Thank you for your post.
I use FileMaker Pro 11 on a MacBook Pro running under Mac OS X 10.6.5, and all starter solutions display properly, and although this doesn't necessarily help you, it lets me know the Starter Solutions are fine on a similar setup.
In case some user system preferences are damaged, create a new user account on your MacBook Pro, log in to the new user account and launch FileMaker Pro. Try using one of the Starter Solutions and see if you run into the same problem.
FileMaker Pro uses the system fonts, so since this isn't working for you, let's assume FileMaker Pro was not installed properly. Uninstall and reinstall. If this still fails, try removing the Arial and Verdana fonts from your system, and then reinstall them from your Mac OS X system disk.
Please keep me updated with any progress.
I have the same problem as Steven and as you suggest the problems seems to be related to the user account since everything shows up fine when using a new account on the same computer. I tried the install/uninstall but with no success. Could you please tell me which preference files and their locations that need to be deleted (since they remain behind after the uninstall process)?
Thank you for your post, and I apologize for the late reply.
If the new user account is fine, then start by removing the preferences file from:
User Account -> Library -> Preferences -> com.filemaker.xxxxxx.plist
("xxxxx" will either have "pro", "pro.advanced", or something similar)
Also, run Disk Utility (Hard Drive -> Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility). Select the hard disk and repair disk permissions.
If you already resolved the problem, please post here so others can possibly benefit from your solution.
I had the same problem, and after trying all of the available solutions posted here and elsewhere I finally cracked it.
This is for Mac OS X only.
Open a database with invisible text, then select all contents of a field where the text is invisible.
Check which font it is by right-clicking on the selected text and locating the current font in the font menu.
Quit Filemaker Pro
Open FontBook in the Applications folder, make sure "All Fonts" is selected in the "Collections" column, and find that font. There will most likely be two or more versions of the font, and one or more may be disabled.
Right-click on each of them, one at a time, and select "Show in Finder" from the menu. Each one will open a different folder.
One of those folders will be (Hard Drive -> Users -> yourcomputername -> Library -> Fonts. *hint* You can check the path by holding down the COMMAND key then clicking on the word "Fonts" in the window title.
That's the important folder, find your font. Then look in the other folders and find the one with the most recent creation date.
Replace the font in Hard Drive -> Users -> yourcomputername -> Library -> Fonts, with the most recent one.
Now go back to FontBook and disable all versions of your font (by right clicking and selecting "Disable" from the menu) except for the one in (Hard Drive -> Users -> yourcomputername -> Library -> Fonts. Make sure that one is the only enabled version.
Now, open up your database.
Hope it worked for you.