FileMaker 19 offers many new features that can be used to enhance the UI/UX of FileMaker Custom apps. One exciting feature is the ability to use card windows in WebDirect. FileMaker introduced the card windows in FileMaker 16. At the time that feature was not supported in WebDirect. Card Window support in WebDirect is a powerful feature.
Card Windows are modal to its parent window and allows the display of context-independent information from the parent window. Using the card window, users can perform actions without navigating from the parent window.
We can implement a card window using New Window or Go To Related Record script steps and selecting card as the window type. Only Close Window and Dim Parent Window options are available with card window type.
Please refer to the below screenshot
We can use the following script steps and Functions with cards in FileMaker WebDirect:
- New Window
- Adjust Window
- Move/Resize Window
- Get (WindowStyle)
- Get (WindowLeft)
- Get (WindowTop)
Things to bear in mind when using Card Window in WebDirect:
- The status toolbar and menu bar in the parent window are not active when a card window is open.
- Changes made in the card window will not be reflected in the parent window until the card window is closed.
- When the card window is closed, the parent window doesn’t always refresh. We can solve this problem by adding a Refresh Portalor Refresh Window script step to the close window button.
- When you are using the card window, make sure that close window button is visible in WebDirect solution. Because sometimes the close button may not be visible even if the close window option is selected. This can be handled by providing a custom close button on the layout.
Overall, the card window support in WebDirect offers an enriched user experience to Web users. We hope that this blog gives you valuable insights on card window support in WebDirect.
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