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Modal Magic!

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  

Daniel Wood

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

Daniel Wood

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

Daniel Wood

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…

Daniel Wood

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!

Daniel Wood

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

 

14 for 14: Shortcuts for Quick Script Step Entry

The new Script Workspace allows you to add script steps simply by typing them directly into a script. It will attempt to auto-complete your entry and find matching script steps.  With a little practice and habit you can easily learn the best shortcuts to use to save you the most time when it comes to finding the specific step you want to add. In this article we provide a demo file that gives you a number of variations of shortcuts you can use for every script step, as well as going into detail a

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

 

14 for 14: Working With the Script Workspace

The biggest feature overhaul in FileMaker 14 is that to the scripting area, now known as the script workspace. This is the biggest scripting change in years and with it comes a number of areas where you can gain in efficiency when writing scripts. In this article we document all of the areas of the script workspace and list as many features as we can find.   Click here to read the full article at FileMaker Weetbicks

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

 

14 for 14: The Power of the Placeholder

Placeholder text is a great new feature in FileMaker 14. With it you can specify by calculation what label text is to appear in a field that is empty. You can also have complete control over the styling of that text.  In this article we demonstrate how to setup a placeholder and some of its benefits over standard labels.  We also show how placeholder text can be used as a powerful user interface tool for displaying virtually any calculated value direct on a layout without the need for fields or

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

 

Introducing the FileMaker Weetbicks 14 for 14 Series

FileMaker 14 is here! To celebrate, FileMaker Weetbicks has written 14 articles all about FileMaker 14. Over the next few weeks we will be releasing these articles to the community. We cover all the cool new features (and some hacks!) and take things further as we usually like to do Stay tuned! Click here to read the full article…

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

 

Change Containers from Files to Interactive Content in an Instant

How do you turn a File in a container into interactive content? If the contents was inserted using "Insert File" then in the past your only option has been to export and re-import it as an interactive stream such as image, pdf or audio/video.  In this article we introduce an elegantly simple single step method to turn all of your old File based containers into beautiful interactive machines in an instant! Click here to check out the full article!

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

 

Unlocking Hidden Error Messages in the ExecuteSQL Function

Hi all, Just posted the first FileMaker Weetbicks article for 2015 about a neat hidden feature of data viewer and the ExecueSQL function which allows you to get meaningful error messages when debugging SQL queries used with the function. You can check it out here - Unlocking Hidden Error Messages in the ExecuteSQL Function Look forward to peoples comments and further findings! Cheers, Daniel

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

 

Proper Printing in WebDirect

FileMaker WebDirect is the exciting new replacement to Instant Web Publishing. With it you can access your database via a web browser and do *almost* all of the things that you can do in FileMaker Pro. However proper printing is not one of them. In this article we present a framework and example file for doing proper printing via WebDirect - from basic record printing to complex sub-summary reports and more... Click to read the full article here!

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

 

Creating New Records in a Portal With a Twist

When it comes to creating child records records in FileMaker we have a couple of different options available. The first is to enable “Allow creation of records via this relationship” on the relationship graph. This displays an empty set of fields in the last portal row so that the user can enter data and create a record. The second method is to create a button located outside the portal that creates a new record ready for the user to enter their data. A new feature that we have been using exte

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

 

Popovers that Open and Close on Mouse-Over

In this followup to the Sliding Drawers article, we take the technique one step further and apply it to the popover object. We discuss the differences between drawers and popovers in relation to the mouse-over technique, and how the process has been modified to better suit popovers... Click to read the full article here…

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

 

A Sliding Drawer that Opens and Closes on Mouse-Over

The slide control is an exciting new layout tool introduced in FileMaker 13. In this article we are building an animated sliding drawer that responds to the users mouse position to open and close. There are a number of cool techniques and features being used to achieve this effect so check it out! Check out the full article here!

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

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