Archives October 2017

Empower Companies with Custom Apps Built by Employees

According to a recent 451 Research Report on State of Custom Apps, 60 percent of all custom apps are being built outside the IT department, which is great for a lot of small business that don’t have IT departments. Even more interesting, is that 30 percent of those custom apps are built by employees with little to no technical development skills. How is this even possible?

Custom apps built by employees with little to know knowledge of technical development skills may sound like a bad idea at first, but if they have a lot of knowledge about the business, and a desire to learn the basics, you’ll soon be surprised at what they can build with tools like FileMaker at their disposal.

At AppWorks, we love empowering our clients with tools they can use to build upon their own custom app. AppWorks believes FileMaker is the perfect platform for this because of it’s low-code tools, and quick build times. Plus, there is a lot of FileMaker training available, whether it’s with a Platinum FileMaker Business member such as AppWorks, or online with FileMaker Custom App Academy, FM Academy, or even  Lynda.com. This gives companies the opportunity to turn internal problem-solvers into citizen developers who improve the specific needs of the business and help employees start working more efficiently.


Card Windows work in WebDirect

Card windows have changed the way I develop. One of our other developers went over the awesomeness of card windows in this blog post, so I won’t rehash that content.

I was, however, incredibly disappointed when I learned that card windows do not function in WebDirect.  Websites are one of the places you see that UI pattern the most!  And now I have to script completely different on the desktop than I do in WebDirect! Darn it!

Except… I don’t have to rescript anything! Any step that I can use to open a card window works just fine in WebDirect.  The difference is, if I open a card window in WebDirect, it will just take up the whole screen.  Other than that, the user experience is almost identical.  Closing the window will leave the user looking at the window they were on before the card window opened. 

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FileMaker Academy: The Journey from Pro to WebDirect

On Tuesday, October 17th at 2pm ET, Jerry Salem from IT Solutions presents The Journey from Pro to WebDirect.

In this webinar, our friends will share real-world experiences in readying solutions for WebDirect delivery. They’ll review supported and unsupported features; differences in the two user experiences – some things you expect, others you might not; and they’ll show a few examples of WebDirect solutions versus their Pro counterparts. Please join us on the 17th!

Date: Tuesday, October, 17  2017
Time: 2:oo – 3:00 pm ET / 1 pm CT /  11 am PT
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3911134769304214785