Level: Intermediate, Version: FM 12 or later

Tab Panels: Seen, Unseen and Simulated

Last time we examined some of the nuances of tab controls, both visible and invisible. Today we’re going to extend the exploration to include simulated and, in demo 5, genuine tab interfaces for layout navigation.


Today’s demo files:

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Level: Intermediate, Version: FM 12 or later

Conditional Tab Panel Access

Challenge: in a system with three privilege sets, Employee, Manager and Administrator, you want to control access to various panels on this tab control like so:

  • Employees have access to tabs 1,2,3
  • Managers have access to tabs 1,2,3,4,5
  • Administrators and Developers have unrestricted access


As usual in the FileMaker world, there are various approaches you could take, and today we’re going to look at three of them with the help of these demos: Continue reading “Conditional Tab Panel Access”

Level: Intermediate, Version: FM 10 or later

Wim Decorte’s FM 12 Trigger Reference

The other day I had a question about some nuance involving script triggers. The details of that particular question aren’t important, but I recalled that when script triggers were first introduced, Wim Decorte had produced a detailed, color-coded reference.

I wondered if he had updated it for FM 12, and it turns out that he has, and with his permission I am sharing it here. There are actually two files in today’s download (Wim Decorte FM 12 Trigger Reference): the four page PDF reference, and a FM 12 file demonstrating the firing order of the various triggers.

There is a wealth of information to be gleaned from these two files, and I encourage you to download them and check them out. And of course if you find any mistakes or have any trigger-related observations to share, I hope you’ll post a comment here.

Note: even if you are sticking with FM 10 or FM 11 for the time being, if you use script triggers, the PDF in today’s download contains much that you will find relevant (hence my categorization of this post as “Version: FM 10 or later”).