Lots of Good FileMaker Stuff

Lots of Good FileMaker Stuff

From FileMakerHacks:

Some concrete uses of two new FileMaker 16 functions:  SortValues and UniqueValues.  And, as always, a downloadable free FileMaker example file: FM 16: SortValues and UniqueValues | FileMakerHacks

Beverly Voth guest posts on improvements in FileMaker 16 on Exporting Field Contents.  Bookmark this one after reading...someday you'll need it and it will save you lots of time:  Export Field Contents (Update for FM 16) | FileMakerHacks

FileMaker 16 Updates

FileMaker Pro 16.0.2 and FileMaker Pro Advanced 16.0.2

Script steps and functions

  • Addressed the following issues:
    • After the Go to Object script step was performed on an empty portal that did not allow the creation of records, the focus was not placed on the portal and the script step returned the error code 101 (“Record is missing”).
    • Opening a record and then closing the record without modifying it increased the internal record modification count returned by the Get(RecordModificationCount) function.
    • The CryptAuthCode function returned incorrect results for encoded text inputs.
    • The JSONGetElement function returned JSONBoolean and JSONNumber results as text instead of a number.
    • The JSONGetElement and JSONListValues functions returned the incorrect decimal separator for comma-based system locales.
    • External script steps evaluated calculated values for repetitions incorrectly.
    • The Set Variable script step did not set very large repetition values correctly.
  • Improved the performance of the SortValues and UniqueValues functions.

FileMaker Go 16.0.2

Addressed the following issues:

  • After the Go to Object script step was performed on an empty portal that did not allow the creation of records, the focus was not placed on the portal and the script step returned the error code 101 (“Record is missing”).
  • The layout was not sized correctly if it included a navigation part and the status bar and toolbar were hidden.
  • In some cases, scanning a QR code returned an empty value.

FileMaker Server 16.0.2

Addressed the following issues:

  • After the Go to Object script step was performed on an empty portal that did not allow the creation of records, the focus was not placed on the portal and the script step returned the error code 101 (“Record is missing”).
  • FileMaker Data API calls that perform find requests for fields with Prohibit modification of value selected could return the error code 201 ("Field cannot be modified").
  • FileMaker Data API returned commas as the decimal separator for databases created using languages that use commas as the decimal separator.
  • Under certain conditions, ESS-based tables displayed incorrect records.
  • In some cases, Subject Alternative Name (SAN) certificates could not be imported.

FileMaker WebDirect

All spaces and special characters in links to a FileMaker WebDirect solution must be URL encoded, including characters in database names, script names, script parameters, variable names, or variable values. Otherwise, scripts and sessions may not function correctly.

Addressed the following issues:

  • Performing certain operations in List View caused FileMaker WebDirect sessions to become unresponsive after web users repeatedly signed in and out of databases.
  • Exporting field contents failed in certain network configurations.
  • Web users could not sign in using account names or passwords containing certain punctuation characters when the setting List only the databases each user is authorized to access was selected in Admin Console.
  • Opening a FileMaker WebDirect solution using Internet Explorer or Edge failed when the host computer’s network name was used in the solution link instead of the IP or DNS address.

Updates to third-party components

FileMaker 16 Cards - Flexible Value Lists

The new FileMaker Card feature is changing the interface landscape in major ways, with lots more to come. Check out 's use of the Card feature to build Flexible Value Lists. There is, of course, a free FileMaker example file included at the link.


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