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Version upgrade = reformatting layouts

Question asked by steveald on Jan 13, 2009
Latest reply on Mar 26, 2009 by michno


Version upgrade = reformatting layouts


As far back as FMPro7, every time we upgrade to a new version of FileMaker we have the issue of multi-line fields having to be reformatted due to line-spacing issues. We have the further complication of needing all layouts to print the same between Macintosh and Windows machines. This is a serious issue for us as our databases contain literally hundreds of government-approved forms that must conform to approved standards. From paragraphs of fine print to long columns of numbers, entering each line separately to avoid this issue is neither practical or reasonable.

Looking at FMPro10, we once again see we will have to reformat many forms after upgrading. Nothing changed other than the version of FM - we use the latest version of Mac OS X and keep everything updated. Why does FileMaker change the way it handles line-spacing EVERY time it releases a new version?

We found one possible solution to the Win/Mac issue in the form of adjusting line-spacing using Pixels as units instead of the default unit of Lines. And we ran across documentation somewhere that said to only use TrueType fonts for cross-platform compatibility. Dealing with these two items has resulted in considerable non-productive downtime. But there shouldn't be an issue of having to fix line-spacing after just upgrading FM versions on the same platform, should there?

Unless I'm doing something horribly wrong - and I can find no support or documentation that offers an alternative - I feel like we should stop upgrading our FileMaker, stick with one version, and miss out on any new features - just to be able to stop having to fix hundreds of layouts each time. Am I missing something?