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PDF Trickery

If you produce reports or other FileMaker output in PDF format, here’s a little trick that can be a real time saver in terms of development. Imagine this: a client receives a nightly report via email in PDF format, and asks you to make sure it will fit on a single page in landscape orientation. […] Afficher la totalité du billet

FileMaker Hacks

FileMaker Hacks

 

“Universal Search”

“Universal Search” is 100% reusable, modular search code. It can be used to run any number of search requests (“FileMaker” style or SQL), in any context (layout), using dynamically specified (not stored) search fields and search terms. “Universal Search” works on any FileMaker file you paste it into. It works locally as well as a Remote Procedure Call (“Perform Script On Server”, on FileMaker Server 13 and up). It can execute your SQL queries or your traditional FileMaker search requests. It wor

ModularFilemaker

ModularFilemaker

 

Portal Based Menu Systems

Navigation - it's a fundamental piece to the whole UX problem of a growing database solution. When you first start out, things are pretty easy. You may have a few buttons taking users to dedicated layouts. However, as things continually grow, you end up adding more and more places to go and things which can be done. Managing this growth, and how you present the possible options, is something which requires a bit of forethought. When you start to consider the number of layouts which may need to

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 2: The Glory

Previously, I wrote about how to convert your solution away from the Classic theme. In this part, I discuss five FileMaker 14-exclusive changes you might want to make while updating your solution. These interface features will add professionalism, usability, and—dare I say?— “glory” to your solutions. Read Part 1 Now that you’ve decided to update your layouts to a modern theme in FileMaker, there are a few things you might want to do at the same time, that don’t require any major changes to

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

 

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 2: The Glory

Previously, I wrote about how to convert your solution away from the Classic theme. In this part, I discuss five FileMaker 14-exclusive changes you might want to make while updating your solution. These interface features will add professionalism, usability, and—dare I say?— “glory” to your solutions. Read Part 1 Now that you’ve decided to update your layouts to a modern theme in FileMaker, there are a few things you might want to do at the same time, that don’t require any major changes to

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

 

Converting from the Classic Theme Part 2: The Glory

Previously, I wrote about how to convert your solution away from the Classic theme. In this part, I discuss five FileMaker 14-exclusive changes you might want to make while updating your solution. These interface features will add professionalism, usability, and—dare I say?— “glory” to your solutions. Read Part 1 Now that you’ve decided to update your layouts to a modern theme in FileMaker, there are a few things you might want to do at the same time, that don’t require any major changes to

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

 

FileMaker iOS App SDK QuickStart

Doesn't everyone want to build an app these days? How about you? Is building a native looking iOS app on your agenda? Wouldn't it be easier if your user's didn't have to learn the FileMaker Go UI and could simply tap your own custom solution icon when using an iOS device? If the answer is yes, then your wait is over. In the first quarter of 2016, FileMaker, Inc. quietly released their iOS App SDK for FileMaker. This Xcode based toolkit enables anyone, with the willingness to learn, the ability

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

URL Based Solution Updating

Recently, FileMaker released its iOS App SDK for FileMaker Pro. This new technology for FileMaker developers allows for both consultants and solution developers to create client or customer specific solutions which can run on iOS without having to install FileMaker Go. Given the speed with which a FileMaker solution can be built and deployed, the knowledge of using the Separation Model of deployment becomes a valuable tool for creating agile solutions. Easily updated and easily deployed. When

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

FileMaker Google Calendar Integration

FileMaker Google Calendar Integration Having your own calendar inside of FileMaker is a great way for you and your coworkers to keep track of upcoming appointments. However, building your own calendar in FileMaker is a very tedious task. Why reinvent the wheel when there are already apps out there that you can integrate with? I will show you how to connect your FileMaker solution with Google Calendar to take advantage of this powerful calendar and all of its features. Watch on Youtube: FileMak

DB Services

DB Services

 

FileMaker Google Calendar Integration

FileMaker Google Calendar Integration Having your own calendar inside of FileMaker is a great way for you and your coworkers to keep track of upcoming appointments. However, building your own calendar in FileMaker is a very tedious task. Why reinvent the wheel when there are already apps out there that you can integrate with? I will show you how to connect your FileMaker solution with Google Calendar to take advantage of this powerful calendar and all of its features. Watch on Youtube: FileMak

DB Services

DB Services

 

Obscure Multiple Window Issue

Note: Thank you to Colleen Hammersley for bringing this issue to my attention, and to Howard Schlossberg for proposing a clever and elegant work around that addresses the issue on the Windows platform. (We’ll also look at another fix that works cross-platform.) Today we’re going to explore a windowing behavior change that was introduced in […] Afficher la totalité du billet

FileMaker Hacks

FileMaker Hacks

 

Protecting FileMaker Files

There's nothing more heart wrenching than when you first realize that something horribly wrong has just happened. It's such a distinct feeling that we all know what I'm talking about. Just imagine being at the airport and you've got your laptop bag just beside you. After going through security, you feel like you're ready to have a relaxing flight. As you turn to grab your bag, you suddenly realize it's gone! Jumping up, you scan around and see absolutely no evidence of anything having happened.

