1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 25, 2009 12:13 PM by philmodjunk

    Mac vs PC

    mark_d2x

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      Mac vs PC

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      Hi,

       

      I have been designing a database an a Mac which is eventually going to be used on PCs using FMP server.

       

       

      When I have tested it on a PC locally, a few strange things have been happening, can anyone explain?

       

      Firstly, the text/fonts just don't look the same.  Everything has been designed using Ariel (no fancy fonts), on the PC the text is thinner but looks wider, bold is fatter too.  This appears to be clipping the text and needs the borders making larger for the text boxes.

       

      I have written scripts for a button to open up a new window and go to a particular layout, when the script runs the main window stops being maximised too (this doesn't happen on the Mac).

       

      Also, the script to import PDFs into the database as quicktime doesn't work either (not sure if it installed, presumably this needs to be done?).

       

      Some of the scripts don't quite run as they should either, they have been opening up a different layout to that specified.

       

      Bemusing and frustrating to say the least.

       

      i just wish we could move over to Macs but that cost would be prohibitive as we would need to buy 20 macs! (I think there is more chance of me going to the moon than that happening!)

       

      One of the Layouts is designed to be shown on a 1024 x 768 monitor, when i put it onto a monitor set at that resolution the layout was really fuzzy and horrible.

       

      There is a definite difference between using FMP on a Mac vs PC - just doesn't feel or look quite the same.  In all honesty, what is a decent(ish) database on the  Mac is really quite disappointing on a PC. 

       

      Best wishes

       

      Mark 

        • 1. Re: Mac vs PC
          philmodjunk
            

          "Firstly, the text/fonts just don't look the same.  Everything has been designed using Ariel (no fancy fonts), on the PC the text is thinner but looks wider, bold is fatter too.  This appears to be clipping the text and needs the borders making larger for the text boxes."

          Yep, that's a known difference between the two operating systems. WIndows machines need a tiny bit more space to display the same text than Macs. Fortunately, once you adjust all your layout text and fields on a windows platform, the layouts will usually work just fine when you take the file back to your Mac. When developing on a Mac for an FMP file that's going to be used on Windows, I've learned to leave my self an extra bit of space in my layout designs and then I flip through each layout once on a windows machine to check for any needed adjustments.

           

          "I have written scripts for a button to open up a new window and go to a particular layout, when the script runs the main window stops being maximised too (this doesn't happen on the Mac)."

          This is a known/reported "windows" bug. I can minimize, but not eliminate the "twitch" if I add a few extra windows management steps to my script:

          Right after a New Window, or Go to Related Records (with new window option) step I put in:

          Move Resize Window [Name: Get (filename); Current File; Height: get (screenheight); Width: (screenwidth); Top: 0; Left: 0]

           

          Once a new window is closed, I add: Adjust Window [Maximize]