Thank you for your post.
I'm not a developer, but I noticed no one had poked in yet for you. So, I thought I'd offer some ideas. You could have a single file on your desktop and have buttons listed in a layout to go to each of your remote databases. You could also have a hidden layout in your main database that only Full Access accounts could see, which would have buttons for the remote files. Anything along those lines. You really just need to come up with a way to link to open remote databases without them being available in Open Remote.
I hope this is of use!
In a multi file solution, when users will need to have access to data from the other files, usually those files will be opened by script using the Open Hidden option. Then you can restrict users from seeing the files within FM by using custom menus to restrict their access to the Window>Show Window menu command. When users log into the system you check their privilege settings to determine whether to show them the custom menu or in your case the full FM menu. Then you will be able to use the Window>Show Window menu command to see and make changes to the other files.
Thank you for this. It's a development off my 'desktop widget' solution. As the developer with Full Access, I can see the 'widget' in the Launch Centre but no-one else can because it's hidden for non-Full Access users.
Will take a look.
Thank you for this. My problem was stopping users seeing anything I don't want them to see in the Launch Centre before they even try to open a database, I'm not sure how your reply solves this?
There is the setting "Don't display in launch center" in
File > Sharing > Share with Filemaker clients
Did you set it for all files you want to hide?
Then, you can open them in launch center registering them as "favorite" in "your" launch center.
Oops, of course it is better to do "register files as favorite" first, after hiding them you need to type all file names to regist.
My bad. I assumed from your question that you knew how to hide them in Launch Centre but were wondering how you could easily access them as the developer. At any rate, even if your users can't see them in Launch Centre you will still need to consider how to deal with user access to files that are opened implicitly by FM when the users access data from those related files.
Not at all. My question was badly phrased!
Good point re implicitly opened files. I can protect these via the access privileges assigned to users and steer them to 'blank' layouts if needs be.
Thank you for your help!
With the file all ready on your server.
Go to File-->Sharing -->Share with FileMaker Clients....
A dialog pops up where you can check a box Don't Display in the Launch Center.
Thank you for this. It wasn't the initial Don't Display In Launch Centre that I was really asking about, it was how I can easily access these files once I have hidden them. I reckon a combination of the answers above will solve it. User19752's one I haven't been able to try yet, but I will.
Thanks again for your help.
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Part two. . .
So now that it is hidden how do you open it from the launch center?
Add your server to your favorites. On the left pane is the list of your favorites. On the bottom of that pane is a + button and a button with a gear.
Highlight your favorite server and click on the gear button which is on the right hand side of the left hand pane.
Up come three options.
Edit Favorite Host . . .
Configure LDAP ...
Network File Path ...
Select Network File Path and you get a dialog box that lists your favorite server and all you need to do it enter the file name after the last / and hit OK.
Your file is now hidden in the launch center from the average user while you the developer can get into it.
Hope that helps and is what you are looking forward.
Yes it does. Absolutely. Thank you!