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THEME IMPOSTER - Theme A cannot be updated although the names are the same

Question asked by disabled_mrw-old-account-do-not-use on Jun 10, 2014
Latest reply on Sep 15, 2016 by mrwatson-gbs


THEME IMPOSTER - Theme A cannot be updated although the names are the same


FileMaker Pro



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Description of the issue

When importing a theme into a file where a theme of exactly the same name already exists, FileMaker does not offer to update the theme, although the theme has exactly the same name. This is counter-intuitive.

Suggestion: It would be MUCH, MUCH better if:

1. FileMaker offered the possibility to update the theme along with a warning that the themes may be of different origin, and
2. AFTER performing such a theme update, the themes are considered to be of the same origin (i.e. the internalNames are also set to be equivalent) and it is not asked again.

Steps to reproduce the problem

1) Create a custom theme "A" in File 1 from scratch
2) Create a custom theme of exactly the same name in File 2 from scratch
3) In file 2 try to import theme "A" from File 1

Expected result

I expect FileMaker to offer to update theme A.
I DO NOT expect FileMaker to create a new theme "A 2" without asking.
(I expect FileMaker to match on the VISIBLE NAMES)

Rather: I would expect FileMaker to present me with a warning, that it believes I may be overwriting a theme with a 'foreign' theme (because the internalNames are different).

Actual result

FileMaker does NOT update theme A
FileMaker (incomprehensibly) creates Theme "A 2"
(FileMaker matches on the INVISIBLE NAMES)

FileMaker does not warn me that the two themes may possibly be from different sources.

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