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This is something I have been struggling with too. I was using 2x24" monitors in my previous job. But in retrospect a single hi res 30" monitor would have been better. The workaround with v11 was to manually make the window cover both screens, then have the 2 open then arrange windows horizontally. It is a bit infuriating that you cannot move a popup window onto another screen, all the GUI windows seem to be bound with the FMP window, nor have I been able to open up a new instance of FMP so that I can have 2 independent database windows . The only other possibility I can think of but not tried as I don't like it, is to make the monitors continuous so that they are in effect 1 monitor then script up opening the 2 windows and the arranging?
I would have thought it was possible as windows for manage scrips and layouts are not constrained by the FMP window....
The only thing I would recommend if you go down the 2 monitor route is to have the same resolution on both screens, as this makes it easier stretching the window and for moving the mouse from one to the other.
First one question: Since this will be much easier on the Mac:
FileMaker verson and other details?
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What you want to accomplish is probably possible on one computer with two monitors. Especially on the Mac, but probably also on windows - but first, please let me know which OS, versions etc.
But here a suggestion for at two computer solution, doing what you want.
- While you administer the check in routine on one computer the other one with the monitor towards the guest will display the relevant information on a special guest layout.
Lets call the internal interface for computer A and the external interface for computer B
- Create the two layouts (one for internal use and one for external use)
- Create the scripts needed for both purposes.
- Use Troi Activator to send order from computer A to execute the relevant script on computer B.
Thats it - will work for Windows and Mac.
And now you can either choose not to give a keyboard and mouse to the guest or you can give them the ability to correct errors and add information.
You could make a very neat interface facing the customer.
And a suplementary, very low tech solution:
Have an ipad showing a guest interface, search and show the guest's data. Let the customer edit and approve.
To my surprise the other day/week/month (FMP 11), ”Open Layout” in ”Manage Layouts” did exactly this: I had a second view to the same database. Did not explore the possibilities.
Am I correct in assuming that you are creating a second window showing another layout, but can't get the second window to show up on the second monitor?
Good question! Shall test tomorrow (here at GMT +2 I'll do something else for the remaining hours of the day), but I can't foresee a situation where a window could not be moved to another monitor – on the Mac at least.
Thanks! I just work on a MacBook Pro, but would like to get another
Windows 7 Proffessional 32bit
Lots of great ideas. Thanks
I normally I run my PC with two 20" montiors at the same resolution and with the desktop extended. I extended the FMP12 Advanced active acrea to cover both monitors and went to the Main Menu "Window" and opened a new menu with a layout. I would have to script it to auto update the Guest monitor but it might work but only for a single computer.
Ultimately, the database will be Web accessable and therefore be using a browser to access the data. In this case I might be able to have to browser window open with the Check-in layout on one monitor and the Guest layout on the other monitor. Not sure this is possible.
To the Mac Users giving advice here:
This issue is very different on Windows and Mac.
On Windows the FileMaker windows will reside within a major FileMaker application window. Therefore the Mac advices are not really relevant.
On Windows you will probably need to run TWO different FileMaker's on the same computer. You could probably do this by having FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced running on the same computer. The reason: You want two independent FIleMaker Windows.
But I think that my suggestion (running it on two computers with one for the receptionist and one for the guest - synchronized via Troi Activator) is the more elegant solution. Or the idea of using an iPad (without the Troi Activator twist).
As I assumed, no problems with another window on the second display.
Good points, Carsten. As far as I know (not very far!) many Windows-programs allow, if not require, ”sessions” of the same program. Multiple document windows is stlll a novelty on the Dark Side.
On the Mac, I eg. (occasionally) may need to run Vectorworks ”twice” (one for actual work, one to do photorealistic renderings in the background), so I have one or two copies of the program (which, of course, is technically a folder) launched simultaneously, under a single licence.
So isn't this the answer? Or am I missing something?