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Dialog Master is one of the most over-looked developers tools available… Dialog Master is a FileMaker® Pro database plugin that lets you display dialog boxes in FileMaker Pro with unlimited flexibility.
Dialogs lay themselves out so you don’t have to spend time dragging text and fields around a FileMaker layout just to provide a place for your users to enter information and click “OK”. Users are already used to using dialogs in every other computer program, so a dialog is usually the most comfortable way for a user to enter information.
Create a basic dialog with a short, easy function call:
epDialog( ” title=’Enter Your Name’ “;
Create an advanced dialog by simply adding more controls as parameters to the same function call. You don’t have to think about moving controls to the next line or tell checkboxes to form neat columns. Just add one control after another:
Dialogs automatically conform to the official Macintosh or Windows User Interface Guidelines so your dialogs look professional.
You want more control? You’ve got it.
In the dialog below, we made some text in the first line bold.
We told the First Name and Last Name controls to stay on the same line.
We set the width of the First Name and Phone fields to 14 characters.
The “Last Name:” and “Email:” labels automatically expanded to the same width while their fields automatically expanded to the width of the dialog.
We mixed in a multi-line Address field that automatically expanded to the width of the dialog.
We set the Gender radio buttons to use two columns.
We aligned the Cancel button to the left and made the Find button the default button.
With over 80 control and dialog parameters you can change, your options are unlimited.
A dialog like the one above can be used to simplify searches. For example, if the user types a phone number, your script can search for that number in Home, Work, Mobile, and Fax FileMaker fields.
Create a secure logon dialog using additional controls like multi-level pop-up menus and password fields:
Text with style.
All dialog controls have full Unicode support so any written language can be included.
Floating dialogs can contain instructions or helpful tips like in the dialog to the right.
Add clickable links to open a web browser with more information.
Dialogs can be placed on the left, right, top or bottom relative to the FileMaker database or the screen. They can also be set to appear at precise locations.
Floating dialogs can be closed from scripts.
There’s no limit to the number of floating dialogs you can open at the same time.
Buttons launch scripts.
In the floating toolbox to the right, we’ve…
reduced dialog margins
added stylized header text
added a close button to the title bar
added line breaks between certain buttons
set the last four buttons to resize to the widest button in the set
made each button launch a FileMaker script with a different parameter
Instead, Dialog Master lets you get results using a control’s caption or label. You can also assign your own name to a control or even assign results to 2empowerFM variables.
Many dialog plugins glitch when a Windows user increases screen scaling (DPI) to make the fonts and controls on their screen larger. Dialog Master won’t cut off text or display labels off-center like the other guys.
Choose your layout.
By default, dialogs look like standard Macintosh or Windows native dialogs. However, you may also choose to use a Windows-like layout on Macintosh that uses fonts and controls almost identical in size to a Windows native dialog.
Show your progress.
The dialog does its own time estimate, grows taller to fit whatever text you ask it to display, and includes a button to cancel the task.
Try for free.
With infinite flexibility, Dialog Master is the most versatile dialog tool available for FileMaker, yet you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make the basic dialogs you’ll use every day. Give it a try – free for 30 days.
FileMaker Pro 7v3 through 13
Windows 2000 through Windows 8.1
Macintosh OS X 10.5 (Leopard) through 10.9 (Mavericks), Intel processor