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24U SimpleDialog Plug-In Overview

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In allows your FileMaker solutions to interact with users via professionally looking dialogs to provide excellent user experience with minimum development effort.

  • Vince Menanno

  • Paul de Hallé

  • Diego D'alessio

  • Lynn Oburg

  • Neal Frank

Now you can take full advantage of the 64-bit FileMaker Pro 15 as well!

Indicate progress

With 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In your script can easily display a dialog with a progress bar and two text messages. Multiple dialogs can be displayed at the same time and updated on-the-fly while your script keeps running.

When your solution needs time to do its work you can:

  • keep the user calm by showing that it is working
  • make the user efficient by knowing when it will be done
  • prevent the users from perceiving the app as frozen

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Display messages

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In can display styled text in dialogs and automatically resizes each dialog for the best possible layout of the provided contents.

When your solution needs to display a warning or error message:

  • the whole message will always fit in the dialog, so the user will not miss a cropped piece
  • you can emphasize the most important part to make the user read it before dismissing it
  • nice and unique look of each dialog will make them pleasant to see and easier to recognize

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Prompt for data

With 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In your script can ask the user for information as easily as using the Show Custom Dialog script step, just without its limitations.

When your script needs input from the user you can:

  • make it easy for the user by using the right field type for each bit of information
  • avoid confusion from displaying a sequence of dialogs
  • provide native user experience without hassle
  • create reusable code by not depending on database fields

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Update dialogs on-the-fly

With 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In, your dialogs can be validated and updated while they are displayed. You can validate entered values using regular expression or FileMaker calculations, and update the dialog based on various circumstances.

With live updating dialogs you can:

  • validate all values before the dialog is dismissed
  • complete all data entry within a single dialog
  • let the user select multiple values from conditional popup menus
  • provide context sensitive help for individual dialog fields
  • avoid loops with confusing reappearing dialogs

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Have the syntax generated

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In comes with a utility that lets you set up a dialog with up to 5 fields and 5 buttons and generated the correct syntax for you.

With 24U SimpleDialog Utility you can:

  • start using the plug-in without learning its syntax
  • test your dialogs before using them in your solution
  • learn the syntax from your own examples

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New! 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5 is the latest version of our dialog plug-in for FileMaker Pro, rewritten to be fully compatible with FileMaker Pro 15 and take the full advantage of the 64-bit architecture. The new version brings:

  • Full compatibility with FileMaker Pro 15
    in both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures
  • Rewritten to use the latest OS technologies
  • Improved stability to survive when installed multiple times

Compatible with 64-bit FileMaker Pro 15

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5 works on both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, making it fully compatible with FileMaker Pro 15. On OS X the plug-in comes as universal binary just like FileMaker Pro. On Windows you have to install the version matching your FileMaker Pro architecture.

You can upgrade to the most recent version of FileMaker Pro as soon as you are ready. 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5 will simply work with it, letting you to keep your files organized and connected to your data.

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Latest OS technologies

We have rewritten the core of 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In to use the latest OS technologies to make it work well in the current and future versions of OS X and Windows.

Your dialogs will keep working and look like freshly redesigned as soon as you move your solution over to the latest version of OS X or Windows.

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Plug-In Functions

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In provides all its functionality to FileMaker Pro via the following set of external calculation functions:

  • SDialog_Version( { versionFormat }
  • SDialog_Register( selector )
  • SDialog_InputDialog( dialogPrompt { ; dialogButtons { ; dialogItems… } } )
  • SDialog_ProgressDialog( { dialogNumber ; } action { ; actionData… } )
  • SDialog_SetCalculation( updateType ; updateIndex ; eventType { ; eventIndex } ; calculation )
  • SDialog_Get( selector { ; moreData } )
  • SDialog_Set( selector { ; newValue or iconSpecifier } )

Click here to examine the whole syntax description

System Requirements

Recommended configuration:

Mac OS X: Any Intel Mac, 4 GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.10, FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced or newer.
Windows: 1.6 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 or newer, FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced or newer.

Minimum requirements:

Mac OS X: Macintosh, 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, FileMaker Pro 12 or newer.
Windows: 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, Windows XP SP3, FileMaker Pro 12 or newer

FileMaker Pro compatibility:
  • Fully compatible with FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14 and 15
  • Compatible with FileMaker Pro 14 in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes
  • Compatible with FileMaker Pro 15 in both 32-bit and 64-bit architecture
  • Older versions with limited functionality are available for FileMaker Pro 4-11

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