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FileMaker Navigation Framework Plus – FileMaker Today


The Navigation Framework Plus for FileMaker® Pro is built from the foundation of our popular Navigation Framework (see below for original). We are providing this file as a demonstration of what is possible and building a customizable standard navigation for your layouts quickly and easily.


There is minimal data structure and scripting that is required in order to provide the same functionality in your solutions. You may use this file as a guide to allow your users a way to personalize their user interface, or simply as a way (as a developer) to ease your job in setting up a flexible navigation interface for your users/clients.


In the Preferences section of this file, you will find a layout that allows easily selecting and loading a new theme. Also, a layout for editing and creating themes according to your specific specifications. Easily select from fonts, font sizes, colors and even load your own graphics to display in the navigation displayed instantly on each layout in your solution.


Since everything needed to display the navigation framework is loaded up into variables, this will continue to work in Find Mode as well as Browse Mode. It is also still safe to use in muti-window solutions where a user is allowed to spawn a new window of a layout. Of course, all the advantages of the original Navigation Framework in addition to all the features available here.


To support FM Go users, you can easily host the displayed graphics on a web server and simply reference them from there instead. Otherwise, graphics are stored and referenced locally.


Additionally, you can override the layouts that are displayed in the Navigation Framework by utilizing the Layout Override in Preferences. This will allow you to specify the layouts and order that they appear manually, if you require that functionality.


Features include:


  • Based on your Layout Names and Order.

  • No plug-ins required.

  • Completely Cross-Platform.

  • No custom functions needed.

  • No data structure (tables, fields or layouts) needed.

  • Updates dynamically when the file is opened.

  • Safe in Multi Window solutions.

  • Updates from native layout menu as well.

  • Retains last visited Sub-Section.

  • Works in Browse and Find Mode.

  • 8 X 8 “tabs” for a total of 64 possible layouts to navigate to.


There is minimal structure and scripting to add to your startup script (one that runs when the file is opened) and you can copy/paste the navigation grouping at the top of each layout to display the navigation. It doesn’t matter how you navigate to a layout, relevant location is detected and displayed automatically without the need for scripting.


Click here to download NavigationFrameworkPlus.zip (981 KB)

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