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!
How it Works
With the 360Works Email Plugin now using the AWS SNS service, you can push out text messages to a large number of subscribers on their mobile devices. Example business use cases:
Notifying a customer that a pet is ready for pick-up on their mobile device Sending project update alerts to teams on the go Confirming and reminding clients of appointment times via text message Virtually any case you can think of where a mobile message service is needed!
The AWS functionality in the Email Plugin is easy to set up, operate, and reliably send notifications to all your endpoints - at any scale. It takes just 1 function call to send a text message from FileMaker; simply enter your AWS Access Key, AWS Secret Key, a phone number, and a brief message like so:
EmailSMSSend("AccessKeyHere";"SecretKeyHere";"17702349293";"Your Message Here"]
...and you're done!
Where required by local laws and regulations (such as the US and Canada), SMS recipients can use their devices to opt out. Developers can manage sending settings in their AWS console.
Using the 360Works Email Plugin is a great way to send SMS in FileMaker Go. You can trigger a script on a machine that has the Email Plugin installed. Using FileMaker Server, you can have routine scripts that will process all the outstanding function calls or even use 360Works RemoteScripter Plugin to trigger server side scripts. Your users can send text messages from their FileMaker Go custom app, whether using an iPhone on the field or an iPad throughout the office.
Pricing and Availability
The Email Plugin is essentially a 2-for-1 deal. When you purchase it you receive the SMS/text message functionality as well as the powerful email sending capabilities of the plugin, such as sending and receiving HTML formatted and multiple attachment emails with SMTP, POP, and IMAP servers.
The Email Plugin starts at $195 and is available with 3 different tiers: Single-User, Workgroup (10 users - local use), Enterprise, and Solution (Vertical Market option). If you plan to use the Email Plugin for server-side use of any kind, such as SMS in FileMaker Go, you will need the Enterprise license.
This new version, Email Plugin 3.1, is a free update for those currently using major version 3. You can go right to the Email Plugin page and download the current version.
Sending costs are extremely low and handled through AWS. The first 100 messages sent to US numbers are free. Messages after 100 sent and any non-US numbers incur a per message charge, pricing can be found in our docs wiki (docs.360works.com). Currently, this charge is less than a penny per SMS.
If you would like implementation services, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to take care of the entire SMS implementation process for you or provide a guided walk-through at our hourly consulting rate.
It is free to try the Email Plugin. There is a fully-functional demo version available and you can test the functionality in our sample file as well.
We value the feedback from the FileMaker Developer Community. Please let us know if there is a feature you would like to see in our plugin(s) at email@example.com
"I wanted to publicly thank Sam Barnum from 360Works for OUTSTANDING customer support! I needed to be able to put inline graphics into outgoing "blast" emails for one of my clients. We use 360Works' email plug-in for it's ability to run from a script running in FMPS - these "blasts" go out to a few thousand people and run at night. Sam responded immediately to my request for help, offered to make an addition to the plug-in to handle the inline graphics and built it for me in very short order... So, THANK YOU SAM. And thank you 360Works." ?Mark Woytovich, Ignotum Inc.
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Announcing the Release of 360Deploy 2 for FileMaker Data Migration Ease and Automation
360Works is proud to announce the release of 360Deploy 2! 360Deploy is an easy-to-use developer tool that automates development changes from a development environment to the production server. With the click of a button, it handles all tedious data migration tasks.
How 360Deploy works:
Clones the development database Transfers clone to the production server Imports the data from the production database and into the clone to absorb the new architecture *For large databases, it supports a scheduling feature to run imports overnight. Backs up the production solution in archived folders prior to import should clients wish to revert back to the old version Renames the deployed file Resumes the deployed file
360Deploy 2 leverages the new FileMaker Data Migration Tool, making the import super fast! Vertical Market solution developers will especially benefit from 360Deploy 2, as it allows for simultaneous remote deployment to multiple servers. Developers with shrink-wrapped software can do a simultaneous version update to multiple client servers around the world...all with a single click.
Once you press the 'deploy' button in 360Deploy, there is nothing left to do. It sends the new version to FileMaker Server (or multiple servers), and then runs in the background on each server, so you are free to continue working, take a break, or head home for the night, knowing that the new version will be safely deployed to users on each server by the time you get back. You'll receive an email when the process is complete. Skip the hassle of fumbling with files on the server and stick to the 'one-button click' of 360Deploy for dev changes!
Powerful features in 360Deploy 2:
Simultaneous remote deployment to multiple servers Migrate data to new database versions using the fast, new FileMaker Data Migration Tool Import automation - automatically takes data from one FileMaker file and places into the structure of another file Scheduling feature lets you run the deployment unattended during off-hours Automated notifications when deployment is complete Work on your test server and easily deploy new changes to your production server We have put together a comparison chart to display the difference between the traditional development method of manually importing data, using the new FileMaker Data Migration Tool, or using 360Deploy 2:
360Deploy 2 requires FileMaker Pro or Advanced 16, and production databases must be hosted on FileMaker Server 14 or later.
After downloading 360Deploy on your server and configuring settings with the simple 360Deploy Setup utility, 360Deploy will deploy the development file changes to your users with the click of one button.
360Deploy 2 is available immediately for purchase from 360deploy.com. Pricing starts at $195, which includes deployment with a single FileMaker solution (this can be a multi-file solution) and a single production server. It allows updated file versions for one solution to be deployed to one live / production server. There is a free demo license available which can deploy to any number of servers for testing and evaluation purposes.
