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David Attenbruh's World of FileMaker™ - Episode 2 - Primary keys
A brief explanation of primary keys. This video is for newbies/intermediates to FileMaker™ and is the 2nd in a series explaining key concepts in an entertaining and easy-to-understand way.


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FileMaker Origin Stories
Everyone here has an interesting FileMaker Origin Story. Sometimes we stumble into the platform, and sometimes we make a deliberate choice.

We all know the ending of our stories, but what happened at the beginning?

We at Geist Interactive are interested in FileMaker developers' origin stories. We're collecting stories into a series of episodes on The Context Podcacst.

Here's the trailer: https://share.transistor.fm/s/d8ad250b

Feel free to share your story too. We'd love to hear your story. Reach out at info@geistinteractive.com or send me a message. We'll set up a time to share your story. Please consider it: no matter your experience level, we want to hear them. 


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Wim Decorte and I are pleased to announce release of Addendum2 in our oAuth series for the Claris FileMaker Platform. This one focuses on the use of the OneLogin IDaaS service.
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HTTP Request: I don’t know how, but it works
In the past year and a half here at Geist Interactive, I’ve been tasked with some development work that involves connecting to various APIs. I’ve written modules for clients that get definitions, other forms, synonyms and antonyms, hypernyms and hyponyms of a term from the client’s internal dictionary and such public dictionaries such as Oxford […]
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DB Services Named to Inc. 5000 List
For the first time, DB Services has been ranked #3494 on the annual Inc. 5000 list, which ranks the country’s “fastest-growing innovators” based on overall revenue growth over a three-year period. The Inc. 5000 list has brought attention to America’s growing private businesses since 1982.

DB Services now joins the ranks of other Inc. 5000 list alumni such as Facebook, Zappos, Pandora, and others. DB Services is top ranked FileMaker Platinum Business Alliance Partner on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list. DB Services joins 63 other Indiana-based companies, and ranks #42 in the state.

DB Services’ mission is to make organizations more efficient and effective through the use of custom FileMaker solutions. Since 2003, they have provided custom applications and workflow solutions to Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, K-12, universities, and non-profit organizations. DB Services is a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Member that offers FileMaker Development, FileMaker Support, FileMaker Training, FileMaker Cloud Hosting, and FileMaker Licensing.

For a complimentary consultation with one of our Certified FileMaker Developers, call the main line at 888-488-0191, or fill out a Contact Form on the DB Services website.
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Forum Etiquette
Forums are a great way to get technical advice for FileMaker but for some reason, many people don't think they have to be nice in the electronic world. I was raised to say "please" and "thank you" and that has translated over to the internet for me. But, other folks think the anonymity of cyberspace is an excuse to be a jerk. Some posters are outright offensive and others will just leave snide responses like, "that wasn't much help". News flash! People on the internet are real and you should be as nice to them as you would in real life! In fact, I would say you should be nicer online so as not to be misinterpreted.

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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.
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Author’s note: Inevitable comparisons will be drawn between the new While function and the venerable CustomList custom function, which I wrote about at length several years ago. Preliminary testing indicates that CustomList is faster under certain circumstances and While is faster under others. In my opinion, both of them belong in your developer tool kit. […]

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The just-released new FileMaker® Pro 18 Advanced has two new security features about which developers should be aware. One of these is fairly straight-forward and extends functionality existing in earlier versions. The other is brand-new; it requires a nuanced understanding and careful consideration about its use. It allows management of certain Accounts by users who do not have [Full Access] Privileges, and thus it is a very significant change.
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Press release - Nutshell Console for FileMaker Server
It is essential. It is REALLY plug-and-play; and it is now available! 

Nutshell Console is a utility application that expands your diagnostic capabilities thanks to its live graphs and visualisations, a powerful log search engine and a concordance analytical tool (stats.log and access.log). With several useful features, and many more in the making*, Nutshell Console is a must have for any performance oriented FileMaker developer or professional host.
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The FileMaker Workplace Innovation Platform has evolved over the past fifteen years since the release in 2004 of FileMaker® Pro 7 to encompass now a robust suite of security features to protect the Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability, and Resilience of organizational data. This same set of Security Building Blocks also helps to provide protection to organizations from a wide variety of risks including business continuity, regulatory sanctions, criminal and civil liability, and reputational damage.
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Announcing WidgetStudio – FileMaker WebViewer Widgets
WidgetStudio makes it easy to use, design and share powerful interface widgets, like calendars, gauges, charts, and timers. Pick from the constantly growing set of included widgets or build your own. Freely share them with your customers or friends.
The post Announcing WidgetStudio – FileMaker WebViewer Widgets appeared first on Geist Interactive.

