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In Part 1 (“Check Please,”) and Part 2 (“Expert Panel,”) of this series, we had some fun doing things with button bars that showed off some of their unique usefulness within the FileMaker design-layer toolbox. Often as not, your button bars are going to include icon labels, with or without a supporting text label, and you want those icons … Continue reading Fun with FileMaker Button Bars, Part 3: Tips for Designing Great Icons


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A well-designed Domain Specific Language (DSL) can help you be more productive as a developer, thus making you, your team and your clients happier. In this post, I’ll guide you through the design and creation of a simple DSL to create EPUB files. We’ll start with a regular API and refactoring until we get to … Continue reading Writing DSLs: The joy of human consumable APIs


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InspectorPro 6

InspectorPro 6 Highlighting insight, performance and collaboration Wow! InspectorPro 6 is finally here. Can’t even believe it. It was such a massive undertaking. Lots of great new things and many improvements. Really proud of this release. In the immortal words of the late Steve Jobs… “This is our best version ever”. The focus has been … Continue reading InspectorPro 6


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example file: Airplane_Maintenance.fmp12 The Lesson of Context One of the first lessons I learned with FileMaker is that of context! Layouts, reports, calculations, scripts, and so on all act from the perspective of a single Table Occurrence (TO) — the “context” — pulling in data from related tables as needed. Generally, the record set being … Continue reading Export Just What You Need in FileMaker


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A few years ago, I worked on a FileMaker project where the client told us that every week they need to import about 7,000 rows of data that represent some information that this company uses. And every week there might be some modified records, some records that don’t show up any longer, and some new records that … Continue reading Recycle Your Data | Save Space and Money


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Fun with Button Bars, Part 2: Expert Panel Have you ever had a FileMaker design conundrum for which you wished you could convene an Expert Panel to help guide you? If you’re thinking "panel of experts," I can’t help you, but if you’re looking for a more flexible and visually engaging alternative to FileMaker Tab … Continue reading Fun with FileMaker Button Bars, Part 2: Expert Panel


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If you purchased your FileMaker Cloud server with user connection licenses,  you may well wonder “Where do I get the client software to connect to my server?”. A fair chance you’ll initially land on the screen below. This seems relevant, but there’s still no indication here how you can download the FileMaker Pro clients you have … Continue reading FileMaker Client installers with FileMaker Cloud


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Here we’ll list the steps you’ll need to enable authentication using Amazon accounts with FileMaker Cloud. If you’ll be having more than a few different people logging in to the Admin Console of your FileMaker Cloud server, it’s generally good practive to avoid having everyone use the same credentials. By enablling an additional authentication mechanism, you can … Continue reading Use Amazon OpenID authentication with FileMaker Cloud


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If you’ve installed the FileMaker Pro client using a “For Teams” license, or as part of your FileMaker Cloud server usage, you may see a new dialog in FileMaker Pro. In version 15, FileMaker has introduced a a new user-based licensing model. With FileMaker for Teams and FileMaker Cloud, a license allows use of Server and … Continue reading What’s this “Sign in to FileMaker Server” dialog?


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We’ll discuss how you can use a one or three year reserved instance for your FileMaker Cloud instance. This can shave 30% or more off your AWS instance charges. Determine Usage When you spin up any new AWS based VM you will by default be using an hourly instance. This can be perfect for short-term usage or where … Continue reading Using an AWS Reserved Instance with FileMaker Cloud


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If you had started a FileMaker Cloud deployment, but lost access, accidentally closed the page, or had some other issue that caused the process to stop, you may be able to restart your deployment easily by going to the AWS Marketplace and checking your history. To see your history, go to Your Software in the … Continue reading Restart interrupted FileMaker Cloud deployment


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Although setting up your AWS account and creating a new FileMaker Cloud server is a fairly easy process, it does have dozens of steps, and a few places where you could easily take a wrong turn. On this post we’ll go through each step in the configuration of your Amazon AWS account and requesting your first … Continue reading Step-by-step creation of a FileMaker Cloud Server


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Join us in person, November 7th… …for a live, hands-on presentation of FileMaker Cloud. You'll walk through the setup of a free trial with our guidance. Free credits for AWS will be provided, courtesy of FileMaker, Inc. Presented by Beezwax, hosted at 42 USA's facility in Fremont. When: Monday, November 7th from 4pm – 6pm … Continue reading FileMaker Cloud Live – SF Bay Area


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Work To Be Done: Bridging The Tech Gap If you follow tech industry news I am sure you’ve read and heard about the need for greater diversity in the industry. While the discussion began with a focus on women and people of color, diversity in hiring also includes people with disabilities, parents in need of … Continue reading Maximizing Diversity to Bridge The Tech Gap


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  FileMaker Meetups: Seattle, Portland, Santa Clara & LA Beezwax’s Vincenzo Menanno is hitting the road this week to visit our FileMaker colleagues across the West Coast, talking about “FileMaker Collaboration, Performance and Insight with InspectorPro”. Vince will be presenting our latest research, development and product offerings to FileMaker Developer Meetups in Seattle, Portland, Santa … Continue reading FileMaker Collaboration, Performance & Insight with InspectorPro


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Optimized for FileMaker 15, the new version of bBox includes 160 examples We are pleased to release another update to bBox, v0.84 of our free utility plug-in to extend FileMaker solutions to other programs, code libraries, and OS X functions including Python, Ruby, AppleScript, Perl, Bash/sh, XPath, and SQLite. This version has the following changes: added function … Continue reading Version 0.84 of bBox for FileMaker Now Available


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Ever wonder how you might be able to create a mobile app with data you already have in your FileMaker solution? I have, too! As it turns out, it’s not too outlandish of an idea thanks to the FileMaker Custom Web Publishing with XML API. You might wonder, why build a native app? Depending on … Continue reading Building Native Mobile Apps with FileMaker Data


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Introduction FileMaker 15 introduces a major enhancement for the Script Workspace that is a real boon for developers: editing Undo and Redo. This functionality continues the efforts at making the Script Workspace more like a “text editor”. It’s a stress-reducing development enhancement that I think will improve our ability as FileMaker Developers to write scripts. … Continue reading Freedom to Experiment – FileMaker 15’s Script Undo/Redo


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Intro: SSL Basics SSL certificates are a very common way to secure client/server network connections, and the FileMaker platform has made use of them for many years. With version 15 however, FileMaker has made a number of security changes, in handling SSL and certificates, on both the server and the clients. But where do they come … Continue reading SSL Certificates with FileMaker 15: Part I


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Small Gains: Big Impact In the transit-planning universe, planners and economists often get excited about 5 minutes shaved off of a 30-minute bus ride. The individual rider might shrug at a mere 50 minutes saved per week, but the planners and economists multiply that 50 minutes by the number of people who ride that route during … Continue reading Performance Optimizations Make Compelling Case for FileMaker 15 Upgrade


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FileMaker gave us the ability to integrate iBeacon technology with the release of FileMaker 15 last month. This is a great way to enhance existing apps with microlocation features as well as build entirely new apps to solve problems we couldn’t solve before. Some potential app ideas that have been floating around in my head … Continue reading iBeacons – Improve the Ranging Experience


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Managing Data You Use and Throw Out We develop FileMaker applications because we want a place to store information for the long term. We track events, tasks, contacts, finances—FileMaker can track almost anything. To update information, the application might ingest a spreadsheet. You usually don’t want spreadsheet rows to feed directly into data tables, since you risk calamity should … Continue reading Speeding FileMaker Performance with Truncate Table


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