5 Replies Latest reply on Feb 9, 2012 7:28 PM by listen2earth

    Graphs and multiple windows

    kaostika

      Hi,

       

      If I have several windows open, will filemaker still render graphs that are visible on the Layout if that are not the front window? For instance I have a window and it has multiple graphs. But the user has this window hidden behind other windows. While the Graphs still be using up perfomance.

       

      Oreste

        • 1. Re: Graphs and multiple windows
          jonathanschoel

          Oreste,

          As long as the graphs layout is open FileMaker will be updating that layout, So, yes, your graphs layout will still be using your system resources even if it's not the front window.

           

          Jonathan

          • 2. Re: Graphs and multiple windows
            RayCologon

            kaostika wrote:

            ...But the user has this window hidden behind other windows.  While the Graphs still be using up perfomance.

             

            Hi Oreste,

             

            I agree with Jonathan's observations - charts in windows that aren't frontmost are still updated. That's even the case if the window is entirely obscured from view, if the window is offscreen and/or if the layout is scrolled such that the chart is not within the viewable area.

             

            That said, the performance impact of rendering most relatively simple charts is not too great, so unless the solution is noticeably sluggish, the charts are unusually complex or there are a very large number of them, your attention may be better directed elsewhere.

             

            Regards,

            Ray

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            • 3. Re: Graphs and multiple windows
              kaostika

              Thanks, I think the issue is the design of the database. The numbers in the graph are based on calculations that take a while to render when shown on a layout.  I am assuming it will take time on the graph.

               

              Oreste

              • 4. Re: Graphs and multiple windows
                RayCologon

                kaostika wrote:

                Thanks, I think the issue is the design of the database. The numbers in the graph are based on calculations that take a while to render when shown on a layout.  I am assuming it will take time on the graph.

                 

                Hi Oreste,

                 

                Certainly unstored calcs with complex chains of dependencies would be capable of impacting performance much more than a typical chart would - but of course in your case the latter depends on the former and the chart can't render until the calcs have evaluated.

                 

                Perhaps it would be a good time to start untangling the nest of code dependencies and looking for optimizations in the design and schema, rather than being concerned about chart rendering, which is really only one of the symptoms of a deeper problem.

                 

                Regards,

                Ray

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                R J Cologon, Ph.D.

                FileMaker Certified Developer

                Author, FileMaker Pro 10 Bible

                NightWing Enterprises, Melbourne, Australia

                http://www.nightwingenterprises.com

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                • 5. Re: Graphs and multiple windows
                  listen2earth

                  H E L L O,

                   

                  _i_  just glanced quickly over all this discussion

                  therefore my comment may be way off line ..

                   

                  Why have,  physical appearance of graph's udated,

                  when there's no one to view them ???

                   

                  Seems graphs should be design to work

                  on two paths:

                   

                  •calculation processes
                  •drawing processes

                   

                  paths for the processes of drawing them really are not required until

                  someone is actually viewing them.

                   

                   

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                  r o b  jesus Land Tidd'  l e w i s

                   

                  visionary for software hardware