FileMaker Working With Image Tidbits

From Dwayne Wright PMP
Certified FileMaker Developer

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There is a number of unique ways to work with images within a FileMaker solution. This includes ...

- adding an image to a layout in layout mode

- adding an image to a container field in browse mode

- adding a reference to where an image is stored in a container field in browse mode

- you can even refer to an images stored using web technologies by using the flexible FileMaker Web Viewer.

In most cases, if you want to add an image to a layout or a container field, you will want to use the Insert Picture from the Insert menu. You can copy and paste images as well but I’ve had some cross platform compatibility problems with this method.

Container fields can hold a wide variety of data types but the primary uses include pictures, movies, sounds and other files. I would have to say that, the picture is still the most popular use for container fields for most FileMaker database systems. Having a photo of a product, a person or a place can really help juice up a FileMaker record that is designed to hold traditional database information about ... well ... a product, a person or a place.

FileMaker supports a wide variety of picture types including EPS, GIF, JPG, PDF, PICS, PICT, PNG, TIFF and many more. For a complete list, pull up FileMaker help (from the help menu) and do a search for the “picture type”.

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