Experiences of a FileMaker Pro Database Developer

How do you “fit” report layouts to a page?

There is no easy way to scale FileMaker layouts, and this is a huge nuisance especially when you have to add a field to a report that has already been tweaked to fit the page just right. Scaling in page setup is not always an option, especially between cross platforms and using a variety of printers.

I’m wondering how long we have to wait to have a decent printing option that will autoscale reports we design to fit to a selected page? Acrobat and Apple’s Preview do a nice job…

I usually end up manually re-formatting the layout, decreasing point size, condensing type, stacking lines, etc. I think less is more, but as we all know that’s not what the client always wants. They want to see it “all” on one report.

In some cases, I’ve been able to scale consistently in page setup and then save as a PDF, open in Acrobat or Preview and print to fit to page from there. Just another work-around.

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