Portage Bay
Portage Bay

July/August 2011

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July / August 2011                                       Volume:  2   Issue:  4

Integrating FileMaker with Your Calendar

iCalRecently an audiovisual equipment rental company requested a way to integrate their FileMaker solution with iCal/Google. The goal was to show event reservations in iCal or Google Calendar.

We used Zulu, an extension for FileMaker Server that links records in your FileMaker database to calendars in iCal. After installing and setting up Zulu on both FileMaker Server and in the FileMaker Pro solution, we added an account to iCal and all events instantly appeared! We customized this setup to display separate calendars, one for each property, with events relating to each property.

The Zulu extension also has capabilities to sync your FileMaker records with Google Calendar, sync contacts with Google Contacts, and edit FileMaker records directly from iPhone calendar. Zulu is an excellent choice if you are looking to take your database to the next level, and integrate with a new technology.
~ Kate Wheeler

In This Issue

FM-Calendar Integration


Noise-Canceling Earbuds

Keep Up to Date with FM and 4D

Who We Are

Software Update

4D v12 has been updated to version 12.2. You can read about bug fixes or download the latest 4D releases at their website.

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New FileMaker Go Capabilities

FM_GoFileMaker released a new version of FileMaker Go, the application used for accessing databases on the Phone and iPad, with some exciting new features. The four features below can help save time, increase productivity and take advantage of the power of accessing your database on a mobile device.

  • Charts - Support for pie, line, area and bar charts give you and simple way to monitor your data on the go.
  • Signature Capture - Capture digital signatures directly on the device, ideal for receipt confirmation, surveys, contracts.
  • AirPrint - Using the new iOS AirPrint feature, wireless printing is available directly from the iPhone or iPad.
  • PDF Creation - Create PDF documents with ease and either print or e-mail from FileMaker Go

To update to version 1.2 or purchase FileMaker Go, visit the iTunes App Store.

Noise Canceling Earbuds

earbudsFor a number of years I simply used the earphones that my phone came with, but last year I acquired a set of earphones with noise canceling circuitry. I’m not sure how much difference the noise cancellation makes, but the in-ear foam earbuds are excellent. It’s like having your very own cone of silence (if you’ll pardon the outdated cultural reference). They completely seal the ear canal and dramatically improve how well I can hear people on the other end of the line. The foam degrades over time, so you do have to replace the foam sleeves every couple of months, but the cost for the replacement sleeves is reasonable.

I’m using earphones from Etymotic Research, and they have models for under $100. Shure also makes this type of earphone, starting at just over $100.
~ John Newhoff

Keep Up to Date with FileMaker and 4th Dimension

Who We Are

Portage Bay Solutions is a database development firm in Seattle and Austin, where we've been working with organizations of all sizes for almost 20 years. We specialize in answering and returning calls promptly, staying within budget, and providing top notch support to our clients during all phases of the development process.
  • FileMaker Pro & 4th Dimension upgrade and development
  • MS Access to FileMaker conversions
  • FileMaker Pro & 4th Dimension integration with other data environments
  • Web/Database integrations
  • FileMaker Instant Web Publishing