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FileMaker Business Intelligence Using Tableau

FileMaker Business Intelligence Using Tableau With FileMaker 16 you are now able to connect to a powerful business intelligence software called Tableau that helps people see and understand their data. Tableau is a leader in business intelligence software and has been named a leader 5 years in a row in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. Tableau allows you to create advanced charts and reports of your data, and create interactive dashboards that let you see trends and turn data into actionable insights. W

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FileMaker Crosstab Reports

FileMaker Crosstab Reports FileMaker is very adept at creating list reports, but often you want to see your data in a grid format. This is when crosstab reports, also referred to as pivot tables or matrix reports, come in handy. A crosstab report is a way to display data from 2 or more different sources in a grid format. Luckily there are still plenty of options for doing this in FileMaker. Some methods are better for data entry, some are better for viewing, and some are better for speed and fl

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FileMaker 16 Overview

FileMaker 16 Overview A new and exciting version of the FileMaker platform is here! 2017 marks over 32 years in business for FileMaker. In a collection of articles, we review what’s new in the FileMaker platform, specifically the features for FileMaker Pro 16, FileMaker Server 16, FileMaker Go 16, FileMaker WebDirect 16, and FileMaker Cloud. Below you will find an overview of our favorite features with links to our more in-depth articles that include example videos. What’s New? FileMaker Se

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FileMaker PDF from Server

FileMaker PDF from Server FileMaker Server 16 now has the ability to create PDFs on the server! Gone are the days of creating overly complicated PHP setups and unreliable FileMaker Pro robot machines. FileMaker 16 is jam packed with loads of new features, one of the most exciting is it’s new PDF capabilities. Here are a few of the great new features FileMaker Server 16 adds for PDFs: New Features Server Schedules & Perform Script on Server (PSOS): Save Records as PDF is fully support

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Location Monitoring in FileMaker Go

Location Monitoring in FileMaker Go Have you ever wanted your FileMaker Go app to send messages when a tech arrives onsite for a service request, or to notify management when that very same tech leaves? How about to guide potential customers at a show to the booths they would be interested in? With FileMaker 16, you can have your FileMaker Go app automatically perform actions based on the user’s location. This is made possible by two new features: a new script step named “Configure Region Monit

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FileMaker 16 User Interface Enhancements

FileMaker 16 User Interface Enhancements The release of FileMaker 16 introduces an arsenal of new user interface (UI) updates that professional developers, citizen developers, and interested script kiddies will come to love. These UI updates include animations and transitions, signature capture enhancements, single document interface, and the removal of the bottom bar. Animations and Transitions in FileMaker Go 16 If you are familiar at all with native iOS apps, you will recognize the lov

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FileMaker Data API

FileMaker Data API FileMaker has added a new and exciting way to access all your FileMaker data with an easy-to-use data format that is the industry standard REST API. By going with a standardized format developers are able to integrate any platform they choose with FileMaker solutions on FileMaker Server. One of the biggest benefits from this are that front end developers are able to integrate popular Javascript Frameworks, such as Google’s Angular Framework or FaceBook’s React library, with F

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FileMaker Card Windows

FileMaker Card Windows One of the most powerful tools in the FileMaker window-management arsenal is the card window. A card window displays one layout layered in front of the existing layout, and within the current window. This technique is primarily used for detailed dialogs or wizards, providing a more flexible option than the traditional FileMaker custom dialog. Let’s take a look at how to implement card windows: How card windows work Card windows are created and controlled with New Win

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FileMaker JSON Functions

FileMaker JSON Functions FileMaker 16 has introduced a set of native JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) functions that, along with native cURL options, allow developers to interact with REST APIs without the need for a plugin. And as an added bonus, the JSON functions can be used for multiple parameter passing in scripts, giving developers a much welcomed standard that will likely displace the current assortment of custom functions throughout the FileMaker community. Let’s take a look at how to

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FileMaker cURL Options

FileMaker cURL Options One of the most important and wide-reaching updates in FileMaker 16 is the ability to set cURL options in the Insert from URL script step. This allows FileMaker to natively integrate with innumerable services across the web, including Google Calendar, Google Maps, Microsoft SharePoint, and many other services. What is cURL? cURL stands for ‘Client URL Request Library,’ or just ‘Client for URLs,’ and it’s a way to interact with data across devices around the world with

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FileMaker Layout Objects Window

FileMaker Layout Objects Window The Layout Objects window is an exciting feature released with FileMaker 16. The FileMaker Layout Object Window allows you to work with stacked objects and quickly find an object or field on a layout. Let’s take a look. Working with Stacked Objects Here’s how stacked objects display on the Layout Objects window. I have selected these objects by dragging and selecting in this case, but you could also group all stacked objects together and give it a unique name

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FileMaker 16 Security Features

FileMaker 16 Security Features FileMaker is always improving the FileMaker platform and moving to yearly release cycles has only made it better. The security updates in the latest revision are no exception. The premier security features are field-level encryption, and the ability to authenticate with third party identity servers including Amazon, Google, and Microsoft Azure AD using oAuth. Field Level Encryption The ability to encrypt data at the field level using new FileMaker functions wi

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Build or Buy (Should I Learn FileMaker?)

