Tim Dietrich

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FileMaker's "High Fidelity" Between Pro, WebDirect, and Go Interfaces

I've been working on the EasyCalendar demo database, and it is nearly finished. So far, the only "gotcha" that I've run into is that FileMaker WebDirect doesn't seem to support text styles and colors that are used in the contents of text fields. It just ignores them. (FileMaker Go does support them, thankfully.)

I'm sometimes amazed at how well FileMaker has been able to replicate the "Pro" experience in both FileMaker Go and WebDirect. When testing in WebDirect, I find myself trying to use keyboard shortcuts for features that are only supported in Pro (especially Shift-Command-S in an attempt to open up the "Manage Scripts" window). Sometimes it's easy to forget that you are accessing a FileMaker database using WebDirect. I think that says a lot about just how good of a job the team at FileMaker Inc has done as far as replicating the FileMaker Pro interface in WebDirect. It really is amazing.

Included below are screenshots showing the EasyCalendar beta in FileMaker Pro, WebDirect, and Go. You can see just how much fidelity there is in the UIs of the three platforms.

A view of the EasyCalendar beta as seen in FileMaker Pro. Click the image to see a larger version.

A view of the EasyCalendar beta as seen in FileMaker WebDirect. Click the image to see a larger version.

A view of the EasyCalendar beta as seen in FileMaker Go. Click the image to see a larger version.