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fmRecentRecords

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Today we are excited to release our second module for FileMaker developers: fmRecentRecords. It’s an easy-to-deploy module for FileMaker that gives you a simple way to add a history to the dashboard or menu screen that your users will appreciate. The idea behind it is to make it trivial for a user to get back to what they were working on from the home screen by presenting a list of the records they recently viewed. The assumption here is that your user is probably going to be visiting a small set of records on a regular basis — at least in the short term. Automatically keeping those records at the user’s fingertips saves them the trouble of searching for the same record multiple times a day.

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Join our Meetup!

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Have you joined our FileMaker Meetup? If not, consider this your formal invitation to join our FileMaker Meetup group (formerly known as FMPUG) in Portland, Oregon! We welcome any and all FileMaker developers, business owners who want to learn about FileMaker and entrepreneurs who want to incorporate FileMaker into their business structure. Even if you’ve never heard of FileMaker before today, we’d love to have you pop in, munch on some pizza and beer while you listen to FM nerds geek out.

If you missed last night’s meeting, or if you’ve been considering joining us again, here’s a recap:

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Excel to FileMaker – A Success Story

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Have you ever uttered the phrase, “These Excel spreadsheets are turning into monsters!”, or perhaps you’ve heard, “Excel is the place where data goes to die”? At App.Works, we often hear this complaint – or variations of this – from our clients. Today we asked our Senior Developer, David Weiner, to recount one of his favorite Excel to FileMaker success stories. This is his story.

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Automatically Perform Script on Server

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Automatically Perform Script on Server
By David Weiner

The ability of FileMaker Pro 13 and 14 to perform a script on the server instead of locally on the client’s machine is a huge potential boon for productivity. Tasks for which a user might otherwise have to wait to complete can be accomplished in the background without holding them up. Performing certain scripted tasks on the server is also much, much faster in many cases. So, it’s nice to perform a script on the server whenever you can.

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Find Your Moose 2015 – A Work Life Conference for Consultants

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Our very own Matt Navarre is facilitating panel discussions at the inaugural Find Your Moose conference in Chicago this October.

Find Your Moose is a conference for independent consultants, creatives, designers, marketing consultants and web developers aimed at helping you find the skills and mindsets that are eluding you in work and in life. Topics include: growing your business; optimizing sales and marketing; managing business and personal finances; managing projects effectively; improving your time management; networking for new business, inspiration, and support; reducing stress; leveraging advisory resources; and aligning your personal and work culture

Matt will be facilitating panel discussions on the following topics:

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Monthly FileMaker Meetup – June 2015

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The FileMaker Portland Meetup Group met on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Our thanks goes out to our co-hosts, Gerald Chang, of Eight2 and Joey Grimaldi, of ODI Technologies, as well as all the fine folks who took the time to hang out with us and geek out.

One of the highlights of the meeting included a presentation by Chris Irvine. His presentation on glyphs and icons within FileMaker 14 were both fascinating and enlightening. He has a detailed post about it here. It’s well worth the read – we highly recommend it!

Our next FileMaker Portland Meetup is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2015. We hope to see all of you there!


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JumpStartFM

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Have you heard the news? It’s time for the next JumpStartFM!
4 weeks + 12 classes = lifetime of knowledge

What is JumpStartFM?
JumpStartFM is a one-month online course designed by Molly Connolly, President of Thorsen Consulting. Molly has been working with FileMaker since 1989 developing custom software solutions, training, and providing high-quality information resources for clients and developers. Molly has brought on board some of the most respected developers in the field as instructors – including our very own Matt Navarre. Additional instructors include industry experts: David Knight, Cris Ippolite and Debbie Zempel, who bring decades of experience in custom software development and project management.

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Geocoding and Mapping Module for FileMaker Pro

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Geocoding and Mapping Module for FileMaker Pro
By David Weiner

In the past few months we’ve had several projects that needed some basic mapping functions for FileMaker Go on iPad, and for one reason or another, never really made anything that was easily replicable. Realizing that we were more than likely going to need to do this again, we thought it was time to find a module of some sort that we could easily plug in as needed. Our aim was to have a simple way to take a group of addresses and create a map using the Google API in FileMaker, and that was all. Nothing fancy – just simple, elegant, and (ideally) ready-to-go out of the box.

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Monthly FileMaker – Portland Meeting – March 2015

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The FileMaker – Portland Meetup Group met on Wednesday, March 12, 2015 in a brand-new location: the newly-remodeled Stadium Fred Meyer on West Burnside in NW Portland.

The new location sports a terrific third-floor view of the West Hills and of the Providence Park (home of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns soccer teams). Parking is ample and there’s also great grocery shopping to be had pre- and post-meeting.

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