Creating on Mac, deploying on PC? 
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 Creating on Mac, deploying on PC?
I want to create a filemaker pro database on my Mac.  I want to deploy to
the WWW through our website running on NT server 4.0.  What problems might
I run into, if any. Thanks for any help.

P.S., please don't start a debate on the use of either platform.

Thanks

Steve



Wed, 01 May 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Creating on Mac, deploying on PC?

Most awkward one for my money is: fonts.
Followed closely by: screen resolution differences.

Differences in fonts may not be too important for simple FM layouts but in
my case, most of my users' want highly developed layouts which means careful
"font management".

Naturally too, you'll need to consider the filename issue (valid filename
characters etc) when managing a Mac developed file on a Win box.

--
Doug Bodero
Systems Manager
Trinity Lutheran College
Gold Coast, Australia


Quote:
> I want to create a filemaker pro database on my Mac.  I want to deploy to
> the WWW through our website running on NT server 4.0.  What problems might
> I run into, if any. Thanks for any help.

> P.S., please don't start a debate on the use of either platform.

> Thanks

> Steve



Wed, 01 May 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Creating on Mac, deploying on PC?
If this is really going to be deployed on the web, then fonts are not a
problem. The way that different browsers render your pages will become a
problem and that has very little to do with FMP.

Neil


Quote:

> Most awkward one for my money is: fonts.
> Followed closely by: screen resolution differences.

> Differences in fonts may not be too important for simple FM layouts but in
> my case, most of my users' want highly developed layouts which means careful
> "font management".

> Naturally too, you'll need to consider the filename issue (valid filename
> characters etc) when managing a Mac developed file on a Win box.

> --
> Doug Bodero
> Systems Manager
> Trinity Lutheran College
> Gold Coast, Australia



> > I want to create a filemaker pro database on my Mac.  I want to deploy to
> > the WWW through our website running on NT server 4.0.  What problems might
> > I run into, if any. Thanks for any help.

> > P.S., please don't start a debate on the use of either platform.

> > Thanks

> > Steve



Wed, 01 May 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Creating on Mac, deploying on PC?
Not All script steps are supported
If you plan to use the database internally in FMPro rather than on the web,
design the interface in Arial, rather than Helvetica. You've got to be
diligent about checking fonts as you work, because changing fonts in a
precisely laid out form is PAIN!


Thu, 02 May 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Creating on Mac, deploying on PC?
I believe the main reason to develop on a Mac is speed. the Mac can be
made into a faster development environment than a Win box via the
following:
1) Developer-dialog res-edit resources available which enable you to get
define fields, define scripts and other FileMaker dialogs as large as
your 1024 screen. Do a search for Developer Dialogs and see if you come
up with anything.
2) QuicKeys, which allows you to automate many small repetitive
processes.
3) Print2Pict, which is a shareware print driver for the Mac which
allows you to print out field defs & scripts as text. There are a host
of analysis tools which use P2P, such as
Analyzer(www.wavesinmotion.com), which help you document and
troubleshoot large databases. I use P2P to bring field defs and scripts
into MSWord so I can do a search for such words as 'unknown' and
'missing' and troubleshoot any missing links when I've renamed files in
a set.

You'll need access to a PC so you can set up a screen that's the right
size--most people are using 800x600 on 17" monitors these days. Once
you've set a screen up on the pc, just keep referring to it on the Mac.
There's a Microsoft PC font package for the Mac available somewhere on
MS's web site, if you didn't get Arial and Times New Roman with your
Mac.

Be sure to review the literature to find out which script steps are
Mac-only and avoid those. Don't use any AppleScript-related automation
because it's Mac-only.

Hope this helps.
Steve Gerow



Quote:
> I want to create a filemaker pro database on my Mac.  I want to deploy
to
> the WWW through our website running on NT server 4.0.  What problems
might
> I run into, if any. Thanks for any help.

> P.S., please don't start a debate on the use of either platform.

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Fri, 03 May 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Creating on Mac, deploying on PC?
Steve,

I was forced to venture into Windows 98 for an unrelated issue and have had
little trouble with exchanging the FMP db from my Mac to or from the PC. I
loose some of the fonts, but I have more than 100 on my mac and only the
basic set on the PC. If the fonts mattered that much, I'm sure Id be able to
fix that problem.

By your e-mail name, I concur with your primary choice of platform. End of
comment

Adam

Quote:

> I want to create a filemaker pro database on my Mac.  I want to deploy to
> the WWW through our website running on NT server 4.0.  What problems might
> I run into, if any. Thanks for any help.

> P.S., please don't start a debate on the use of either platform.

> Thanks

> Steve



Mon, 06 May 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Creating on Mac, deploying on PC?
the biggest inconvenience i've had is just transferring files via Zip disk... longer file names get truncated on the PC
and have to be re-typed before they're opened.  So if you plan on Zipping, don't have more than 1 file that starts the
same (e.g. IndividualObjects.fp3 and IndividualIdeas.fp3)
Quote:

> Steve,

> I was forced to venture into Windows 98 for an unrelated issue and have had
> little trouble with exchanging the FMP db from my Mac to or from the PC. I
> loose some of the fonts, but I have more than 100 on my mac and only the
> basic set on the PC. If the fonts mattered that much, I'm sure Id be able to
> fix that problem.

