Interactive options are not available when the container field is located in a portal. Thus, the menu options that require the interactive optimization are greyed out.
the Insert menu has QuickTime and Sound greyed out.
Do you have QuickTime installed on this computer? Do you have the needed hardware to record sound?
My appologies if I was not clear. In the first paragraph above, for the conatiner in the portal, in the Insert menu, Audio/Movie and PDF is greyed out, but not Quicktime, nor Sound, nor Picture, nor PDF. But for the same container in a different layout and not in a portal, Quicktime and Sound are greyed out, but not Audio/Video, nor Picture, nor File, nor PDF. Therefore, yes Quicktime is installed, and I can create / insert a sound file into the container in the portal.
Then I can explain this for the first layout, but not the second.
OK, am stumped, containers in FM12 still confuse me. To understand the differences, created a new test file in FM 12 Adv. One layout, no portals. Added two container fields. One optimized for Images; the other optimized for Interactive. Then looked at the Insert menu for each container. Result: Container Optimized for Images: Audio/Video and PDF is greyed out. Container Optimized for Interactive: QuickTime and Sound is greyed out.
Since this is the way it is, I will accept it is what it is. I guess my confusion stems for reading and expecting that you can insert all options (from the Insert menu) into containers, but there are conditions with differing results. And yes, you can use Insert File to insert any file into a container with different results depending on what the container is optimized for, and whether it is in a portal or not. Lets hope Filemaker will improve by simplifying this variation in container behavior.
As for the result in my second paragraph in the first post, well, I will just let it go at this time since a using a script to insert seems to aliviate my confusion.
Thanks for your response.