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    OnTimer bug in Filemaker 15 ?

    rudyv

      Before i submit this as an "official" bug, i would like your opinion on this.

       

      I use Filemaker Pro & Pro Advanced 15.0.1.119 on OS X El Captain

      I have a table "activities" which has two fields "clock_timer" & "clock_display".

       

      # first i open a window with a stopwatch and load a timer with a 1 second interval

      Install OnTimer Script [ “timer”; Interval: 1 ]

       

      in the timer script :

      # i increment the clock_timer field by 1

      Set Field [ activities::clock_timer; activities::clock_timer + 1 ]

      # i sound a heartbeat to monitor the script even when it is in the background (while debugging)

      Beep

      # i update the clock_display eg to "1h 22m 34s"

      Set Field [ activities::clock_display; nice_clock ( activities::clock_timer ) ]

      # i refresh the onscreen clock

      Refresh Object [ Object Name: "clock" ]

       

       

      This stopwatch works very well as long as it is in the active foreground window.

      When i select other Filemaker windows or work in other programs, the heartbeat stops after 20 to 30 seconds - in other words, the OnTimer goes to sleep. I can reproduce this behaviour every time. When i make the stopwatch window active again, OnTimer wakes up again and my stopwatch updates as expected.

      Is this a bug in OnTimer or am I missing something?

      And is there possibly a workaround?

       

      thank you -Rudy

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