A looping script or Install Timer Script can be used to update the display every few seconds. I'd suggest more but these two statements:
would like the orders to slide in, or pile up, or pile down, when they are created and closed.
No fancy animations required, but a simple table/spreadsheet view is not viable.
leave me scratching my head as to what exactly you want to see on that monitor. "pile up" is a might vague...
I hope this helps
Image a 46" LCD with a PC FM PRO in some sort of kiosk mode. Receving the oders form the iPad.
When a new order comes in, it adds itself to the display incoming from the right, .. when an order is completed, is dissapears and they just fill in the blanks in the order they arrived.
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Yes, this can be done in FileMaker. A horizontal portal can display all pending orders with the oldest order on the far left and new orders appearing on the right. And a looping script or Install OnTimer Script can refresh the screen to show changes on regular intervals.
A horizontal portal is really a row of one row portals where the first portal is set to show "initial row: 1" and the second is set to show "initial row: 2" and so forth.
The portal relationship can be based on a calculation field that matches to a status field in the order record. When the user changes the value in that field (can be done with a single click or "tap"), the next screen update drops that record out of the portal and the newer order records will "slide over".