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Integrating QuickBooks with FileMaker

QuickBooks is an integrated accounting software package developed by Intuit. With over 5.6 million customers, QuickBooks offers copious help to the accounting staff of small and large business owners. Their software can be used to manage sales and expenses and keep track of daily transactions by invoicing customers, paying bills, generating reports and more.   Integrating with FileMaker For FileMaker users and developers who need an outside application, such as QuickBooks, to communi

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Leveraging FileMaker’s built-in tools & functionality

Although Filemaker has an abundance of third-party resources and plugins, oftentimes it operates best when using its internal functions and skill sets. Let’s take, for example, the process of creating a calendar for a client… The client requested a tool to give them an overview of the month—to see what appointments exist and how many per day. At first, we wanted to implement a calendar. Unfortunately, FileMaker’s layouts do not support layouts that dynamically grow and shrink like many o

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Clipboard hack to copy FileMaker objects into other apps

At MainSpring, we use Trello as a tool for organizing our agile lifecycle projects into an organized board. While this requires diligent upkeep and dedication, the organization payoff is huge. One of the ways I use Trello is to also do light documentation. Since all our boards are client-facing, keeping documentation cards for client questions is also something that works great in Trello. During one of our projects, I was going back and forth between FileMaker and Trello, writing some ba

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Continuous improvement trilogy: Part 1

At MainSpring, we believe that custom development should center around our ability to help your organization start working with your custom application as soon as possible. We make this happen by starting with a most viable product and continuously improving it from there. Check out our video, which goes further in depth on what it means to see continuous improvement. Afficher la totalité du billet

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The While function in FileMaker 18

FileMaker developers with a background in common programming languages such as C, C++, Java have been deprived a while function since the creation of FileMaker. With the release of FileMaker 18, the wait is over: developers will now have a new tool in the While function. In most computer programming languages, the While function, or more generically, the While loop is a statement that will allow code to be executed repeatedly until a boolean condition is no longer true. A While loop can
 

The benefits of hosting with a FileMaker Platinum partner

MainSpring, Inc. was recently listed as an authorized FileMaker hosting partner! You may have worked with us in the past using our unique MainSpring Way for developing and maintaining your FileMaker software, but we wanted to delve in a little more about hosting and how it can be more than the mundane infrastructure to do that you are trying to get off your plate. Hosting isn’t just about the savings in infrastructure and support for your server, there are other benefits to moving y

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Additional supported cURL options in FileMaker 18

One of the improvements that came with the release of FileMaker 18 was additional supported cURL options. Among these are the SMB protocol and the ability to send email with SMTP and SMTPS. These allow you to access a mapped drive and send out HTML emails, respectively. SMB Using this method can allow access to mapped network drives. The Server Message Block Protocol (SMB protocol) is a client-server communication protocol used for sharing access to files, printers, serial ports

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MainSpring to speak at FileMaker DevCon 2019

The annual FileMaker Developer’s Conference (DevCon) will take place on August 5th – 8th, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. I’m honored to be speaking for the fifth year in a row at the conference, and I’m looking forward to sharing the experience with over a thousand other members in the FileMaker community! Here’s five quick things you need to know about DevCon this year The four-day schedule is a little different this year Monday is a training day only. You’ll note that the usua

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Using the new error logging script in FileMaker 18

In FileMaker 18, we received a new script step called Error Logging. When this script step is used, any errors that are generated from the running script are pulled into a log for review. Parameters for the error logging script in FileMaker 18 The step allows for two parameters. The first is whether to turn the logging on or off. Once error logging is turned on, any time a script in the current file generates an error, a file called ScriptsError.log will be created or appended to for

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Data file script steps in FileMaker 18

With the development of the data file script steps in FileMaker 18, FileMaker has made it easier remove inefficiencies from your database. The script steps also help streamline workflows and enhance processes. For instance, script steps can allow users to create a change log, simply log other data and hold them outside of a FileMaker environment. Let’s dive into some of the new script steps… New data file script steps in FileMaker 18 The lot of data file scripts includes: Close Data

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Enhanced barcode scanning features in FileMaker 18

Since the introduction of the Insert From Device script step in FileMaker 13, FileMaker Go has become a powerful barcode scanner for iOS devices. FileMaker has released updates as both iOS and Apple hardware has progressed, and FileMaker Go 18 is no exception. The latest version of FileMaker Go now supports four new barcode types. More than just a simple number—let’s take a look at what these new barcode formats are, and how they are commonly used. PDF417 barcode A PDF417 barcode
 

