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  1. 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 variety of session tracks, to further their knowledge with tips, best practices, and techniques to continue building powerful business solutions for our clients. Mark R., Greg L. and Chad A. will have the honor to host the following sessions: Tuesday, 7/25, 2:15pm, Grand Saguaro North: 7 Tips for Getting More out of FileMaker Cloud, with Greg Lane (Deployment Track) Wednesday, 7/26, 10:30am, Grand Saguaro East/West: The Power of Bidirectional Relationships, with Chad Adams (Intermediate Track) Wednesday, 7/26, 1pm, Grand Canyon 7: Security 101, with Mark Richman (Beginner Track) Wednesday, 7/26, 2:15pm, Grand Saguaro East/West: Introduction to SQL and ODBC for FileMaker Developers, with Greg Lane (Intermediate Track) Read more › The post Skeleton Key is Headed to FileMaker DevCon 2017 appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article
  2. 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 start building with this great new feature set. Our team has written a series of blog posts to introduce some of our favorite new features. Check back soon for more posts. FileMaker 16: Card Window by Jay Sayers FileMaker 16: Layout Objects Window by Alan Kirtlink FileMaker 16: New Windows Interface by Calvin Cooper FileMaker 16: Data API by Todd Stark FileMaker 16: Enhanced Data Viewer by Jay Sayers FileMaker 16: Animations and Transitions by Chad Adams FileMaker 16: New JSON Functions by Jeremy Upton (Coming Soon) Read more › The post The FileMaker 16 Platform appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article
  3. 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
  4. 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. These features allow us to do things that used to be impossible, but with so many objects on a layout it can be difficult to find the one you are looking for. To help us with this, FileMaker 16 adds a feature called the Layout Objects window (LOW). Here's how it works. Read more › The post FileMaker 16: Layout Objects Window appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article
  5. 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 menu bar and status toolbar. Window Snapping Windows natively has a window snapping feature when dragging windows to the sides of the screen. You can now effectively leverage this snapping feature with the changes to the FileMaker Pro 16 Windows interface. Read more › The post FileMaker 16: New Windows Interface appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article
  6. 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 based Data API. Now your FileMaker solution can behave like any number of other databases from around the globe who have distinct APIs written for external users to consume the data. Read more › The post FileMaker 16: The FileMaker Data API appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article
  7. 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
  8. 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. View the full article
  9. 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 have to turn to custom functions and/or third party plugins to interact with these services, they will have use of standard built-in functions that will ship with FileMaker 16. Read more › The post FileMaker 16: New JSON Functions appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article
  10. 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 Browser-Like Back Button in FileMaker appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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 colleagues and take advantage of the variety of session tracks including core, design, innovation, mobility, business & web, to further their knowledge with tips, best practices, and techniques to continue building powerful business solutions for our clients. Mark, Greg and Chad will have the honor to host four of these sessions. Read more › The post Skeleton Key is headed to FileMaker DevCon 2016 appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article
  14. 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 historically used whole number multipliers to scale to the native screen resolution. Using either a 2x or 3x multiplier they can scale the output resolution to the native screen resolution and keep all elements of the items large and legible on the device screens. Android uses multipliers in the same manner as iOS, however the difference is that Android strays from simple 2x and 3x multipliers. Depending on the device resolution the multiplier may be anywhere from 1.3x to 3.5x! With the increasing density of new devices this problem is only going to get worse. Read more › The post Sizing layouts for Android devices for FileMaker 15 WebDirect appeared first on FileMaker Development Company. View the full article
  15. 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. View the full article
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