layout. It's strange how complicated everything sounds until you've actually put it together yourself! :)
  15. I definitely don't want a guess Genealogy often uses algorithms such as Soundex and Simplex which try to guess on what mistakes people make in spelling and hearing to create other options for spelling. I find that these results are often misleading, and are no help when it's a name in latin versus one in English. I want to dictate what each thing to be treated the same is. I probably didn't explain myself well : I have already developed a small script that will add a new record to a "Normalise" Table for every name/term/place that is used. So I end up with a 2 field table which under "Original Term" has Jhon/Johannes/Jo:/Jonothan , and in the "Normalise" column has "John" beside each. What I want to do is have my database treat Jhon and Johannes and Jo: and Jonothan as exactly the same term, because however they are spellt, they could all be exactly the same person. As I am dealing with evidence based sources, I can't change "Jo:" to "John" when I'm entering the record, as that would corrupt the validity of the original source, even though I know it is simply shorthand for "John". I'm hoping that Value lists created from the fields in my "Normalise" table can do the job. Otherwise, all I can think of is perhaps having a mirror layout of each record created with the normalised terms replacing the original. I could then construct my own Find script which searches the mirrors but returns a display of the original record. Does any of this sound like the right direction to take? Lewis
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