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Dynamic Portal Search with FileMaker 14

So here is another one of those things I can’t live without, it's really the custom function that drives this post and was created by FileMaker Inspirations but that I constantly use because of how fast it is. So lets see what it can do. I should note that you need to have FileMaker Pro [...] The post Dynamic Portal Search with FileMaker 14 appeared first on The Scarpetta Group, Inc.. Afficher la totalité du billet

The Scarpetta Group

The Scarpetta Group

 

Desktop/Mobile Hybrid Design

More and more these days, we find ourselves jumping back and forth between desktop computers and using our increasingly convenient mobile devices. At least, that’s how it’s been with many of my personal FileMaker projects./Users/matt/Desktop/filemaker-desktop-mobile-design.png While designing for each target device, in an ideal world, is a luxury we’d like to afford, there just isn’t an unlimited supply of time and money. The solution is to create a hybrid design which will work as well on mob

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

WordPress Form FileMaker Integration

WordPress Form FileMaker Integration Are you tired of double data entry from forms on your website? Web forms are a great way to generate leads, capture orders, or other pieces of information. Forms submissions are typically sent via email and clutter you and your teams inbox. Thereafter you manually copy or type the data in your FileMaker application. Instead we will show you how to drop a website form into a FileMaker dashboard. LIBERTY! Watch on YouTube WordPress Form FileMaker Integration

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DB Services

 

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 1: The Guts

Many of us who have been working in FileMaker for some time have solutions built on the Classic Theme. “Classic” sounds good, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to build something “Classic?” Well, fellow FileMaker developers, in this case we do want to clear out that old classic, Classic Theme. In this article, find out about a 2-step process to update the meat of your layouts to something leaner, faster, and better-looking than the good old Classic solution you have today. The concept of a theme

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

 

SVG Icon Manipulation

Download Video Creating a user interface, which looks good at any resolution, was never a concern before there were smartphones. It was when they started packing more and more pixels within the same area that graphics started having issues. With the popular formats of PNG and JPEG, you’re limited in terms of displaying them. The limit is the maximum size/resolution at which the file is exported at. From there, you can only go down, scaling up will cause the obvious pixelation we’re familiar wit

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Dynamic SVG Interaction

When you attempt to translate human interaction from the real world into a database, that translation isn’t always the most ideal. Within a database, you’re storing data within rows and columns and the real world isn’t always laid out so neatly. This is where using an image or graphic fills the gap and shortens that bridge of understanding for the user. A good example would be a dental office and scheduling appointments within 2 hour blocks of time throughout the day. The office has a physical

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

FileMaker Go Interapplication Communication

The great thing about FileMaker Pro is it has it’s companion app FileMaker Go. Without FileMaker Go having arrived when the mobile revolution started taking off, FileMaker might have had a hard time staying viable. Because of FileMaker Go, we can build solutions for armies of mobile users heading out in the field. Even better, we can make easy little applications for ourselves which do cool things. While the limitations within FileMaker are actually quite small, there will always be some burni

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Cleaning Input Data

Download Video Users make mistakes. There’s no doubt about that. When given the opportunity, they’ll enter characters and text strings you never expected. The easy solution to this problem is to simply control the result of what they’ve input. When capturing the input, there may be a variety of rules regarding how you want the data stored. Do you want to store “4 pm” or 16:00:00? Is the user entering suffixes such as Jr. or Sr. into the last name field or the first name field? Should the inpu

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

FileMaker Radius Search

FileMaker Radius Search Imagine a sales rep visiting a customer in an adjacent state.  Since the rep is unfamiliar with the area, it would be great to have a list of nearby customers they could visit afterwards.  One of the best ways to accomplish this is to perform a radius search on the customers within your FileMaker solution, evaluating the distance between the rep and each customer’s address.  Let’s take a look at how to build one of these yourself using Google Maps API, some custom functi

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DB Services

 

Manipulating CSV Exports

Exchanging data between systems has always been a matter of format. The output systems needs to output in the expected input format for the inbound system - and it works the same way when going in reverse. When it comes to data interchange formats, some of the most prevalent are arguably CSV (comma separated value) and Tab delimited. The problem with these formats however, is that one person’s CSV is not necessarily another’s. The CSV “standard” actually has no standard. There is an RFC (Reque

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Ultra easy vCalendar exporting

When it comes to accomplishing things within FileMaker Pro, some of the most sublime techniques are also the most empowering. This particular technique, while focused on exporting calendar events, showcases some of my most favorite power-user methods for manipulating data. In my personal scenario, I was provided with a standard spreadsheet formatted to show a calendar of events broken down month-by-month. The spreadsheet was formatted to be easily used and viewed by humans. It was not, however

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

User Feedback using Button Bars

FileMaker 14 introduced a new layout object called a Button Bar. It’s essentially a wrapper around multiple buttons which can be used as either a conventional button or a popover menu. The great thing about button bars is they respect a hierarchy. If you hide the whole Button Bar, then nothing shows. If you hide just one segment, which is what one individual button within the bar is called, then the bar will retain its size and simply not show the given segment. All button segments have style

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Contextual Mode Shifting – It’s a Thing! – Technique.

