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WebDirect Compatible, Dynamic, and Portable Custom Dialogs

Thursday 08th February
6:30 PM to 9:00pm

FileMaker, Inc (The Wedge)
5201 Patrick Henry Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Topic Description: FileMaker’s Show Custom Dialog script step is allows for up to 3 input fields and even allows for masking characters for use in password entry. Sometimes you just need more. That was a challenge we wanted to address while developing a new iteration of our product. Some of the important things we wanted to address were: -allow for more than three fields -allow for more types of input fields(ie, radio buttons, checkboxes, drop-down lists) -allow for larger sized dialog boxes without requiring the user to expand the dialog from the default size -allow for more than three buttons -WebDirect compatible -easy to implement and support -easy to plug-in to other products/solutions In this presentation, we'll show the single layout, single script solution that we came up with using a combination of slide panels, text layout objects, and a couple of custom functions. We’ll demonstrate it’s use as well as spend time under the hood. We’ll also show how to implement it in a new or existing solution. A sample file will be available to all attendees. If we find ourselves with some extra time, we will show a dynamic, portable preferences UI that we implemented that utilizes many of the same techniques used in the Custom Dialog implementation. === Bio: A FileMaker Certified Developer with 25 years of experience with FileMaker and FileMaker based solutions, Matt has been responsible for application design and architecture, application development, customer care, technical/documentation writing, and training along with business and team management. In a past life, Matt was the CEO and primary application architect of a company whose focus was reporting systems for Anatomic Pathology laboratories in the privacy driven medical industry. In his current life, Matt has joined the CasaManager team as a Senior Application Developer and is a consultant for several local, and not so local, FileMaker based solutions. Matt resides in New Hampshire where he was born and has a passion for playing music(drums, bass, 6-string acoustic) and the outdoors.


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