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Tutor for Filemaker Pro – The Basics

Tutor for Filemaker Pro – The Basics

THIS NEW TUTORIAL program looks interesting – there’s a Mac and iOS version, and it’s only $10.  Short videos are a great way to learn, and this course has 49 of them. Download Tutor for Filemaker Pro – The Basics today and learn how to use Filemaker Pro for the Mac. Our tutorial includes 49 easy-to-follow(…)

Meet the FileMaker Min and Max Functions

Meet the FileMaker Min and Max Functions

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE, DOUBLE THE FUN.  Assuming you find programming fun, that is. FullCity Consulting covers the Min and Max functions this week: What’s better than a function of the week? Two functions of the week! This week we’ll explore the (fraternal) twin functions of Min and Max. These functions return the lowest and highest(…)

The Running Test

The Running Test

AN INTERESTING POST at Seedcode (I assume it’s by John Sindelar, but it’s not clear) about mulling things over as he exercises by running: The Running Test is one way to get information about decisions, and I’ve found its results surprising. When I’m mulling something over, I’ll find it has one of two impacts on(…)

Be Wary of The Consultant

Be Wary of The Consultant

IN THIS EPISODE by Michael Rocharde, the topic is about a consultant over selling a client on a system that is way too big and expensive to maintain.  A couple of good points in here–make sure you, as a consultant, pitch the right product to your client.  Anything else is a losing strategy in the(…)

Help Exporting a VCard file from FileMaker

Help Exporting a VCard file from FileMaker

HAS ANYONE HAD good luck with exporting a VCard file (.vcf) from FileMaker?  A solution that works with both Mac and Windows? I have tried the Vcard custom function found on briandunning.com, but cannot get an exported  file to work.  I am exporting from FileMaker 13 on a Mac and have tried these variations of export file:(…)

Test Network Performance with this Cool Tool

Test Network Performance with this Cool Tool

LOAD TESTING A DATABASE  is a necessity, among other reasons, when dealing with a large number of users or when network connectivity is spotty and the user’s actions put a load on the server.  Or when they are using WebDirect or a smart device in an area with poor connectivity. JohnAustin Lamprecht, of Soliant Computing,(…)

Oakland A’s use FileMaker to Scout Opposing Players

Oakland A’s use FileMaker to Scout Opposing Players

I WATCHED MONEYBALL with Brad Pitt last year, but didn’t know they were using FileMaker to build a system like this.  And what’s more, Kevin Hammond of DB Services helped Tye Waller (above) write this solution! These days, most major-league clubs employ advance scouts who travel around the country looking for clues about the subtleties(…)

The Next Generation of a FileMaker Progress Bar

The Next Generation of a FileMaker Progress Bar

A FILEMAKER PROGRESS BAR using base64 encoding was ground breaking  last December, and is even more so today, due to Excelysis’s Andy Persons adding the ability to change the colors of the progress bar using a steps parameter: After we posted the FileMaker Pro 13 Progress Bar demo file using a base64 image last December, one frequent request we received(…)

The Best Design Secrets from Devcon 2014 – Designing FileMaker

The Best Design Secrets from Devcon 2014 – Designing FileMaker

ALEXIS ALLEN of Designing FileMaker shares more design secrets from Devcon 2014: If you haven’t started using themes and styles yet in your FileMaker development, you should! This article consolidates information from Andrew Paulsen, Adam Ward, and Bob Shockey, presented in sessions at the 2014 FileMaker Developer’s Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The tricks and pointers(…)

How to Create a PDF from FileMaker Server | DB Services

How to Create a PDF from FileMaker Server | DB Services

KEVIN HAMMOND OF DBSERVICES found a way to print pdf’s from FileMaker Server.  Their unique solution is falls on the more difficult side to set un and configure, but once done opens the door to automated reports from the server: Have you ever wanted to email customers their invoices automatically? Have you ever wanted to generate(…)

Proper Printing in FileMaker WebDirect

Proper Printing in FileMaker WebDirect

THERE HAVE BEEN lots of articles bemoaning WebDirect’s lack of support for printing.  One of the options tossed about is using a robot FileMaker client–a standalone computer running FileMaker dedicated to processing print jobs for all users.  Digital Fusion Weetbicks tried this approach, adding a twist that is simple and effective: Display the PDF in a container field, allowing(…)

Shaking the Dependency Tree | FileMakerHacks

Shaking the Dependency Tree | FileMakerHacks

THIS BLOG POST by Darren Terry is mandatory reading memorizing for every FileMaker developer of any skill level.  Understanding how the calculation engine updates will make your life much simpler: FileMaker Pro has a very powerful calculation engine built into it. The calculation engine is exposed to us in a number of ways: calculation fields, script(…)