3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 25, 2013 6:17 PM by JimBrear

    FM 13 Style Attibutes between Layouts

    JimBrear

      Holiday Break - Time to play.. I am trying to come to grips with style attributes in themes.

       

      It seems obvious that to get consistancy in the UI of a solution you should define an object to your liking, and save that as a Style under the overall theme.

       

      I assumed that once I did that:

       

      The custom style would be available in all other layouts using that theme.

       

      If I copy an object using a particular style from one layout to another using that theme it would retain the Style name originally given, allowing style changes to flow accross layouts.

       

      This is not the behaviour I am seeing. Different layouts using the same theme show their own sets of styles.

       

      How do I get styles developed on one layout to migrate to a different layout?

       

      I am having one of my "I must have miised something obvious" moments.

       

      Any hints will be gratefully received.

        • 1. Re: FM 13 Style Attibutes between Layouts
          bgustin

          I would try just duplicating the layout with the styles/theme that you want to use, then rename layout and make your needed changes to the new layout.

          • 2. Re: FM 13 Style Attibutes between Layouts
            mark_scott

            Hi Jim,

             

            It's a two-step process; my guess is that you may be missing the second step.

             

            The first step, which you've already done, is to save a set of custom attributes you've applied to a layout object as a custom "style" (or, alternatively, just save the changes to one of the built-in styles).

             

            At this point, however, your new (or redefined) style is only available on the current layout.  You'll note, in the Appearance tab, that the red arrowhead icon has now jumped from the "Style: " popup button (where, a moment ago, it was indicating local formatting not yet saved to a style) up to the "Theme: " popup button, indicating that locally defined or edited styles have not yet been saved to the overall theme itself.

             

            The second step, therefore, is to click on the "Theme: " popup button and either save your new style(s) to the current theme, or save the whole enchillada as a new theme. That's when your new styles should become available file-wide, for every layout that uses that theme.

             

            Did I read you correctly, and does this help?

             

            Mark

            • 3. Re: FM 13 Style Attibutes between Layouts
              JimBrear

              Thanks for the replies on this.

               

               

               

              I thought I had saved the theme with a new name, but in fact had only saved one of the styles.

               

               

               

              Working through it again the theme title changed at the top and the new theme was available to all layouts.

               

               

               

              I have also discovered the Manage Themes Item in the File Menu which opens a number of possibilities.

               

               

               

               

               

               

               

              Best Wishes

               

               

               

              Jim Brear

               

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