Ode To The Define Menu

From Dwayne Wright - Certified FileMaker 9 Developer
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RELATED AUDIO FILE: FYI... I submitted this topic as a quick two minute for the FileMaker Success Tips podcast. I’m not sure if they will air it or when ... but ... here is a quick link if you want to give it a listen (click here).

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It is NOT uncommon for a computer user to jump over a few updates and this article might help some of those users that are jumping from FileMaker 8.5 (or earlier) to FileMaker 10. This isn’t everything you will want to know but it is an important “toe in the water” information piece.

AS OF FILEMAKER 8.5
In FileMaker 8.5 and earlier, our most central resources were found under the Define sub-menu from under the File menu. It contained the way to get to the database dialog box (for tables, fields and relationships), the value list definition dialog box, external file references and the security settings for the file. If you were running the advanced copy of FileMaker, you would also see the Custom Function and Custom Menu option.

Here you can see the Define sub-menu for a standard copy of FileMaker 8.5.

AS OF FILEMAKER 9

Now when FileMaker came out, the Define Menu option was renamed the Manage Menu. So this started the mindset that you don’t define your resources but you manage them. At first, I put it into the same category as ... well ... a kid everyone knew as Bobby makes everyone start calling him Robert. Over the years, you did get the impression that FileMaker considered it a big deal. There was another twist to this update beyond the name change. The ability to bring up ScriptMaker from the Manage Menu system was added. This means that you could access your scripting dialog box by File -> Manage -> Scripts or from Scripts -> ScriptMaker.

Here you can see the Manage sub-menu for advanced copy of FileMaker 9. This contains the new option of scripts. Since this is a snapshot of the Advanced copy of FileMaker 9, it includes the Custom Function and Custom Menu option.

Here you can see the FileMaker 9 Scripts menu, the ScriptMaker option (to jump into the manage scripts dialog box) or run any scripts you wanted to show under the menu.

AS OF FILEMAKER 10
The Manage Menu continued to evolve in FileMaker 10. The Set Layout Order feature that had been under the layouts menu has been removed from that spot. More than moved, in fact, it has been renamed to the Manage Layout dialog box and moved to under the Manage menu.

Here you can see the Manage sub-menu for advanced copy of FileMaker 10. This contains the new option of layouts. Since this is a snapshot of the Advanced copy of FileMaker 9, it includes the Custom Function and Custom Menu option.

BGSY SCRIPTMAKER (bye gone, see ya)
Although everyone will be calling the Manage Scripts dialog box “ScriptMaker” for quite some time, FileMaker has officially renamed it. ScriptMaker isn’t a term you can find in FileMaker 10 any longer. Well, you can find discussions about it via the FileMaker 10 help, it isn’t labeled as such within FileMaker 10 any longer.

Here you can see the FileMaker 10 Scripts menu, the Manage Scripts option (to jump into the manage scripts dialog box) or run any scripts you wanted to show under the menu.
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