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By Fred Illies
I design application UIs in programs like Sketch & Figma. When they get built in FileMaker, the fonts look terrible. Here's an example of Georgia Regular 24pt. attached as a screen shot. It's a bit easier to see if you actually open the attached image...The FileMaker font is in the middle. Notice how much heavier the characters are. They look so blunt compared to the same font in other programs. Does FileMaker use some antiquated rendering engine or something? I'm sure someone in the FM community must know something about fonts... Thanks.
By Peter Wagemans
Yesterday, I tried to move a script that creates a PDF ( and mails it ) to a server side script, as the "save records as PDF" script step is now supported in server side scripts.
It did not work correctly, and generated an error 800 (file could not be created on disk) in the server log. Rather generic error.
I changed the script to point to a blank layout instead. No more error. A nice blank PDF was created.
I put a text box with "test" in it on the layout, Arial 12 point. -> error 800
I removed the text box and put a png graphic on the layout -> OK
I put a text box in a font that I was sure of the server did not have -> OK!
I tried this several times, 2 several fonts, and the results and errors were consistent. So if during the PDF creation, the server replaces the font reference by its own replacement font reference, it is able to save as PDF. If a reference lik "Arial" is used, it fails and the server reports the generic error that it can not create the file on disk (800).
I'm using MacOS 10.12.4 as client and Window Server 2012R2 as the server. Maybe there is a cross platform issue here? As always, more testing is required.
Can anyone confirm similar issues? Any workarounds that are known? Any thoughts and insights?
By Binu Alexander
I need a layout with larger number of text fields which may have long words .. currently words are being split randomly and overflowing into new lines .. eg .. for the word 'accordingly'; 'accordingl' comes on the first line and 'ly' comes on the second line. Is there a way that filemaker can hyphenate large words and insert breaks so that it breaks in a more clean manner ?
Wondering if anyone can explain to me how font's work in filemaker. We often find when importing and exporting data from one filemaker file to another the font gets changes both in font size and formatting. Does anyone have any advice on how this works?
This is getting frustrating: About ten percent of the time I open a file, all of the layouts are displaying in a font named [email protected] or, less commonly, [email protected] If I close and reopen the file a number of times, the problem will sometimes self-correct and show the normal fonts (I only use Arial, Calibri, and Times New Roman), but sometimes I have to go through every layout and reset the fonts. This only happens to my FMP 15 files - no other programs have been affected.
I have attached a screen shot for clarification. Any ideas?
Weird font example.pdf