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  1. Hey James, check your IE version - WD only supports IE 9 and 10. Is it a supported browser? FileMaker WebDirect is accessible from a web browser. Supported web browsers include: Safari 6.x and Safari 7.x Internet Explorer 9.x or 10.x Chrome 21.x http://www.filemaker.com/products/filemaker-server/server-13-specifications.html
  2. Script steps that invoke the server like “Perform Script on Server”, will likely require a server version that understands the command. There are probably others but that one comes to mind just now.
  3. My understanding is, like so many other things in life (good and bad), “the first one is free”. IOW, you keep that, and purchasing a 5 pack brings you to 6 concurrent connections. Note that the connections are what’s important, not “who” the connectors are. You’re not licensing Sandy and George, and anybody can be one of those concurrent connections.
  4. FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 12: Developer Essentials Wednesday October 2 - Friday October 4, 2013 9:00am - 4:30pm IT Solutions offers a three-day FileMaker Training Series course for intermediate FileMaker developers who are ready to take their solutions to the next level. We have chosen a number of great lessons from the FileMaker Training Series 4 curriculum (the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc.) that are appropriate for developers who already have some experience but need to dig deeper into what FileMaker Pro has to offer. We will examine all of the different kinds of fields and field options available. We will create calculation fields and use the calculation engine in other parts of the database throughout the course. We will cover all aspects of layout design and explore the many tools that FileMaker makes available for you to design a rich user interface, such as themes, guides, conditional formatting, tooltips and tab controls. We will spend time exploring new changes in the FileMaker 12 design surface. You will be introduced to scripts and you will create summary reports that will help convert your raw data into meaningful information. We will also discuss how relational databases work, how to plan a relational database and how to translate your planning into a FileMaker solution. This class is perfect for users who need to start adding features to an existing system or developers who are relatively new to FileMaker Pro. You should already have some exposure to FileMaker, but extensive development experience is not required. $1485 per student. Email training@itsolutions-inc.com or call (215) 886-9338 for more information. ** 20% discount per student if you register before September 1, 2013 - that is a $300 savings!
  5. The FileMaker Training Series, now in its fourth edition, has been launched today and is available for purchase at filemaker.com. The FileMaker Training Series is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. It offers a series of 13 training modules that cover a comprehensive set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. The FileMaker Training Series is targeted at intermediate to advanced FileMaker developers, but anyone that creates databases can increase their knowledge from these time-tested materials. This series is a key resource for becoming a FileMaker Certified Developer. IT Solutions Consulting is pleased to announce that we’ll be offering a three day FTS training session August 22-24: FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 12: Developer Essentials The training will be held in Fort Washington, PA. This is an exciting time in the world of FileMaker and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to explore the new features and capabilities of FileMaker with our students!
  6. "Turning Data Into Relationships" - 1st time PFUG attendee shares her thoughts: http://www.phillyfilemaker.org/?p=1681 http://fb.me/zsI6Ze0R

  7. Switch to Mailchimp. Doug from HomeBase Software has a nice little tutorial on integrating with FileMaker, starting here: http://homebasesoftware.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/mailchimp-integration-with-filemaker-pro/ Besides which, MailChimp’s just awesome. And free for lists under 1000 subscribers.
  8. This is eerily like those dreams I was having the night before my 11 certification exam.
  9. Ow. And this is helpful to my brain at 5 o’clock on a Friday...how? ;-) And now I have Abacab in my head, and will have to purge it.
  10. Interesting. Yeah, that works if you use a Let statement in a Set Field script step. Note that trying to Set Variable "$test $test” to some value in a script step doesn’t work, because it reads the second $ as an illegal character. This is a bit inconsistent, obviously. Why should the behavior be illegal in one circumstance, and generate NO error in another (and, moreover, WORK)? Moreover, I find it a bit odd that the calc engine interprets return characters as part of the variable name as well. I have a feeling something would break somewhere if you were to choose to declare variables with illegal characters through Set Field. I just don’t know where.
  11. Okay, Robin, one of my colleagues, pointed this one out to me. I’ve never run across it before, because…because I’m perfect, and never mistype in the calc engine! Yeah…yeah, that’s it. Anyway, to reproduce: 1.open up the calc engine (Data Viewer will do) 2. Add an expression to the Watch pane, and copy/paste this into the calc dialog: $test $test $test $test $test $test $test 3. Click on Monitor 4. Scratch your head in befuddlement. You’d think FM would bark once you try to commit this expression, since there aren’t any operators…but no. I’ve monkeyed with the contents of the variable to see if anything useful can be done with this (i.e. there’s an obscure reason for it), but nope - tried “1 +”, “test &” etc, putting operators in the string to see if something interesting might come of it. Anyway. Odd. Any ideas or thoughts about this? Am I missing something obvious?
  12. You might want to engage either of the above - or 360works.com - to custom develop a plugin. 360works does extensive custom plugin work that’s highly regarded (and from what I’ve heard reasonably priced). I can’t speak directly to Productive Computing or 24U in terms of custom work but they’ve both been in the plugin business for a very long time, are mature companies, and their standard plugin products are rock solid.
  13. Ditto. Also, what does your available disk space on C: look like? Since it’s randomly happening to different files including fresh ones, I’d want to check to see if there’s enough room for FMS to write cache files. EDIT: my comment actually assumes FMS.
  14. Considering Server 5.5 is coming up on its 10th anniversary, it’s possible that it simply won’t run in more recent versions of OSX. What was the last OSX version you had it running/v4 patched successfully in? Can you roll back to that version? I’m sure you’ve heard it before (and will again), but moving to the latest FMS product suite might be in order. 10 years is certainly pushing the edge of end-of-life.
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