Author Archives: Michelle Davison

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Parsing Methods for JSON Parameters

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Here at AppWorks we’ve been revamping some of our popular (and free!) downloadable modules with FileMaker’s native JSON functionality. But why stop there? The more JSON the better.

Why do we love JSON so much?

  • It’s human-readable and easy to write
  • It’s lightweight and flexible
  • It’ll make your API Integrations even easier to implement
  • It makes multiple parameter passing more robust and reliable
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Card Windows: Display Layouts from Another File

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With the release of FileMaker 16 came the Card Windows feature, one that I’m still really excited about – seriously! You can read more about them here, but in this post we’ll be covering their ability to display layouts from external files.

This can be accomplished in two ways, depending on what type of information you are trying to display. The Go To Related Record script step (which we’ll cover first) can easily be configured to display related data from another file using a layout that already exists in that other file. This is a great time-saver if you already have an established relationship between the tables in each file. For a nearly limitless method, we can use the New Window script step to open any layout existing in another file (not just the related data) with a few extra steps. This second option is especially useful for modularization in your solutions.

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FileMaker 17: Default Field Customization

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With the release of FileMaker 17 comes Default Fields, and thankfully they are customizable! This will be a time saver for all of us who copy and paste the same five (or more) fields into every table in every file, all the time. It may seem like a small savings at first, but will quickly amount to a lot of time and clicks. So let’s get started!

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FileMaker 16: Card Window

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They’re Heeere ….

One of the new features in FileMaker Pro 16 (and one we’re super excited about!) is the Card Window, which is essentially a new window that lives within your current one. So why are we so excited? Cards have all the benefits of popovers plus all the benefits of a new window. In other words, you get to maintain the context you are in by not leaving your current layout, and still work within a different context since a Card can be based on any layout (and table) within your solution. Finally!

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Monthly FileMaker Meetup – June 2017

Thank you to everyone who came out for our monthly FileMaker Portland Meetup group that met on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

We watched a great presentation by Ralf Rainer von Albedyhll about his new app titled ‘NextPitchLA’ (that is now up and ready for download from the Apple App Store) that was created entirely from FileMaker. He walked us through the app which helps users track developments in the new Regulation Crowdfunding world, an online marketplace where non-accredited investors (and just plain regular folk) get to invest in startups. We also gained insight into the process of appraisal and approval from the Apple App Store.

See more of Ralf’s work at iapprentice.com, and check out his website NextPitch.tv for more info about his exciting new startup!

Our many thanks goes out to Ken Skeen and Hanna Anderson for graciously providing a space for the event and to Matt Navarre for hosting and providing Hot Lips pizza and beverages! Also, a special thanks to Joey Grimaldi of ODI Technologies for informing us of the existence of this: Sales Guy vs. Web Dude.

Our next FileMaker Portland Meetup is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 for a DevCon recap. We hope to see all of you there!