Build or Buy (Should I Learn FileMaker?) It is no secret that custom applications are immensely beneficial to organizations, in fact, the State of the Custom Apps Report by FileMaker states that 82% saw a reduction in inefficient tasks and 71% saw an increase in team productivity. The question becomes, should I pay for external experts to create a solution for me, or should we have someone in house build the app? In the State of the Custom Apps Report, it was also found that with applications

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FileMaker QuickBooks Online Integration

FileMaker QuickBooks Online Integration Intuit’s QuickBooks Online is a powerful tool that allows for easy management of invoices, payments, and other accounting tasks. Intuit announced they will have over 2.2 million subscribers at the end of the year and 40% year over year growth.  Many companies find themselves with both QuickBooks and FileMaker end 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 info

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Apple’s Secret Subsidiary

Apple’s Secret Subsidiary When the average person thinks of Apple products they typically think of their beloved iPhone they can’t live without, or maybe their shiny new Apple Watch that tells them to stand up when they’ve been sitting too long, but more than likely they are not thinking about FileMaker. What is FileMaker? And what does it have to do with Apple? A Brief History FileMaker has been around for over 30 years under the guise of multiple other names. It was developed originally

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Building a Dynamic and Robust FileMaker System

Building a Dynamic and Robust FileMaker System Have you ever inherited a system built by someone else, changed a field’s name and everything stopped working? The issue, hardcoded names used in indirection, makes the system fragile. FileMaker provides developers many methods to add flexibility using indirection. However when these instances of indirection are not treated properly they will raise all sorts of problems. In this article we will discuss good practices regarding indirection that will

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Why Your Business Should Use a Custom App

Why Your Business Should Use a Custom App In recent years businesses are realizing the benefits of creating a custom app for their organization. In fact, a survey performed by CDW shows that out of 374 executives surveyed 48 percent report their app development budgets have increased over the last few years and 42 percent are planning to invest in new app development in the coming year. This reported and projected growth isn’t surprising. Businesses are realizing that off the shelf apps just a

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Why Your Business Should Use a Custom App

Why Your Business Should Use a Custom App In recent years businesses are realizing the benefits of creating a custom app for their organization. In fact, a survey performed by CDW shows that out of 374 executives surveyed 48 percent report their app development budgets have increased over the last few years and 42 percent are planning to invest in new app development in the coming year. This reported and projected growth isn’t surprising. Businesses are realizing that off the shelf apps just a

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Integrating FileMaker With RESTful APIs

FileMaker and RESTful APIs By now you’ve probably heard of REST API, but why should you care as a FileMaker developer? Well REST APIs are a universal standard for interacting with other programs and services, so by learning REST you can greatly expand the capabilities of what FileMaker can do, and the services it can interact with. If you’ve ever wanted to integrate FileMaker with Google Maps, Google Calendar, Microsoft SharePoint, or many other great services, you’ll want to learn what RESTful

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Integrating FileMaker With RESTful APIs

FileMaker and RESTful APIs By now you’ve probably heard of REST API, but why should you care as a FileMaker developer? Well REST APIs are a universal standard for interacting with other programs and services, so by learning REST you can greatly expand the capabilities of what FileMaker can do, and the services it can interact with. If you’ve ever wanted to integrate FileMaker with Google Maps, Google Calendar, Microsoft SharePoint, or many other great services, you’ll want to learn what RESTful

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Integrating FileMaker and SharePoint Using Microsoft Graph

Integrating FileMaker and SharePoint Using Microsoft Graph Often times documents are commonly needed in multiple programs, but the lack of integration can result in having to enter in the same files in different applications. Microsoft Graph is a powerful tool that provides a unified API interface for many of Microsoft’s most popular Cloud programs, including the popular web-based application SharePoint. Integration between SharePoint and FileMaker is even possible using Microsoft Graph. In th

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Integrating FileMaker and SharePoint Using Microsoft Graph

Integrating FileMaker and SharePoint Using Microsoft Graph Often times documents are commonly needed in multiple programs, but the lack of integration can result in having to enter in the same files in different applications. Microsoft Graph is a powerful tool that provides a unified API interface for many of Microsoft’s most popular Cloud programs, including the popular web-based application SharePoint. Integration between SharePoint and FileMaker is even possible using Microsoft Graph. In th

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FileMaker Barcode Techniques

FileMaker Barcode Techniques Using barcodes in FileMaker is a very easy and useful way to extend your database. Whether you are selling tickets, managing assets, creating name tags, or any number of other use cases, barcodes can easily be used to provide an instant way to locate a record in your database system and much more. Barcodes can be generated and scanned for iPads, iPhones, Windows, and Macs. Watch on Youtube: FileMaker Barcode Techniques How To Generate There are many differen

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FileMaker Barcode Techniques

FileMaker Barcode Techniques Using barcodes in FileMaker is a very easy and useful way to extend your database. Whether you are selling tickets, managing assets, creating name tags, or any number of other use cases, barcodes can easily be used to provide an instant way to locate a record in your database system and much more. Barcodes can be generated and scanned for iPads, iPhones, Windows, and Macs. Watch on Youtube: FileMaker Barcode Techniques How To Generate There are many differen

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FileMaker Cloud Overview

FileMaker Cloud Overview FileMaker came out with a new way to deploy your app with FileMaker Cloud! This new product is available through Amazon Web Services (AWS) which gives you FileMaker Server in minutes. FileMaker Cloud is ideal for remote work groups/companies that don’t have an IT company or someone in-house that can manage the time and effort involved in running a dedicated FileMaker Server machine. Watch on Youtube: FileMaker Cloud Setup Demo Licensing Some important FileMaker C

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