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By Andy Bowerman  Posted on  May 20th, 2020  in  Free Downloads, FileMaker

Siri Shortcuts in FileMaker Go

As more and more businesses bring apps into their daily workflows, it is important to have fast and easy options for completing tasks while mobile. With FileMaker Go 19, you can execute your favorite FileMaker Go features with a voice command or single tap using Siri Shortcuts! Released with iOS12, Shortcuts introduced the ability to build intuitive and customizable Siri workflows using your favorite apps- with intuitive being the key word: nearly a third of smartphone users now use voice commands once a week (99firms)! Siri Shortcuts take you directly to the FileMaker features you need before you’ve even opened the app, eliminating waste from your workflow and letting you focus on the task at hand. Below we will demonstrate how to create Siri Shortcuts in FileMaker Go 19.

Donate Scripts

To make a FileMaker script available as a Shortcut, you’ll donate it from your Script Manager by right clicking on the script and selecting Enable Shortcuts Donation.

Enable Siri FileMaker Shortcut

Once a script has been enabled for donation, a microphone icon appears to the right of the script’s name, signifying its new availability as a Siri Shortcut. You’ll also need to enable the “Allow URLs to perform FileMaker scripts” in Manage–>Security–>Extended Privileges to allow this execution from outside FileMaker. Now, each time you load your FileMaker Go solution, these Shortcut-enabled scripts can be run with a tap or voice command!

Simplify With Shortcuts

With your FileMaker scripts donated, launch the Shortcuts app to construct a new tap or voice shortcut. Here, FileMaker’s powerful scripting engine is augmented by external commands and can be integrated into the workflows of any other Shortcut-enabled iOS app.

Siri FileMaker Shortcut Example

Add your favorite FileMaker functionality to a Siri Shortcut.

Command And Control

From Shortcuts, search for ‘FileMaker’ in the top left, then add your FileMaker solution and pick from any of the scripts you’ve enabled for donation. Your new Shortcut is now accessible as a voice command or an icon that can be added to your Home screen!

Siri FileMaker Shortcut Voice Command

Use voice commands to launch FileMaker scripts from Siri Shortcuts!

Conclusion

Siri Shortcuts expand FileMaker Go’s functionality by bringing scripts out of your app and into your life, letting you reimagine FileMaker Go development and workflows. Bring iOS advances to FileMaker and your business with Siri Shortcuts in FileMaker 19 Go! If you’d like assistance setting up Siri Shortcuts for your FileMaker Go app, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Andy is a diligent application developer who strives for precision and takes pride in his ability to find practical solutions to complex problems. A veteran with the United States Marine Corps, he is mission-oriented and naturally driven to deliver successful results to clients.