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Why not use MagicKey?
You can add records in a related table via that method without leaving the current layout or changing the focus on that layout.
And the method you described can be simplified a lot if you use the New Window option to open a window hidden off the edge of the monitor. You'd still need to capture the parent key, but you wouldn't need to reset the focus on tab panels etc.
New Window is not an option because most users are running Windows, not Mac. If you do a "New Window" script step, it de-maximizes existing windows, which is very jarring.
i'll check out Magic Key. Thanks for that.
It's jarring only if windows are maximized. Many windows solutions avoid maximizing the windows for that reason.
I'm just the opposite... My solutions are always single-window, and they are always maximized. Basically, I force my Mac users to suffer with a single-window solution to accomodate the Windows people.
I wish FileMaker would (if technically possible) reconcile the behavior of Mac and Windows versions in this regard.
If you check the product road map in Resources, you'll see that there are plans to do that in the next version.
I designed my first hosted solution just like you. It works well and I even found ways to unmaximize windows so that I could use a second window in a way that makes the window resize as "less jarring" as possible, but then I was hired by a company where they did the opposite and I've found that much as I'd like that application window to disappear, you get used to it and it's not that awful.
Yeah, you're probably right. As a Mac user, I'm really spoiled by how nice the UI is. But apparently Windows people are not traumatized by the idea of multiple "document" windows within an application window (eg, Excel), so maybe I should revisit my design rules.
So you're saying FMI is promising window-management parity in version 16? That's huge!