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In the past I used Podio to organise my daily/weekly workload. In that setup I would login (via my browser), and immediately be notified of tasks: Outstanding (tasks which had been scheduled, but not actioned, or actioned and marked as completed etc), today's calls and future tasks.
Podio was integrated with a Google Calendar which made tracking very easy. I'd like to try to create something similar so I receive a pop-up message/task list, when I log in to FMPA at the start of each day.
Is this something I might be able to achieve as an absolute newbie?
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Prague, CZ -- December 17, 2019 -- 24U extends the range of hardware modules that can be easily integrated with the FileMaker platform by adding support the popular open-source hardware platform Arduino. The successful Phidgets Plug-In so becomes Bridge to reflect the growing range of supported hardware platforms.
24U Bridge is a module (add-on, plug-in) that acts as a bridge between software apps, developed on the FileMaker platform, and physical devices to allow them to be controlled by the software or to control the software.
Bridge has been known as 24U Phidgets Plug-In for over 10 years since 2008 as a plug-in enabling the FileMaker platform to integrate with physical devices provided by Phidgets, Inc. Today, 24U has extended its support to the world of Arduino, another popular sort of physical devices, commonly used for electronics prototyping projects, changing its name to Bridge to reflect the fact that it's no longer limited to a single technology. Support for more device technologies is expected to be added to the product in the future, depending on actual demand.
According to Arduino AG, "Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board."
The Arduino project started in 2005 as a program for students at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Ivrea, Italy, aiming to provide a low-cost and easy way for novices and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators. Since then in became popular not only for students and hobbyists, but also for technology professionals looking for cost-effective way to build custom hardware solutions addressing specific, often new or unique, business needs.
About Bridge for Arduino
Bridge for Arduino enables FileMaker Pro to interact with custom hardware devices based on the popular open-source Arduino platform while maintaining the ease of use typical for FileMaker development.
By default, Arduino boards come free of any software and developers have to write their own code to make them do something. Bridge for Arduino comes with a ready-to-use firmware that saves FileMaker developers from having to write a single line of programming language code, letting them to focus on their use cases and easily control their devices directly from FileMaker Pro.
The plug-in lets FileMaker developers easily:
Read from Arduino pins to process digital signals and sensor values Write directly to Arduino pins to control various electrical devices Control servo and stepper motors to automate moving parts of robots and machines Display text on an LCD display to provide custom user interface such as cashbox Connect Arduino boards over network to control and monitor distant devices Install 24U's firmware to Arduino to avoid having to write your own C code The first version of Bridge for Arduino supports Arduino UNO board and its 100% compatible clones, Arduino Starter Kit, Arduino Ethernet shield, and the ESP-01 wi-fi module. Support for other boards and modules will be added in the future based on actual demand, support for specific setup can be also added upon request as a custom modification.
Availability and Pricing of Bridge for Arduino
Licenses for Bridge for Arduino start at US$79 per user and device or $249 per user with unlimited devices. Volume discounts are available for 5 or more users.
More information: https://www.24usoftware.com/arduino
About 24U Software
With customers in 70 countries and 28 years of experience with the FileMaker platform, 24U excels in developing new or taking care of existing custom apps, optimizing their performance, identifying and resolving potential issues and liabilities, improving reliability, stability and scalability, integrating them with other systems including various hardware devices, and extending them beyond expectation.
As a platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, 24U helps global businesses around the world to maintain sustainable growth by working with their in-house developers or completely taking care of the maintenance and development of their business solutions.
Software Division Manager, 24U s.r.o.
(c)2019 24U s.r.o. All rights reserved. 24U and 24U Software are trademarks of 24U s.r.o. FileMaker is a trademark of Claris International, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Arduino is a registered trademark of Arduino AG. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.
