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5 Hidden FileMaker Design Tools I’m Thankful For

Over time, one collects bits and pieces of knowledge about different corners of development. Features that are a little more difficult to discover, or shortcuts that can help out in a pinch. Some of these nuggets can make developing faster, easier, or more accurate. Here are five helpful features you may or may not already know about, but which I’m thankful we have available. 1. Multiple Inspector palettes I think we can all agree that the Inspector palette is indispensable. But did you know

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

 

5 Hidden FileMaker Design Tools I’m Thankful For

Over time, one collects bits and pieces of knowledge about different corners of development. Features that are a little more difficult to discover, or shortcuts that can help out in a pinch. Some of these nuggets can make developing faster, easier, or more accurate. Here are five helpful features you may or may not already know about, but which I’m thankful we have available. 1. Multiple Inspector palettes I think we can all agree that the Inspector palette is indispensable. But did you know

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

 

Merge Letter Templates Version 1.1 Published

Updated Merge Letter Templates Module To Version 1.1 Here’s the changelog: Updated Readme (Reference to Configuration script was mis-labeled, another step wasn’t verbose enough in its explanation) Fixed bug with Configuration script –> incorrect layout name was hardcoded Updated how variables get dynamically created Introduced new way of using get variables that evaluate at runtime –> Use {{GetFunctionName}} syntax similar to merge functions used on layouts Allowed for the usage of

ModularFilemaker

ModularFilemaker

 

Creating Color Palettes

As we’ve all likely heard before, a movie isn’t just great because of the cinematography, it’s the sound that counts just as much. What you hear, not just see, is what makes the difference between good and great. So, if sound is so critical to a movie, then the analogy to a FileMaker layout is color. Sure, anyone can move and arrange fields and objects into some semblance of order. And, using FileMaker’s layout objects to furnish your layout for the best possible user experience does take a bit

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

FileMaker vs QuickBase

FileMaker vs QuickBase Today is the day, it is time to look for a technology that fits your needs, but where do you begin? You realize you need a more powerful tool then a spreadsheet and there must be a better way to manage your workflow. You’re ready for a custom application. We will compare FileMaker by Apple with QuickBase by Intuit, to help manage your custom workflow. I’d like to first off say that we are a FileMaker partner, and that it was difficult doing the comparison of the two plat

DB Services

DB Services

 

Saving Window State

When developing in FileMaker, the feature set it offers accounts for a good number of common tasks and provides easy solutions for most of these problems. There are a few issues, however, which FileMaker either hasn’t addressed or wants to leave up to the developer. One of these is saving the current window state. This applies to tab panels, sliders and moving from layout to layout or when closing the file. The desired result, for the end user, is to simply return to where they left off when re

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Button Bars for Navigation

Most of FileMaker’s layout objects allow you to easily specify settings directly on those objects. For example, using Button Bars for the purpose of navigation means you can specify which of the multiple segments should be presented as active. Of course, your can also easily target which layout a button click should take the user to without creating a dedicated script. The problem, however, is that FileMaker systems end up growing ever larger and the evolution process means you’re constantly ma

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Learning Privilege Sets

The security of your FileMaker data should always be a top priority. If you don’t know how to implement FileMaker’s Privilege Sets, then you need to learn as quickly as possible. While the dialogs for security can seem a bit obscure and difficult, it only takes a few trips in and out to get a feel for how you can lock things down. In this video, I showcase a simple system I created which covers topics such as Granting full access to scripts and why, locking off security related fields, using G

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

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

 

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

DB Services

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

 

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 wa

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

 

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 wa

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

DB Services

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

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