> By your e-mail name, I concur with your primary choice of platform. End of
> comment

> Adam


> > I want to create a filemaker pro database on my Mac.  I want to deploy to
> > the WWW through our website running on NT server 4.0.  What problems might
> > I run into, if any. Thanks for any help.

> > P.S., please don't start a debate on the use of either platform.

> > Thanks

> > Steve



Mon, 06 May 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Creating on Mac, deploying on PC?
The results of mixing Mac and Win LFNs depends very much on how you move
files around.

My users typically pass files though a Netware filesrver. In this case,
MacOS will truncate Win9x filenames to 31 characters, always then losing the
filename extension. Moving from Mac to Win will often lose the resource fork
info. And managing fies and folders within a server filesystem (even with
the same media type or device), ie moving or copying server based files with
(nb: not even moving to nor from one OS to the other) in mixed mac/win
environment will have the same effect.

And Zip disks can be most annoying of all.

--
Doug Bodero
Systems Manager
Trinity Lutheran College
Gold Coast, Australia


Quote:
> the biggest inconvenience i've had is just transferring files via Zip

disk... longer file names get truncated on the PC
Quote:
> and have to be re-typed before they're opened.  So if you plan on Zipping,

don't have more than 1 file that starts the
Quote:
> same (e.g. IndividualObjects.fp3 and IndividualIdeas.fp3)


> > Steve,

> > I was forced to venture into Windows 98 for an unrelated issue and have
had
> > little trouble with exchanging the FMP db from my Mac to or from the PC.
I
> > loose some of the fonts, but I have more than 100 on my mac and only the
> > basic set on the PC. If the fonts mattered that much, I'm sure Id be
able to
> > fix that problem.

> > By your e-mail name, I concur with your primary choice of platform. End
of
> > comment

> > Adam


> > > I want to create a filemaker pro database on my Mac.  I want to deploy
to
> > > the WWW through our website running on NT server 4.0.  What problems
might
> > > I run into, if any. Thanks for any help.

> > > P.S., please don't start a debate on the use of either platform.

> > > Thanks

> > > Steve



Tue, 07 May 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Creating on Mac, deploying on PC?
1. File names (both database and Web page). Keep 'em short, and use the
'8.3' rule.

2. Name your databases with an '.fp3' extension

3. Name your HTML files with an '.htm' extension

4. Make sure you use the relative addressing option when creating the HTML pages

5. Make sure you transfer your HTML directory contents across into the NT
'Web'folder  using the same relative mapping as you did in the Mac 'Web'
folder.

6. If you're using the Web security database ... I find it is better to
create one on the machine you plan to use.

7. Write a script to open the databases on the NT machine if you have a
lot of them. I find messing around in NT to do same if you have large
number sof tables a serious pain.

That's about it. But generally it's a pretty trouble free process.  ;-)

                                             Regards,


Quote:

>I want to create a filemaker pro database on my Mac.  I want to deploy to
>the WWW through our website running on NT server 4.0.  What problems might
>I run into, if any. Thanks for any help.

>P.S., please don't start a debate on the use of either platform.

>Thanks

>Steve

--
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A clean desk is a sure sign of a sick mind.
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Fri, 10 May 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Creating on Mac, deploying on PC?
Frank:

Do you think it's best to create the *whole* Web security database -- from scratch -- on the machine it will be used
on?  What risks are there in creating it on a mac for NT use?

Thanks.  -Joel

Quote:

> 6. If you're using the Web security database ... I find it is better to
> create one on the machine you plan to use.


> >I want to create a filemaker pro database on my Mac.  I want to deploy to
> >the WWW through our website running on NT server 4.0.  What problems might
> >I run into, if any. Thanks for any help.

> >P.S., please don't start a debate on the use of either platform.

> >Thanks

> >Steve

> --
> *****************************
> A clean desk is a sure sign of a sick mind.
> *****************************



Fri, 10 May 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Creating on Mac, deploying on PC?
G'day Joel,

I once found that a Web security database created on the Mac, for one
reason or another had a number of glitches with NT server I whacked it on.
It seemed to confuse access levels for different passwords ... passing
Administrator Access to a user password for example. (ARGHHH!!!)  Now that
may have been a glitch in my original Web security database construction
... but when I looked at it it seemed OK to me.

It could also have been a once-only file glitch ... but I tried Restoring
the database on both the Mac and the NT system and Filemaker didn't seem
to find any errors ... so I damned if I know what the problem was.

Ever since then, I've created the Web security database on the server
platform I was going to use or test on, and haven't had a problem. (Which
was why I included that last point in the original message.

                                 Regards,


Quote:

>Frank:

>Do you think it's best to create the *whole* Web security database --

from scratch -- on the machine it will be used

Quote:
>on?  What risks are there in creating it on a mac for NT use?

>Thanks.  -Joel


>> 6. If you're using the Web security database ... I find it is better to
>> create one on the machine you plan to use.



>> >I want to create a filemaker pro database on my Mac.  I want to deploy to
>> >the WWW through our website running on NT server 4.0.  What problems might
>> >I run into, if any. Thanks for any help.

>> >P.S., please don't start a debate on the use of either platform.

>> >Thanks

>> >Steve

>> --
>> *****************************
>> A clean desk is a sure sign of a sick mind.
>> *****************************

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Sat, 11 May 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 
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