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Removing Multiple Tooltips
I wanted to remove all the Tooltips from multiple objects at the same time. It's easy if they all have the exact same Tooltip because the Inspector recognizes that and let's you edit the objects as if they were one. So, I used that idea to remove the Tooltips from multiple objects. First, select all the objects for which you want to remove the Tooltips. The inspector will now read "Multiple Values" in the Tooltip area. Type in any character and then delete it. You have now removed the Tooltips from all the selected objects.



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FileMaker Developer Worthiness
Top 10 ways you know your developer is NOT worthy:
  1. Spells "FileMaker" with a lowercase "m"
  2. Uses inches or centimeters instead of points in Inspector
  3. Recommends WebDirect deployment over FileMaker Pro
  4. Creates a solution with one file for every table
  5. Doesn't know Claris and FileMaker, Inc. are the same company
  6. Isn't certified for latest version of FileMaker
  7. Isn't an FBA member
  8. Charges less than $100.00 per hour
  9. Uses a rainbow of colors on his interface
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Seventeen is Prime
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
05/15/2018
Last year was sweet sixteen. This year is prime seventeen. That's the best title I could come up with after Googling the number seventeen. Not much out there for this number. While seventeen is a prime number, prime can also describe the new FileMaker 17, adding features that will change the way you develop y.
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FileMaker 17 adds a plethora of new features for the desktop version!
Interface Ease
Level: Beginner
Category: Layouts
05/10/2018
Good interface design should be instantly recognizable and immediately useable. Creating an appealing layout is easy with themes. Designing a functional layout is another story. There are many techniques out there for developing intuitive interfaces but I prescribe to the grid. Grid interfaces provide a clean.
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Interface is what invites users into your solution and makes it easier for them to use.
File Freedom
Level:
Category: General
04/24/2018
In my two decade career, I've only seen corrupt files while working in technical support. I was in technical support for five long years but even then it was not a common occurrence. Rarely have I encountered a corrupt file while working with a client or in my own personal FileMaker solutions. With good file.
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Good file management practices are the best way to deal with corrupt FileMaker files.
FLF
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
04/10/2018
I've mentioned FLF (Find-List-Form) in several other articles on this web site but I think it's so important that I wanted to devote an entire article to the subject. So many developers have moved so far away from the roots of FileMaker that they almost don't even know what they are. Then they teach other bud.
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FLF (Find, List, Form) is about getting back to the basics of FileMaker.
Stuff Ya Oughta Know
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
03/28/2018
Some things in FileMaker require an entire article to explain thoroughly. Others are just a paragraph of description but are no less important to your FileMaker professional career. Some people call them tips but I like to think of them as nuggets of truth. The stuff in this article was hand picked by myself.
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Here's a bunch of tips I think are really important to any FileMaker career.
Alternatives to Serial Numbers
Level: Advanced
Category: Scripting
03/13/2018
In this final article from a series of four articles, I want to cover alternatives to restoring records using serial numbers and relationships. The first method I will cover uses the Snapshot Link feature and is fairly straightforward. Just a few issues with interface to overcome. The second is a script to sa.
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Alternative approaches to restoring records with serial numbers and relationships in FileMaker.
Collecting Unique Values
Level: Intermediate
Category: Scripting
02/27/2018
Since Darren Terry published his infamous article on saving found sets for future retrieval in 1996, a lot has changed in FileMaker. The additions from the last thirteen versions of FileMaker offer many alternatives for amassing unique identifiers. The differences in collection methods mostly come down to spe.
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Alternative methods to collecting unique FileMaker values.
Saving a Found Set
Level: Intermediate
Category: Scripting
02/13/2018
Found sets are what make a database a database. Without found sets, a database wouldn't be much more than a relational spreadsheet. Found sets determine which records print, sort, export and preview. Practically all features in FileMaker are structured by the found set. The found set, along with the current r.
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The original TechInfo article Darren Terry published way back in 1996!
Preserving Found Sets
Level: Intermediate
Category: Scripting
01/30/2018
Imagining a database without found sets is like picturing a bird without feathers. It just doesn't make sense. Found sets are the essence of a database. If there were no found sets, you would need to sort your entire list of records and scroll to find a record. To say the least, this would be an inefficient p.
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The Status Toolbar in FileMaker always displays the current record, found set and total records for the current table.
Multi-User Contradistinction
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
01/16/2018
How you design a FileMaker solution often depends on how it will be accessed. Is it a single-user solution running off the local hard drive? Is it a multi-user database with all users accessing from the LAN? Maybe there is a occasional remote access from someone at home? What if the company is distributed acr.
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FileMaker can share to a variety of platforms including Windows, Macintosh, iOS and Web.


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