Level: Intermediate, Version: FM 13 or later

FM 13: Popovers in Portals

26 Aug 2014: fixed minor bug in “tab control in a portal” demo and updated article text.

The popover object in FileMaker 13 presents developers with a wealth of new design opportunities (a number of which were discussed in this article: FileMaker 13 Popovers). But if you’ve tried to use a popover inside a portal, you may have noticed that embedded portals, tab controls and slide controls within those popovers simply do not work as expected… or at all, for that matter.

Well, today we’re going to look at a simple work around, which was inspired by Ray Cologon’s brilliant Screen Popovers demo, and also utilizes David Thorp’s clever technique to enforce popover modality (i.e., prevent the user from dismissing the popover until certain conditions have been met)…

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…with help from these three demo files: Continue reading “FM 13: Popovers in Portals”

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.

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Today’s demo files:

Continue reading “Tab Panels: Seen, Unseen and Simulated”