Tag Archives: FileMaker 14

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Button Bar Techniques! Part 2

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By David J. Weiner

In our first blog post on the topic of FileMaker 14 button bar techniques, I outlined why we love them so much (calculated labels!), and the main reason they’re so useful (calculated labels!). In our second post on Button Bar Techniques, I delve into the first of several actual tricks we use them for. And, as I looked over some of the examples that I’ll be explaining, it occurred to me that one thing that these techniques all have in common is that the formatting of the button bars is typically invisible — entirely, or partially.

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Button Bar Techniques!

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FileMaker Button Bars

By David J. Weiner

Button bars, for me, are the single most useful new feature introduced in FileMaker 14 (aside from the Script Workspace, which is a beautiful thing). Interestingly, the reason I find them so useful has nothing to do with their primary intended use case: the navigation bar. Sure, a simple and neatly-aligned navbar is great to have, and being able to switch segments from a regular button to a popover and back again is truly useful for speed of UI design, but the killer feature of button bars is the calculated label. This feature alone is, as they say, worth the price of admission. It means that you can display output from FileMaker’s calculation engine right at the user interface level, which, prior to FileMaker 14, was not available without creating a calculated field or resorting to script or Let statement variable tricks.

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fmRecentRecords

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Today we are excited to release our second module for FileMaker developers: fmRecentRecords. It’s an easy-to-deploy module for FileMaker that gives you a simple way to add a history to the dashboard or menu screen that your users will appreciate. The idea behind it is to make it trivial for a user to get back to what they were working on from the home screen by presenting a list of the records they recently viewed. The assumption here is that your user is probably going to be visiting a small set of records on a regular basis — at least in the short term. Automatically keeping those records at the user’s fingertips saves them the trouble of searching for the same record multiple times a day.

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Automatically Perform Script on Server

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Automatically Perform Script on Server
By David Weiner

The ability of FileMaker Pro 13 and 14 to perform a script on the server instead of locally on the client’s machine is a huge potential boon for productivity. Tasks for which a user might otherwise have to wait to complete can be accomplished in the background without holding them up. Performing certain scripted tasks on the server is also much, much faster in many cases. So, it’s nice to perform a script on the server whenever you can.

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