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FileMaker: A Workplace Innovation Platform

FileMaker: A Workplace Innovation Platform In 2018 a new term emerged to categorize software specifically made for building custom solutions for businesses. This new category labels FileMaker and similar software as “Workplace Innovation Platforms”. Let’s take a look at what a Workplace Innovation Platform is and how can it improve your business! What is a Workplace Innovation Platform? FileMaker, as the creator and leader of the Workplace Innovation Platform category, defines it this way:
 

FileMaker OneDrive Integration

FileMaker OneDrive Integration OneDrive and Microsoft Office 365 is one of the most popular business software packages and services on the planet. Its reach has expanded 238% since 2014 and 81% since 2016.  And with the Microsoft OneDrive API, integrating has never been easier. OneDrive is excellent for sharing documents with other people without giving them access to your FileMaker system and allows for editing files without the hassle of downloading, editing, then re-uploading. We will walk t

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FileMaker Adobe InDesign Integration

FileMaker Adobe InDesign Integration Wouldn’t it be great to save time and money by automating repetitive Adobe InDesign processes and eliminating double data entry? With FileMaker, you can easily create XML which can be imported directly into InDesign. With a bit of additional development, you can even automate the process of placing text and photos directly on the page for designs that rarely need adjustments. We will show you how to use FileMaker and Adobe InDesign to make elegant designs wi

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FileMaker Outlook Calendar Integration

FileMaker Outlook Calendar Integration Outlook and Microsoft Office are one of the most popular business software packages and services on the planet, with Outlook.com alone boasting over 400 million users in 2018. And with the Microsoft Graph API, integrating with Outlook and its calendar has never been easier. In this article we will walk through how to use the Microsoft Graph API to automatically create events in Outlook Calendar using FileMaker, streamlining event and scheduling management

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Mail Merge with FileMaker

Mail Merge with FileMaker 493.4 million pieces of mail are delivered every day by the US Postal Service. If you currently hand type your business’s envelopes, letters, and other complex documents like proposals and legal forms, you would greatly benefit from using mail merge. Mail merging, the process of filling in a template document with records from a data source, saves countless hours of double data entry and reduces human error; instead of typing out each recipient’s information, Microsof

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FileMaker Walmart Integration

FileMaker Walmart Integration Walmart is the largest retailer in the world with $485.9 billion in total revenue in 2017, and reaches over 100 million users a month on Walmart.com. This makes Walmart a useful tool to expand your customer base. And with FileMaker, you can streamline the process of working with Walmart.com by integrating your FileMaker app with Walmart Marketplace.  Becoming a Partner with Walmart Before you can connect your FileMaker app with Walmart, you must first have an

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IoT, FileMaker, and You

IoT, FileMaker, and You The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly taking over our day to day interactions with the world. Forbes has predicted the global IoT market to grow to $8.9T in 2020, while the manufacturing and healthcare industries are predicted to spend $890B and $1.335T respectively. Is IoT a good fit for you business? We take a look at how the the Internet of Things can help improve your productivity and quality. Let’s first define IoT. To put it simply, IoT is connecting any device

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FM Quickstart 17

FM Quickstart 17 FM Quickstart is a free FileMaker template built by our team of certified developers to allow you to quickly create a custom application for your organization. It’s designed to use the latest version of FileMaker and has 8 main modules to work with: Dashboard Companies Locations Contacts Quotes Invoices Reports Setup What’s great about FM Quickstart is that it can be used immediately out-of-the-box, or can be easily modified to fit your business needs. Let’s go ahea

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FileMaker Gmail Integration

FileMaker Gmail Integration In 2016, Google announced that Gmail has over 1 billion monthly active users. Many companies even leverage Gmail to set up accounts using their company domain name. If you have a FileMaker CRM, or are wanting to have one, adding your email correspondence will help improve the visibility you have over communications with contacts. In this article we will demonstrate how you can import your HTML emails from Gmail directly into your FileMaker system.  Creating a Free

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FileMaker 17 Starter Solutions

FileMaker 17 Starter Solutions The FileMaker Starter Solutions are here for you to start your journey in developing your dream application.  FileMaker comes with 6 Starter and 16 Sample templates that assist in starting a new application and allow you to customize it to your business needs. The Six Starter Solutions are: Assets Contacts Content Management Inventory Meetings Tasks The 16 Sample Solutions are: Assets Contacts Content Management Estimates Event Management Expense

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FileMaker 17 Overview

FileMaker 17 Overview A new and exciting version of the FileMaker platform is here! 2018 marks over 33 years in business for FileMaker, Inc. In a collection of articles, we review what’s new in the FileMaker platform, specifically the features for FileMaker Pro Advanced 17, FileMaker Server 17, FileMaker Go 17, along with FileMaker Cloud. Below you will find an overview of our favorite features with links to our more in-depth articles and example videos. What’s New? New features includes na

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FileMaker Go Push Notifications

FileMaker Go Push Notifications With the release of the FileMaker Go 17, you can now create a push notification on the user’s iOS device. This script step gives you the ability to not only customize the push notification, but also to run scripts after the user interacts with the notification. Previously there was no way to notify the user if FileMaker Go was either running in the background or closed entirely; however, since iOS provides “local notifications” you can now set up notifications t

