fmMobileSolutions: Tooltips for touch devices

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In FileMaker tooltips are small boxes that pop up when a user hovers over an object in Browse or Find modes. They are useful in providing additional details about the selected object and ultimately could save you from producing a separate help screen or user instructions for your solution.

Tooltips work great in FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Advanced, FileMaker WebDirect and runtime solutions, but don’t make sense in FileMaker Go on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad – simply because the hover state (or mouse-over) does not exist for these touch devices.

Using the show/hide object functionality introduced with FileMaker 13 you can design your own tooltips with an icon button that toggles on/off the display of your customised yellow popups. The attached file also shows how you could automatically have tooltips appear the first few times the user runs the solution, but then quietly switch this off later.

Although it takes a bit more work to create your own tooltips you’re not restricted to text and have the versatility of icons and graphics as well. With the SVG format now supported in FileMaker 14 your tooltip popups will keep looking the best even on the latest retina displays.

Download the tooltips file

 

Arnis Gross is a certified FileMaker developer and a FileMaker Business Alliance member.

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June 3, 2015

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