Tips and Techniques for Interface Design in FileMaker Pro


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    March 2024
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    March 2024
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    The course was excellent - exactly to my company's needs. All questions were answered and concepts explained very clearly.

    Hannah Griffiths
    March 2024
  • I just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday. I really enjoyed the training and we got a lot done. The database looks really amazing, specially with the starter page and the logo.

    Paresh Dudhaiya
    March 2024
  • I just wanted to let you know that I've managed to replicate the steps you showed me in FileMaker on my organisation's database. My invoicing layouts now work perfectly. Thank you very much!

    Julian Support
    March 2024
  • Creating and deploying iOS apps using FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go

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    Techedology
    March 2024
  • An enjoyable and productive day. A flexible content and pace of work which suited our needs.

    Guardian News & Media
    March 2024
  • FileMaker Pro Introduction

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    Bladeroom
    May 2024
  • FileMaker Pro Introduction

    We attended the FileMaker course with Nick. He was very through and patient with our questions or when we couldn't make something work properly. Really looking forward to redesigning our database.

    Mondrian Investment Partners Limited
    March 2024
  • FileMaker Pro Introduction

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    The White Wall Company
    March 2024
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    March 2024
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Course Outline

  • Getting the essentials right
  • Analysis of attractive screen design - good examples and why they work
  • The Data Separation Model
  • Tips for easy maintenance
  • Selecting data from what’s available
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  • FileMaker Pro Advanced

    We had a fantastic session with Tony focused on designing for print. Tony tailored the day to our needs and left us feeling confident with a lot of new knowledge.

    Rebecca F
    March 2024
  • Thank you for organising my FileMaker training day. I learned so much with my trainer, Nick, and have come away with such a great database. Thank you Transmedia for being so helpful!

    Lucie M
    March 2024
  • FileMaker Pro Introduction

    I was very impressed. Nick was very reassuring and patient. Really delighted with the content we managed to get through and am now feeling more confident with my new learned skills and abilities.

    Beaulieu Motor Museum
    March 2024
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced

    I cannot recall meeting a trainer with the combination of teaching skill and subject knowledge that you showed this week. The time I spent learning FileMaker properly was so worth the money and time!

    Trinitas Consulting
    March 2024
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced

    The course was excellent - exactly to my company's needs. All questions were answered and concepts explained very clearly.

    Hannah Griffiths
    March 2024
  • I just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday. I really enjoyed the training and we got a lot done. The database looks really amazing, specially with the starter page and the logo.

    Paresh Dudhaiya
    March 2024
  • I just wanted to let you know that I've managed to replicate the steps you showed me in FileMaker on my organisation's database. My invoicing layouts now work perfectly. Thank you very much!

    Julian Support
    March 2024
  • Creating and deploying iOS apps using FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go

    Outstanding bespoke training delivered by Nick at Transmedia. Nick's level of knowledge on FileMaker Pro teamed with his incredible teaching skills have set my colleague and I up for success.

    Techedology
    March 2024
  • An enjoyable and productive day. A flexible content and pace of work which suited our needs.

    Guardian News & Media
    March 2024
  • FileMaker Pro Introduction

    The set up was very professional and my trainer was very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

    Bladeroom
    May 2024
  • FileMaker Pro Introduction

    We attended the FileMaker course with Nick. He was very through and patient with our questions or when we couldn't make something work properly. Really looking forward to redesigning our database.

    Mondrian Investment Partners Limited
    March 2024
  • FileMaker Pro Introduction

    My Transmedia consultant was incredibly patient and thorough and after just a few days of his tutelage, it's clear we have been shown enough to give us all many hours of our lives back with a more efficient system!

    The White Wall Company
    March 2024
  • An excellent trainer with extreme depth of knowledge in the product. Also some really good and helpful shortcuts.

    March 2024
  • Great delivery, enjoyable training session.

    March 2024

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Well-designed database apps match the systems and business procedures of the activities they're built to administer. They're secure, easily maintained and simple to use. There may not be one single best way to build a database, but this one day course will give experienced FileMaker Pro developers advice about good practice before starting work on their next project as well as many tried and tested FileMaker development methods. Techniques learned will significantly increase the chances of building database apps that remain problem-free as your system evolves. Topics covered include Getting the essentials right, Analysis of attractive screen design - good examples and why they work, The data separation model, Tips for easy maintenance, Selecting data from what's available, Printing, Creating a progress bar for time-consuming operations and Controlling which features users are allowed to operate.
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Course Outline

Getting the essentials right

  • Managing the different needs of different users
  • Input, organise, output
  • Keeping data safe - who can do what, and when they can do it

Analysis of attractive screen design - good examples and why they work

  • The FileMaker Themes pack
  • The common features of an interface that’s appealing, easy to use and easy to maintain
  • Sources of free graphics
  • Cross-platform considerations

The Data Separation Model

  • Understanding the concept
  • Benefits of data separation
  • Practical demonstration

Tips for easy maintenance

  • â€"Modularise” your scripts - built a list of sub-scripts that can be called again and again within your solution
  • Use global fields so that you have a single location to update images, text values and preferences
  • Build a database template to reuse in future solutions

Selecting data from what’s available

  • Picking your data from what’s appropriate - how to use Conditional Value Lists
  • â€"Drilling down” - using portals on tab controls to make choices at each level within your data structures

Printing

  • How to avoid re-writing scripts when new print layouts are added
  • Building a generic Preview/Print/Save to PDF screen
  • Using the Get Field function to create a â€"one size fits all” summarised report layout

Creating a progress bar for time-consuming operations

  • Purpose of a progress bar
  • Building a generic progress bar

Controlling which features users are allowed to operate

  • Hiding and revealing whole areas of functionality quickly and easily
  • Buttons that appear and disappear as appropriate

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