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Sub-Summaries Layout in TV Pitch Database


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I’m working on FM Pro V7 for the Mac, and have a TV Pitch Database that I wanted to add capability to.

I have this table within the database named: “IdeaBase” within this table are all the fields that I need to enter in each idea, such as:





and so on…

I want to add a report layout to the database that will give me a master view of all the pitches, and their various status.

I want this layout to be able to:

1. Sort the layout by Idea Genre

2. Under each new Idea genre, give specifics of each particular idea (there’s usually several under each genre.

3. Allow for a global “connections” field (which lists global information abut that particular genre) to come underneath each Genre’s Idea listing.

For example, it would look like this:



Business Idea One

Business Idea Two

Business Idea Three

Business Connections: Investigate CNBC for ideas.


Cooking Idea One

Cooking Idea Two

Cooking Idea Three

Cooking Idea Four

Cooking Idea Five

Cooking Idea Six

Cooking Idea Seven

Cooking Connections: Food TV does not want international cooking shows.


I thought that I could do this by using sub-summary parts in the report layout, but I can’t seem to figure out how to make this work. And I don’t want to use portals, as the number of individual ideas is always changing, and I don’t want to have to keep manually changing the portal’s # of repetitions.

As a note, for a related table in the same database (that’s working great), I have already created genre Keys – For example: cGenre_Business_Key which equals Idea_Genre (if this helps any).

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