Thanks, FMI, for the Card window style, which is already ushering in a new era in modular application architecture for FileMaker!
Another window style for the New Window script step that I believe would be a fantastic addition to the designer’s toolbox would be a Heads-Up Display. (For anyone not familiar with the term, FileMaker’s own Button Setup and Field Picker windows are examples of HUDs.)
Characteristics of this window style would be:
|Nonmodal, floating (always on top) style||Similar to Floating Document style (but see next note)|
|Single click changes window focus and activates clicked object|
Floating Document windows require two clicks: one to change window focus and a second to activate a button or enter a field control, pretty much killing their utility as inspectors, pickers, etc.!
The single-click focus-and-activate would operate both directions between the HUD window and background window.
|Minimal chrome||Mini title bar and (X) close widget, like native HUDs; window draggable via title bar|
|Native “HUD” appearance by default||Including rounded corners|
|Nice to Have|
|Editable corner rounding|
|Editable background and title-bar color|
|Editable transparency and/or blurring of objects behind|
Benefits: Like card-style windows, the fact that it’s a window, with its own context (even an external file!), would advance the goals of (1) reusable layout parts within an application; and (2) greater modularization and sharing of widgets and functionality.
Use cases: pickers, navigation palettes, modular widgets, movable custom toolbars, inspectors, etc.