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Navigating Portals Like a Spreadsheet

Navigating Portals Like a Spreadsheet

We had an interesting request on a recent project where the client wanted to navigate two portals on a layout using the keyboard. The portals needed to be setup in a way that makes them appear to be one large portal with a static header row in the middle. The client also wanted the interface design to allow for very fast data entry. We concluded that using the navigational keys to navigate the portal would be the best choice, since it performed similar to navigating a spreadsheet.

Master Detail Slide Control

Master Detail Slide Control

FileMaker 17’s new ‘Master Detail’ interface object allows the user to see and interact with a portal of the current found set and the detail of a single record at the same time. It can be very helpful in allowing the user to work with their data in a detail view, while staying in the context of a list of records. It’s easy to implement and even easier for users to navigate. Though the portal is handy when it’s being used, it’s often taking up valuable real estate when not in use. So, we’ve developed a helpful enhancement on the basic Master Detail implementation that utilizes the slide-control panel to show and hide the Master Detail portal when not in use, while still allowing quick access when it’s needed.

Sharing FileMaker Variables in Multi-file Solutions

Sharing FileMaker Variables in Multi-file Solutions

When working with multi-file solutions in FileMaker, sharing variables can be a stumbling block. In this blog, I will explain the process we chose when we built the Button Bar Sort Headers solution. It is one of my favorite techniques for sharing variables when they are needed for field calculations.

Aggravating Differences with Aggregate Functions

Aggravating Differences with Aggregate Functions

Aggregate Functions are the lifeblood of data analysis. However, aggregate functions can often be a little confusing. Things like variable field references, single constant values, or calculating empty values can all cause confusion if you are not familiar with the nuances of aggregate functions.

Simple Javascript Tasks

Simple Javascript Tasks

FileMaker’s web viewer is often referred to as a “black box” within the FileMaker framework. There are seemingly endless uses hidden within it’s confines, from simply displaying a webpage to integrating Google calendar into a FileMaker solution.

Portage Bay FileMaker Demos

Portage Bay FileMaker Demos

The current incarnation of our Blog was first published 6 years ago. During that time we’ve posted a lot of blog articles, included a number that include sample files that demonstrate a variety of techniques and ideas for features in FileMaker.

FileMaker 17 Default Fields

FileMaker 17 Default Fields

In one of our previous FileMaker 17 videos on YouTube, I touched briefly on the new “Default Fields” functionality introduced in FileMaker 17. In this post, I’ll be diving more into this feature, explaining how it works and how to customize it for your own use.

Modular Date Range Chooser

Modular Date Range Chooser

Are you looking for a reusable tool to be integrated with your FileMaker solution that provides an easy to use date range chooser popup window? Look no further! Portage Bay has created the Modular Date Range Chooser which can easily be added to your solution, either by copying and pasting the components into your existing solution, or linking the file as an external widget file. I am currently in the process of uploading this to modularfilemaker.org so it will be available to any FileMaker developer.

Introducing the Map Widget

Introducing the Map Widget

We are pleased to announce the release of our Map Widget v.1.0 product. This is a new tool built natively with FileMaker which can be easily integrated into your existing FileMaker solution. The Map Widget provides you with the ability to display your FileMaker data as locations on a Google Map, using the Google Maps clustering functionality. You can easily interact with the Google Map, click on each pin, display details about the location, and even click a link to return you to that specific record in your FileMaker solution.

Isn't Google Maps Free?

Isn't Google Maps Free?

If you have been using Google Maps in any of your solutions or projects, you might have noticed some changes recently. You likely received an email announcement from Google letting you know about a pricing change, or you might have experienced a slightly dimmed watermark on your map stating “for development purposes only”. This is a gentle reminder that things have changed of late.

FileMaker Devcon 2018 Recap

FileMaker Devcon 2018 Recap

Grapevine, Texas in August may not be the first place most people would choose to spend a week in August. It's pretty warm. On the positive side, the parks and public places are pretty quiet. I visited Dealey Plaza, the site of John F Kennedy’s assassination as well as a Trinity Audubon center south of Dallas and both were pleasantly uncrowded. For FileMaker Devcon 2018, Grapevine was a pretty great location! The Gaylord Texan hotel is huge. I easily walked 2 to 3 miles a day just getting around the conference center and hotel. Good Exercise :)