3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 17, 2014 7:26 AM by philmodjunk

    New to Filemaker, few questions!



      New to Filemaker, few questions!


           Hello Everyone!

           I am very new to Filemaker, and finding it slightly harder than expected. I'm a bit of an excel whizz, but these formulas seem a bit harder, and are far less instant!


           A chap called Guy Stevens has been very helpful, and has a great Youtube - but to save burdoning him I thought I'd ask here too.


           So what I'm looking to do is a hire rental inventory, and I've a few questions;


      Question 1

           A lot of the items I hire tend to be in 'kits'. So a "2-Way Speaker Kit" may comprise of; 

           2 x Speakers

           2 x Cables

           1 x Case

           Of course, when I produce and equipment list, I don't want to have to select, or even see the components of the kit list - I just want to see the Kits, and have Filemaker automatically add the components. However these will be required to be displayed at the Preparation List.

           Currently, what I have is an Equipment table with the following fields;

           - ID (a serial)

           - Item (the description of the item)

           - Composite? (a yes/no option for what the item is)

           - Discipline

           - Category

           - Day Price

           - Days per Week

           - Weight

           - Quantity Owned.


           I was assuming that the best idea would be to have the items I don't want to see with a 'Yes' next to the "Composite?" box, and then find some kind of filter to see and hide these?


           Any advice/opinions/ideas on how to attach the composites to the item etc.


      Question 2

           Because this is a rental system, the number of items available is of course dependent on the dates.

           Any tips for setting up this kind of system too, and good ideas/tricks etc.


           I'm happy to learn, but even some of the Youtubes lost me a bit, so need a bit of help!