by Calvin Cooper
This is part one of a two part series on using themes in FileMaker 13.
Themes were first introduced with FileMaker 12 and provided developers with a selection of preset themes that could be used to speed up layout design. The addition of themes was an improvement over the previously available options but was still rather limiting. With FileMaker 13, new tools have been introduced to help leverage the power of themes.
The Dark Age
Before FileMaker 12, styling took a conscious effort to provide layouts with a design that helped it stand out from the typical FileMaker solution. Designing an aesthetically pleasing layout was tedious. With FileMaker 12 the addition of themes was a breath of fresh air. Solutions created in FileMaker could now quickly take on a new appearance with just a few clicks.