3 Replies Latest reply on May 22, 2014 4:19 PM by mikebeargie

    WebDirect Color Scheme

      My first shot at web direct produced a rather unreognizable rendition of one of Filemaker 12's layouts. My assumption is that hopefully one of 13's templates will produce more pleasant results.

       

      Is there any review of which template will produce a result in a browser (and of course different browsers, different computer screens, different results) that resembles what I see in Pro? or Go?

       

      Perhaps, as usual, this is convered in an unread Filemaker pdf?

        • 1. Re: WebDirect Color Scheme
          mikebeargie

          Since the final product is rendered by the browser, there's really no "exact" render from what you see in FM vs. WD. The rendering will differ slightly anyways depending on the browser you use. Since you can't control the rendered CSS file directly for WD, then you need to make your own adjustments in FM.

           

          My recommendation is to produce a test layout with a sampling of objects from across your database, and retheme / assess what works for you. If you invest a little time up front and decide on a theme, then you can customize that theme and apply changes to any layout using that theme across your entire file at once.

           

          Personally, I would recommend a theme that does not use any background image or "framing" (IE any of the glass, rectangular, rounded, semi rounded or specialty themes). I think the aspire theme series works best in WD (enlightened, vibrant, sophisticated, tranquil, but not luminous due to it's bg image).

           

          Also, a good recommendation is to separate the UI between the desktop and WD, so you can either use different themes, or adjust for any WD "quirks". If you're going to have heavy WD use, it might even be practical to separate the entire WD system out to it's own file using the data separation model.

          • 2. Re: WebDirect Color Scheme

            Thanks Mike. I felt that Filemaker would ship new themes to accomodate the WebDirect. I'll test the Aspire.

             

            Note that a separate WD system can be handled in a new file with TOs from any existing database. Kind of a semi-separation model. Interesting idea, can the GUI file be hosted next to the Data file?

            • 3. Re: WebDirect Color Scheme
              mikebeargie

              The aspire themes were new for 13, so I’m sure they were more designed with WD in mind than the earlier themes. However FM was developing WD at the time 12 came out, so one has to wonder.