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January-FileMaker STL Meetup: “Alexa, ask FileMaker…”

Please join Skeleton Key's FileMaker STL meetup, January 23, 2018, 6pm (CT). Colleague, Jeremy Upton, will present: "Alexa, ask FileMaker...". SK is Skeleton Key. SK is host to FileMaker STL Hey Siri. Hey Google. Hey Alexa...the holiday season was explosive with its ads for voice command devices. Wouldn't it be cool if you could say something like "Hey Alexa, ask FileMaker how many contacts live in the state of Texas?", and have the results of your FileMaker database said back to you? We thi

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Skeleton Key & Brightsource IT are Moving!

We are excited to announce that, due to our continued growth, we are moving Brightsource IT and Skeleton Key to a new office space on August 21st. Read more › The post Skeleton Key & Brightsource IT are Moving! appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article

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Skeleton Key is Headed to FileMaker DevCon 2017

Mark Richman, President, Greg Lane, VP of Application Development, and Application Developers: Chad Adams, Jay Sayers, Todd Stark, and Jeremy Upton, are headed to Phoenix, AZ from July 24-27 to participate in FileMaker, Inc.'s annual Developer Conference aka DevCon. They'll be staying at The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, host hotel of more than 50 DevCon sessions. They will join over 1,500 FileMaker developers to network, catch up with colleagues. Primarily, they will take advantage of the v

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The FileMaker 16 Platform

The FileMaker 16 Platform has launched and it's packed with great new features for both developers and users. We're excited about significant new features such as server-side PDF creation, card windows, the new Windows UI, enhanced data viewer, and native JSON functions. The platform also introduces several innovative features such as the FileMaker Data API, external script steps, OAuth 2 support, and region monitoring. The new FileMaker 16 Platform is stronger than ever and we can't wait to st

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FileMaker 16: Card Window

The FileMaker 16 Card Window is a new user interface tool which will not only make your application look better, it will help you reuse your layouts. Using the Card Window Style you will be able to display unrelated record data, related record data, and transform the look of currently viewed records. At the same time, it just might make window management easier. Read more › The post FileMaker 16: Card Window appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article

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FileMaker 16: Layout Objects Window

Once upon a time FileMaker layouts were simple. Everything was visible all of the time and unless it was done by mistake, we never stacked objects on top of one another. Over the years however, a lot of features have been added to FileMaker to help us get the most out of small screens. These days we have tools such as tab controls, slide controls, pop-overs and object hiding that allow us to cram lots of objects into a small amount of space and show the users just those that we want them to see.

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FileMaker 16: New Windows Interface

With the release of FileMaker Pro 16 a great new feature has been introduced for those of us who use the Windows operating system. The FileMaker Pro 16 Windows interface has been redesigned to work more like the Mac OS version by now allowing multiple and separate windows! No longer will Windows users be limited to keeping all their layout windows within the FileMaker Pro application window. Separate Windows Individual windows can now be resized independently. Each window also contains its own

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FileMaker 16: The FileMaker Data API

REST comes to FileMaker While we have been able to use plugins and the Insert from URL script step to consume data from other web-based systems using either SOAP or REST services, FileMaker did not have a native way to easily serve its data to other sites. There is custom web publishing, and ODBC connections, but that was still somewhat limiting when it came to serving data to other web-based systems from anywhere in the world. That all changes in FileMaker 16 with the introduction of the REST

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FileMaker 16: Enhanced Data Viewer

The Data Viewer in FileMaker Pro 16 Advanced got some much needed attention with this release which can best be described as FAST! Its improved interface will have you working, testing and troubleshooting faster and easier thanks to the Auto-Complete, Search and Automatically Evaluate tools. Read more › The post FileMaker 16: Enhanced Data Viewer appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article

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FileMaker 16: Animations and Transitions

Since the addition of the Set Layout Object Animation script step and slide panels you have been able to mimic a slide transition while navigating from layout to layout. The cost of implementing this simple UI experience is a complication of your layouts that may be unacceptable. FileMaker 16 vastly simplifies the process and at the same time adds many more transition options. Read more › The post FileMaker 16: Animations and Transitions appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. Vi

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FileMaker 16: New JSON Functions

One of the highest community voted features making its way into the release of FileMaker 16 is a new set of functions dedicated to the parsing of JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) text strings. These come in conjunction with the introduction of REST API into the FileMaker Server software, and serve as a new valuable tool for developers to communicate with third party data sources. JSON holds a demanding position as an industry standard in web services. Now, where FileMaker developers used to hav

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Skeleton Key

 

A Simple Browser-Like Back Button in FileMaker

I recently tackled a request from a client to implement a back button that functioned similar in nature to the back button in a web browser. This is certainly not an uncommon request and a simple explanation as to why this isn't practical normally results in the client withdrawing their request. However, the customer was adamant that they wanted this functionality. So, I set out to design a solution for them and came up with a solution using snapshot links. Read more › The post A Simple Br

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2017 FileMaker Training: Developer Essentials

