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Modular FileMaker – A New Mailchimp Module


If you are not familiar with the web site called Modular FileMaker, you owe it to yourself to check out some of the great code residing there. A Mailchimp module was recently added from FMSimplicity. It is, as advertised, modular and offers the potential of a less complicated installation procedure. I haven’t actually tried installing it yet, but it looks promising. If […]

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Record and Field Locking Strategies


I was recently asked by a client about how to set up a record locking system. The idea of record locking is that when some event happens a record becomes no longer editable, preserving the contents from change. I have used two different strategies for record locking before and they are both useful, depending upon […]

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2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see […]

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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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Drag and Drop Images from a Web Viewer in FileMaker Pro 12 on a Macintosh


The Problem: FileMaker Pro 12 is turning out to be a great document and image management system with some of the new features to do with Container Fields. However there is one little annoying ‘feature’ holdover from previous versions —when using Drag and Drop of images from a Web Browser or Web Viewer (Sarari or Firefox) into container […]

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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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Cluster Maps Continued: Perimeter Search in FileMaker Pro 12


Working on a presentation for a customer that employs the Cluster Maps concept, the request came up about doing perimeter searches—as in ‘How do I see all the related addresses around a specific location?” This ability would aid sales people in the field, cut down on travel etc. A search on Brian Dunning’s very useful […]

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Cluster Maps Update – Running URL Scripts in a Web Viewer


A reader’s suggestion prompted me to try a powerful technique I have been wanting to experiment with: two-way communication through the Web Viewer. By that, I mean sending a calculated link into some HTML in a FileMaker Web Viewer via a script or calculation. Then with the Web Viewer displayed, the user clicks on the link […]

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How to Setup FileMaker Server for Remote Access


Setting up remote access to FileMaker Pro databases is a fairly common task for FileMaker Developers. It is also one of the more common support questions asked by my clients after I have left the building, so I have created a walk through on how to set this up that is hopefully simple enough for […]

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Screen Capture from FileMaker Pro on the Macintosh


Macintosh OS X has a built-in command line utility for taking screen captures. This utility can be called via AppleScript. FileMaker Pro can send out this command from a script. Why would you want to take screen captures using FileMaker Pro? I can think of two good reasons: building documentation within FileMaker Pro and for […]

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2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for hbase.net’s blog. Here’s an excerpt: This blog had 50,000 views in 2012. Click here to see the complete report.

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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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Creating Timelines for the web in FileMaker using TimelineJS


2018-03-28 Update: LuminFire has taken over development of this timeline project. Check their web site for updates to the database file. 2016-07-19 Update: Check out this simple and elegant timeline integration by Av Rolf at Mallverkstan. 2014-08-09 Update: I have added a Virtual List export to complement the existing XML Stylesheet export. Both versions are in the […]

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Guided Access—Kiosk Mode for FileMaker Go on the iPhone or iPad


A software-only solution to turning your FileMaker Go databases into true Kiosks. Photo: iPad POS Flip Mountby NClosures Why am I always the last to hear about these things? Apparently this feature, called Guided Access, has been on iPads for a while, and is now available on iPhones with iOS 6. I stumbled on this […]

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