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24U Software updates all plug-ins for FileMaker Pro
All 24U plug-ins are now code-signed for better security

Prague, CZ — January 31, 2019 — 24U Software has released a new updates of all currently available 24U’s plug-ins for the FileMaker platform. The just released new versions of the following plug-ins are now code-signed for macOS, Windows, and iOS:

- Gonector
- 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In
- 24U SimpleFile Plug-In
- 24U Phone Companion Plug-In
- 24U Phidgets Plug-In
- 24U Simple Talk Plug-In
- 24U Toolbox Plug-In
- 24U SimpleSound Plug-In
- 24U SimpleHASP Plug-In
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360Works Releases New Major Version, Zulu 3: Calendar Syncing Application - Integrate FileMaker with Apple, Google, and Exchange Calendar
New Major Version, 360Works Zulu 3
FileMaker Calendar Syncing Application

Integrate FileMaker with Apple, Google, and Exchange Calendars. Now with Recurring Events Support, Improved Speed and Stability, Email Handler for Admin Sync Reports, and Exposed Google API key.

360Works is pleased to announce the release of Zulu 3. Zulu is a calendar syncing application that lets Apple Calendar, Google Calendar, or Exchange Calendar see your FileMaker table(s) as an Apple, Google, or Exchange Calendar.
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NEW: 360Works Now an AWS Consulting Partner
360Works is Now an AWS Partner

360Works, a leading FileMaker product developer and innovator, is now additionally an AWS (Amazon Web Services) Consulting Partner! The AWS Partner Network (APN) is comprised of technology experts that are focused on helping customers take full advantage of all the benefits in the AWS universe of services. As an APN Consulting Partner, 360Works will provide services that help customers design, architect, build, migrate, and manage their workloads and applications on AWS.
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Karbon Webinar – Getting Started
Free webinar introducing Karbon our free application framework for building ambitious custom business applications. If you are interested in using the FileMaker Workplace Innovation Platform at a high level you'll probably want to see what we have cooked up.
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FileMaker Kanban: Organize Your Data
FileMaker Kanban is the latest tool that offers familiar functionality for users and flexibility for the developer. It offers great functionality and organizes your data visually into lanes and cards.
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Send Text Messages from FileMaker - 360Works Email Plugin Update 3.1 Now Leverages AWS for Sending
Need a Way to Send SMS/Text Messages from FileMaker?

We have released a new update for the 360Works Email Plugin, version 3.1, allowing you to send text messages from FileMaker leveraging technology from Amazon Web Services along with improvements to the plugin when used on Windows.

We like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and as you may have noticed, we use AWS technology in a lot of our product updates. AWS has been a scalable and reliable remote computing infrastructure for our software and we have a great depth of experience in implementing their services into our development.

Recently, we've been working on improving the SMS/text message service for our Email Plugin, and Amazon's Simple Notification Service (SNS) API was the optimal technology to leverage for sending SMS in FileMaker. Unlike using other gateways, there is no need to hassle with lengthy account set ups and various expensive complicated pricing models. In fact, if you already have an AWS account you can get started for free and use the 360Works Email Plugin for sending text messages right now!
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FileMaker® Server 17 And SSL Certificates: Configuration And Use
Information about new SSL processes and options. Jointly authored with Wim Decorte.
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Discussion of new processes for monitoring FileMaker Server.  Jointly authored with Wim Decorte.
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Extensive discussion of new methods for administering FileMaker Server.  Joint authored with Wim Decorte.
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We're happy to announce: #FileMaker Icon Replacements – dotfmp.berlin  2018-Edition https://www.herrfriedrich.com/de/goodies/
Right in time for whatever comes next…
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Hey Scientists, Clinicians, Researchers - Do you have a lot of data sitting on excel files in your computer? Have you ever wondered what is the best way to effectively store, manage and share that data with other scientists? Then this workshop is for you!!


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GoDraw3: Hack the Heck Out of It
GoDraw3 is a FileMaker drawing tool for users. For FileMaker developers, however, it is full of customization. A developer can do with it what she wants.
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(SYLVANIA, OH, USA, March 2018) - New Leaf Data, LLC is excited to announce the immediate availability of FM Inventory Starter (FMIS).  Built on the FileMaker platform, FMIS is an ideal starter application for organizations and teams with inventory management needs, including:

• Manufacturers

• Distributors

• Warehouses

• Procurement Teams

• Sales Teams

FMIS includes the tables and fields needed for an inventory management solution.  FMIS also has over 40 desktop layouts, including 3 templates.  

FMIS is extremely flexible.  FMIS is not an off-the-shelf solution.  Minimal scripting ensures that your organization can define your own business logic to meet your needs.  FMIS also has a minimal relationship graph, enabling you to build your system on the graph model of your choice.

FMIS includes an overview course to help you quickly learn how to use this flexible tool.

FMIS is free.  Course and download information can be found here.

Additional courses include:

• Order Types (e.g. Sales Order, Purchase Order Work Order, etc. using the universal data model).

• Storing Quantity Values

• Transactions

• Navigation (available in April 2018)

Courses include written descriptions, video tutorials, and downloadable demo files.  The courses are optional and start at $99.

New Leaf Data, LLC is a FileMaker Business Alliance company in northwest Ohio.  New Leaf Data, LLC created the website FileMaker Inventory Resources.
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