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Season’s Greetings from AppWorks

Thank you for being a part of our prosperous 2017.

We wish you the same in the coming year!


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AppWorks Spreads Holiday Cheer with Volunteer Project

To encourage a work-to-live not live-to-work balance, each month AppWorks’ team members engage in a “Project Fun” whereby the staff steps away from the computer and participates in team activities. These activities vary from going to the movies, showing off their athletic abilities while bowling or sharing their love of adventure with indoor skydiving.

In December, the team decided to give back to their local community and spent a few hours volunteering at the Portland Homeless Family Solution (PHFS). The mission at PHFS “is to empower homeless families with children to get back into housing and stay there long-term.” Now that the colder weather is here, AppWorks wanted to show their gratitude for organizations such as this one, that keep families sheltered, fed and together through volunteering.

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Create native FileMaker apps on Android and iOS with LCFM Native

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We’re excited to announce that our friends at LiveCode are organizing a campaign to make FileMaker solutions a native app on Android and iOS with LCFM Native.

Why are we excited about this? Originally, the LiveCode for FileMaker team was focusing on the Android connection, but after feedback from FileMaker groups like PDXFM, they decided to refocus on the native aspect. This move makes the system more robust and more beneficial for the FileMaker community and all mobile users.

How robust and beneficial?

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Empower Companies with Custom Apps Built by Employees

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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.


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FileMaker Portland – Kevin Miller of LiveCode

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FileMaker Portland would like to thank Kevin Miller and Iain Morrison of LiveCode for making PDX a stop on their West Coast tour.

Local developers left the meeting thinking about which projects would benefit from using LiveCode’s plugins for FileMaker.