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Is this a complicated Find or do I need a Script?

Question asked by AmericanPrinting on Dec 31, 2012
Latest reply on Dec 31, 2012 by philmodjunk


Is this a complicated Find or do I need a Script?


     Trying to make a new database for scheduling workflow at a commercial print shop. There are multiple options in our Bindery department, each step of which is scheduled by date. I'd like to create a Find or a Report or something that lets me print out one sheet of paper for a particular day with a column for each of the 10 tasks and a list of all jobs scheduled for that particular task in each column. So under column 1 (cutting) you'd have three jobs listed for 1/2/13 - Job 1, Job 2 and Job 4. Under column 2 (numbering) you'd have 2 jobs listed for 1/2/13 - Job 3 and Job 5. And so on. Only the tasks scheduled for that day would be listed. [rough sample attached]

     Right now I use the Quick Search for a certain date and have created a layout that shows all the columns by task across the top, all the jobs by name on the left, with a grid between them with dates (or blank spaces if nothing is scheduled for that task). The only problem with this is that if Job 1 has Cutting scheduled for 1/2/13, and Numbering for 1/3/13, both dates appear on the sheet in their appropriate columns. So I have to go through with a highlighter to note the ones that are actually for 1/2/13. Obviously this is less than ideal.

     I'm making a new database for the new year, so now's the time to throw out the old format that doesn't really work and come up with something that does. I bought the Missing Manual for Filemaker Pro 12, and it's taught me a lot about databases, but I'm not sure how to go about setting up a brand new database so that I can print out our To Do List every day.

     Can somebody point me in the right direction?