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V5 suggestion; Drag and Drops

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    V5 suggestion; Drag and Drops

    It would be cool to be able to have drag and drop objects.

    Example 1,
    I have a customer table and an invoice browse (or hotspot...)
    I click on a draggable field (mouse down) and release over the browse (mouse up) and a new invoice is created and filled with the customer data, ready for detail...

    I have a calendar form with several browse objects showing the same table, each browse being a different date. I click on a record in one browse (mouse down) and drag it to another browse and release (mouse up) and the date gets appropriately switched.

    It's all smoke and mirrors - xbasic can do all the above now. I just think it would be cool from a user interface point of view.

    RE: V5 suggestion; Drag and Drops

    I agree!
    This year I have been "volunteered" to organize the 4th of July parade...about 200 entries, and I am going to convert the database to A5 from Access. The last process is to put all the entries in parade order (no tumbling or dance teams behind the horses!), and I was trying to figure out how to highlight one or more rows in a browse and drag them to where I want them to be placed (like you can do with table structure). I was thinking about sequence numbers and renumbering after the "drop" but its confusing to me. If A5V5 has the capability (and its available by July 3rd) then it would be a snap.
    Pat Bremkamp
    MindKicks Consulting


      RE: V5 suggestion; Drag and Drops


      I share your need. This would be most helpful in rearranging evidence numbers. Auto numbering the way I need is a nightmare but this would allow a great deal of flexibility. If A5 came out with a method of drag & drop and then the rest auto renumbers, WOW!!!!! Now, that's a real asset for those of us who work within the legal system. Others as well, I', sure.

      TYVM :) kenn

      Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


        RE: V5 suggestion; Drag and Drops

        I have a need for this with routing and renumbering of stops. This would be a great asset to A5.



          RE: V5 suggestion; Drag and Drops


          I'm right with you guys! I would like to drag the contents of one field in a browse table, and be able to either have it copy or move (choosing which by simply dragging to copy or holding down the shift, or Ctrl key, and dragging to move) the original field's contents to another [target]field -- like the drag and drop that Windows provides.

          It would make editing and correcting data-element / field-type misalignment a snap. (I have used this feature in other programs, and it reduces editing time significantly.) Currently the only way to do this is to cut and paste, which takes way, way, way too long on cleanups of large files.

          I hope that this feature is included some day.


          Geoff Hollander


            RE: V5 suggestion; Drag and Drops

            in v5 we will be able to go part of the way for you if you write a little xbasic.

            there is a new method for browse called .selected_records(), which returns a list of record numbers that are currently selected.

            so you will be able to select some rows, then right click and choose a command to operate on the selected rows. this could include, "move to another table", "copy to another table", etc.


              RE: V5 suggestion; Drag and Drops


              This was what I was thinking. It can all be done by xbasic now except with the addition of a change in the cursor from from an "arrow" to a "hand" or "page" it would make a user interface tool that end users could relate to, and which is already in the Windows lexicon of graphical meaning.

              I guess it would be a new method.

              Steve Williams