By Lisa A. Bucki
FileMaker professional 6 for the Mac quickly & effortless offers the basic talents that starting and intermediate clients want to know to exploit the FileMaker seasoned 6.0 database software successfully. It covers uncomplicated database abilities, corresponding to making plans, defining fields, and growing types and explores new beneficial properties, corresponding to utilizing a contextual menu to kind information and batch dossier uploading. It additionally introduces clients to publishing database information in HTML layout.
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Use field indexing and store calculated results. 38 CHAPTER 3: CREATING MORE POWERFUL FIELDS Creating a Calculation Field FileMaker Pro 6 enables you to create a field that performs a calculation and displays a result, much as a spreadsheet program does. The formula you specify for a calculation field can include a reference to any other field in the database. The value in the field will be used in the calculation. The formula also can include other values (constants) you enter, mathematical operators like * or /, logical operators like > or <, functions offered by FileMaker Pro (Average or Count, for example), and parentheses and other punctuation marks you enter to control the calculation order and follow the appropriate syntax for formulas.
In this example, I entered 10 as the value for the Example Global Field in the first record; this sets the value for the Example Global Field to 10 in every other record. • Calculation field. Set up a calculation field to perform a calculation based on the contents of other fields as well as other values, operators, and functions you set up in the calculation. Onscreen, the calculation field shows the calculated result only—not the formula for the calculation. For example, the Example Calculation Field here has a formula that adds the value from the Example Number Field (152) in the current record to the Example Global Field value (10), giving a resulting Example Calculation Field value of 162 for the current record.
1. Click on File. The File menu will appear. 2. Click on Define Fields. The Define Fields for (File Name) dialog box will open. DUPLICATING A FIELD 35 3. Click on the field to duplicate in the list at the top of the dialog box. The field will be selected. 4. Click on Duplicate. The new field will appear in the list, with “Copy” appended to the field name. 5. Edit the field name in the Field Name text box. The new field name will appear. 6. Click on Save. You will now be able to make changes to additional fields as needed.