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Sync Webinar: Q&A with Todd Geist and John Sindelar

  Posted by John Sindelar, 22 July 2014 - - - - - - · 33 views

Syncing FileMaker GoWe got some great questions about sync in our last webinar and we’ve posted a video below. Big thanks to Todd Geist for joining me to answer questions and talk sync…If you’d like to attend and ask your own questions we have two more sync webinars scheduled:August 5, 10am PST – https://attendee.gotowebi...

Sync Based on Current Location (example file)

  Posted by John Sindelar, 15 July 2014 - - - - - - · 85 views

This video and example file demonstrates how to sync just the records relevant to your current location. This is a very common workflow in offline solutions and it helps keep the found set on your mobile device nice and small: meaning faster syncs and a better experience for folks in the field who don’t have to page through a bunch of irre...

WebDirect – Some native stuff that works great.

  Posted by John Sindelar, 10 July 2014 - - - - - - · 174 views

Pleasantly surprised at how some of the native behaviors we thought we’d have to script for WebDirect are working really well.Find mode – we’re using a dedicated find layout here but no crazy scripting.Quick FindNative sorting in WebDirectSubscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and rec...

The New GoZync5 – Faster FileMaker Syncs

  Posted by John Sindelar, 07 July 2014 - - - - - - · 96 views

Todd and I spent a week in Seattle together finishing up the latest version of GoZync: version 5. (GoZync is our scriptable sync framework for FileMaker: free and pro versions are available.) It’s hard to believe GoZync is now 3 years old, the first version having been released in June 2011. We’ve synced a lot of files since then. =)...

FileMaker 13 Animated Slide Panels

  Posted by John Sindelar, 24 June 2014 - - - - - - · 200 views

A colleague was asking how to simulate a drawer effect in FileMaker where an animated slide panel appears to withdraw completely into the window edge. This is pretty easily done but there are a few tricks to keep in mind (below).Animated Slide PanelsDownload the demo file, based on the Invoices starter solution. Click “slide panel demo...

Perform Script On Server: Faster Calendars

  Posted by John Sindelar, 02 June 2014 - - - - - - · 178 views

Perform Script On Server (PSOS): OverviewThe “Perform Script on Server” script step was introduced in FileMaker Server 13 to let clients of a hosted file run scripts on the server. So with some careful planning, you can have the server do a lot of the heavy lifting the client machine would normally have to do (finding, sorting, proce...

Schedules and Perfectionism

  Posted by John Sindelar, 20 May 2014 - - - - - - · 184 views

Schedules suck.Each time we make a schedule, we do so despite two glaring problems:1. It’s really tough to estimate or forecast any substantial development project. (That’s the long version of “schedules are useless”.) Looking at any large successful software project in hindsight your estimates and schedules appear naive...

Hiding Objects & Flashing in Web Direct

  Posted by John Sindelar, 19 May 2014 - - - - - - · 194 views

If you’ve been building layouts for Web Direct you’ve likely seen that Web Direct may draw your objects before conditional formatting or hiding are applied. This never happens in the desktop, where rendering is now double buffered on both Mac and Windows, but it happens frequently in Web Direct. The video below shows this in action a...

Minimize Flashing in Web Direct: do as little as possible

  Posted by John Sindelar, 12 May 2014 - - - - - - · 208 views

Since layout redraw is one of the slowest things a Web Direct (WD)  layout can do, you’ll want to do whatever you can to minimize those redraws (which can appear your users as flashing or as a spinning busy icons).So, “do as little as possible”. This often means wrapping your commands in If() statements to see if they’re...

Time Scales, Kaizen, and Urgency

  Posted by John Sindelar, 01 May 2014 - - - - - - · 157 views

Doing some  financial planning a few months ago, I was thinking about how to budget for all the stuff we’re trying to get done next year–remodeling on the house, some travel, finishing the van/mobile-office/surf wagon–and I just couldn’t get the numbers to come out right. I had this spreadsheet showing how much we’d have available each quarter b...

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