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Reporting in FileMaker: How to Make Subsummary Parts Work Hard!

Are you creating a FileMaker Pro subsummary report? A subsummary layout part is used to sort a set of records into groups based on the values contained in a break field. Typically, you can only create one subsummary part per field on a layout. But what if you need both a leading and trailing subsummary part for the same field on a single report? Well, you can do it, given a little creativity! Use case Let me explain the situation first. I was working on designing a report for a client fo

Creating SVG icons for FileMaker

Have you ever needed to create a FileMaker icon from scratch because you can’t find the specific one you need? This post will tell you what you need to know to get you out of your pickle. <<Insert pickle icon here>> It can be hard to find an icon set that has every symbol you need. I use the ones that come pre-loaded with FileMaker, but sometimes I need one that isn’t included in the default set. Since I want all my icons to blend in with each other, I’m left scouring the web to

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Creating SVG icons for FileMaker

Have you ever needed to create a FileMaker icon from scratch because you can’t find the specific one you need? This post will tell you what you need to know to get you out of your pickle. <<Insert pickle icon here>> It can be hard to find an icon set that has every symbol you need. I use the ones that come pre-loaded with FileMaker, but sometimes I need one that isn’t included in the default set. Since I want all my icons to blend in with each other, I’m left scouring the web to

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Creating SVG icons for FileMaker

Have you ever needed to create a FileMaker SVG icon from scratch because you can’t find the specific one you need? This post will tell you what you need to know to get you out of your pickle. <<Insert pickle icon here>> It can be hard to find an icon set that has every symbol you need. I use the ones that come pre-loaded with FileMaker, but sometimes I need one that isn’t included in the default set. Since I want all my icons to blend in with each other, I’m left scouring the we

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Creating SVG icons for FileMaker

Have you ever needed to create a FileMaker icon from scratch because you can’t find the specific one you need? This post will tell you what you need to know to get you out of your pickle. <<Insert pickle icon here>> It can be hard to find an icon set that has every symbol you need. I use the ones that come pre-loaded with FileMaker, but sometimes I need one that isn’t included in the default set. Since I want all my icons to blend in with each other, I’m left scouring the web to

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 2: The Glory

Previously, I wrote about how to convert your solution away from the Classic theme. In this part, I discuss five FileMaker 14-exclusive changes you might want to make while updating your solution. These interface features will add professionalism, usability, and—dare I say?— “glory” to your solutions. Read Part 1 Now that you’ve decided to update your layouts to a modern theme in FileMaker, there are a few things you might want to do at the same time, that don’t require any major changes to

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 2: The Glory

Previously, I wrote about how to convert your solution away from the Classic theme. In this part, I discuss five FileMaker 14-exclusive changes you might want to make while updating your solution. These interface features will add professionalism, usability, and—dare I say?— “glory” to your solutions. Read Part 1 Now that you’ve decided to update your layouts to a modern theme in FileMaker, there are a few things you might want to do at the same time, that don’t require any major changes to

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 2: The Glory

Previously, I wrote about how to convert your solution away from the Classic theme. In this part, I discuss five FileMaker 14-exclusive changes you might want to make while updating your solution. These interface features will add professionalism, usability, and—dare I say?— “glory” to your solutions. Read Part 1 Now that you’ve decided to update your layouts to a modern theme in FileMaker, there are a few things you might want to do at the same time, that don’t require any major changes to

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 2: The Glory

Previously, I wrote about how to convert your solution away from the Classic theme. In this part, I discuss five FileMaker 14-exclusive changes you might want to make while updating your solution. These interface features will add professionalism, usability, and—dare I say?— “glory” to your solutions. Read Part 1 Now that you’ve decided to update your layouts to a modern theme in FileMaker, there are a few things you might want to do at the same time, that don’t require any major changes to

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

5 Hidden FileMaker Design Tools I’m Thankful For

Over time, one collects bits and pieces of knowledge about different corners of development. Features that are a little more difficult to discover, or shortcuts that can help out in a pinch. Some of these nuggets can make developing faster, easier, or more accurate. Here are five helpful features you may or may not already know about, but which I’m thankful we have available. 1. Multiple Inspector palettes I think we can all agree that the Inspector palette is indispensable. But did you kn

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

5 Hidden FileMaker Design Tools I’m Thankful For

Over time, one collects bits and pieces of knowledge about different corners of development. Features that are a little more difficult to discover, or shortcuts that can help out in a pinch. Some of these nuggets can make developing faster, easier, or more accurate. Here are five helpful features you may or may not already know about, but which I’m thankful we have available. 1. Multiple Inspector palettes I think we can all agree that the Inspector palette is indispensable. But did you know

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

5 Hidden FileMaker Design Tools I’m Thankful For

Over time, one collects bits and pieces of knowledge about different corners of development. Features that are a little more difficult to discover, or shortcuts that can help out in a pinch. Some of these nuggets can make developing faster, easier, or more accurate. Here are five helpful features you may or may not already know about, but which I’m thankful we have available. 1. Multiple Inspector palettes I think we can all agree that the Inspector palette is indispensable. But did you know

