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Make sure to use one of the "TOUCH" themes from the FileMaker Layouts so that your fonts sizes will be appropriate for the iPad. Also, in the layout mode below the Tools bar, but above the layout is a gray bar that has the Layout list on the far left. Go over to the right to where the Inspector icon is and then go one to the left. That is the ruler tool and use it to select the iPad grid so that you can design within the appropriate iPad screen dimensions. Hope that helps some.
If you're working in FMP12, there are portrait/landscape layout guides for both iPad/iPhone screen sizes. Likewise, there are also default "Touch" themes that you can apply to your layouts which will set recommended font/UI element sizes for a touch UX. You'll also want to pay close attention to how you distribute UI elements in the layout in order to reduce complexity when anchoring layout objects to adjust for device rotation.
And although this is not a layout setting, you'll want to consider locking window zoom at 100% upon entering an iOS layout so that accidentially double-tapping the screen doesn't zoom-in on a single UI element or a blank area of the screen. Also be aware that leaving Allow User Abort [On] in your iOS deployed scripts prompts the user to Cancel/Continue the running script when the screen is tapped. Setting Allow User Abort [Off] escalates the importance of good error handling in most scripts on iOS.
I recommend taking a look at the following documents in the iOS Resources section if you haven't already done so...
Thanks for your help and advice will do..
You make some good points here..so thanks & i will look into the readings.
Where possible, I enable portrait AND landscape frame guides and then design my layout to fit inside the small area covered by both guide frames, this allows the layout to work nicely in both orientations, you just need to get creative with anchoring so it looks nice in both aspects.
Oh and make sure everything is big enough for stupid-stubby-fingers
Thanks for that good advice..will do.
To reinforce the point about designing for "stupid-stubby-fingers," when I'm testing a design for FileMaker go, I handicap myself by wearing gloves designed to work with capacitive touch screens to make my fingers even stubbier.
How long would you generally spend craeting a ipad layout..generally speaking...regards
That depends on how complicated the users' goals are (how complicated the layout needs to be), how important the layout is, and how many other layouts there are already in the same solution I can use for copying objects and design patterns. More complicated, more time; more important, more time; more sources to copy from, less time. Not counting supporting scripting or on-going maintenance, I've done layouts taking anywhere from 15 minutes to a full day, even 2 days if I include multiple drafts of wireframes and getting feedback from stakeholders on particularly important layouts.
Hmm...I see, lot of variables ah..
Im wanting to learn more about ipad so I am going to go to the FM learning day workshop in Wellington NZ tomorrow run by David Head. so that should be Interesting.
Thanks for your helps. Regards
FYI, David Head is probably the senior security guy for FileMaker. He's knowledgeable all around, but if you have a really deep security topic, he is likely to have good answers for you.
Hey thanks for that..appreciated