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Managing Favorite Hosts & Files

Over the years, FileMaker has added, enhanced and modified various areas of the development platform. One of the areas which has seen a big transition is the way favorites are managed. If you're a long-time developer of FileMaker solutions, then one of the more recent changes in FileMaker 16 may be a bit disconcerting. The change was to how favorites are managed. In fact, they simply took out the menu option and sorta left you hanging. The "Manage favorites..." menu is no longer present within

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Cool looking process indicators

Most everyone likes to know what's going on when something is happening. Being kept in the dark is something which causes possible anxiety and certainly a fair amount of impatience. So, it's always nice to provider your user with a little bit of status when there's some type of progress happening. Fortunately, this is a very easy thing to solve when a lot of the work is already done for you. All you need to do is wire things up within a FileMaker web viewer. Using the information within this v

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Cool looking process indicators

Most everyone likes to know what's going on when something is happening. Being kept in the dark is something which causes possible anxiety and certainly a fair amount of impatience. So, it's always nice to provider your user with a little bit of status when there's some type of progress happening. Fortunately, this is a very easy thing to solve when a lot of the work is already done for you. All you need to do is wire things up within a FileMaker web viewer. Using the information within this v

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Custom Function Database 14 - Supporting groups/collections

FileMaker Pro, beyond your normal join table, offers a unique method of storing collections, or groups, of items. You can do this with what is called a multi-key field. This isn’t to be confused with a compound-key, which is a primary key composed of multiple different values. Using a multi-key field we can store a collection of custom functions within our Custom Function database. This makes it possible to start the process of collecting groups of functions together and then adding a feature s

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Custom Function Database 14 - Supporting groups/collections

FileMaker Pro, beyond your normal join table, offers a unique method of storing collections, or groups, of items. You can do this with what is called a multi-key field. This isn’t to be confused with a compound-key, which is a primary key composed of multiple different values. Using a multi-key field we can store a collection of custom functions within our Custom Function database. This makes it possible to start the process of collecting groups of functions together and then adding a feature s

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Quick Tip: Rounded Button Bar Segments

There are all kinds of nice graphic tips and tricks within FileMaker and one of my most favorite is using the transparent line setting in order to create the rounded effect on multiple segment Button Bars. Click the title or link to this article to view the video. View the full article

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Quick Tip: Rounded Button Bar Segments

There are all kinds of nice graphic tips and tricks within FileMaker and one of my most favorite is using the transparent line setting in order to create the rounded effect on multiple segment Button Bars. Click the title or link to this article to view the video. View the full article

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Custom Function Database 13 - Parsing JSON

As with visiting any new country where they speak a different language, if you can’t speak it, then it’s pretty hard to communicate. The same thing applies to intercommunication between technical systems. If you don’t take the time to learn the format being used, then you obviously won’t get very far. In this video, we take a look at processing JSON from GitHub’s API. It’s one of the last places we’re looking for FileMaker Custom functions. GitHub is a web site which hosts hundreds of thousands

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Custom Function Database 13 - Parsing JSON

As with visiting any new country where they speak a different language, if you can’t speak it, then it’s pretty hard to communicate. The same thing applies to intercommunication between technical systems. If you don’t take the time to learn the format being used, then you obviously won’t get very far. In this video, we take a look at processing JSON from GitHub’s API. It’s one of the last places we’re looking for FileMaker Custom functions. GitHub is a web site which hosts hundreds of thousands

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Top 5 Time Saving Tips

Who likes spending time doing things in FileMaker Pro when you can do things faster? How about no one. That’s why this video will help you save some time when you discover the various ways you can interact with layout objects and your data. So, here’s 5 different tips which will save you some time while working in FileMaker Pro. Click the title or link to this article to view the video. View the full article

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Top 5 Time Saving Tips

Who likes spending time doing things in FileMaker Pro when you can do things faster? How about no one. That’s why this video will help you save some time when you discover the various ways you can interact with layout objects and your data. So, here’s 5 different tips which will save you some time while working in FileMaker Pro. Click the title or link to this article to view the video. View the full article

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Custom Function Database - Part 12 - User feedback

Some buttons in your user interface are likely more than obvious in terms of what they do. But what about those times when they're not and it's just nice to let the user know what just happened? Using a combination of Slider panels and mutli-segment Button Bars you can provide any type of feedback you might like to show. This video presents a method for showing the user some feedback about the results of clicking a button or any other user interface action taken. Note to subscribers: If you're

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Custom Function Database - Part 12 - User feedback

Some buttons in your user interface are likely more than obvious in terms of what they do. But what about those times when they're not and it's just nice to let the user know what just happened? Using a combination of Slider panels and mutli-segment Button Bars you can provide any type of feedback you might like to show. This video presents a method for showing the user some feedback about the results of clicking a button or any other user interface action taken. Note to subscribers: If you're