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

5 Hidden FileMaker Design Tools I’m Thankful For

Over time, one collects bits and pieces of knowledge about different corners of development. Features that are a little more difficult to discover, or shortcuts that can help out in a pinch. Some of these nuggets can make developing faster, easier, or more accurate. Here are five helpful features you may or may not already know about, but which I’m thankful we have available. 1. Multiple Inspector palettes I think we can all agree that the Inspector palette is indispensable. But did you know

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 1: The Guts

Many of us who have been working in FileMaker for some time have solutions built on the Classic Theme. “Classic” sounds good, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to build something “Classic?” Well, fellow FileMaker developers, in this case we do want to clear out that old classic, Classic Theme. In this article, find out about a 2-step process to update the meat of your layouts to something leaner, faster, and better-looking than the good old Classic solution you have today. The concept of a theme

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 1: The Guts

Many of us who have been working in FileMaker for some time have solutions built on the Classic Theme. “Classic” sounds good, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to build something “Classic?” Well, fellow FileMaker developers, in this case we do want to clear out that old classic, Classic Theme. In this article, find out about a 2-step process to update the meat of your layouts to something leaner, faster, and better-looking than the good old Classic solution you have today. The concept of a theme wa

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 1: The Guts

Many of us who have been working in FileMaker for some time have solutions built on the Classic Theme. “Classic” sounds good, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to build something “Classic?” Well, fellow FileMaker developers, in this case we do want to clear out that old classic, Classic Theme. In this article, find out about a 2-step process to update the meat of your layouts to something leaner, faster, and better-looking than the good old Classic solution you have today. The concept of a theme wa

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 1: The Guts

Many of us who have been working in FileMaker for some time have solutions built on the Classic Theme. “Classic” sounds good, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to build something “Classic?” Well, fellow FileMaker developers, in this case we do want to clear out that old classic, Classic Theme. In this article, find out about a 2-step process to update the meat of your layouts to something leaner, faster, and better-looking than the good old Classic solution you have today. The concept of a theme wa

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

FileMaker DevCon 2015 in Las Vegas

I had a great time presenting for the first time at DevCon on the Psychology of Interaction Design in Las Vegas. It was FileMaker’s 30th anniversary year, and the 20th DevCon as well. I spoke on Thursday to a packed house (standing room only) and people even laughed at my jokes. I’m already thinking about what I should speak about next! Watch the video of my talk My life has been consumed lately with preparing presentations (and animating a little car in Keynote), so now it’s back to writi

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Speaking at DevCon 2015!

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be speaking at the 2015 FileMaker Developers’ Conference in Las Vegas for the first time, on the psychology of interaction design. In other words, what do we need to know about people in order to design effective applications? The session will cover aspects of cognition, memory and learning, vision, and user testing, among other things. The goal of the session will be to help you see and correct potential problems in your design, so you can improve the experien

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker Turns One! Enter for a Chance to Win

It’s been one year since I published the first article to the blog. (Yay!) Thank you to everyone who has read, shared, liked, followed, commented, submitted articles or shared resources to the blog in its first year. I’m so grateful, because without you, I’d just be talking to myself! And that’s just weird… I’d love to learn more about my readers (that’s you!) so I’m taking this opportunity to ask if you’d share some of your thoughts with me in this short survey. As a thank you, once you click

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Visual Design Basics for FileMaker: Colour

The fourth in a series on the basics of visual design for FileMaker. Colour is one of the most important elements of a design. Since vision is our most dominant sense, colour has an enormous impact on the feeling of a design. But it’s easy to overdo colour, so use it wisely! Here are some important facts about designing with colour. When creating a design, choosing colours is one of the most important aesthetic decisions you will make, because it is one of the first things people will notice

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Visual Design Basics for FileMaker: Colour

The fourth in a series on the basics of visual design for FileMaker. Colour is one of the most important elements of a design. Since vision is our most dominant sense, colour has an enormous impact on the feeling of a design. But it’s easy to overdo colour, so use it wisely! Here are some important facts about designing with colour. When creating a design, choosing colours is one of the most important aesthetic decisions you will make, because it is one of the first things people will notice ab

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Visual Design Basics for FileMaker: Colour

The fourth in a series on the basics of visual design for FileMaker. Colour is one of the most important elements of a design. Since vision is our most dominant sense, colour has an enormous impact on the feeling of a design. But it’s easy to overdo colour, so use it wisely! Here are some important facts about designing with colour. When creating a design, choosing colours is one of the most important aesthetic decisions you will make, because it is one of the first things people will notice ab

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

Visual Design Basics for FileMaker: Colour

The fourth in a series on the basics of visual design for FileMaker. Colour is one of the most important elements of a design. Since vision is our most dominant sense, colour has an enormous impact on the feeling of a design. But it’s easy to overdo colour, so use it wisely! Here are some important facts about designing with colour. When creating a design, choosing colours is one of the most important aesthetic decisions you will make, because it is one of the first things people will notice ab

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

The PPP Design Handbook

Reader David Schellenberg (thanks David!) sent The Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook my way a while ago. It’s a great primer on the major design concepts with a focus on mobile app and web development from design studio ustwo. It shows you what to do, but also examples of what to avoid (“naughty” and “nice”). There are clear definitions and examples of common design terms. It’s comprehensive but brief, giving a good overview of many concepts along with examples illustrating the point. It’s aimed

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

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