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WTF? Search – Available for Chrome


The web browser plugin we developed is now available on the Chrome store. This plugin was prototyped in FileMaker. We also have it available for Firefox and hope to have a Safari version soon. Please have a look at it and see if it would be useful to you.

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Adding .ics files to Calendar on iOS


Try this, email an .ics file to yourself and then attempt to add it to the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad. Does it work? It didn’t for me as of 2021-07-31. Seems like it used to work. A web search suggests that other people are having the same problem. Possibly for security reasons Apple turned this feature off?

Anyway, this has an impact on a FileMaker Go demo database I made a while back that exports .ics files. Recently a reader, Nellie, wrote to say:

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WTF? Search – New Web Browser Plugin


Building this plugin was a passion project for me. I found myself searching the same web sites for things like computer products or royalty-free music, video and photos. I wanted it a way to search once and have many tabs open all in one go with the search already composed and ready to go. I looked around but could not find anything that fit the bill. First I built it in FileMaker and it was useful, but I wanted it in my browser, so it was always handy.

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Dialing for Dollars – Getting FileMaker to Call or Text to an iPhone, Skype, Facetime or Zoom


In this time of the COVID-19 epidemic, many people are working from home. FileMaker is often an important part of a workflow, even when homebound. Wouldn’t it be great if you could launch your FaceTime, Skype or Zoom calls right from a database screen?

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Word Processing Functions in FileMaker using Buttons and Scripts


…a new post specifically detailing this version and how to add these features to your own database.

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Formatting Text in FileMaker using a Script/Button


Someone asked: In a word processor you can highlight text and then hit a button to change formatting, line BOLD, UNDERLINE, COLOR…etc. In Filemaker you use the format drop down menus, but does anyone know how to make a button to change the format of the currently highlighted text?

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Finding and Updating 32-bit Codec Video Files on a Macintosh


With Apple phasing out 32-bit applications in the next macOS (Fall 2019), a number of important applications will stop working. One of the most notable and useful is Apple’s QuickTime 7 Player. Also disappearing is support for a number of popular codecs (or file formats). Here is how to find and convert these files before you lose your chance.

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How to Launch Right into Movie Mode on your iPhone Camera


Straying from my usual FileMaker blogging routine here, I decided to do something on the Camera app on iPhones for a change. Wouldn’t it be great to have an app that launched your camera app and put you immediately in video mode and start recording immediately? If you are a biker and concerned about crazy […]

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Word Cloud D3 Javascript in a Web Viewer in FileMaker


I built a Word Cloud to run in FileMaker using an existing D3 Javascript that generates a Word Cloud. I designed it to work on the Desktop or iOS, using the same layout.

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Exporting UTF-8 Files from FileMaker Pro


In FileMaker 16, a new function was introduced called ‘TextEncode’. It was a lifesaver and an answer to my repeated whinging about how much trouble it was in previous versions of FileMaker to export plain Jane utf-8 files.

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Scraping Tables – Pulling Data Tables from Web Pages into FileMaker Pro


In an ideal world, this data would be published to a JSON file and FileMaker could easily parse that data into records. Unfortunately, many organizations are not there yet, in terms of sharing their data easily. That is where this parsing routine comes in handy.

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Building Folder Structures in the Finder with FileMaker Pro 17


In keeping with the principle, “Why use a screwdriver, when I have this hammer right here?”, I decided, instead of just downloading a free utility from the Mac App Store, I would build folder creation functionality using FileMaker Pro Advanced 17.

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Elapsed Time Display in a Web Viewer


A simple approach, easy to integrate into other FileMaker solutions. A Web Viewer is being sent an HTML page with a Javascript timer displaying the elapsed time. Using the same FileMaker Start Timer script, a Start Time field is set at the same start time and then ended when clicking a FileMaker End Timer button/script.

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Deleting Files from Your Computer Using Native FileMaker Pro


Why would you want to delete files in the Finder from FileMaker Pro? Once the files are imported into FileMaker, they are removed from the user’s ‘Scanner Document’ folder on the Desktop of their computer.

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How to Delete Attachments from Messages in Apple Mail


Someone recently asked me “I have a malware in my MacBook that Sophos can’t deal with and supposedly, they are all in email attachments. I’d like to get rid of any problems.”

Here is how to get rid of just the attachments in Apple Mail.

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