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Podcast Episode 135 :: LiveCode for FileMaker

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For FileMaker Talk Podcast Episode 135 LiveCode for FileMaker, Matt Navarre talks with Kevin from LiveCode about their cool new Plug-In that allows custom UI development for FileMaker Pro. Visit for more information.

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AppWorks receives Emerging Small Business certification

Credit: Eric Prado

Extra! Extra!  Read all about it!

AppWorks receives an Emerging Small Business (ESB) certification in Oregon.

What does this mean? I’m glad you asked! The ESB program opens the door for small businesses like us to participate in the state’s myriad public contracting procurement programs. 

Some examples of the state agencies we currently work with are the Dept. of Human Services, Epidemiology Division, DAS Surplus Property programDept. of Agriculture and Oregon State University. This certification will provide us with more contracting opportunities with state, county and city government agencies and jurisdictions, such as hospitals and universities.

We look forward to developing custom software for state, county and city agencies and working with the procurement agencies across Oregon.


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Podcast Episode 134 :: Vince Menanno discusses Tableau

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For FileMaker Talk Podcast Episode 134 Vince Menanno discusses Tableau and the integration within FileMaker 16 with Matt Navarre.

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Podcast 133: FileMaker 16 – New Features Galore!

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Matt Navarre and Matt Petrowsky (aka Matt Squared) talk about the new FileMaker 16 release and what it means for FileMaker developers around the globe. Looking for that deep dive into what the new features mean? Have a listen to this particular episode.


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AppWorks is hiring

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AppWorks is hiring! We’re looking for energetic, creative individuals to build and/or maintain custom software for our clients using the FileMaker Platform.


  • End-to-end development of custom business software, including building data tables and relationships, designing user interface, scripting, and quality assurance testing
  • Maintenance of existing new and/or legacy software systems
  • Interaction directly with clients to assess their needs, and keep them apprised of project status, when necessary
  • Working closely with project managers and other FileMaker developers to design, implement, and maintain systems with a high level of quality
  • Working with internal project management tools
  • Accurately tracking billable hours on a daily basis


  • Excellent communications skills
  • 3 years of FileMaker Platform experience
  • Strong understanding of relational database design
  • Solid programming skills
  • Ability to articulate software concepts to non-technical staff
  • Ability to train/instruct end users to use the FileMaker Platform features
  • Exhibit signs of creativity and a positive attitude
  • Team player
  • Ability to perform job functions with a minimum of supervision
  • Basic knowledge of at least three of the following SQL, PHP, HTML, JavaScript, REST, JSON and C++

About AppWorks

AppWorks is a custom app development firm that specializes in creating database solutions to be used on any iOS or desktop device – including the web. We predominantly work with the FileMaker Platform (FileMaker Inc. is a wholly owned Apple subsidiary). We continue to diversify our portfolio while maintaining a strong focus in healthcare and public health, commercial and government databases.

We are pivotal in the FileMaker community – we are one of only three Platinum members in Oregon. We regularly host Apple events and co-host the FileMaker Portland Meetup group that is over 135 people strong.

In addition, we also offer FileMaker training classes four times per year. We offer beginner and intermediate classes. Matt Navarre is a regular speaker on FM Academy; is often asked to speak at conferences (like FileMaker’s annual DevCon); and co-hosts FileMaker Talk.

Working at AppWorks

AppWorks offices are located in downtown Portland, Oregon.

  • High-energy atmosphere
  • Encouraging and supportive work environment
  • Opportunity for professional development and growth
  • Training, mentoring, and opportunity to obtain professional certifications
  • Opportunities to attend annual FileMaker Developer conference
  • Competitive salary, health plan, yearly paid time off, 401K with company match after one year of service.
  • Annual bonuses
  • Team outings

We are looking for a long-term employee. Someone who sees our vision, fits in our culture and wants to help us maintain and build on this momentum as we grow over the years into a larger, flourishing company. We are a work-to-live company, not a live-to-work company.

Please provide samples of your development work.

Send inquiries to


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Podcast 132 :: Molly Connolly & Matt Navarre talk about conferences

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Molly Connolly & Matt Navarre talk about conferences – DevCon, Pause on Error, and news about Elusive Moose.

Did you know Women of FileMaker are sending three women to DevCon. Apply for the scholarship for free conference pass now – applications close on April 7!

Make sure to check out her sessions at DevCon!

Molly also highlights Thorsen Consulting‘s services including business topics such as the jump-start training program.

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Podcast 131 :: Mark Scott from Beezwax on Button Bars

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Matt Navarre catches up with Mark Scott from Beezwax on Button Bars.

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FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced Training – April 2017


Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 and Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Event location: AppWorks conference room
Description: FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced Training
Taught by: Matt Navarre
Hosted by: AppWorks

Strengthen your FileMaker muscles with FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced Training provided by AppWorks. Space is limited, sign up here.

What: This intermediate to advanced two-day intensive training course will be taught by Matt Navarre, founder of AppWorks. Using FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced, Matt will delve deep into all that FileMaker 15 has to offer the intermediate developer that wants to hone his/her skills and for the advanced developer that is looking to stretch his/her knowledge.
Two days of lecture will conclude with an hour or two at the end of class for hands-on assistance with a project you are currently working on, or a project you’d like to get started on.

Materials to be covered in class include

  • Focused training on FileMaker Training Series 15 for Intermediate to Advanced developers
  • Highlighting what has improved and what is new in FM 15
  • An opportunity to pick Matt Navarre’s brain

What to bring to class

  • Your own laptop — with FileMaker 15 Advanced installed
  • Your own project to work at the end of class (if you have one)
  • Any questions or specific problems you’d like to solve in FileMaker
  • Your sense of humor

Sign up here

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When we’re not developing custom apps

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Did you know employees at AppWorks are hand models when we’re not developing custom apps?

Come say hi and try one of the number of delicious eateries we have in our neighborhood!

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Monthly FileMaker Meetup – January 2017

Happy New Year!

Interested in sharing something with the group? Email me with your topic!

PDXFM January: FileMaker Cloud
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 11
Where: Hanna Andersson Corporate Offices
608 NE 19th Ave, Portland, OR


Note: This event was canceled due to weather.