Status Area Triggers

Version 2




    Mac OS X, Windows
    Todd Duell
    FMP 10, 11
    Formulations Pro
    Web: No
    File Type: FP7
    Server: Yes
    FileSize: ~ 1.57 megabytes


    If you have inspected your new copy of FileMaker Pro 10 you'll notice that the status area is quite a bit different than you are accustomed to. For seasoned developers that have taken a lot of time to create a custom status area, buttons, or custom menus to control the user interface I'm sure you are not very pleased with this latest release. FileMaker has given the users the ability to define their own status toolbar buttons. That means that users can assign their own buttons for the status area that may be capable of defeating your controlled environment. I personally like the new status area and buttons. However, it also means that you have to install custom menus in all your solutions unless you feel that the stock icons and functions that FileMaker is providing are acceptable. For example, I never give users uncontrolled access to import or delete records without script controls. That's just asking for disaster. However, the new status area buttons give the users this type of uncontrolled access unless you create custom menus with those keyboard shortcuts or take the functions away from the menus. I also know that there is a large population of FileMaker developers out there that just assume take the status area and buttons completely away from the users and create their own vision of the perfect FileMaker GUI. That means that you have to recreate the next and previous navigation buttons, the current record box, and the found set text. For you developers that are so inclined to redesign your FileMaker Pro status area this article will show you how to do exactly that, right down to the new pie chart. Oh, and by the way, this solution is totally dynamic so you can copy/paste it onto any layout and it will just work!




    Sample Input

    Sample Output

    Developer's Notes

    See sample file for full demo and technical article.


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