Our 2017 FileMaker training series class, Developer Essentials is scheduled! Our trainers are Certified FileMaker Developers, who have been developing custom solutions at Skeleton Key for many years.  Please visit our webpage for information, dates, and to register. Read more › The post 2017 FileMaker Training: Developer Essentials appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article

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FileMaker CWP performance tip

If you have a website that connects to a FileMaker database, this simple tip might help improve performance. Read more › The post FileMaker CWP performance tip appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article

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Skeleton Key is headed to FileMaker DevCon 2016

top, right: Mark Richman; bottom, left to right: Calvin Cooper, Chad Adams, Greg Lane Mark Richman, President, Greg Lane, VP of Application Development, Chad Adams, Senior Developer and Trainer, and Calvin Cooper, Developer, are headed to Las Vegas from July 18-21 to participate in FileMaker, Inc.'s annual Developer Conference aka DevCon. They'll be staying at The Cosmopolitan, host hotel of more than 60 DevCon sessions. They will join over 1,500 FileMaker developers to network, catch up with

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Skeleton Key

 

Sizing layouts for Android devices for FileMaker 15 WebDirect

With the release of FileMaker 15 Server the Chrome browser on the Android operating system is now supported for use with FileMaker 15 WebDirect when using devices with a five inch or larger screen. I have spent some time testing this out and I've found that things seem to work as well as it does on the other platforms. However, during my testing I did come across something I found to be a bit odd and not quite as intuitive due to the variety of Android screen sizes and resolutions. iOS has hist

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Skeleton Key

 

FileMaker Go 15 background scripts

When FileMaker Go is running a script and the user locks the device or switches to another app, the script is paused and FileMaker Go enters a suspended state. Check out this video for a simple technique to allow a script to continue to run while FileMaker Go 15 is in the background. This can be a great way to help ensure a long-running script isn't interrupted by an impatient user. Read more › The post FileMaker Go 15 background scripts appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. Vie

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Integrating Autotask with FileMaker

Group Session #1 Hi. My name is Andy and I'm an API Addict. In my defense, I have to say it's all Brian Dunning's fault. See, when I was first starting out with FileMaker, and discovered all that sample data on Mr. Dunning's website, I found I couldn't get enough. I was sorting, and parsing, and testing, and munging, and wrangling, and...and...and I just kept needing bigger and bigger datasets to "work" with. When I'd gone through the biggest one there, I realized I still needed more. Read m

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Skeleton Key

 

2016 FileMaker Training Course Schedule

Our 2016 FileMaker training courses are scheduled! Our trainers are Certified FileMaker Developers, who have been developing custom solutions at Skeleton Key for many years. Please visit each page for information, dates, and to register. If you would like an individual invoice, please contact us. We offer a multi-person discount for companies that would like to send more than one trainee. Please contact us with interest in this discount. We offer on-site training for companies that qualify.

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FileMaker naming conventions

In a recent discussion at the FileMaker Community a question was asked about why a FileMaker developer would choose NOT to use SQL-friendly field names. It's an important question that I believe many FileMaker developers often answer incorrectly. Here's a bit about how my view of naming conventions has changed over time. For reference, a SQL-friendly field name in FileMaker would be a name that: starts with a letter contains only letters, numbers, and underscore characters is not

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Skeleton Key

 

L5SimpleFM v 1.0 – A Composer and Laravel 5 friendly PHP package for interacting with hosted FileMaker data

TLDR Overview L5SimpleFM is a PHP package used to provide a simple, readable, declarative syntax for accessing data hosted on a FileMaker Server from a composer-friendly PHP project. The package also has a ServiceProvider class which allows it to be easily pulled into a Laravel 5 project. Read more › The post L5SimpleFM v 1.0 – A Composer and Laravel 5 friendly PHP package for interacting with hosted FileMaker data appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article

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Join Us for FM Academy Webinar: Options for Licensing FileMaker Platform

Join us Tuesday, September 22, for a free one-hour webinar at 2pm (EST)/ 1pm (CST)/ 11am (PST), as Mark Richman presents Options for Licensing FileMaker Platform. During the webinar, he will explain the different options for connecting users to FileMaker solutions, and demystifies the various options for licensing the technology. Read more › The post Join Us for FM Academy Webinar: Options for Licensing FileMaker Platform appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full articl

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Skeleton Key

 

Help iOS users save their data

I ran into a situation recently where a user would not or could not remember to commit their changes before exiting their FileMaker Go solution on their iPad. In this case, the user was using an iPhone or iPad Mini. He pulls it from his pocket, opens a work order, adds some photos and notes, and then sticks the device back in his pocket. Then he does some work (like replacing a window in a building) and then takes some more photos of the completed repair. Read more › The post Help iOS us

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FileMaker Training: Developer Essentials Class in Nashville, TN Area

Skeleton Key will be taking our 3-day Developer Essentials, FileMaker Training class to the Nashville, Tennessee area from Tuesday September 22 to Thursday, September 24. The course will be hosted at: Goodall Homes, 323 Maple Street, Suite 100, Gallatin, TN 37066 Seating is limited. Register ASAP, if you are interested in attending this training class. Read more › The post FileMaker Training: Developer Essentials Class in Nashville, TN Area appeared first on FileMaker Development Company.

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