During the Keynote at the  2015 FileMaker Developers Conference in Las Vegas, NV, Andrew Lecates mentioned a development technique we have adopted. For those of you who didn't stop by our booth, here are the details. Often times the simplest techniques can be the most powerful. This is one of them. So what is Contextual [...] The post Contextual Mode Shifting – It’s a Thing! – Technique. appeared first on The Scarpetta Group, Inc.. Afficher la totalité du billet

The Scarpetta Group

The Scarpetta Group

 

FileMaker Custom Button Icons

Custom Button Icons FileMaker 14 ushered in a new era of vector graphics with the advent of button icons. FileMaker comes pre-loaded with 140 very useful glyphs; additionally you can expand your collection with any number of custom glyphs and images. These icons can then be added to any button or popover button. The default button icons in FileMaker are in SVG format. An SVG is an XML-based image that renders based on a series of mathematical formulas, and thus can be scaled without pixilation

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DB Services

 

Google Maps API – FileMaker DevCon Session Recap

Google Maps API – FileMaker DevCon Session Recap As a first time speaker at the 2015 FileMaker Developer Conference, I felt welcomed by all the staff, veteran speakers and attendees alike. I did have my reservations about the time slot that I was given due to the fact that my session was slated for the […] The post Google Maps API – FileMaker DevCon Session Recap appeared first on The Scarpetta Group, Inc.. Afficher la totalité du billet

The Scarpetta Group

The Scarpetta Group

 

FileMaker DevCon 2015 in Las Vegas

I had a great time presenting for the first time at DevCon on the Psychology of Interaction Design in Las Vegas. It was FileMaker’s 30th anniversary year, and the 20th DevCon as well. I spoke on Thursday to a packed house (standing room only) and people even laughed at my jokes. I’m already thinking about what I should speak about next! Watch the video of my talk My life has been consumed lately with preparing presentations (and animating a little car in Keynote), so now it’s back to writi

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

 

FileMaker Safety Checklist

FileMaker Safety Checklist The FileMaker platform does a great job providing native security features for your organization. While no organization can have too much security, the key is finding a comfort level that best fits your company. I always recommend organizations sit down and really think about one question: What would happen if your data were to be compromised? Once you know the answer you can begin to draft and implement a security policy that is right for your organization. I offe

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DB Services

 

FileMaker 14 Resources

Last year I wrote a post FileMaker 13 Certification Exam Resources, while the exam for FileMaker 14 is not currently out yet these are great FileMaker 14 resources to start with and you’ll be referencing with all the really cool features FileMaker 14 has to offer. I recommend starting with the FIleMaker Training Series: Basics book […] The post FileMaker 14 Resources appeared first on The Scarpetta Group, Inc.. Afficher la totalité du billet
 

FileMaker 14 Resources

Last year I wrote a post FileMaker 13 Certification Exam Resources, while the exam for FileMaker 14 is not currently out yet these are great FileMaker 14 resources to start with and you'll be referencing with all the really cool features FileMaker 14 has to offer. I recommend starting with the FIleMaker Training Series: Basics book [...] The post FileMaker 14 Resources appeared first on The Scarpetta Group, Inc.. Afficher la totalité du billet
 

FileMaker 14 Platform is Here!

What a way to Celebrate 30 Years of FileMaker with The FileMaker 14 Platform! Cheers to the Team at FileMaker! They have really knocked this one out of the park! This is one seriously FAST and feature packed release. Let's start with Speed: 64-Bit, yes our desktops will be cruising along with the fastest [...] The post FileMaker 14 Platform is Here! appeared first on The Scarpetta Group, Inc.. Afficher la totalité du billet
 

Creating a Next Call Reminder

FileMaker is awesome. Over 20 million units in 15 languages are in the hands of organizations through out the world. FileMaker is at home on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. Downloads of FileMaker Go have exceeded 1,000,000. If you have FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Pro Advanced their are 16 starter solutions professionally prepared […] The post Creating a Next Call Reminder appeared first on The Scarpetta Group, Inc.. Afficher la totalité du billet

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