When the average person thinks of Apple products they typically think of their beloved iPhone they can’t live without, or maybe their shiny new Apple Watch that tells them to stand up when they’ve been sitting too long, but more than likely they are not thinking about FileMaker. FileMaker is software used to create custom applications specific to individual business needs. No other product of its kind has the support of Apple, a company that is continuously on the forefront of [...]
Have you ever inherited a system built by someone else, changed a field’s name and everything stopped working? The issue, hardcoded names used in indirection, makes the system fragile. FileMaker provides developers many methods to add flexibility using indirection. However when these instances of indirection are not treated properly they will raise all sorts of problems. In this article we will discuss good practices regarding indirection that will help you build a dynamic and [...]
Businesses are realizing that off the shelf apps just aren’t meeting the unique organizational and process oriented needs of their company as well as a custom app is able to. Custom apps are helping businesses manage scattered data and processes better than ever. Organizations are more efficient, more effective, want a better way to work, and better insights to make decisions. Learn why there has never been a better time to build a custom app for your organization.
REST APIs are a universal standard for interacting with other programs and services, so by learning REST you can greatly expand the capabilities of what FileMaker can do, and the services it can interact with. If you've ever wanted to integrate FileMaker with Google Maps, Google Calendar, Microsoft SharePoint, or many other great services, you'll want to learn what RESTful APIs are and how to use them. Includes video and sample download file.
Often times documents are commonly needed in multiple programs, but the lack of integration can result in having to enter in the same files in different applications. Microsoft Graph is a powerful tool that provides a unified API interface for many of Microsoft’s most popular Cloud programs, including the popular web-based application SharePoint. Learn how you can integrate FileMaker and SharePoint plus OneDrive using Microsoft Graph API. Includes video and download to sample [...]
Barcoding in FileMaker is very easy and there are many options. We look which barcoding options you can use and the various ways to implement barcodes. Whether you are managing inventory, selling tickets, creating name tags, barcodes can easily be used to provide an instant way to locate a record in your custom application.
There are a lot of reasons that FileMaker Cloud would be a great fit for you and your organization, between minimal impact of IT staff and/or technical staff for doing updates and deployment, to the benefits of AWS responsible for security and scalability, FileMaker Cloud is a huge benefit and addition to the FileMaker Family.
With the power of Zapier, different applications can be integrated into your FileMaker solution and overall business with ease. The great potential of integrating various platforms and automating the many tasks within them with Zapier can greatly increase productivity and enormously speed up company wide workflows.
Keep your users informed with the use of simple notifications. Using FileMaker and a service called Pushover we can easily leverage cross platform notifications with advanced features like message priority, which allows you to repeat a notification until the user acknowledges it.
When working with large groups of people both in and out of your organization, it can be difficult to keep track of all the discussions between you and everyone else. Fortunately with the 360works email plugin, tracking all emails between you and your system’s contacts can become far more manageable. FileMaker and email integration allow users to view any and all emails that contacts, prospects, salespeople, managers and anyone else have had with one another.
If you are looking to build a new application but don't want to start from the ground up, there is a Starter Solution for you! We review the Starter Solutions available in FileMaker 15 and what is best to begin with.
FileMaker WebDirect has been redesigned to be compatible with mobile phones. In the previous release, FileMaker added support for tablet browsers. FileMaker 15 takes it a step further by providing support for mobile phones. Although you could access WebDirect with a phone before, it was not officially supported, mainly due to dialogs being too small for user interaction.
FileMaker 15 provides us with the ability to interact with iBeacon devices using FileMaker Go. This means we can associate data in our FileMaker solution with physical locations and have our iOS devices access them via the iBeacon technology.
FileMaker changes the licensing landscape again by adding FileMaker Licensing for Teams, or FLT for short. FLT brings simplicity to the FileMaker licensing platform by pricing per user instead of the concurrency model which they are phasing out.
With the release of FileMaker Server 15 comes the ability to track the heaviest client usage periods. This new feature, named the Top Call Statistics Log, gives server and group administrators the ability to pinpoint the client requests that take the longest, allowing them to investigate any slowdowns in their systems much more quickly and efficiently.
FileMaker has made it easier than ever to share data with other apps. With the introduction of app extensions for FileMaker Go we now have the ability to download images, word documents, spreadsheets and even a FileMaker database itself. App Extensions are a way to extend your app, providing users an easy way to exchange files with other iOS apps.
The Portal In-Line Progress Bar, one of FileMaker 15's new performance based features, brings with it the separation of a layout's non-portal and portal rendering tasks. This means users are no longer forced to wait for cumbersome portals to load before being able to interact with a window's content.
The FileMaker platform is a constantly evolving and improving ecosystem. The latest version of FileMaker has overhauled the user interface in a number of ways. The FileMaker application UI is extremely important because it is the backdrop of every FileMaker app. This round of updates increases the user experience with visual clarity, less text and visual noise on screen, more intuitive icons, and greater consistency of color.
FileMaker 15 introduced a much welcomed improvement to the updating process: you can now upgrade your FileMaker Pro directly in Pro itself. Not only does this new feature align with FileMaker Inc's continued focus on security, by making it easier for users to get on the latest version, but it also lays the foundation for FMI to release minor updates more frequently. A win-win for everyone.
We go over how to use the Google Maps Directions API to arrange multiple locations to give you the best route possible. Save time and money by finding the most optimal route to your appointments. Let a third party such as Google help you with the Traveling Salesman Problem.
Having your own calendar inside of FileMaker is a great way for you and your coworkers to keep track of upcoming appointments. However, building your own calendar in FileMaker is a very tedious task. Why reinvent the wheel when there are already apps out there that you can integrate with? We demo how you can integrate your FileMaker solution with Google Calendar to take advantage of Google's powerful features.