Add Dropdown Menus with 2empowerFM Menu Popper 3.0

Discussion created by cdragon on Apr 22, 2013

Crestline, CA, April 22nd, 2013 -- Dracoventions has released 2empowerFM Menu Popper 3.0, the first FileMaker plug-in to let you add advanced dropdown menus to FileMaker layouts.


Dropdowns can be used for things like type-ahead suggestions based on a search of multiple FileMaker fields.  For example, as the user types, you might show matches in first names, last names, and email addresses, along with separator lines between each type of match.  Showing suggested matches below your fields makes data entry faster and reduces duplicates.


Dropdowns placed below FileMaker fields respond to up/down arrows, close when Esc is pressed, and even open again when the field is clicked in or first entered.  If a match is chosen, you can populate other fields based on the record id of the chosen match, saving your users even more time.


Menu Popper 3 also supports bold, italic, underline, and disabled styles in all its menus, along with bullets in its pop-up menus.  Menus can now be kept in memory, combined together, and their items can be added or deleted.  Menu items can even be shown conditionally based on what keys are held down, and a script can be run when a menu item is chosen.


The new 2empowerFM Menu Popper is available immediately at for both Macintosh and Windows.


More Menu Popper Features


- Save space on your layouts by changing a series of buttons into a single button that pops up a menu.


- A sub-menu can be attached to any pop-up menu item.


- Show any menu item and return any value when that item is clicked.


- Construct a menu using a FileMaker "Value List", comma separated list, or any other list of items separated by whatever character you choose.


- Create menus based on SQL queries, eliminating FileMaker table occurrences whose only purpose was to generate Value Lists used to show FileMaker menus.


Pricing and Availability


2empowerFM Menu Popper 3.0 is available immediately at


This is a free update for those who purchased a license within the last year.  Older customers may purchase upgrades at 50% off.  New user licenses start at $49.


Server and Developer licenses are also available.  All plug-ins can be tested for 30 days free of charge and demos are fully functional.


About Dracoventions


Dracoventions is a FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA) member located in Crestline, CA, USA.  We invent solutions to your FileMaker challenges, save you development time, expand FileMaker's capabilities, and create a better user experience.


With over 25 years of software engineering experience, company-founder Chris Dragon was inspired by the business needs of a FileMaker-based non-profit to create the 2empowerFM Family of Plug-ins. These plug-ins include Developer Assistant, Hands-Free Printer, Menu Popper, SQL Runner, and more.  Plug-ins are available at




Chris Dragon
PO Box 2859, Crestline, CA 92325, USA
(818) 588-6418