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In FileMaker Pro 11 Essential Training, Cris Ippolite demonstrates the principal features and functions of this popular database software, including creating tables and relationships, managing fields and records, and working with layouts. The course shows FileMaker developers how to find, sort, and share data as well as how to create reports, calculations, and scripts. It also covers brand new features in FileMaker Pro 11 such as the Inspector tool, charting, and portal filtering. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the most significant new features in FileMaker Pro 11, when it comes to working with layouts, is something that's called the Inspector tool, which can be used to view and modify settings for various different layout objects. You can access the Inspector tool by going from View into Layout mode, and you'll see now that there is a new button here that looks like a little i with a small circle around it. By selecting this button, you'll see a new palette appear onscreen, and within this palette, you see that there are three different tabs: Position, Appearance and Data.
This is what's called the New Inspector palette, and it's brand-new to FileMaker Pro 11. You'll notice that since you have three different tabs, you can also invoke the Inspector multiple times. You can either hide it, showing your first Inspector, or if you go under View, you can also choose the check box next to Inspector, to show on, or you have a shortcut which is Command+I in Apple and Ctrl+I on Windows. You'll also notice, though, that you have this New Inspector option.
Hitting the New Inspector will allow you to have two palettes onscreen at any given time. For example, you could hit Position on one, and Appearance on another, and you can also continue to add new Inspectors onscreen for as many different options as you'd like. So conceivably, you could have one on here for each of the three tabs that are available to you. What's nice about the Inspectors is they will stay open each time you access the Layout mode until you close them. You'll notice, if we go back in Browse mode, my Inspectors disappear. If I go back in the Layout mode, they'll reappear in the positions where I originally selected them.
And if I close them now FileMaker remembers what that last position was. Many of the controls in the Inspector had previously been available via Windows or menu items in previous versions of FileMaker. For instance, you'll notice that the top sections of Position and Appearance tabs provide controls for an Object's Position, Size and Font attribute. These used to be in a separate object Info palette, which no longer exists in FileMaker. Many other applications follow the same palette concept, and now FileMaker has followed suit to make it easy to see nearly all of your object controls all in one place.
We're going to be using the Inspector prominently throughout several of the movies remaining in this title. But if you wonder where some of the many controls from previous versions of FileMaker have gone, look first into the Inspector.
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