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Create Folders from FileMaker Pro Using AppleScript on a Macintosh


Someone on one of the Facebook FileMaker Group pages recently asked for a simple method, using AppleScript of creating a folder on the Desktop. FileMaker Pro can generate a variety of file formats, including Text, PDF and Excel, and it is possible to script the names of these files. It is also possible to script […]

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Building an Accounts Receivables and Invoicing System in FileMaker Pro


Long ago, a wise old accountant named Bud, once pointed out to a much younger version of me, that most businesses have very similar accounting needs with respect to Accounts Payable, General Ledger and Payroll systems. Where they differ the most is in the Sales and Accounts Receivable (also Inventory Systems, but that is a […]

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Applescript Notification from FileMaker


FileMaker developers (and other app developers) are always looking for better ways to communicate information to their users. System level notifications have proven to be an effective way of sending short ‘dissolving’ messages to users. These Notification messages show up in the top right corner of the users screen, make a little chime, hang around for […]

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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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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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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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Shrinking Batches of PDF Files on a Mac for FileMaker Server 12


Putting PDFs on a diet. With FileMaker 12’s new container abilities, more developers and companies will be using FileMaker 12 for document management systems. One of the issues with document management is file size. ‘Garbage in, landfill overflow’ as they say. If you put in huge files, you may quickly end up with a gigantic […]

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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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