Security enhancements in FileMaker 18

Thanks to the new security enhancements in FileMaker 18 Advanced, you will be able to make your solutions more secure than ever by using features to limit access to a solution, authenticate its users, encrypt the data, and enhance the solution’s overall functionality. Manage Security dialog box in FileMaker 18 A very noticeable change in managing security in FileMaker Pro 18 versus using FileMaker Pro 17 would be the new Manage Security dialog box, pictured below. Most likely, t
 

New FileMaker 18 import dialogue changes

The new features added to the import file dialogue means a HUGE quality of life improvement for both developers and users. The overall changes are geared towards one thing—clarity. FileMaker really knocked it out of the park on this one. So, let’s take a look at the new features. Import type Clarity has been improved in terms of what method of import is being done. This includes small examples explaining what they mean for add, update or replace. This is a fantastic addition for new
 

Three key development tools we use frequently

How do developers do what we do? We all have the same objectives; we ensure data integrity, script complicated workflows. All of this work goes into making our clients lives easier, but what about us? (And I’m not talking about various plugin producers who add substantial options and control (thanks guys!) or FileMaker whose last release offered even more from an already fantastic platform). I’m talking about simpler things—quality of life things. Things that assist your process, but don’t prop

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Introducing FileMaker as your Workplace Innovation Platform

FileMaker, Inc. recently adopted a new core message that encapsulates the strength of their software platform and helps business leaders better understand their focus. FileMaker is a Workplace Innovation Platform. Essentially, the platform bridges the gap between appliance applications (like Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, file sharing) and enterprise systems (ERPs, CRMs) in order to free up time to focus on critical and strategic projects by eliminating manual processes, managing spreadsheets, d

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Tech lead paves new way to develop applications

Restructuring—no matter how big or small—can be a tough transition. It takes time, money and effort from the entire team—and, ultimately, every part of the business is re-examined. The spotlight rests on an organization’s processes: who does what, who talks to who and how everything fits together. Couple that with exponential team growth, and you’ll find you have a real mess on your hands. …That is, unless you have someone like Ryan Klenk, MainSpring’s application development team’s technical

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MainSpring

 

Junior Application Developer career path for recent graduates

Growing up, everyone insists that a college education will open so many doors—and it definitely can! …But, what they don’t tell you is just how competitive it can be to find a job (let alone a potential career job). After graduation, you start looking around for an opportunity to start your career. Suddenly, you find yourself in this whirlpool of candidates (all just as qualified as you) pining for the same entry-level position. What’s more, the worst part is that—nine times out of ten—the entr

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MainSpring celebrates 25 years in business

If you haven’t already heard, 2018 marks MainSpring’s 25th anniversary in business—25 memorable years of growth, innovation and an unrelenting commitment to succeed. From its inception in a small basement in Montgomery county and settling into the first office in Poolesville, Md., to rebranding to MainSpring and moving to downtown Frederick, MainSpring’s goal has been, and will continue to be, striving for excellence in both quality and service and providing clients with the tools and technology

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MainSpring

 

FileMaker 17 licensing updates

MainSpring is excited to announce the release of FileMaker 17! With the new release, FileMaker, Inc. is changing their licensing program to be dramatically more simple and user-friendly. New features of FileMaker 17 licensing programs The new licensing programs will license the entire FileMaker platform—there are no longer separate products, so everyone receives access to all aspects of FileMaker. Another major change is that there’s no longer a difference between FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pr

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Virtual tour of the new FileMaker 17 admin console

FileMaker Server makes another significant leap forward with a sleek new node.js based admin console. Take a tour of the new interface in FileMaker 17, and find out some of the changes in store from the upgrade.  Afficher la totalité du billet

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New portal features in FileMaker 17

In this video, I’ll show off the two, new features of the portal object in FileMaker 17. We’ll start by quickly building a powerful master-detail layout. Then, we’ll automatically create relational database schema using the add-on table feature.  Afficher la totalité du billet

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FileMaker Go 17 feature roundup

With the release of the FileMaker 17 platform, there are many new FileMaker Go 17 features to review as well. Here’s a summary of the latest new features and changes to FileMaker on iOS. New features in FileMaker Go 17 Keyboard shortcuts. As power iOS users utilize external keyboard devices, they have noticed a lack of support for common FileMaker Pro shortcut commands via FileMaker Go. The new functionality in FileMaker Go will not only bring support for dozens of shortcuts in FileMaker Go,

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New for FileMaker 17: GetSensor function

FileMaker 17 introduced the new GetSensor function as a new mobile function available for use in FileMaker Go apps. With this new function, you can gather sensor data from an iOS device and use it programmatically in your custom app. While this is a good start, there’s still some device metadata and sensor data that is not available from the function. A few years ago, I released a metadata gathering app, CoreScope, that allows for more information to be gathered from the device. Due to my famil

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