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Better Portal Drag Sorting

When a programming environment doesn’t offer you every widget you might expect to have, then some enterprising individual will typically create the solution you seek - somewhere. If that person shares the solution with everyone else, and you can find it, then it obviously makes your life easier. You just have to find the technique and take the time to implement and understand it. Anyone can simply copy and paste the pieces to a puzzle, but understanding how it works it what makes it possible to

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Accordion Menus

When you’re designing in a small cramped space, and you’ve got a lot to put on the layout, you can always go for that native Popover button widget to store the extra info. But when all that information needs to feel somehow connected to each other, just using a bunch of Popover buttons on the layout may not work well. In these cases, it’s best to go with an Accordion menu. This familiar design pattern is very easy to accomplish within FileMaker and, when done right, can be a simple matter of c

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Heat Maps in FileMaker

Heat Maps in FileMaker FileMaker is a powerful tool for data visualization, with many tools to display the story that the numbers tell. What many may not realize is that the vector-based SVG button icons can be utilized for some very flexible custom charting. Let’s explore how we can use them to quickly construct a choropleth map, more commonly called a heat map. Watch on YouTube Heat Maps in FileMaker Creating a Heat Map FileMaker not only has the ability to import SVG icons, it also g

DB Services

DB Services

 

Heat Maps in FileMaker

Heat Maps in FileMaker FileMaker is a powerful tool for data visualization, with many tools to display the story that the numbers tell. What many may not realize is that the vector-based SVG button icons can be utilized for some very flexible custom charting. Let’s explore how we can use them to quickly construct a choropleth map, more commonly called a heat map. Watch on YouTube Heat Maps in FileMaker Creating a Heat Map FileMaker not only has the ability to import SVG icons, it also g

DB Services

DB Services

 

Friendly Alphabet Filtering

As a developer, it’s often hard to get out of a mindset where your response of “It’s simple silly, you just search for a portion of the word, not the whole word.” to the question of a particular search not providing a user’s expected results. This type of response may come from a user when they mention they know the user “Petrowsky” is in the database but it doesn’t come across verbally that they’re really searching for “Petrowski” - which obviously doesn’t match the version ending in a “y” ins

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Defensive Layout Navigation

If it hasn’t happened to you yet, then it will at some point. Your FileMaker solution will simply grow and grow and you’ll be adding complex layers of security and access as you develop. As you add that security, your users may report back that they can’t do what they’re supposed to do. Maybe they’re locked out of a given layout with a giant gray screen with the small words of “No Access”. Ughhh! What does your user do now? Why should you even be dealing with this issue? What you really need

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Simplified Search Queries

As a software/database developer, one of your primary goals is making your solutions easy to use. This means users should be able to perform common queries by simply clicking buttons which run the queries automatically. This is probably something you already do. But, the big question is this, “Do you make it easy on yourself for creating those simple queries?” Many developers will create a unique script for each of the various queries, and in some cases this is just fine. It’s when you start fe

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Developer Tools & Tips 2015

As with all mastery of any trade, it’s a matter of familiarity with the tools, along with practiced skill, in which a craftsman can hone his or her proficiency. In development, it’s often a matter of knowing which tools are available, and how to use them, which may make the difference. In this video, I showcase the tools I use, their most important features and how I personally use them. If becoming a more efficient and capable FileMaker developer is one of your goals then make sure to watch th

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

FileMaker Embraces Crowdsourcing

FileMaker Embraces Crowdsourcing – New Product Ideas Space FileMaker Inc. recently introduced the FileMaker Product Ideas space on FileMaker Community, a place to view, post, vote and comment on feature requests for the FileMaker product line. While not a replacement for the longstanding FileMaker Feature Request webpage, the reddit-like Product Ideas space enhances and modernizes the feature request process, giving the developer community a public forum to express their crowdsourced opinions o

DB Services

DB Services

 

Sending Email with Merge Fields

What would a database solution be without the ability to send email? Well, it would be a database solution without the ability to send email - but who wants that right? Email is obviously an integral part of our modern day communication. And, despite what the Twitters, Facebooks and Instagrams of the world would have you believe, email is here to stay. The easiest way to add email support to a FileMaker database is to simply use the Send Mail script step. But, that’s boring, and sometimes it d

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

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 kn

Designing FileMaker

Designing FileMaker

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