FileMaker 17: Admin API

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FileMaker 17: Admin API

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If you manage multiple instances of FileMaker Server, maintenance would typically be performed by logging in to each via a web browser or running fmsadmin CLI commands. These methods become unwieldy when you need to make the same change or gather the same bit of information across several servers. A seemingly simple task now takes 30 minutes or more with multiple servers. For example, ensuring that servers have enabled the security setting “Host password-protected databases only” is a quick task for the first few servers, but surprisingly time-consuming when checking twenty.

The time-saving solution to administering a fleet of Filemaker Server instances is the Admin API. Prior to 17, the Admin API was only available in FileMaker Cloud. Now, FileMaker Server 17 running on Windows or Mac OS can be administered from any tool capable of generating HTTP requests, including curl, PHP, and Filemaker Pro Advanced. Given a list of server addresses, we can programmatically log in to each server to gather configuration information, close database files, run schedules, and more.

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FileMaker 17: Edit Grouped Objects

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How many times have I been annoyed and delayed by having to ungroup something just to make a simple edit? Too many to count.

I often group many things together to aid in layout setup and positioning. Say you have a set of fields and objects that together make up a ‘widget’ or function (e.g. a custom calendar picker, or custom labeling for a radio button set, a set of fields for an address, etc), and you want to keep them all together in a particular arrangement. But then you might have to make a change to a font, or a hide condition, or a small tweak to the position of one item within the group. Now you can do all those adjustments without having to break the group and then re-group the objects when you are done!

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FileMaker 17: New and Improved Licensing Programs

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As a certified FileMaker license reseller, AppWorks is jumping for joy with the new and improved FileMaker License programs! After years of competing acronyms such as AFLT, FLT, AVLA, VLA, ASLA, SBA, etc., FileMaker Inc. has simplified the programs to: User Licensing, Concurrent Connection Licensing and Site Licensing. *phew*

Additionally, each program is available for annual contracts or perpetual use, and all of them come with a robust list of features.

Even better news (yes, it’s possible), the new licensing contracts will have one license key to manage the installation of all new products. Plus, it won’t change from release to release!

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Women of Pause on Error

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Street Jazz in New Orleans

This weekend the women of AppWorks will make their way to the Women of FileMaker-hosted Pause on Error in New Orleans. Our very own Kimberly Carlson has been chosen to speak this year. Be sure to check out her Tuesday afternoon session “Employee and Subcontractor Management.” Bring any “real-life” scenarios you’d like to throw her way.

What sessions are you excited about? See the full schedule.

Not able to make it to New Orleans? Join our Pause on Error summary and discussion FMPDX Meetup on May 16 during your lunch hour!


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Render WebDirect in an Iframe

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Is there a feature you want to add to your website that you could quickly implement using FileMaker but not using the language your site’s programmed in? You could send users to a WebDirect app, but replicating all of your website’s design elements in FileMaker can be time consuming. Plus, if your site’s style is not carefully carried over to WebDirect, you risk weakening your brand’s cohesiveness in the eyes of users. What if you could create the feature in FileMaker and drop it into a page of your website as a component, letting your website’s theme take care of unrelated components like headers, navigation bars, and footers?

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