Creating Layouts

The last chapter introduced a lot of concepts, but you only had a chance to shuffle one layout around a bit. Now it's time to put everything you've learned to use. Your People database has a great detail layout, but what else could it use? For starters, a neatly arranged list of people would be nice. And how about a way to print mailing labels? You probably have some ideas about what you'd like your database to do, and FileMaker itself has some ideas of its own to help you along.

In this chapter, you'll learn the two main ways of designing and implementing your own layouts in FileMaker. You can create a unique new layout from scratch, say if you like to print all your worldly information on index cards (you know who you are). Or if your needs are more down-to-earth, you can let an assistant save you some time. Just answer a few questions, and the assistant plugs your answers into standard forms like mailing labels. You'll also learn about special FileMaker layouts called reports, which sort, filter, or summarize your data before presenting it.

Part I: Introduction to FileMaker Pro

Your First Database

Organizing and Editing Records

Building a New Database

Part II: Layout Basics

Layout Basics

Creating Layouts

Advanced Layouts and Reports

Part III: Multiple Tables and Relationships

Multiple Tables and Relationships

Advanced Relationship Techniques

Part IV: Calculations

Introduction to Calculations

Calculations and Data Types

Advanced Calculations

Extending Calculations

Part V: Scripting

Scripting Basics

Script Steps

Advanced Scripting

Part VI: Security and Integration

Security

Exporting and Importing

Sharing Your Database

Developer Utilities

Part VII: Appendixes

Appendix A. Getting Help



FileMaker Pro 8. The Missing Manual
FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual
ISBN: 0596005792
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 176

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