Tag Archives: Web Viewer

Display Formatted Text in a Web Viewer


This idea has been documented before, (Using a Web Viewer as a Field) but I rediscovered it myself recently and thought I might have something to add. As was pointed out in The Support Group article, sometimes as a developer, you want to display a long chunk of text (anything that requires scrolling within a field) to the user, but not allow them to edit that text. Some examples might include displaying a block of help text, or a long software agreement. It is obviously possible to format your text using HTML to achieve this effect, but that can become complicated especially if you are not that good at HTML. Fortunately FileMaker offers a much simpler way to display formatted text this using the GetAsCSS function.

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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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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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Creating Google Cluster Maps from FileMaker


  2014-12-17 Update: The FileMaker Pro 11 demo works well on Macintosh, but there are some issues with Internet Explorer on Windows. If at all possible, it is recommended that you use FileMaker Pro 12 or 13 on Windows. Here is a link to the FileMaker Pro 12 Demo. 2014-01-25 Update: Working with the demo file in […]

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FileMaker and Image Maps in a Web Viewer


Software, although continuously improving sometimes loses capabilities that were in older packages or versions. For a long time, I have wished there was a better way to tie an image map to data in FileMaker, something I saw demonstrated a long time ago. Filevision offered the ability to link graphics and data Source: ebay auction […]

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FileMaker Progress Indicators using a Web Viewer and Animated GIFs


With the advent of the Web Viewer technology being added to FileMaker, developers started to employ these useful containers for all sorts of things. One of the obvious things is to add an animated GIF to a layout to give users an indication that something is happening when a long script is running. There is […]

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Shortening URLs using FileMaker


Update: 2012-11-27 At the request for reader Robin, I had a closer look at this and it seems that both Google and Bit.ly have gone to POST method (rather than the simpler GET method) and are more locked down. They both now require an API key. You could build a method for this approach, but […]

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99 Bottles of Beer – in FileMaker 11


A while back I took a PHP course. The instructor pointed out a website that had demonstrations of the old song ’99 Bottles of Beer’ as implemented in hundreds of different programming languages (1,342 different languages when I looked). 99 Bottles of Beer is a good beginners programming exercise, because it involves a loop, with […]

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