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Custom Function Database - Part 11 - RegEx Parsing

With FileMaker’s PatternCount(), Left(), Right() and Middle() functions you can certainly extract a lot of data. The functions, however, are severely limited when it comes to matching variable patterns of data. That’s where, in the world of programming, Regular Expressions, or RegEx for short, is SUPER handy! It’s used in pretty much EVERY computing language and I don’t personally know a professional developer who can develop without it. It’s been available since the 1950’s and it’s a worthwhil

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Custom Function Database - Part 11 - RegEx Parsing

With FileMaker’s PatternCount(), Left(), Right() and Middle() functions you can certainly extract a lot of data. The functions, however, are severely limited when it comes to matching variable patterns of data. That’s where, in the world of programming, Regular Expressions, or RegEx for short, is SUPER handy! It’s used in pretty much EVERY computing language and I don’t personally know a professional developer who can develop without it. It’s been available since the 1950’s and it’s a worthwhil

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

FileMaker 16 - Uploading files to Dropbox

Integrating third party APIs can be a bit daunting when you’ve never worked with them before. Fortunately, the most difficult part of the process is simply taking the time to research the API and implement the features you’d like to have. When you’re working within FileMaker, you’re often capturing content which may need to be pushed into another online location - such as Dropbox. If your FileMaker solution needs this, then adding FileMaker Dropbox integration is the way to go. With FileMaker

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

FileMaker 16 - Uploading files to Dropbox

Integrating third party APIs can be a bit daunting when you’ve never worked with them before. Fortunately, the most difficult part of the process is simply taking the time to research the API and implement the features you’d like to have. When you’re working within FileMaker, you’re often capturing content which may need to be pushed into another online location - such as Dropbox. If your FileMaker solution needs this, then adding FileMaker Dropbox integration is the way to go. With FileMaker

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Floating Card Windows

This video will teach you all about using the new FileMaker 16 Card Window and show you how to take advantage of the fact that you can have a totally different position for the card window outside of the parent which where it belongs. With a bit of creative FileMaker scripting you can create some really nice features for your FileMaker database. Click the title or link to this article to view the video. View the full article

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Floating Card Windows

This video will teach you all about using the new FileMaker 16 Card Window and show you how to take advantage of the fact that you can have a totally different position for the card window outside of the parent which where it belongs. With a bit of creative FileMaker scripting you can create some really nice features for your FileMaker database. Click the title or link to this article to view the video. View the full article

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Custom Function Database - Part 10 - Saving User State

While it would be wonderful if FileMaker Pro had built-in functionality for all of the features we can possibly think up, it’s not too practical. Besides, what would be left for us to develop? So, what about saving user state? Do you think you would enjoy leaving your desk for a few moments and coming back to a completely rearranged environment? I doubt it, and that’s almost exactly what FileMaker does when working within a hosted file. The most common approach to solving this problem is to si

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Custom Function Database - Part 10 - Saving User State

While it would be wonderful if FileMaker Pro had built-in functionality for all of the features we can possibly think up, it’s not too practical. Besides, what would be left for us to develop? So, what about saving user state? Do you think you would enjoy leaving your desk for a few moments and coming back to a completely rearranged environment? I doubt it, and that’s almost exactly what FileMaker does when working within a hosted file. The most common approach to solving this problem is to si

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

FileMaker 16 Released

On May 9th 2017 FileMaker Inc. released FileMaker version 16. This version included a big number of major features designed to support FileMaker's ability to communicate with the rest of the Internet. As a globally connected software application, FileMaker has clearly stated that it's a highly viable platform for rapid application deployment. Click the title or link to this article to view the video. View the full article
 

FileMaker 16 Released

On May 9th 2017 FileMaker Inc. released FileMaker version 16. This version included a big number of major features designed to support FileMaker's ability to communicate with the rest of the Internet. As a globally connected software application, FileMaker has clearly stated that it's a highly viable platform for rapid application deployment. Click the title or link to this article to view the video. View the full article
 

Touring FileMaker's Inspector Palette - Part 2

The Inspector palette is your primary tool for designing your layouts. Of course, being familiar with all its various options and settings is what makes it possible for the creation of great looking layouts. This video focuses on going through the second and third tabs of the Inspector and looking at the impacts of all the various settings which control styles and themes. While the settings themselves may seem all to obvious in terms of what they do, it’s the combination of using those setting
 

Touring FileMaker's Inspector Palette - Part 2

The Inspector palette is your primary tool for designing your layouts. Of course, being familiar with all its various options and settings is what makes it possible for the creation of great looking layouts. This video focuses on going through the second and third tabs of the Inspector and looking at the impacts of all the various settings which control styles and themes. While the settings themselves may seem all to obvious in terms of what they do, it’s the combination of using those setting
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