2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 4, 2012 9:21 AM by jsorge

    Is there such a thing as External Layouts?


      Hey all,

      I'm creating a set of solutions for our company and am wanting to create a utility file that has scripts and layouts that will be common to the systems. I know I can use external tables and scripts, but it doesn't look like layouts can come across. The main thing that I'm wanting with the layouts is a progress bar interface to display progress as the systems are working through a task. I have wired it up locally to the file that I'm working on but if I make improvements in the future I'll have to manually cascade it down to the different systems. Is there a way to make this a common utility file that can do what I'm looking for? Thanks for your help!


        • 1. Re: Is there such a thing as External Layouts?

          Jared -


          You can potentially work around this sort of issue by building the layout to be shared in one file, then putting all your scripting and fields to update it in that file. Then, call those scripts from the other files, passing script parameters or updating global fields as needed. You can open a window using that file, then close it when you're done.


          Conceptually, at least, that allows you to "share" a layout between different solutions ... but you have to be careful about making sure all your fields are globals to avoid record lock issues in a multi-user environment.





          • 2. Re: Is there such a thing as External Layouts?

            That's a good idea, Mike. For my progress bars that I use right now they are already globals so locking wouldn't be a problem in our environment. I'll give it a shot and let you know how it goes. Thanks!