AppleScript - Silent Running?

Jim Ault JimAultWins at
Wed Sep 21 18:59:28 EDT 2005

I don't have FMkr, so cannot test, but will the database respond and run if
it is 'minimized' on the dock?  hidden dock?
-layouts will still function, even if the window is 10x10 pixels
-not sure about hidden databases running FMkr scripts
-paste and image that looks like the desktop, so when it comes forward, the
user can really tell it it FMkr.

I used to use FMkr to export data called by Applescripts, but user interface
was no concern since this was a server.
Does the FMkr database have to be on the same Mac?  Being frontmost will not
be an issue in that case.

Jim Ault
Las Vegas

On 9/21/05 10:50 AM, "Bruce Robertson" <bfr at> wrote:

>>>> I use AppleScript to send "hide yourself" to FM Pro whenever
>>>> possible, but this doesn't help when I'm trying to access the
>>>> database since I have to start my AppleScripts with 'activate'.
>>> Bruce Robertson:
>>> Not true.
>> Er, what's "not true" - that you're forced to see FM Pro do its stuff
>> when using AppleScript or that you need "activate" at the start of
>> each script?  I'm happy to believe the latter isn't required, but I
>> don't think it helps since if this is left out I still see FM Pro
>> screens flashing away.  However, I'm fairly convinced of the former!
> It is not true that you need to activate Filemaker to do useful things with
> applescript and FileMaker.
> There may be some things - go to layout for instance - where of course you
> will in fact go to the layout as requested and therefore it will be visible.
> I don't think I've seen any descriptions of what you are trying to
> accomplish. But certainly you can get and set data, create new records,
> perform finds, etc without making the window visible.
> And of course you can also set the bounds of the window to an off screen
> location.
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