F4M: printing from portal row 
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 F4M: printing from portal row

F4M = FileMaker 4 Mac (!)

I want to print a record shown in a portal row while using a layout in
the related file.
This can be done (I know) by integrating a printscriptbutton in the
portal row.

BUT: How to make it work by putting a printscriptbutton on the layout on
wich the portal is (and not in a portalrow itself)?
REASON: When putting a button on a portalrow, the button will appear in
every portal row (and thus make the portal look messy).  I want one
button for printing each pointed/selected row .

Is this posible without flattening the earth?

Thanks in advance,

Dick van der Kolk

Delta Events & Entertainment
The Netherlands



Sun, 22 Jun 2003 05:50:11 GMT
 F4M: printing from portal row

Clicking outside the portal un-selects the portal row.  Even flattening the
earth won't change that!
--
Glenn Schwandt



Quote:
> F4M = FileMaker 4 Mac (!)

> I want to print a record shown in a portal row while using a layout in
> the related file.
> This can be done (I know) by integrating a printscriptbutton in the
> portal row.

> BUT: How to make it work by putting a printscriptbutton on the layout on
> wich the portal is (and not in a portalrow itself)?
> REASON: When putting a button on a portalrow, the button will appear in
> every portal row (and thus make the portal look messy).  I want one
> button for printing each pointed/selected row .

> Is this posible without flattening the earth?

> Thanks in advance,

>{*filter*} van der Kolk

> Delta Events & Entertainment
> The Netherlands



Sun, 22 Jun 2003 06:10:15 GMT
 F4M: printing from portal row

Quote:
> F4M = FileMaker 4 Mac (!)

> I want to print a record shown in a portal row while using a layout in
> the related file.
> This can be done (I know) by integrating a printscriptbutton in the
> portal row.

> BUT: How to make it work by putting a printscriptbutton on the layout on
> wich the portal is (and not in a portalrow itself)?
> REASON: When putting a button on a portalrow, the button will appear in
> every portal row (and thus make the portal look messy).  I want one
> button for printing each pointed/selected row .

How does Filemaker know to "point/select" a portal row if the button is
not on it?

Mind reading? I sure wish my version could read minds. Does the Dutch
version?

To actually answer your question, putting the button on each portal row
is a way to allow users to select the row to be printed in ONE action.
Every other method requires at least TWO actions, increasing the user
work load and increasing the possibility of user error.

If you select a portal row manually, and then click on a button outside
the portal, you have lost focus on the portal, and the concept of
"Status(CurrentPortalRow)" become meaningless. If selecting the portal
row triggers a script to set the current portal row number into a
global, then requires the users to click that outside button, that's two
actions. If the click in the portal row takes the user to the printing
layout, where they then print, that's two or more actions.

Why not just concentrate on make a nice small icon/button that will fit
neatly into your portal? Messy doesn't happen because something appears
on every portal row. Messy happens when the designer can't figure out
how to make things neat. You can put an invisible button over the entire
row, and the action will take place as you wish.

--
Lynn Allen              Allen & Allen Semiotics
FSA Associate           Filemaker Consulting & Training



Sun, 22 Jun 2003 06:09:42 GMT
 F4M: printing from portal row


Quote:

> > F4M = FileMaker 4 Mac (!)

> > I want to print a record shown in a portal row while using a layout in
> > the related file.
> > This can be done (I know) by integrating a printscriptbutton in the
> > portal row.

> > BUT: How to make it work by putting a printscriptbutton on the layout
on
> > wich the portal is (and not in a portalrow itself)?
> > REASON: When putting a button on a portalrow, the button will appear in
> > every portal row (and thus make the portal look messy).  I want one
> > button for printing each pointed/selected row .

> How does Filemaker know to "point/select" a portal row if the button is
> not on it?

> Mind reading? I sure wish my version could read minds. Does the Dutch
> version?

> To actually answer your question, putting the button on each portal row
> is a way to allow users to select the row to be printed in ONE action.
> Every other method requires at least TWO actions, increasing the user
> work load and increasing the possibility of user error.

> If you select a portal row manually, and then click on a button outside
> the portal, you have lost focus on the portal, and the concept of
> "Status(CurrentPortalRow)" become meaningless. If selecting the portal
> row triggers a script to set the current portal row number into a
> global, then requires the users to click that outside button, that's two
> actions. If the click in the portal row takes the user to the printing
> layout, where they then print, that's two or more actions.

> Why not just concentrate on make a nice small icon/button that will fit
> neatly into your portal? Messy doesn't happen because something appears
> on every portal row. Messy happens when the designer can't figure out
> how to make things neat. You can put an invisible button over the entire
> row, and the action will take place as you wish.

> --
> Lynn Allen              Allen & Allen Semiotics
> FSA Associate           Filemaker Consulting & Training


I've also made use of the modifier keys to change the function of clicking
on a portal row (actually an invisible button on top of the portal row).
Click selects the row, ctrl-click prints, alt-click duplicates,
ctrl-alt-click deletes, etc.

--
Glenn Schwandt



Sun, 22 Jun 2003 06:24:14 GMT
 F4M: printing from portal row
Hello Lynn,

Thank you for your answer. Funny, after posting my question, I found out
myself how to do the trick. Indeed, storing the rownumber in a global.
That works fine for me.
Why not puting a small button in a row, well, we consider up to four
different printingbuttons displayed in every row as a bit too much.
Apart from that, we grouped buttons vertical at the center of the screen.
My solution -similar to your suggestion- will let the user point at a
row that will be highlited by 'select'; then while highlited, the user
pushes the desired printbutton and of he/she goes.
This is where my question was all about. We solved it both though with a
different opinion.

greetings,

Dick van der Kolk

Quote:


> > F4M = FileMaker 4 Mac (!)

> > I want to print a record shown in a portal row while using a layout in
> > the related file.
> > This can be done (I know) by integrating a printscriptbutton in the
> > portal row.

> > BUT: How to make it work by putting a printscriptbutton on the layout on
> > wich the portal is (and not in a portalrow itself)?
> > REASON: When putting a button on a portalrow, the button will appear in
> > every portal row (and thus make the portal look messy).  I want one
> > button for printing each pointed/selected row .

> How does Filemaker know to "point/select" a portal row if the button is
> not on it?

> Mind reading? I sure wish my version could read minds. Does the Dutch
> version?

> To actually answer your question, putting the button on each portal row
> is a way to allow users to select the row to be printed in ONE action.
> Every other method requires at least TWO actions, increasing the user
> work load and increasing the possibility of user error.

> If you select a portal row manually, and then click on a button outside
> the portal, you have lost focus on the portal, and the concept of
> "Status(CurrentPortalRow)" become meaningless. If selecting the portal
> row triggers a script to set the current portal row number into a
> global, then requires the users to click that outside button, that's two
> actions. If the click in the portal row takes the user to the printing
> layout, where they then print, that's two or more actions.

> Why not just concentrate on make a nice small icon/button that will fit
> neatly into your portal? Messy doesn't happen because something appears
> on every portal row. Messy happens when the designer can't figure out
> how to make things neat. You can put an invisible button over the entire
> row, and the action will take place as you wish.

> --
> Lynn Allen              Allen & Allen Semiotics
> FSA Associate           Filemaker Consulting & Training




Sun, 22 Jun 2003 06:32:57 GMT
 F4M: printing from portal row
Yes, it took some more to it.
(see above)

Dick.

Quote:

> Clicking outside the portal un-selects the portal row.  Even flattening the
> earth won't change that!
> --
> Glenn Schwandt



Sun, 22 Jun 2003 06:34:24 GMT
 
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