12 Replies Latest reply on Feb 1, 2015 2:56 PM by StanMillar

    ANN NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13

    RayCologon

      I'm pleased to announce the availability of the first group of a series of new and updated demo and example files for FileMaker 13.

       

      The first ten demos in this series are available immediately and include a mix of new techniques based on the features of the FileMaker 13 platform, along with updated versions of some of our previous demos (reworked in light of the new features). This set of demos showcases a number of our favourites among the features of FileMaker 13.

       

      Eight of this first set of FileMaker 13 demos are unlocked, so that you can access the code. Two are preview-only (code available to registered users). These include an update to version 2.0 of our UltraLog audit tracking system (which is a free upgrade for paid licensees of version 1.0), plus a Custom Status Panel system that replicates the navigation functionality of the Status Toolbar (including a 'draggable' slider) as a compact native layout object group.

       

      Other demos in this group include a new three-way interface system for portals, a new take on showing progress indicators, our fourth and final demo of active row highlighting, a new method of highlighting search text in a field, an updated and extended distinct values toolkit and more...

       

      Links to the info and download pages for each of the new demos can be found at:

       

      http://www.nightwingenterprises.com/demos.html

       

      Further demos are planned (also a mix of new techniques and updates to earlier examples) and will be published at the above link when available.

       

      Regards,

      Ray

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      R J Cologon, Ph.D.

      FileMaker Certified Developer

      Author, FileMaker Pro Bible

      NightWing Enterprises, Melbourne, Australia

      Email: cologon@nightwingenterprises.com

      http://www.nightwingenterprises.com

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        • 1. Re: [ANN] NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
          ericjungemann

          Ray,

          These are always great.

          Very much appreciated.

           

          Eric Jungemann

          General Partner

          InfoMatrix, LLC - Home of VetFM

          http://www.vetfm.com

          • 2. Re: [ANN] NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
            OllyGroves

            Thanks for sharing Ray, great to see these back for 13.

             

            Lot of nuggets in there but my fave is the double click popover edit/drag sort portal - beautifully done.

             

            Olly

            • 3. Re: [ANN] NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
              RayCologon

              Hi Folks,

               

              A quick heads up for anyone who may be interested... An additional FileMaker 13 demo has now been added to the set, bringing the total number in this series to eleven. You'll find the new arrival on the same page as linked in the first post in the thread - i.e. at:

               

              http://www.nightwingenterprises.com/demos.html

               

              The new demo shows an updated FileMaker 13 technique for viewing found records in a portal - with the portal contents dynamically updating as the found set changes. We've published demos on this subject before (for FileMaker 5.5 and FileMaker 8) but the approach in this one is all new.

               

              FWIW, the new demo also includes a custom Find interface and a portal-based navigation system, so there are several things going on...

               

              Regards,

              Ray

              • 4. Re: [ANN] NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
                BruceRobertson

                Always one more request!

                 

                Is there a way for the found set v3 to incorporate sort order?

                • 5. Re: [ANN] NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
                  RayCologon

                  Hi Bruce,

                   

                  Yes, there are a few ways to do that - each with its own advantages and limitations.

                   

                  FWIW, I've updated the demo (it's now 3.0v2) to include a relatively straightforward sorting method (ie the portal returns records in the same order as they appear in the found set). However it's only implemented to work in one window - reliable sort awareness in multiple windows simultanously is possible, but would require some additional code (and carry greater overheads as a consequence).

                   

                  A related issue (and the secondary reason for my reservations about include portal sorting in 3.0v1) is the additional calc burden it imposes with found sets of any significant size - even with the relatively simple techique in this implementation. However, arguably, portal found sets would not be well suited to situations with large numbers of records in play in any case - so perhaps the point is moot.

                   

                  While the technique in 3.0v2 is automatic in the sense that it ties the portal sort order to the native found set sort, in most cases, I would lean towards some form of custom sorting system instead (e.g. column sorting, as per earlier NightWing demos). But that would of course depend on the requirements of a given solution.

                   

                  All the best,

                  Ray

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                  R J Cologon, Ph.D.

                  FileMaker Certified Developer

                  Author, FileMaker Pro Bible

                  NightWing Enterprises, Melbourne, Australia

                  Email: cologon@nightwingenterprises.com

                  http://www.nightwingenterprises.com

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                  • 6. Re: [ANN] NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
                    RayCologon

                    A further update on this today...

                     

                    The twelfth demo in this latest series is now available for download and is listed at the same location as the original group - ie at:

                     

                    http://www.nightwingenterprises.com/demos.html

                     

                    The latest addition is a new/updated version of the "Dynamic Layout" technique we first published for FileMaker 9 back in 2008. While the basic concept is similar, v2.0 includes some additional functionality, an updated interface and shows a variant of the techniques that have been adapted to make use of the expanded feature set of FileMaker 13.

                     

                    Regards,

                    Ray

                    • 7. Re: [ANN] NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
                      DavidZakary

                      Hey Ray,

                       

                      On the page listing the demos, you've got the wrong link on the new one. You have http://www.nightwingenterprises.com/demos2014/demo1311.html, should be demo1312.html

                      • 8. Re: [ANN] NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
                        DavidZakary

                        And thanks for the great demos once again.

                        • 9. Re: [ANN] NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
                          RayCologon

                          Hi David,

                           

                          Thanks a bunch for picking up the hyperlink issue - we had it correct in one place but, missed it in another.

                           

                          All fixed now, and if you refresh it should load the correct links.

                           

                          All the best,

                          Ray

                          • 10. Re: [ANN] NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
                            LSNOVER

                            Thanks Ray for your continued contributions to the FM community.  Always exceptional work and practical examples.

                            • 11. Re: ANN NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
                              RayCologon

                              Hi folks!

                               

                              Just when you least expected...

                               

                              The *thirteenth* demo in our series of demos for FileMaker 13 is now available for download and is appearing now on our demos page  at:

                               

                              http://www.nightwingenterprises.com/demos.html

                               

                              The most recent demo shows a way of working with relational data - analogous to a "portal within a portal" - involving cascading portals where selecting a row in one portal invokes the display of related records (i.e. related to the record that's active in the first portal). And selecting a row among the 'child' rows in the second portal invokes the display of 'grandchild' records in a third portal.

                               

                              The demo shows only three portals interacting, but the technique is extensible and flexible.

                               

                              Also featured in this demo is a FileMaker 13 technique using conditionally hidden attributes to enhance the user experience of adding records to a portal. In the demo, you can add, edit or delete records within the cascading hierarchy (preserving relational links as you do) - all from a single layout.


                              Hope you enjoy the new demo, and that it helps you to "reach warp speed" for a great year ahead!

                               

                              Regards,

                              Ray

                              • 12. Re: ANN NightWing Demos for FileMaker 13
                                StanMillar

                                As always, Ray. Thanks for your generosity.

                                 

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