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FileMaker Go running on an iPod Touch


I was going to call this article “Cheap Clients”, but it’s not what you think, really… this is an article about using inexpensive iPods Touch devices and the free iOS version of FileMaker Go as ‘cheap network clients’ to access FileMaker databases on the move. Advertisements

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Harnessing FileMaker Pro 12/13’s Document Management Features WITHOUT FileMaker Server


Many small businesses take advantage of FileMaker Pro’s ability to host up to 5 clients from a copy of FileMaker Pro, rather than invest in the more pricey FileMaker Server. Recently, I encountered just such a client who wanted to add some document management features to their solution and I wasn’t sure they would be […]

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Using Invisible Tab Panels for Pick Lists


Recently I attended a FileMaker UI/UX Masterclass (UI = User Interface, UX = User Experience) session put on by FileMaker Canada in Vancouver. The session’s main presenter was Yann Liqueur-Salzédo from Infografix in Nice, France. Yann’s innovative design work wowed the crowd at the 2012 FileMaker DevCon in Florida. He has recently launched a web […]

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Dialing Phone Numbers using SkypeOut from FileMaker Pro


A while back, I found a technique to launch Skype and using the SkypeOut URI scheme, dial a number in Skype. I tested the ability recently and was surprised to see that the technique seems to be broken. Back in 2006 Skype announced on their blog that a FileMaker plug-in had been created by Premium […]

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FileMaker Navigation – Go to Layout Script


This is a demonstration of a simple navigation system. FileMaker has had layout tab objects for a while and they are great, but in many solutions you actually want to move between layouts to view different data tables. I show the way I like to do it and then an alternative that works in some […]

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Building a Barcode System in FileMaker Pro


I had a discussion recently from someone wanting to know how to setup FileMaker Pro with a barcode scanning system. I have setup a FileMaker Pro system called PassTracker that employs barcodes to keep track of membership activity at gyms. I was able to provide him with an overview of how to do this and […]

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UTF, WTF! Writing HTML and JSON from FileMaker


Recently, I was working on a Timeline creation database. A FileMaker Pro database is used to store the events that will be displayed on the timeline. When the data has been entered, the database is designed to export two files, one an HTML file for the main page display and the second a JSON file […]

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Database Development with FileMaker Pro Advanced on a tablet


Is database development with FileMaker Pro Advanced possible on a tablet computer yet? Not really, but soon, maybe. FileMaker Go is a wonderful tool for deploying FileMaker databases on iOS devices (iPad, iPods and iPhones) but it leaves something to be desired for the FileMaker developer. There is no way to flip open the hood […]

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Simple Static Map Overlays in FileMaker Pro


This is an idea I had about creating static map overlays in FileMaker Pro. The gist of it is to create a base graphic map using a program like Photoshop and then add a number of transparent overlays to the map. Save the base map and overlay layers as transparent PNG files and import them […]

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Where Am I? Using FileMaker Go 12 to track your Location


FileMaker Go 12 has a new mobile function called “Location()”. Location() only works on Mobile devices at this point, so to test this demo file you need to have FileMaker Go 12 installed on your iOS device, an iPhone, iPod or iPad. FileMaker Go is free and available here for the iPhone and here for […]

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Making FileMaker interact with Google Translate


A reader from Germany recently thanked me for making the FileMaker to Google 2D Barcode example file and requested a similar demo of having FileMaker work with Google Translate. I took up the challenge, because I wish this functionality was built into things like Facebook (so I can understand my German, French and Danish friends […]

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Using FileMaker 12 Runtime files with FileMaker Go 12


Did FileMaker just open the door for developers to create databases that will run on Macs, Windows, iPhones and iPads, all for free? Runtime + Go = Free Distribution Platform The recent launch of FileMaker Pro 12 has been getting rave reviews around the web. A big bonus of the new version is that FileMaker […]

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