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View and Edit Modes in FileMaker

View and Edit Modes in FileMaker

  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 changes(…)

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RCC FileMaker Layout Optimizer – YouTube

RCC FileMaker Layout Optimizer – YouTube

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. This is(…)

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Hover Tricks for FileMaker Buttons – SeedCode

Hover Tricks for FileMaker Buttons – SeedCode

JOHN SINDELAR AND JASON YOUNG of Seedcode use the different button states combined with gradient fills to make buttons magically appear and disappear: A couple of demos showing how you can reveal additional text, or even new buttons, when rolling over buttons in FileMaker 13. We used to hide text from some button states by(…)

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FileMaker Pro Tips and Tricks: Moving Files Without a PlugIn

FileMaker Pro Tips and Tricks: Moving Files Without a PlugIn

MOVING FILES WITHOUT A PLUGIN:  And it works on both Mac and PC’s. This FileMaker Pro tip and trick shows a simple method of moving a file natively using FileMaker Pro, and works on both Mac and the PC/Win platforms. No plugins required. The idea for this Tip-n-Trick originated when building an updater that required files(…)

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A Quick and Dirty FileMaker SQL Query Screen

A Quick and Dirty FileMaker SQL Query Screen

ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT for simple, effective tricks.  Larry Keyes describes one such trick for building a quick and dirty FileMaker SQL Query Screen. Note that this isn’t a full-blown SQL implementation, it will only respond to SELECT statements. (You can’t INSERT or DELETE, for example.   Also, if there any problems with your(…)

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FileMaker–Mapping Scripted Imports with Variable Paths

FileMaker–Mapping Scripted Imports with Variable Paths

GOOD ADVICE on setting paths to import files from Mike Duncan: Here is a tip to have your cake and eat it too. Just for example, let’s say we are importing a comma separated value file. Create a copy (perhaps populate with sample data) of the file you want to import and name it something(…)

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Added Security – Auto Close a FileMaker Pro Database

Added Security – Auto Close a FileMaker Pro Database

WORRIED ABOUT SENSITIVE DATA?  Leaving your database open leaves your data exposed.  Doug Alder has a simple to implement work-around:  Use a FileMaker script step to close the database after a specified time period.  Details and examples at the link. Auto Close a FileMaker Pro Database After a Set Interval Using an OnTimer Script Step(…)

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Quickly Open Networked Files in FileMaker Pro

Quickly Open Networked Files in FileMaker Pro

I have use the shortcut/alias method without problems for years.  If FileMaker is not recommending it, it likely means some change in the protocol that will break the shortcut/alias method is in the offing.  I wonder when? Guests should open hosted databases by choosing Open Remote from the File menu and then selecting the file from(…)

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FileMaker, mySQL, and ESS; A Little Known Secret, to Me Anyway

FileMaker, mySQL, and ESS; A Little Known Secret, to Me Anyway

Very nice time saving trick from Aaron Gutleben. By Aaron Gutleben Recently, I was working on improving performance for a FileMaker solution that had a large web integration. It was decided that the best approach was to move a few primary tables from FileMaker to mySQL using ESS. The issue, of course, was we had(…)

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