I agree and that's why I prefer at least a 20" iMac. Currently I have a second 20" Cinema Display connected as well. Adding debugger to the inspector is an interesting idea.
I was not too happy when the 17" MBP line died either.
Have you tried developing in Windows? Absolutely brutal.
About a year ago I switched to Mac from Windows for development. I was very surprised how much easier FM programming is on the Mac. I use a 21.5 iMac and a 24 second monitor.
While I generally agree, I am bi-lingual in developing, and on windows use a 27in monitor with a 19in off the side, which pretty much replicates my Mac experience. Now Sublime is x platform the only thing I am missing is my Spellcatcher.
Prefer Mac now but dont feel restricted on Win at all
It seems that Developers today need two monitors. It's the same with photoshop, etc.
FileMaker should review EVERY dialog, to make them smarter, consistent, and more readable
> they mask an important part of the screen of the system that I'm trying to develop.
I should have explained that I do have a 30" Apple Cinema Display on my desk in my office, but much of my work is still done on site in my client's offices around London. I did find that my 17" MacBook Pro (Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1200) was getting too heavy to carry about, so I 'downgraded' to a 15" MBPR, but I don't have the luxury of a big screen monitor waiting at each of my client's sites.
So now that my screen space is limited to 15" MacBook size, I wish FileMaker could redesign the development tools and dialogues to take account of limited screen area. The present overall design does not seem to worry about this. However much I shrink the dialogues, they can soon take over the whole screen - especially if they are permanently set to 'stay in front'. Maybe I need to set up my iPad as a second screen?
I did find a little app called 'DisplayMode' which lets me run the MacBook Pro Screen with a screen resolution of 1680 x 1050 (Retina) as opposed to the native 1440 x 900 (Retina) - this does help the situation. But I'm looking for a better way for FileMaker to provide us with these tools, using clever ways to hide them when not needed or when they are just in the way.
Thanks for all your suggestions.
Best wishes - Alan
The way FM operates within an application window on Windows is what frustrates me. The "free-ranging" windows on a Mac make it much easier. I have FMA on a Windows laptop that I'm forcing myself to use sometimes because I feel it's important to be functional in both environments... but I still prefer Mac.
I also just noticed that the same Inspector seems to work across all files, in a Multi File Solution. This is very neat
Imagine if ALL Dialogs worked that way
I should not have to open a new Scriptmaker for each open file !
> The three panes of the Inspector go some way to help