I am thrilled to report that I have a database (well, group of 5 databases) up and running in Panorama X.It looks great, and is a significant step forward from the Panorama 6 version - in part due to new ideas I have had, but also in large part due to the improvements in Panorama X itself.
I still find the searches relatively slow, (although the form lists are super quick), and have to sit and wait for programmes to execute, which I didn’t have to in Panorama 6. However, I can get around this by adjusting the point at which I do the slower processes - having them run as a group - while I go and get a coffee, rather than one at a time, as I enter the data.
I have several questions, which would help the final product to be that much better, if they are possible.
- with regard the group programme run mentioned above - if the computer goes to sleep during the process, it seems to stop the programme - often citing an error (I think a field/variable not existing). If i sit at the computer, and touch the mouse periodically to keep it awake, it executes perfectly. Is there something I can do in the programming to keep it awake while it runs?
- I am entering data into forms using Text Editor objects. If I tab between boxes, the cursor appears at the end of the text. What I would prefer, is the text highlighted, so a simple backspace removes the whole text if required, as happens in the Data window. Is it possible to programme this somehow?
- Also, as a related question, is it possible to control where the cursor sits when a window is opened? I have tried nominating the field, but this seems to work in the Data window, not on a form…
- Using multiple databases, as I am, Panorama X seems to become confused about which database is active. It seems, at times, to use the Data window that is furthest to the front, rather than the database attached to the form that is active. This leads to buttons not executing properly, because it says there is no field named “whatever”, because it is referencing the incorrect database. This is minor annoyance value to me, and I can get around it by shifting around windows, but I hope that future versions of Panorama will iron out this bug.
- The print programming doesn’t seem to be properly supported. It will print what I have asked, but no further steps in the programme are executed, and it jumps to the data window for the database, rather than the form I was working on.
- I have grouped Text Edit objects together in forms to have the tab sequence correct. However, if I include a search field, linked to a search variable, the grouping seems to upset the proper recognition of that variable. Simply fixed by ungrouping the objects, but took me a bit of time to establish the problem…
Overall, I’m really happy with the end result.
Thanks again, for any help or comments re the above issues.