Controlling Privilege Sets

Version 2




    Mac OS X, Windows
    Todd Duell
    FMP 7, 8, 8.5, 9, 10, 11
    Formulations Pro
    Web: No
    File Type: FP7
    Server: Yes
    FileSize: ~ 1.3 megabytes



    The new security model in FileMaker Pro 7 is far more powerful for controlling user interaction with fields, layouts, value lists, and scripts. Whether you like it or not, you will have to address security with any FileMaker Pro 7 solution. Therefore, it is critically important that you have a clear understanding and experience before you build or convert any solution.

    The supplemental demo database allows you to interact with each of the data access and design options. By the time you are done reading this article and examining the demo database you should have a thorough understanding of what happens when you grant access to: modify, view only, or no access privileges for records, layouts, value lists, and scripts.

    To give this article context the goal is to enable a power user to have access to the solution just short of [Full Access] privileges. To enable this kind of control you must know how far to push the limits as well as the minimum requirements to enable access to records, layouts, value lists, scripts, and fields. Therefore, the specific goals for this power user are:


    1. Create and modify new layouts without being able to modify existing layouts.


    2. Create and modify new value lists without being able to modify existing critical value lists.


    3. Create and modify new scripts without being able to modify existing scripts.



    See sample file


    Sample Input

    Sample Output

    Developer's Notes

    See sample file for full demo and technical article.


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