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Our lead developer Milan made his dream come true and built a pond controlled by FileMaker and Raspberry Pi.
The pond contains about 35 cubic meters of water (about 9246 gallons) and it’s 2 meters (6.5 feet) deep in its deepest point. It is equipped with both mechanical and pressurized filter, UV light, pumps for filtration and waterfall, and an air pump. There are water plants, fish, and other water animals living in the pond. To keep the pond in good conditions, Milan has automated control of its environment with the help of Claris FileMaker and Raspberry Pi…
Click here to read how he made it all work and even watch it in action
By Prasad Khandagale
We are happy to announce the launch of the next FM Quizilla – Our Flagship product for FileMaker developers to practice for the FileMaker Certification exam. FM Quizilla supports aspiring developers who wish to be FileMaker 18 Certified. LEARN – EXPERIENCE – PRACTICE giving FileMaker 18 certification exam on your phone or tablet.
What FM Quizilla offers?
Even as FileMaker is reborn as Claris International Inc. and assumed a new brand identity -- MetaSys Software continues to bring to you the latest version , with all the features you have come to expect !
FM Quizilla has got a well-researched question bank along with questions related to FileMaker 18. Features like Practice test, Historical Analysis, Reviewing Answers, Tracking your progress will all continue to help you with learning and preparation for certification.
How can the users gain more from this app?
Users can download the trial version of the app and explore all the app features and a limited number of questions.
Note: Those who purchased the previous version of the app – FM Quizillaa for FileMaker 17 and FileMaker 16 can continue to use it.
For more info. https://www.metasyssoftware.com/fm-quizilla
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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.
Over a year ago, I started an ambitious project; to develop a FileMaker solution where everything happens on a single screen. It has been much more work than I had anticipated but 8 projects later, it has been defined and refined to the poiint where it is now bulletproof and will work for any solution for any industry.
On January 3, 2020 I will be releasing NautilusFM to the community under an open source (BSD) license so that anybody and everybody can benefit and learn from it. The release includes a comprehensive ebook with step-by-step instructions and an example file to illustrate all of the techniques and methodologies used; that example file could easily be used as a basis for projects and contains the basis functionality required for every business
NautilusFM is a framework, a methodology for development. To read the background story
NautilusFM is NOT a FileMaker solution although the example file is.
To find out exactly what NautilusFM is
If you have a company or organization and want to find out how NautilusFM can benefit you
To watch a quick tour of the NautilusFM example file
To get a copy of the completely unlocked and open Example file, please fill out the simple request form
As soon as the file is ready, you'll receive a copy of it via email.
I'm excited to share it with the community.
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.