How do I deploy my FileMaker data to multiple platforms like Android, Ubuntu, or even a TV?
With the release of FileMaker 17, we’ve gone over some of the top new features in a video. Check it out to see the ability to send multiple attachments, enhanced development features allowing for quicker development time, and sensors and notifications in iOS. We will also release overviews of FileMaker Server 17 and Developer Tools in FileMaker 17 in subsequent blog posts, so look for those coming out soon.
We recently had a client request that we put together a high-level overview diagram of their application, including all the hardware/software used in hosting the solution, all external 3rd party integrations, and all the methods used to access the database. Despite being a long-time user of Microsoft Visio, I decided to start out on a search for a newer diagramming application.
Quality management systems (QMS) are a natural area in many businesses where the structured data management of a well designed database application fits right in.
Working with PDFs in FileMaker can be tricky on different platforms since the behavior is not entirely consistent. One issue we’ve come across is the ability to preview PDFs directly in FileMaker Pro on Windows machines. Unlike on the Mac, where the PDF rendering library is built in, Windows does not have this library so the ability to automatically display PDFs in container fields is not available. We’ve come up with three possible workarounds to solve this issue. Look for a demo file in an upcoming post to fully demonstrate these options.
We have been getting a lot of requests for a demo file to accompany one of our blog posts about google maps integration. While we aren’t quite ready to release an unlocked example file for the techniques we used, we have put together a sample file in order to allow users to try out the maps integration.
Manuscript, formerly Fogbugz, is an online software management tool made by Fog Creek (Stack Overflow, Trello, Glitch) that aids with project management and issue tracking. Within it’s full-featured package, users can submit bug tickets and feature requests, while managers can implement the Agile methodology to track projects and sprints.
As with most people who work in technology, I sometimes find myself in a tech support role during the holiday seasons (well, all the time really). I feel it's extremely important to encourage family members to think critically when sharing information or computer access with anyone out on the internet. There are two scams that I’ve recently had to deal with, and there are lessons to be learned from both of them. Hopefully by sharing these experiences, you can avoid having to deal with the negative consequences yourself.
One of the great things about developing solutions using FileMaker Pro is that there are always numerous ways to solve a problem. I wanted to use this post to examine a solution we designed for a large managed care organization. Several years ago, we built a customized sponsorship management application for the client that is used to manage the entire process of sponsoring 3rd party events, symposiums, conferences, including review of applications, funding distribution, accounting, and document management.
Working together today during our weekly dev meeting, the Portage Bay team ran across a slightly obscure requirements issue that took little bit of time for us to resolve, though once resolved the issue was pretty simple. Maybe this blog post will help someone catch the same problem a little more quickly.
NVL Laboratories provides complete Industrial Hygiene services including testing and environmental safety services for their clients. This includes testing for a variety of hazardous substances like lead and asbestos. They pride themselves in providing a complete solution for their customer’s environmental and safety needs and find FileMaker to be an ideal tool to help make this happen.
This is a quick tip about how PSOS can vastly improve performance of the ExecuteSQL script step. Recently we received feedback on one of our solutions that uses Execute SQL to build a virtual list used in a picker window. The feedback had to do with the slow performance of loading the picker window. The user complained of the window sometimes taking up to 30 minutes to load. Obviously this design was not ideal!
Late last month, 1,600 FileMaker developers descended on Phoenix for the annual FileMaker developers conference, this year held at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort. I understand attendance was up by about 300 people this year and the hotel ran out of rooms a couple of months ago.