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Clobbered by a Comma

Clobbered by a Comma

00     Last year, I added credit card processing to a existing FileMaker Point of Sale (POS) system.  The system, CCQFM, was the only one offering credit card processing without the help of a plugin, and, as such, would work properly on an iPad.  Here’s the explanation from their website on how it works: CCQ-FM(…)

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  1. R Schaub: The Abs command would work also I believe Set Variable [$$PaymentAmount; Value:Abs ( newRecord::gPaymentAmount )] If $4,300.99 the above returns…

Eye Tracking and Design

Eye Tracking and Design

00     This article is focused on building a more effective webpage, but the principles found within apply to FileMaker design, as well.  Knowing how user eye tracking occurs allows you to build a more effective help page and a more visually pleasant experience for the end user: The logo should be placed at the(…)

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Stop FileMaker Server from overloading

Stop FileMaker Server from overloading

00     Nick Lightbody, of Deskspace Systems Ltd, has his first guest host post at FileMakerHacks. It’s about dealing with overloaded FileMaker 13 servers, and he’s done a pretty thorough job of describing the issue, addressing the problem, and giving the solutions. The true load factor on FileMaker Server itself – ignoring for these purposes the load caused by(…)

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Integrating FMEasySync – ISO FileMaker Magazine

Integrating FMEasySync – ISO FileMaker Magazine

00   Matt Petrowsky takes Tim Dietrich’s FMEasySynch and, as is his wont, makes it easier to use by building a database Having recently arrived at the need for a syncing solution for a pro bono database, my options were pretty much limited to “create your own” or use what’s free. It turns out that FMEasySync,(…)

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Fun Links

Fun Links

00   Fun links – Enjoy! Best Free iPhone Apps: 10 paid iOS apps that are now free! | BGR http://buff.ly/1z0UHPe Enter for Your Chance to Win an Apple Watch in this Giveaway [Deals Hub] http://buff.ly/1z0UQ59 7 Brave Hero Dogs Who Saved the Day in 2014 | Care2 Healthy Living http://buff.ly/1AuAhQT 20 best Android and iOS(…)

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What is GetNthRecord and how do you use it?

What is GetNthRecord and how do you use it?

00     Stuart Gripman’s post on GetNthRecord explains the function better than any other I’ve ever read, and the examples are clear cut and straight forward: This is exactly as straight forward as it seems. Replace fieldName with the name of a field in the local table and recordNumber with any number (within the total number of records in(…)

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View and Edit Modes in FileMaker

View and Edit Modes in FileMaker

00     One of the most powerful FileMaker features is also a major weakness:  the easy accessibility to edit records is both a curse and a blessing.  Most databases deliver the results of a query as a table, and the data is not usually directly modifiable. The user (and the developer, by extension) must make(…)

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FileMaker Session Model Video – geist interactive

FileMaker Session Model Video – geist interactive

00     If you aren’t familiar with the session model in FileMaker, this blog post and video by Todd Geist is a great introduction (one more bonus:  he integrates the Selector model into the session model in this video). The session model is all about tightly controlling the data and views displayed to the end(…)

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Filemaker Success Tips 326

Filemaker Success Tips 326

00     Did you know that Apple and other podcast vendors have made deals with car manufacturers to integrate podcasting capabilities into 2015 models cars and truck?  Podcasting is one of the fastest growing areas of the web.  Check out this podcast from Dr. Andy Cohen and Lee Strong: Thu, 4 December 2014 326_FM_Success_Tips Integrating(…)

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Summarizing FileMaker Server Access.log data

Summarizing FileMaker Server Access.log data

00     Today’s excerpt takes us back to the the Command Line Interface (CLI) and to shell commands.  Simon at Beezwax gives us three  shell commands that allow us to grab and format data from the FileMaker Server access log.  The reports show user and database information: Various times I’ve needed to do some quick(…)

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RCC FileMaker Layout Optimizer – YouTube

RCC FileMaker Layout Optimizer – YouTube

00    FileMaker 12 and 13 both make extensive use of CSS–it’s what makes the layouts great looking and easy to modify.  But there is a cost to be paid–slower load times, in particular–if you start changing individual items the wrong way.  Or if your solution was designed pre-FileMaker 12 and comes with baggage already.(…)

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