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Free Apps

Free Apps

I collect links to Free Apps from the web every day.  They are Free for a day, sometimes more, but no guarantees! Click here to visit the Free Apps page (Heads up! Just register to access this collection).  

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FileMaker User Interface Session

FileMaker User Interface Session

 Lots of good things in this video, especially for beginners and those making the transition to FileMaker 13.  There are a lot of great layout tools to help make great looking interface screens, such as the field picker, grids, stencil tools, sliders, popovers, portals, tabs, themes, and styles. Published on Sep 15, 2014 Join us(…)

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Visual Design Basics For FileMaker: Shape

Visual Design Basics For FileMaker: Shape

IT ALWAYS SEEMS to me that some people just have the ability to grasp design principles effortlessly.  Combined with the ability to draw and lay things out in proportion, these people seem to just make beautiful art.  But it seems there is some science and math behind it, too, that will help the hopeless (like(…)

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Save Time, Money by Creating Readable FileMaker Code

Save Time, Money by Creating Readable FileMaker Code

HAVE YOU EVER revisited code you wrote months or years later and wondered “What the heck was I thinking when I wrote this?”.  Most developers I have talked to have done so at least once, and that was because they did not comment their code properly. Emory Brown outlines a logical, clear method used at(…)

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Figuring Out Filtered Relationships

Figuring Out Filtered Relationships

Sadly, this article won’t help you with your personal relationships.  Instead, Michael Rocharde tackles filtered relationships in FileMaker and does so in a major way:  cascading relationships where the user is presented with a list of filtered selections at each step in the process, making it easier to find and select the record they need:(…)

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What are Floor and Ceiling Functions?

What are Floor and Ceiling Functions?

Hint:  It has nothing to do with construction or buildings.  Instead, it is rounding numbers with a twist.  FullCityConsulting explores floor and ceiling functions in their weekly post: A few weeks ago we looked at the Min and Max functions. That got me wondering if there are any other FileMaker functions that travel in pairs. I(…)

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FileMaker Video Seminar: Getting rid of Paper-based Processes

FileMaker Video Seminar: Getting rid of Paper-based Processes

Using FileMaker Go and iPads or iPhones to reduce paper-based processes is an idea that has been around for a while. This video from FileMaker shows some of the success stories and illustrates the savings in both time and money: Published on Sep 10, 2014 More businesses today are seeking alternatives to legacy paper-based processes.(…)

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FileMaker Custom Functions

FileMaker Custom Functions

I was browsing Briandunning.com for custom functions and found a few good ones to link: GetQueryStringValue ( keyName ; sourceUrl ):  Given a full URL and name of a key, returns the given key’s value out of the entire URL. CurrentTime_Less_Hours_Minutes (Hours ; Minutes):  Gets time less hours and minutes entered CurrentTime_Plus_Hours_Minutes (Hours ; Minutes): To(…)

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XML and FileMaker – Making it Work

XML and FileMaker – Making it Work

PARSING XML documents looks daunting, but don;t let that scare you.  Once you get past the ugly look of XML and XSLT, it’s pretty straight forward.  And since thousands of programs and websites provide data streams in XML format, learning how to process XML into FileMaker is a handy tool to have in your toolbox.  David Nahodyl(…)

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Saved by the Filter Function

Saved by the Filter Function

I WAS JUST USING THE FILTER FUNCTION this past week to clean up a nasty looking phone number field from a web source.  The field in question allowed the user to type in any alphanumeric data they wanted:  Cell, Extension, ATTN, Attention, Mobile, etc.  It also allowed too many digits, too few digits, parenthesis, dashes, and(…)

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  1. Jonathan Fletcher: Donald, wouldn't the last "4" be included after applying the filter to that field? So it would be "50412354324" instead?…

  2. Don Clark: Good catch, Jonathan. I changed the example to match what I was showing. In the instance that there are too…

    • Jonathan Fletcher: Yes, there's always something in the data you hadn't thought of before. ::-(

$2.99 App Free this weekend – picTrove Pro – image search across multiple services

$2.99 App Free this weekend – picTrove Pro – image search across multiple services

(Heads up – registration required to access post) Free for the weekend (12-14 Sep) to celebrate our new picTrove 2 app. iOS 7+ users: Please get our picTrove 2 pro app instead of this one. ———————————————————————————- The most advanced Internet photo searching, browsing app. Read through the description for the details! picTrove supports these photo(…)

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FileMaker Date Fields Explored

FileMaker Date Fields Explored

AHH, DATE FIELDS.  On the surface, one would think date fields are pretty strait-forward.  But there are twists and turns when dealing with date fields, and it’s best to know FileMaker’s rules when working with them: The date field is designed to hold a data string representing a single date such as 11/22/2004. When you(…)

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Filemaker Success Tips : 314

Filemaker Success Tips : 314

So what it the Chromebook effect?  You’ll need to listen to find out.  It’s on my list while riding today. Thu, 11 September 2014 314_FM_Success_Tips Chromebook effect, It’s a data server, not a file server, Making a pdf and attaching to email Direct download: 314_FM_Success_Tips.mp3 Category:podcasts – posted at: 5:30 PM Filemaker Success Tips: 314_FM_Success_Tips.  

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FileMaker 13: Popovers and Portals in Portals

FileMaker 13: Popovers and Portals in Portals

BE PREPARED to spend some time on this article from Kevin Franks.  But it will be worth it.  The problem is simple: The popover object in FileMaker 13 presents developers with a wealth of new design opportunities (a number of which were discussed in this article: FileMaker 13 Popovers). But if you’ve tried to use a(…)

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