Located in metro Atlanta, 360Works, a FileMaker Platinum Business Alliance member, has been providing development solutions for 22 years. The company is a leading developer of both shrink-wrapped and custom database solutions for clients such as NASA, Pixar, US Marines, Make-A-Wish foundation and others. The company is credited for its forward-thinking solutions, dedication and unparalleled client service.
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360Works Products Tested for FileMaker 17
FileMaker 17 is here, and we are excited for the update. At 360Works, we strive to provide the best possible service and support to our customers and to always keep our products compatible and flexible.
Testing our plug-ins with FileMaker 17 has been completed with each current version available on our online store. We are happy to report that we do not need to release any new versions of our plug-ins listed below, as the current versions you already have will continue to work. Other products we offer have also been tested, and will work with FileMaker 17.
Last year, we released a major update to our plug-in framework. If you haven't caught up with our big framework change, be sure to check out this article.
Install plug-ins with ease using the Install Plugin File script step in all environments. For legacy systems, auto-update is supported as well. Find out more at 360works.com/autoupdate.
Compatibility with the FileMaker Platform
360Works products are compatible with the following deployment options:
FileMaker Pro Advanced FileMaker Cloud FileMaker Server: scheduled scripts FileMaker Server: Perform Script on Server from FileMaker Client FileMaker Server: Perform Script on Server with WebDirect, Data API, and XML Web Publishing
We are delighted with the continued development and innovation of the FileMaker platform and in the FileMaker community. We are proud to be a partner and trusted resource in the FileMaker ecosystem.
"We use 360Works plug-ins with our clients without hesitation. They're easy to implement, and work dependably, and KEEP working dependably. Their excellent support is just the icing on the cake."
—Scott Love, Soliant Consulting
Current Products and Versions
Product Name Product Description 360Deploy 1.01 Automated, simple deployment of new database versions Charts 2.08 Easy-to-use charting for FileMaker CloudMail 3.08 Send and track email marketing campaigns Email 3.08 Send and receive text and HTML emails in FileMaker FTPeek 2.08 FTP upload and download from your FileMaker database JDBC 2.08 SQL access with JDBC Compatibility MirrorSync 4.0 Sync FileMaker Go and Pro on a device without network connection, sync FileMaker Servers, and sync FileMaker with SQL databases Plastic 3.08 Payment processing plug-in RemoteScripter 2.08 Trigger scripts on FileMaker Pro from the web or IWP SafetyNet 2.01 FileMaker Server offsite backup Scribe 3.08 Read and write PDF, Word, and Excel files ScriptMaster 5.09 Adds many new functions & create custom plug-ins SuperContainer 2.9511 A better container field Web Assistant 2.08 Access internet resources, URLs, and fill out web forms Web Services Manager 1.7 Publish FileMaker scripts as XML Web Services Zulu 2.1 FileMaker calendar sync If you find a couple of these products to be helpful, you may want to look into the 360Works Portfolio Bundle, where you can obtain the entire suite of plug-ins and add-ons with a savings of 75% off of the full price!
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By Ben Douglas
Hi, we recently switched gateways from Plug n' Pay to PayTrace, but we are suddenly finding that the returned raw response has significantly less data. If a card fails it does not even give us the reason why it failed. Also I've tried capturing the transaction data using CCLast___ and nothing seems to give any good information. Am I missing something? Is this something to discuss with the gateway? Have any other people using 360works with PayTrace found a way to handle this?
Important Update for 360Works Plug-ins
We have made important bug fixes and improved reliability across the board for several of our plug-ins. This new update introduces compatibility with macOS High Sierra, improved license checking, and important usability fixes.
At 360Works, we strive to provide the best possible service and support to our customers and to always keep our products compatible and flexible.
Which Plug-ins Have this New Update?
Updated Plug-in Plug-in Description 360Deploy 1.01 Automated, simple deployment of new database versions CloudMail 3.06 Send and track email marketing campaigns Plastic 3.06 Payment processing plug-in Scribe 3.06 Read and write PDF, Word, and Excel files ScriptMaster 5.07 Adds many new functions & create custom plug-ins Email 3.06 Send and receive text and HTML emails in FileMaker FTPeek 2.06 FTP upload and download from your FileMaker database WebAssistant 2.06 Access internet resources, URLs, and fill out web forms JDBC 2.06 SQL access with JDBC Compatibility Charts 2.06 Easy-to-use charting for FileMaker RemoteScripter 2.06 Trigger scripts on FileMaker Pro from the web or IWP For Scribe and CloudMail, you can use this update as long as you have a current maintenance subscription. For all other products, you can use this update if you own a valid license for the most recent major version.
Active Portfolio Bundle holders with a current maintenance subscription can use all of these updates.
Please note: if you have an older version of a license, you will need to purchase the latest major version to run the update.
Now compatible with macOS High Sierra License checking code has been improved - fixed several issues related to license checking Graphical User Interface (GUI) improvements made to progress bars, file choosers, and configuration dialog windows Better reliability when loading and initializing plug-ins
360Works plug-ins are compatible with all available plug-in deployment options:
FileMaker Pro FileMaker Server Web Direct Custom and PHP Web Publishing FileMaker Cloud
All plug-ins have been optimized for usage with the FileMaker 16 platform, learn more about the previous update here.
360Works plug-ins and add-ons are compatible with both Windows and Mac environments.
Custom Plug-in Users
If you have a 360Works custom plug-in, please contact us to get an updated version of our custom plug-in. In most cases, there will be no additional charge for this. (Charges may occur if additional development work is required. Rates will be billed at our hourly consulting rate of $185/hr. Please contact us for custom plug-in information.)
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