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FileMaker Popovers that Open and Close on Mouse-Over

FMT Connect Link] Daniel Wood "aka FileMaker Weetbicks on our forum" is back at Team Fusion giving you his indepth take on "FileMaker Popovers" a hot new design feature in FileMaker 13.

 In our last article, we introduced a generic technique that could be used to replicate a mouse-over effect. This used a combination of a custom function, script, plugin and tooltips to allow the user to expand and collapse a sliding drawer control without the need for a mouse-click.

In this article we take the technique and modify it to be suited toward opening and closing the popover object upon mouse-over. Popovers are a new feature in FileMaker 13 and are like a balloon tooltip.  They are great for revealing additional information on a layout such as actions, information, checkboxes etc (just like a sliding drawer).

If you have not read the the article on sliding drawers, it is recommended you check it out before reading this article, as we’ll assume a knowledge of the technique for this article. 

Differences between sliding drawers and popovers

In our sliding drawer article, we only dealt with a single sliding drawer on a single layout. The demo was not built for multi-window, multi-layout, or even multi-panel within the same layout. If a user wished to have two drawers on a given layout, then they would have had to replicate the required functionality for the second drawer, hardly efficient!

Popovers fortunately are a little simpler.  FileMaker imposes a restriction on a layout that there can be only one open popover per layout per window.  The benefit for us is this makes tracking open/closed popovers much easier - we don’t have to know which popovers are open or closed at any given time (because only one can be open) we just need to know which one is open on a given window.

Now, in reality tracking open popovers for multiple windows is a bit overkill for popovers. It would be much more important for sliding drawers however. However we have introduced multi-window support in this articles demo file - the same technique could be back-applied to sliding drawers if need be.

Read More at TeamDF.Com - http://www.teamdf.com/weetbicks/230/popovers-that-open-and-close-on-mouse-over

Keefer Rogers

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