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  • Menu Form Launching Sub Menu Forms Question

    I am going to be using a menu form with multiple buttons to go to another form with multiple buttons to launch pdf manuals, parts books and so forth. (example menu form I push tool manual button and form comes up with multiple buttons listing the different tool manuals.) Presently am considering two methods. First is menu form going to multiple sub menu forms to launch the pdf's. Second is menu form going to one form with sub form menu buttons on conditional objects. I can do either, which is better design wise?

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    Re: Menu Form Launching Sub Menu Forms Question

    Originally posted by Mendy View Post
    I am going to be using a menu form with multiple buttons to go to another form with multiple buttons to launch pdf manuals, parts books and so forth. (example menu form I push tool manual button and form comes up with multiple buttons listing the different tool manuals.) Presently am considering two methods. First is menu form going to multiple sub menu forms to launch the pdf's. Second is menu form going to one form with sub form menu buttons on conditional objects. I can do either, which is better design wise?
    Which came first, the chicken or the egg? :D Sorry, I just had to say that. I'm having difficulty trying to picture your description but my thought is it might depend on the whether or not you close the previous form and or how much code is used. Given todays processors, memory, etc., I doubt it makes much difference. If the database is not a big one as far as forms, reports and other features are concerned, basically, you are the only user, I'd try both approaches and use the one you like best.

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      Re: Menu Form Launching Sub Menu Forms Question

      Richard, you probably know this already, but any "menu form" you use should be based on a "dummy" table containing no meaningful data.

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        Re: Menu Form Launching Sub Menu Forms Question

        Kenn on the menu form shown you would push Hydraulics button and it would go to sub form showing choices for hydraulics. Likewise for other choices on menu form. Will probably have better than 300 pdf's that will be launched from buttons. The attached are simplified examples of what I am doing.

        Tom not sure if I knew that but the menu form I have is based on my maintenance database which has no records. Probably way back heard of that and did it that way. Thanks will have to research why it is recommended.

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          Re: Menu Form Launching Sub Menu Forms Question

          Richard,

          I would think that the second approach with buttons behind conditional objects will leave you with a form with a "moth eaten" appearance with the buttons that are hidden. For that many subforms and forms... I wouldn't do either. The thought of building all those forms and buttons gives me heartburn. Look at this approach with one form, one button, one script (attached example).
          Last edited by Mike Wilson; 08-30-2009, 12:42 PM.
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            Re: Menu Form Launching Sub Menu Forms Question

            here is another option, which is a little cleaner maybe.
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              Re: Menu Form Launching Sub Menu Forms Question

              Mike
              Both your examples work fine. Kinda partial to buttons as I put bitmaps on some (corporate logos). As to "moth eaten" not really as each conditional layer would have only buttons pertaining to layer, which can be arranged aestheticaly. Example condition 1 is of existing form with a multistate button with fitting descriptions. Pushing two state button brings up condition 2 with part numbers on buttons. Condition 3 is quick example of another layer simulating pertinent choices. Do have your example saved.

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                Re: Menu Form Launching Sub Menu Forms Question

                If the list of PDF's remains constant, then I would choose your current method. However, in my case I wanted to add new documents on a daily basis. So I have an embedded browse with a button on each row that opens the relevant document. As it is a browse, I can include other information in the row which helps when searching for specific documents.

                The button uses the path to open the relevant document - see example. I do admit that it would be even better if I didn't have to type in the path name for each document when I store it...

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                  Re: Menu Form Launching Sub Menu Forms Question

                  Originally posted by Larry Gordon View Post
                  I do admit that it would be even better if I didn't have to type in the path name for each document when I store it...
                  Larry, code it! ;)


                  Originally posted by Mendy View Post
                  Kinda partial to buttons as I put bitmaps on some (corporate logos).
                  Using Mike's 2nd example (my own preferred method ~ in certain situations), you CAN put bitmaps in the menuing system.

                  "Now, I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' To tell you the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you have to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky?...Well? Do ya, punk?" Never mind! Never mind! [email protected]#$%&?! Wrong question! That damn movie! Try again: Would you rather type in 300 PDF names and paths + create all those buttons and forms - OR - write a script to read the paths & names and populate a table, then use one of the two methods that Mike suggested? Of course, if you are not comfortable w. xbasic, you would probably prefer your analog method.
                  Last edited by Peter.Greulich; 08-31-2009, 10:03 AM.
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