• 14 for 14: New Layout Object Formatting and Styling Options

    By Daniel Wood, 3 June 2015

    In FileMaker 14 you have more control over object styles than ever before. In this article we document some of the main new formatting and styling options for layout objects

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  • 14 for 14: Building a Navigation Button Bar

    By Daniel Wood, 28 May 2015

    In this article we show how you can build a button bar to become the main navigation bar for your solution, and how it can be abstracted as much as possible so it can be pasted across multiple layouts.  We also cover some of the limitations that using a button bar will present.

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  • 14 for 14: Shortcuts for Quick Script Step Entry

    By Daniel Wood, 21 May 2015

    The new Script Workspace allows you to add script steps simply by typing them directly into a script. It will attempt to auto-complete your entry and find matching script steps.  With a little practice and habit you can easily learn the best shortcuts to use to save you the most time when it comes to finding the specific step you want to add. In this article we provide a demo file that gives you a number of variations of shortcuts you can use for every script step, as well as going into detail as to how the auto-complete works.

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  • 14 for 14: Working with the Script Workspace

    By Daniel Wood, 19 May 2015

    The biggest feature overhaul in FileMaker 14 is that to the scripting area, now known as the script workspace. This is the biggest scripting change in years and with it comes a number of areas where you can gain in efficiency when writing scripts. In this article we document all of the areas of the script workspace and list as many features as we can find.

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  • 14 for 14: The Power of the Placeholder

    By Daniel Wood, 15 May 2015

    Placeholder text is a great new feature in FileMaker 14. With it you can specify by calculation what label text is to appear in a field that is empty. You can also have complete control over the styling of that text.  In this article we demonstrate how to setup a placeholder and some of its benefits over standard labels.  We also show how placeholder text can be used as a powerful user interface tool for displaying virtually any calculated value direct on a layout without the need for fields or variables.

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  • Introducing the FileMaker Weetbicks 14 for 14 Series!

    By Daniel Wood, 13 May 2015

    FileMaker 14 is here! To celebrate, FileMaker Weetbicks has written 14 articles all about FileMaker 14. Over the next few weeks we will be releasing these articles to the community. We cover all the cool new features (and some hacks!) and take things further as we usually like to do :) Stay tuned!

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  • Change Containers from Files to Interactive Content in an Instant

    By Daniel Wood, 21 April 2015

    How do you turn a File in a container into interactive content? If the contents was inserted using "Insert File" then in the past your only option has been to export and re-import it as an interactive stream such as image, pdf or audio/video.  In this article we introduce an elegantly simple single step method to turn all of your old File based containers into beautiful interactive machines in an instant!

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  • Unlocking Hidden Error Messages in the ExecuteSQL Function

    By Daniel Wood, 7 January 2015

    The ExecuteSQL function introduced in version 12 is a powerful tool for querying your database in a contextless fashion. One of its limiting features is it's lack of debugging help when it comes to writing properly formed queries, with the function returning a "?" if you get something wrong.  Turns out there is more to that question mark than meets the eye and within the question mark contains some useful descriptive error messages.

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  • Proper Printing in WebDirect [Updated]

    By Daniel Wood, 15 August 2014

    FileMaker WebDirect is the exciting new replacement to Instant Web Publishing. With it you can access your database via a web browser and do *almost* all of the things that you can do in FileMaker Pro. However proper printing is not one of them. In this article we present a framework and example file for doing proper printing via WebDirect - from basic record printing to complex sub-summary reports and more...

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  • Popovers that Open and Close on Mouse-Over

    By Daniel Wood, 7 July 2014

    In this followup to the Sliding Drawers article, we take the technique one step further and apply it to the popover object. We discuss the differences between drawers and popovers in relation to the mouse-over technique, and how the process has been modified to better suit popovers...

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