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.
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:
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...
Always one more request!
Is there a way for the found set v3 to incorporate sort order?
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,
R J Cologon, Ph.D.
FileMaker Certified Developer
Author, FileMaker Pro Bible
NightWing Enterprises, Melbourne, Australia
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:
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.
And thanks for the great demos once again.
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,
Thanks Ray for your continued contributions to the FM community. Always exceptional work and practical examples.
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:
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!
As always, Ray. Thanks for your generosity.
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