New Major Version Release:
The All New MirrorSync 6: Optimized for FileMaker Developers
The moment you've been waiting for is here! 360Works is proud to announce the release of MirrorSync 6. The easy-to-use FileMaker data replication tool can quickly and seamlessly sync an offline database running on FileMaker Go or FileMaker Pro with a database hosted by FileMaker Server. It can sync various configurations of SQL databases, such as MySQL, Salesforce, Amazon DynamoDB or Redshift, and WordPress with FileMaker. This new version of MirrorSync also makes it very easy to synchronize two FileMaker Servers to handle mission critical tasks like server clustering for load balancing and data disaster recovery.
In this release, MirrorSync ships with many improvements for the synchronization setup and management process.
Jesse Barnum, President of 360Works, says “MirrorSync 6 is the most major change since version 3. One of the biggest features is that MirrorSync can now automatically detect all new fields and tables." In version 6, there is no need to re-configure or re-paste script steps when you have solution changes (for client-to-server sync, as well as server-to-server).
Overall, the MirrorSync configuration client and sync management has been greatly improved. Creating and editing configurations is much faster, especially for many tables. Sync status updates are more responsive, and configuration changes can be made without canceling active syncs. New fields and layouts are automatically detected and added to the sync. Auto-detection of primary keys, creation / modification timestamps, and writebacks has been greatly improved. In addition, the configuration client no longers requires Java to be pre-installed, and is signed and notarized for compatibility with the latest versions of Mac OS X without annoying security pop-ups.
Try or Buy MirrorSync 6
Automatic File Transfers Between Servers
When setting up a server-to-server sync for the first time, you no longer need to manually download, copy, and upload the databases between the servers. Just install MirrorSync 6 on both servers and click the ‘sync now’ button. MirrorSync will transfer the files (even for multi-file solutions) and run the initial sync.
Automatic Version Update Between Servers
If you’ve used MirrorSync 4 or 5, you’re familiar with the automatic update feature, which automatically sends database updates to users in the field. MirrorSync 6 now uses the same approach for server-to-server syncs. Just modify a single calculation field, and MirrorSync will replace the database on the spoke server with a new version after the next successful sync. You can even schedule this feature, so that it runs overnight without disrupting connected users.
MirrorSync 6 Makes Syncs Safer
Deletion scanning now runs two separate checks to ensure a record has been deleted before deleting on the other side of the sync. Checks have been added to make sure that no client record exists in the MirrorSync table before downloading a copy for the spoke to sync. Recover mode is now more discerning about which records to re-write after a previous failed sync which helps to prevent situations where recovery could cause a large number of records to be modified. Lastly, there have been multithreading improvements for storing and accessing the internal sync database for better reliability.
Robust Enough for the Largest of Files
For users with large databases, MirrorSync now utilizes streaming when reading from FileMaker Server and Pro/Go. This allows fetching data of unlimited size, while reducing RAM requirements.
A common problem in previous versions of MirrorSync was a limit on the number of tables. When the table count approached 60 tables, the MirrorSync script would often hit the limit on script size in FileMaker. This issue is now solved: MirrorSync 6 can sync any number of tables. We’ve successfully tested MirrorSync 6 with a server-to-server sync for a multi-file solution containing 26 files, 127 tables, and over 30 million records.
MirrorSync now supports custom location for temp files. This is particularly important when using the database download feature with very large databases; you can now store these temporary copies on an external volume with more free space than the boot drive.
After upgrading your existing MirrorSync 4 or 5 installation, existing offline databases in the field will continue to be able to sync with the new MirrorSync 6 server. You can utilize MirrorSync’s automatic version update feature to update these users to the latest version after completing a sync with their older version.
Try or Buy MirrorSync 6
New System Requirements:
Java is no longer required to be pre-installed for the installer, web application, or configuration client. FileMaker Pro, Go, and Server 17 or later is now required. Certain multithreading speed improvements will only apply when running Server 18v3 or later.
Notable Features in MirrorSync 6:
Automated deployment and version management for server-to-server syncs Now uses the Data API (instead of XML or xDBC) All new MirrorSync script, re-written to support new features in FileMaker 17 and later Unlimited tables Leverages new FileMaker features for much faster container field syncs Configuration client is now a standalone application that does not require Java to be installed Added support for Get( UUIDNumber ) primary keys Added support for the iPod Touch (which is a great and inexpensive option for offline data collection)
See the complete changelog here.
