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 Yet another Newbie question
I am very new to the FM arena.  I need to know how to take a grievance form
on paper and turn it into a FM 5.0 template.  The form looks simple enough,
but when trying to get file maker's form to look just like the paper, I get
overwhelmed.  Any help would be appreciated.


Sun, 20 Mar 2005 11:27:14 GMT
 Yet another Newbie question

Ken,

without layers or transparency, scnning for a guide is out;  ruler and back
and forth required.

you arrarange and add things in layout mode, look at them and enter data in
browse mode.
in layout mode,
create a new blank layout (no header or footer)
set the page margins to zero, Layout> layout setup>page margins; this will
make the object size box values more meaningful
show the object size box (View>object size); clicking on the right cm/ins/px
toggles between them, use cm
if you have some lines or rectangles on the form, draw those in first using
the status bar tools on the left. clicking on the drawn object will show the
size in the object size box, adjust size and top and left as per your form.
Once they are sized and positioned, lock them to prevent accidently selecting/
moving

define your fields (text)  using the same names as the form; if you go to
application prefs, you can set add to layout at creation,. they won't be the
size you want, so as before, drag adjust to the measurements of the paper
form. The rest should straightforward using the tools and text options

Chris Brown
Dept. Neurosurgery
University of Adelaide

Quote:

> I am very new to the FM arena.  I need to know how to take a grievance form
> on paper and turn it into a FM 5.0 template.  The form looks simple enough,
> but when trying to get file maker's form to look just like the paper, I get
> overwhelmed.  Any help would be appreciated.



Sun, 20 Mar 2005 11:56:11 GMT
 Yet another Newbie question

Quote:

> without layers or transparency, scnning for a guide is out;  ruler and back
> and forth required.

You could scan the form and use the scanner software/Photoshop/whatever
to lighten it a lot. Then put that onto a FileMaker layout (behind
anything already there) and then lock it in place - not quite as good
as layers, but close.

Helpful Harry                  
"Just trying to help whenever I can."      :o)



Sun, 20 Mar 2005 14:27:21 GMT
 Yet another Newbie question
Or do as I have done - put the scanned image in and recreate the form on top
of it to then delete the form later on - basically this helps poistioning
etc - just an idea - its worked for me - just don't forget to delete your
scanned image later otherwise your print out will look real strange


Quote:


> > without layers or transparency, scnning for a guide is out;  ruler and
back
> > and forth required.

> You could scan the form and use the scanner software/Photoshop/whatever
> to lighten it a lot. Then put that onto a FileMaker layout (behind
> anything already there) and then lock it in place - not quite as good
> as layers, but close.

> Helpful Harry
> "Just trying to help whenever I can."      :o)



Sun, 20 Mar 2005 14:37:03 GMT
 Yet another Newbie question
good idea lightening it!!

--
regards

Chris

Chris Brown
Dept. Neurosurgery
University of Adelaide

Quote:



> > without layers or transparency, scnning for a guide is out;  ruler and back
> > and forth required.

> You could scan the form and use the scanner software/Photoshop/whatever
> to lighten it a lot. Then put that onto a FileMaker layout (behind
> anything already there) and then lock it in place - not quite as good
> as layers, but close.

> Helpful Harry
> "Just trying to help whenever I can."      :o)



Sun, 20 Mar 2005 16:04:17 GMT
 Yet another Newbie question

Quote:



> > without layers or transparency, scnning for a guide is out;  ruler and back
> > and forth required.

> You could scan the form and use the scanner software/Photoshop/whatever
> to lighten it a lot. Then put that onto a FileMaker layout (behind
> anything already there) and then lock it in place - not quite as good
> as layers, but close.

Another option if for some reason you can't lighten the scan, is to
change the default colours for line/fill/text to blue (for example, but
any colour not on the form would do), then each time you place a new
field/text it'll be blue and easily see-able on top of the scan.  :o)

Helpful Harry                  
"Just trying to help whenever I can."      :o)



Sun, 20 Mar 2005 16:41:41 GMT
 Yet another Newbie question

Quote:
> You could scan the form and use the scanner software/Photoshop/whatever

Having done this use the "Sliding/Command" command in the Format Menu
under Layout to suppress printing the scan. Makes it useful for fine
'tweeks' as you set things for yhe final print job.


Mon, 21 Mar 2005 06:40:17 GMT
 
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