Albert Harum-Alvarez and SmallCo are hosting another Design Master Class in Miami from December 3–6, 2014. The idea is for you to bring something you’ve been working on, and improve and refine it over the course of the class. You’ll both move your project forward and learn a lot about design in the process.
I’m pleased to present a guest post from John Renfrew, a developer from attitude, FBA members in Birmingham, England. In it, he talks about one approach to implementing a progress tracker in FileMaker 13 that shows the user where they are in the process, by using the awesome new feature, Hide Object When.
The challenge of designing for FileMaker is like most other software environments: Starting with data and choosing the best way for it to be displayed, while adding meaning and value for the end user. Personally, the challenges I love best are the ones which combine both the scientific and artistic parts of my brain.
If you haven’t started using themes and styles yet in your FileMaker development, you should! This article consolidates information from Andrew Paulsen, Adam Ward, and Bob Shockey, presented in sessions at the 2014 FileMaker Developer’s Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Themes and styles are one of the most useful design tools FileMaker has provided in recent versions. By defining custom themes and styles, you have the potential to revolutionize your workflow, create a more consistent look from layout to layout, and easily change the look of individual elements across all layouts in a solution.
I’m happy to welcome our first guest post! It’s from Jeff England, a FileMaker developer and owner of Neb’s Fun World, an indoor amusement park located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. This article is about how redesigning an existing process can both enhance the user’s experience and save money at the same time. Using the new httpspost function in FileMaker 13, combined with Twilio, he’s now sending information-rich text messages directly from FileMaker, and will show you how, too. It’s a good lesson that creatively examining your existing functions in light of new features can yield great results.
This post is about the progress tracker design pattern. A progress tracker is a user interface pattern that breaks down a multi-step process into parts in order to simplify it for the user. Buttons are easy to create in FileMaker, but what if you want a custom shape and don’t have Photoshop? Here are step-by-step instructions for how to build one for FileMaker Pro, including hover effects, using the online graphics tool Canva in combination with Preview on the Mac.
A progress tracker is a design pattern that helps users navigate through a complex, multi-step process. You’ve probably seen it used in web booking or checkout procedures. A progress tracker tells the user a number of useful things: how long the whole process is, what steps are required to complete it, where they currently are, and what is still left to fill in.