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Thursday
Oct112007

FILEMAKER: Enter Preview Mode Script Step

Puts the database file into Preview mode which allows the user to see how a screen would look printed out... before printing it out.

HOW IT IS USED
It is generally used for reports so that sub summary totals can be viewed before printing.

FYI...
There is one option that allows you to pause ScriptMaker, after you enter this mode. This allows the user time to look at the preview page ( like a detailed report) before the script continues.
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More info about the author and FileMaker in general, contact me at info@dwaynewright.com.

© 2007 - Dwayne Wright - dwaynewright.com

The material on this document is offered AS IS. There is NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, expressed or implied, nor does any other contributor to this document. WARRANTIES OF MERCHANT ABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. Consequential and incidental damages are expressly excluded. FileMaker Pro is the registered trademark of FileMaker Inc.

Wednesday
Oct102007

FILEMAKER: Enter Find Mode Script Step

The Enter Find Mode Script Step puts the database file into Find mode and has a check box option to pause the database at the script step. It also has the ability to restore the find requests from when the script was originally created or when the script was edited with the Find Requests chosen as replaced.

Enter Find Mode is usually used in files where you want or need to control the part of or the entire Find/Search experience within your solution. In most instances, you will not go into Find Mode via a script but use FileMaker's built in menu command or you will use the Perform Find script step with the Find Criteria saved.

A typical application of the Enter Find Mode script step is to take a user to find mode, allow them to enter in search criteria, then a follow up Perform Find script step takes place. Doing finds in this manner would allow you to attach an array of subscripts to save searches, provide audit trails of activity, set status fields or run sophisticated reports!

With the release of FileMaker 7, you can actually see and edit the find criteria within the script step! A welcome addition to FileMaker Scripters everywhere!


Here you can see the search setting for the Enter Find Mode script step.

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More info about the author and FileMaker in general, contact me at info@dwaynewright.com.

© 2007 - Dwayne Wright - dwaynewright.com

The material on this document is offered AS IS. There is NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, expressed or implied, nor does any other contributor to this document. WARRANTIES OF MERCHANT ABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. Consequential and incidental damages are expressly excluded. FileMaker Pro is the registered trademark of FileMaker Inc.

Monday
Oct082007

FILEMAKER: Enter Browse Mode Script Step

From Dwayne Wright - www.dwaynewright.com

Another very simple script step that puts the database file into Browse mode.
Although Browse mode is the mode you will be in the majority of the time, it's possible that you may run a script that depends upon being in browse mode... but... the user wasn't in Browse mode to start with.

For example, the New Record/Request/Page script step operates differently in each mode. If you are in Find Mode with the script executes, this script step is creating new requests, not new records. There is also a check box option to pause the database at the script step. Also, remember to put your file back into Browse mode if you are error trapping. It's possible that you did a FIND or PREVIEW command and left the user stranded in that mode when the script encounters an error message.

FYI...
There is one option that allows you to pause ScriptMaker, after you enter this mode. This allows the user time to look or perhaps enter in data before the script continues.

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More info about the author and FileMaker in general, contact me at info@dwaynewright.com.

© 2007 - Dwayne Wright - dwaynewright.com

The material on this document is offered AS IS. There is NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, expressed or implied, nor does any other contributor to this document. WARRANTIES OF MERCHANT ABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. Consequential and incidental damages are expressly excluded. FileMaker Pro is the registered trademark of FileMaker Inc.

Sunday
Sep232007

FILEMAKER: Go To Next Field And Previous Field

From Dwayne Wright - www.dwaynewright.com

The next two script steps are very straight forward. They don’t really have much in the way of options, in fact zero. If you use these scripts in a looping routine, you may have to completely build your own exit loop logic.

Go To Next Field
A very simple script that simply advances from the field the cursor is in to the next field in the tab order.

Go To Previous Field
A very simple script that simply backtracks from the field the cursor is in to the previous field in the tab order.

Got To Know Factor - 2

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More info about the author and FileMaker in general, contact me at info@dwaynewright.com.

© 2007 - Dwayne Wright - dwaynewright.com

The material on this document is offered AS IS. There is NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, expressed or implied, nor does any other contributor to this document. WARRANTIES OF MERCHANT ABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. Consequential and incidental damages are expressly excluded. FileMaker Pro is the registered trademark of FileMaker Inc.

Monday
Sep172007

FILEMAKER: Go To Field Script Step

From Dwayne Wright - www.dwaynewright.com

One of the more simple script steps you will find, this will simply go to a designated field on the current layout. There is an option to Select / Perform that field when you go to it. This can be used to highlight the contents of the field or more commonly to play a multimedia object in a container field.

For example, go to field Movie, that contains a QuickTime movie ... will play that movie when the Select / Perform option is active.


Here you can see the Go To Field Script Step highlighted within a script. This allows you to see the option of what is the target field and what to do there.

If the field that you are going to is not on the current layout, the ScriptMaker script will simply roll along. There will be no error messages and they is no debugging mechanism in ScriptMaker to catch this.

Got To Know Factor - 5

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More info about the author and FileMaker in general, contact me at info@dwaynewright.com.

© 2007 - Dwayne Wright - dwaynewright.com

The material on this document is offered AS IS. There is NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, expressed or implied, nor does any other contributor to this document. WARRANTIES OF MERCHANT ABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. Consequential and incidental damages are expressly excluded. FileMaker Pro is the registered trademark of FileMaker Inc.

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