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Lovely Logos and Pretty Profile Pics

Hi all! In this article we showcase a range of Logo and Profile picture retrieval APIs and how they can be integrated into your FileMaker solutions to automatically download images for your contacts. We also show how background content can be removed from these images, again through using background removal APIs. Finally, we talk a bit about why using these could benefit your solution and when all else fails what other options are available for adding some visual presentation for

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood in Design

Prominent Color Coolness

In this article we show you how to use the contents of a FileMaker container field to produce beautiful gradients and solid background fills based on the container images most prominent colors. We also show how to render solid fills without the use of a web viewer (for portal display) and how to determine optimal color for text placed on top of your background fills. As always, an example file has been lovingly crafted to help you explore these techniques You can read the article

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Daniel Wood in Design

elemental_dropzone has landed - Drag and drop multiple files with ease

We're thrilled to announce the release of our fist add-on called elemental_dropzone. With this really easy to use add-on you're given the power of dragging multiple. files directly into your solution all at once. You can even drop entire folders into your solution.   Once dropzone is installed just drag it onto your lay out and specify a script for the dropped files to be sent to for processing - it's really that simple.   Best of all it is 100% free.  

Announcing the release of elemental_log - audit logging made easy.

It's been almost 18 months since the release of elemental_ux , and we haven't been resting.... elemental_log is our take on audit logging. Built to be super fast to log changes and even faster to integrate into your own solutions. In just a few minutes you can add a full JSON based audit trail to your solution that can track changes to whatever fields you want.  We've also included an intuitive configuration tool for choosing what to log - no hard coding required.   Other Features

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Daniel Wood in Audit Logging

Easily Print or Capture Web Viewer content

In FileMaker 16 we lost the ability to print web viewers. With the recent rise in popularity of using javascript in FileMaker solutions, printing a web viewer is now a key problem to solve. In this article we give you a really quick and simple way to print any web viewer in our solution, without the need for a plugin. Check out the full article here!       Thanks!

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

Take the Short Cut

Learning and using keyboard shortcuts in FileMaker is the absolute number one shortcut to being a faster and better developer. In this article we take a look at why shortcuts are useful, and then present a way for you to add even more useful shortcuts that do not come bundled with FileMaker. We go through some of the more cooler ones in depth and show you a few tricks along the way... You can read the full article here

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

FM Weetbicks - all about Elemental

Hi all, To accompany the release of Elemental I've written an article at FileMaker Weetbicks all about it, it's features, and what extra goodies you might find lurking in the solution. You can check out the article here: https://www.teamdf.com/blogs/elemental-has-landed/   And you can download Elemental here:   https://www.elemental-fm.com   Thank you . Daniel

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

Elemental for FileMaker Released

Hi all,    Today I'm happy to announce the release of Elemental for FileMaker. This is a free fully unlocked solution containing some cool user interface and design stuff that I hope you find useful and can incorporate into your own solutions.   You can grab a copy now at https://www.elemental-fm.com   In Elementals first version you'll find the following:   Avatars Over 20 API integrations with avatar generators. These are uniquely generated based on a name y

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

A Variable Way of Writing Recursion

Hi all, Back with another article this time about everyones favourite topic - recursion, woohoo! We go through what recursion is and give a basic example for beginners to wrap their heads around.  For the more advanced developer we talk about a new way of structuring the recursive function using local variables as a means to pass information between recursive calls.  Check it out, something for everyone. https://www.teamdf.com/blogs/a-variable-way-of-writing-recursion/

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Daniel Wood

Easily View Microsoft Office Files in FileMaker

Viewing Microsoft Office files directly in FileMaker has always been a real headache for developers, until now. In this article we demonstrate how to easily use Microsoft Offices online app viewer tool to view your office documents directly in FileMaker. We also talk about Google's similar offering, and how files can be easily placed online for viewing using the file.io service. Check out the article and accompanying example file at the bottom of the article. Read the article here

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Daniel Wood

Modal Magic!

Hi all, Back with another article this time all about Modal Dialogs. Here we present a technique for modal dialogs we have used at Digital Fusion for over 10 years, and it still holds up. This method allows us to initiate modal processes from within an originating script, and have our modal process return its result (generally an ID, or an action followed by a resulting ID) back to the originating script in order to continue its execution. It's a nice simple scripting framework that works g

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

Better Breadcrumbs

Hi all, Just posted a new article over at FileMaker Weetbicks all about building a breadcrumb navigation control using just a simple tab control object.  Here's the blurb & link, thank you for your time. https://www.teamdf.com/blogs/better-breadcrumbs/ A breadcrumb menu is a really useful navigation design pattern for both websites and applications. They greatly enhance the way users find their way around and are also a key visual aid in indicating the location of a user withi

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

Building a Multi Lingual Application

Hi all,   Just posted a new article over at FileMaker Weetbicks all about building multi lingual applications in FileMaker, we walk through the whole process and cover some of the challenges involved and how to overcome them.  Also included is a thorough demo file.   Check it out here, thanks !

