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The following formatting attributes are no longer directly supported in FileMaker Pro 12:
- Drop Shadow
If you convert a file from a previous version of FileMaker Pro that utilizes these formatting attributes, the conversion process will convert these. These obsolete effect styles will appear in the Line Styles drop down menu, but you will unable to apply these styles to new fields. However, you can copy and paste fields with these effects to display the effects on new fields.TSSharkFileMaker, Inc.
The removal of embossed, shadow, engraved etc. has had a significant impact on my design process, and as far as I can see Filmaker has been rather sneaky about not declaring this as part of the new features. The border oprions in FM12 do NOT provide us with enough options!!
Absolutly miss these attributes as well!
Also beware that of you change the line style, the embossed - for example - vanishes with no trace. In my case I was unaware of this change (well, let's face it, who knew?) but noted that the check flag in an embossed field failed to display. In the process of getting it to display again my embossing vanished.
So - problem - embossing IS retained in converted file, BUT field may not longer display correctly. Gee thanks, Filemaker. Regression testing for a new version of Filemaker I can do without.
Here is an example of a manufactured embossed style above the original embossed look. Around 5 minutes work per field.
So here's a new feature request to Filemaker - Could we have embossed field styles please?
You realise this is all because of the new 'flat' look brought in to IOS 7. Apparently Skeuomorphism is out, and flat is in.
Thank you for your posts.
I recommend that you also enter this information into the Feature Requests web form at:
The entries into this web form populate a database file that is hosted and monitored by Product Management and Development. Every entry is discussed and considered for possible implementation in a future release. Although I could copy your request and paste it into the web form, there are a couple of contact questions asked on the form that only you can answer.
Contrary to the information posted on April 11, 2012, copying and pasting an embossed field from a converted database does not retain the embossing (at least not in FMP13 on OS X 10.8.5). The new fields stick out like sore ugly thumbs on my layout and I don't really want to edit all of the rest of my fields on this layout.
Right..because embossing/engraving something tells the user something.."Yes..there is depth here...you can or should click into this field and add something"
But putting aside visual functionilty cues to the human eye.....iOS design style of "only two shades" (B/W) flat, without shadow and depth......takes me back to kindergarten..and using a black crayon on a white sheet of paper....Can we get MORE unsophisticated looking Cold War Era - behind the iron curtain dressed?
Right now the designers in "The Village" puking all over Christopher street and in front of the art galleries down in Soho..and Andy Warhol just rolled over in his grave when they released iOS 8.