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Official FileMaker Data API

Official FileMaker Data API In FileMaker 16 we were introduced to the trial version of the FileMaker Data API, but with 17 the Data API is now live and ready to take the place as FileMaker’s Custom Web Publishing technology of choice. With the removal of the ability to control the PHP or XML API from the FileMaker Server Admin Console and only allowing you to enable/disable it via the command line, it’s pretty clear that FileMaker sees the Data API as the future. The 2 biggest additions to the

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FileMaker User Licensing

FileMaker User Licensing As of FileMaker 17 a new and improved licensing program called FileMaker User Licensing is available. FileMaker is no longer selling individual products; instead they are selling the entire platform for users. As FileMaker Growth Partner of the Year for the Americas we are one of the top FileMaker Partner Resellers in the world. Here we provide you with what to expect with the new FileMaker User Licensing program. FileMaker User Licensing requires a minimum of five us

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FileMaker Go Sensor Functions

FileMaker Go Sensor Functions In addition to being a leader in Rapid Application Development, FileMaker empowers developers to creatively implement solutions for a wide variety of business cases. FileMaker engineers have expanded the developer’s toolbox by incorporating access to the internal sensors of iOS devices for FileMaker Go users. The dynamic single GetSensor function takes one of 19 primary parameters and returns in real-time data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, or baromete

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FileMaker Server 17 Admin Console

FileMaker Server 17 Admin Console FileMaker Server 17 has a completely overhauled user interface for the admin console. It’s faster, easier to understand, more powerful, and a whole lot prettier. But beyond these aesthetic improvements FileMaker made quite a few changes under the hood. In this article, we’re going to showcase some of the coolest new features of FMS 17’s Admin Console along with a few tips to help get you started with the new admin console.  When you open the new admin consol

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FileMaker Current Found Set Portal

FileMaker Current Found Set Portal With the addition of the Current Found Set Portal, FileMaker has added the ability to easily create one of the most common trends in modern applications – the Master Detail. The Current Found Set portal is a portal that displays a list of the records in the current found set. It updates as the found set changes, and allows the user to navigate between records in the set simply by clicking on them in the portal. The power and elegance of the Master Detail lie

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FileMaker Add-On Tables

FileMaker Add-On Tables Creating a new app can be a daunting task for developers, especially those who are just starting out. Fortunately, FileMaker has made it easy to build something new without needing a working knowledge of relational graphs. Creating from the App Library (aka Add-On Tables) allows developers to import modules directly into their application with pre-built tables, fields, and relationships using just a few clicks of the mouse.  How It Works To import an add-on table to a

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FileMaker Data Migration Tool

FileMaker Data Migration Tool It’s best practice to work on a sandbox version of a FileMaker database, but historically the FileMaker platform did not offer an out-of-the-box tool to migrate data from a live solution to a new version. This means that developers were encouraged to work on live files or build custom migration scripts; both of these options increase costs, cause significant downtime for maintenance, and disrupted live users. Fortunately, FileMaker now offers a data migration tool

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FileMaker EDI Integration

FileMaker EDI Integration Electronic data interchange (EDI) is used by businesses to electronically exchange standard business documents. EDI standards help reduce cost of processing email or mail-in orders and can speed up business by simplifying communication between two companies. Amazon, Walmart and many other companies use established EDI standards to process their orders securely. Supply Chain Insights published a study showing that 55% of customer orders are received via EDI, placing ED

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FileMaker HubSpot Integration

FileMaker HubSpot Integration HubSpot is an online marketing and sales tool that helps convert leads and close customers. HubSpot reported that total revenue was $375.6 million in 2017, up 39% compared to 2016. Many companies with both HubSpot and FileMaker find themselves ending up having to do double data entry from one system to the next. We will demonstrate how you can eliminate the hassle of manually copying the information by integrating your FileMaker solution with HubSpot. Creating a

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Google Charts in FileMaker

Google Charts in FileMaker FileMaker offers many different options for charting, but if you need a chart that is not available in FileMaker, you should consider using Google Charts. Google Charts is a free Javascript framework that can be used in conjunction with web viewers in FileMaker to extend your charting capabilities. Since native FileMaker charting is much quicker and simpler to set up, let’s look at some Google Charts. Only Available in Google Charts Geographic Candlestick Organiz

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FileMaker Cloud 16

FileMaker Cloud 16 Update With the release of the FileMaker Cloud 1.16 update, several features that were exclusive to on-premise FileMaker Server are now available. The 1.16 update includes, but is not limited to, the features listed below. Server Side Scripts with the FileMaker Admin API Custom Web Publishing with the FileMaker Data API PDF and print support JSON Parsing OAuth 2.0 client authentication Server Side Scripts The release of the FileMaker Cloud Admin API now allows you to

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FileMaker Cloud Admin API

FileMaker Cloud Admin API With the release of FileMaker Cloud Admin API, you can now monitor and manage multiple servers quickly and easily, including the ability to set up server-side schedules, pull a list of logged in users, send messages to connected users, and much more. Let’s take a look at the API and how to use it. Using the API The FileMaker Cloud Admin API uses a standard REST API which allows you to gather info and interact with your server and the files on the server. Some of t

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FileMaker Twitter Integration

FileMaker Twitter Integration As one of the top social media platforms, Twitter has over 300 million active users worldwide. Leveraging FileMaker technology, developers can build custom apps which interact directly with Twitter. Let’s walk through how to get your app connected to Twitter.   Creating a Free Developer Account First, log into Twitter and create a Twitter App. Second, click the button to generate an API consumer key and an API consumer secret. These two strings are used to sec

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