Pricing and Availability
MirrorSync 6 is available now. You can download the software instantly from mirrorsync.com and start syncing with the new improvements. MirrorSync is free for 1 FileMaker Pro/Go device, with additional devices priced at $8-$95 per device depending on quantity. This price is for a single FileMaker solution, with addition solutions priced at $200/each, and server-to-server syncs priced at $1,600 - $2,000 depending on the types of databases. All prices are one-time costs, not annual. Complete pricing is available at mirrorsync.com
Active maintenance subscribers for MirrorSync or the 360Works Portfolio Bundle will receive the new major version 6 at no additional cost. All purchases within the last 12 months are still under active maintenance.
We are also pleased to announce that we offer hosting services for MirrorSync for the low price of $29 per month. This is included free of charge for customers hosting FileMaker Server with us. Contact us to find out more and get started!
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New FileMaker 18 version improves flash dialog and progress bar.
Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, October 14, 2019–Troi today announced the immediate availability of Troi Dialog Plug-in 8.0 for FileMaker Pro 18.
What is Troi Dialog Plug-in?
Troi Dialog Plug-in is a very powerful tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a script step or a calculation. All from within FileMaker you can:
show an input dialog to let a user input data in up to 15 fields and up to 4 buttons choose these input fields to be any of the following: simple text, password field, popup list or check box show a list dialog or very big text dialog show temporary flash screens show a progress bar for lengthy operations add a standard icon or your own custom icons What is new in version 8.0?
Troi Dialog Plug-in 8.0 has the following new functionality:
Tested and made compatible with FileMaker Pro 18 and macOS 10.15 (Catalina). Tested and made compatible with Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update). Improved the Show Flash Dialog script step and the Dial_FlashDialog function. You can now specify a countdown text to be displayed at the bottom of the dialog, for example the text “This flash dialog will dismiss in <secs> seconds”. The plug-in will substitute <secs> with the number of seconds remaining. Improved the Dial_ProgressBar function. It can now display icons, including custom icons. In version 8.0 we also made the following improvements:
IMPORTANT (macOS only) The minimum supported FileMaker version is now FileMaker Pro 14. Also the minimum supported Mac OS version is now OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). You can keep using v7.5.x for older versions of FileMaker Pro or Mac OS X. (macOS) Fixed a problem with the Dial_IconControl function where a custom icon would not be shown on a dialog, for some JPEG based icons. (Windows) Improved the Dial_ProgressBar function. The plug-in now properly handles the case where the parent window of the progress bar is closed before the progress bar dialog is removed. Also improved the case where you show another Troi dialog when the progress bar dialog is still visible. The new dialog will now be in front and have the keyboard focus. (Windows) Fixed a bug where improper handling of a closing FileMaker parent window could lead to a crash. This could happen when multiple Troi Dialogs where shown in one script. (Windows) Fixed a bug in the Dial_Dialog function where closing the dialog could lead to a crash. (macOS) Prepared the plug-in for notarization: the plug-in can now be added to a runtime, to create a hardened FileMaker runtime app which can be notarized by Apple. Notarization gives users more confidence, as the runtime has been checked by Apple for malicious components. Improved the initialization when installing the plug-in with the FileMaker Pro “Install Plug-In File” script step. Modernized several example files and updated the code base. More detailed information on all changes and improvements implemented in Troi Dialog Plug-in 8.0 can be found on the Dialog Plug-in page.
Pricing & Availability
A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 8.0 is available on the Dialog Plug-in page.
Licenses cost US$ 59 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Dialog Plug-in page. You can order licenses from our shop.
Version 8.0 needs a new registration. The upgrade is free for users who bought a license for Troi Dialog Plug-in on or after November 14, 2018. Eligible users have been sent a new registration. Contact us if you have not received yours.
Upgrades from licenses bought before November 14, 2018 are available from US$ 35 per user. Upgrade prices for other licenses can be found in the shop. You can order upgrades there.
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