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

Swipe-Out ! Building a native Swipe-Down Gesture on iOS

In this article we introduce a technique to implement native swipe gestures in all directions for FileMaker Go that can be used to trigger a script upon these gestures. The focus here is implementing a swipe-down gesture to dismiss a drawer menu that slides up from the bottom of screen   Check out the full article here, thanks!    

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

Beautiful and Easy Drawer Menus for Desktop and Go

In this article we cover how to build a beautiful sliding drawer menu that works on both FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go. The menu looks and feels exactly like any other sliding menu built in any other development platform. FileMaker Go is where it really shines, providing a user experience no different to if they were using a drawer on any other native app.   Click here to check out the full article at FileMaker Weetbicks  

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Daniel Wood

Dynamically Resizing Backgrounds that Don't Distort

G'day all! Just posted a new article over at FM Weetbicks, hope you enjoy it. This is a technique that I've used in a few solutions now, mainly for login screens or splash screens where I want to present a pretty backdrop image.  The issue is that when the user resizes their screen or rotates their device, the image can often stretch, distort, or end up with gaps of space if it is set to maintain aspect ratio. This article presents a way around that, hope you enjoy! https://www.teamdf.

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

Sending Email from FileMaker using SparkPost

Back in 2014 we wrote our most popular article to date about integrating FileMaker with the online email service Mandrill. Recently, Mandrill have announced that they are ceasing their free service and are turning it into a Mailchimp add-on service that will cost a fee. In this article we detail how you can switch to using SparkPost, a free mail service that is the preferred alternative to Mandrill (even Mandrill themselves recommend it!) We provide a demo file and information on how you ca

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

14 for 14: Reconnecting with your Databases

New in FileMaker 14 is the automatic “reconnect to server” feature which I particularly love. But there are some catches to getting it to work nicely, and things you can do to make the most of it.  In this article we cover it in depth and outline some limitations and possible workarounds.   Click here to check out the full article

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Daniel Wood

14 for 14: Developer Assistant v3.0 Review

This is the first time we have ever reviewed a product, and may be the last. The fact is we just love Developer Assistant so much that we had to write about it.  We'll cover some of the major features of Developer Assistant and why we think this should be in every developers toolkit. Click here to check out the full review at FileMaker Weetbicks

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Daniel Wood

14 for 14: Ditch those Cartesian Joins, Use Refresh Portal Instead (maybe!)

Four years ago we wrote an article about how you can refresh portals and relationships without the need to flush the entire cache. The technique involved using a Cartesian Join. Now, over four years later FileMaker 14 has given us a supported way to do this with the Refresh Portal script step.  In this article we demonstrate how the step can be used by comparing it to the example given in our first article on the subject. We also cover some situations where cartesian join may still be the prefer

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

14 for 14: Setting up cool looking buttons just got easier

Buttons have had a major overhaul in FileMaker 14. In addition to a brand new user interface for button setup, you now have far more control over a buttons appearance, including adding an icon (that is not an overlaid image!) In this article we cover some of the new features of button setup including adding your own icon sets for button usage. Click here to check out the full article at FileMaker Weetbicks

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

14 for 14: What is a Navigation Part?

It's been quite a while since FileMaker introduced a new layout part, but with FileMaker 14 we have one. Known as the Navigation part, on the surface it may appear similar to it's cousin the header. However the more you delve into its properties the cooler it gets. In this article we explain the properties of the Navigation part and why it rocks!   Click here to check out the full article…

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Daniel Wood

14 for 14: New Layout Formatting and Styling Options

FileMaker just keeps getting better!  With 14 we have more flexibility than ever before when it comes to creating gorgeous looking solutions. A number of a new layout styling options help make this possible. In this article we cover some of the new layout object styling options. Click here to read the full article!

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Daniel Wood

14 for 14: Building a Navigation Button Bar

In this article we show how you can build a button bar to become the main navigation bar for your solution, and how it can be abstracted as much as possible so it can be pasted across multiple layouts.  We also cover some of the limitations that using a button bar will present. Click here to read the full article

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

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