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Layout size...I'm at my limit!?!?

Question asked by MuseumGuy on Mar 9, 2009
Latest reply on Mar 10, 2009 by MuseumGuy


Layout size...I'm at my limit!?!?



I have been using FileMaker for a couple years now, but am mostly self-taught.


My question regards the allotted size for a layout on FileMaker Pro 8.5 (Academic Edition).  I am a Registration Technician at a large museum that is using FileMaker for a conservation reports. One of the layouts that I have created has grown considerably with the number of fields, and the amount of information being entered into the fields.


I have been expanding the fields and dragging down (increasing) the size of the layout as required.  However, I seem to be at the end of the road, and it won't let me drag my lower margin down anymore.  It is at 111", which the tech specs say is the limit.


My question is:  Is this truly a FINAL limit of size?  Or is there some way around this apparent limit?  It seems strange and arbitrary to me that this limit would be imposed.  Why can't it go on infinately, since it would only require more paper?  I wouldn't think file size would be an issue...the fields are all text with the exception of one image per record (sized down to approx. 17k).


Additional info:  Not all fields are used to their max on each record, so I use the "slide" feature to collapse blank spaces.  However, there is inevitably at least one record that uses each field to its maximum size.  Therefore, simply making my fields smaller doesn't seem to be an option.


Thanks very much in advance for any help or ideas that can be provided!!  The previous answers to posts have been outstanding, so I have my fingers crossed!!