3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 23, 2014 6:27 PM by jimfasnacht

    Filemaker Pro Grid


      Can anyone guess how the multiple grids are created in the image below? It is a screen shot from a JobPro Dashboard video. Hope this isn't a copyright problem. I was curious if the grids are portals. I am new to FileMaker and would like to create a similar form. I like many things about Filemaker but some tasks I think should be easy aren't. I am surprised that FMP doesn't have a better selections of tools. I am used to programming with visual studio and using Telerik's Winform grid. Am I correct the only grid tool, in FMP, is the portal and you are limited to related fields?

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        • 1. Re: Filemaker Pro Grid

          It does look like each sub-list in your dashboard screenshot is a portal.


          I think you may not be using the term "grid" to mean the same thing most folks on this forum understand by it. Portals are not what I would call a "grid" tool. In layout mode, the layout grid (set at the bottom of the "Position" pane in the Inspector palette) is one grid tool, and guides are another useful tool for organizing layout objects in "grid" arragements.


          If you're asking about different ways to arrange records in rows and columns, list view and table view layouts are both other tools to consider, in addition to portals.


          It is technically possible to show unrelated data from a global field in a portal, but that would not be particularly useful. It's also possible to create the appearance of displaying data from unrelated table occurrences in a portal using "virtual list" techniques. Search the forum or Google it for details.

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          • 2. Re: Filemaker Pro Grid

            I agree with Jeremy.


            Also: your time will be MUCH better spent learning to master the extraordinary power and versatily of portals.

            • 3. Re: Filemaker Pro Grid

              That was less than helpful.