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Sending SMS Messages from FileMaker using Apple Shortcuts


I couldn’t find any articles about going outbound from FileMaker to Apple Shortcuts. It turns out that Apple’s Shortcuts app support a url scheme, similar to what I used in my FileMaker to SMS demo.

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Sending SMS Messages from FileMaker


What I was looking for though, was a free and non-server based option, something that could be done from a standalone database on a Mac computer or an iPhone in the field. This method could also work in a networked setup, it is send only, any responses are not going to show up in FileMaker magically.

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Getting past Paywalls on a Mac with Safari


A Simple Solution to avoiding a paywall: Turn off Javascript in Safari (Safari Menu, Preferences, Security Panel, toggle ‘Enable Javascript’) and then the reload (Command R) the web page. Remember to toggle Javascript back on, because so much of the display of the modern web relies on it, that it really isn’t very functional without Javascript turned on. This works for casual use, but if you find yourself avoidi paywalls often, you may want to go the next step. 

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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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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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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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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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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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Set a Keyboard Shortcut for “Save as PDF” in Mac OS


This is a really useful shortcut. I think it should be built in to Mac OS, but until the powers that be get around to doing this, you can add this feature for yourself.  It is now second nature for me to go Command P, Command P to create a PDF.

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Org Charts in FileMaker Pro


…using the Google Chart API Javascript library to generate a decent looking Org Chart right in FileMaker Pro. 

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Backup FileMaker 17 Databases to the Cloud


FileMaker 17 introduces a useful new feature called “Create Directories” when creating files. This works with saving a copy or clone of the database, as well as exporting PDFs or text files. I decided this was a good time to update my old Backup database script.  I use this script when developing locally. If I […]

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How to Download a Batch of Instagram Photos in Safari on a Macintosh


Now that Instagram allows you to view your Saved Bookmarked photo collection in a web browser, here is a method of downloading your favorite photos to your hard drive. Safari: Preferences With Safari open, go to the Safari menu and select ‘Preferences’. Advanced tab: Turn on “Show Develop Menu…” option In the Advanced tab, select […]

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How to Upload Photos to Instagram from Safari on a Macintosh Computer


Note: Sorry FileMaker readers, this is a little off topic. It is in the general realm of minor hacking, so perhaps some of you might find it useful. For some reason Instagram is still insisting on users posting photos only from their mobile devices. Something about their walled garden, where they don’t want people to […]

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FullCalendarIO – a Javascript/HTML Calendar for FileMaker Pro


Add a free open source calendar to Filemaker Pro databases by using the Web Viewer.

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