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Getting out of fullscreen mode in FileMaker Pro

In version 2 of Acquittal, our criminal defense case management app, we're doing some nifty stuff with windows, and that means we're finding out that even in FileMaker Pro 15, we still don't have quite all the tools we'd like for managing windows.  One problem is how to trap for the possibility that the user has switched into fullscreen mode. The other problem is how to get out of it.

Is this window in fullscreen mode?
This one's not too hard. This calc formula seems to do the trick:

Get ( WindowHeight ) = Get ( ScreenHeight ) and
Get ( WindowWidth ) = Get ( ScreenWidth)

That will return true if the window is in fullscreen mode, false if it's not.

Why does this matter? Because there are certain things that you can't do with a window if it's in fullscreen mode. In Acquittal, for example, there are times when we want to generate a second "sidecar" window, then display the main and sidecar windows side-by-side. Can't do it if the main window …

Airtable: I'll take that data to go

Will Porter's review of Airtable is online now at Macworld:

Rucksack TeXnology clients may be very interested in Airtable. It's a relational database management system that has many advantages. It's free to get started (and possibly free to stay with). On computers, it runs in any web browser in pretty much any operating system. On smart phones, at the moment it's available only for iOS devices, but an Android app is in the works and coming soon.

How's Airtable compare to FileMaker?

FileMaker is a much more powerful tool: not just a more powerful RDBMS, but a much more powerful application development system, that is, a more powerful user-interface builder.

But surprisingly often, you don't need the user-interface tools that FileMaker provides. You just need to store data for later retrieval. In that case, Airtable may beat the pants off F…