Category Archives: Appworks News

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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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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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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?

According to the folks at LiveCode, with LCFM Native you’ll be able to:

  • Build beautiful, powerful, flexible native apps from your FileMaker layouts
  • Synchronize data perfectly as your app goes online and offline
  • Deploy to Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Keep your data within FileMaker server or cloud
  • Access native objects and the operating system on each device
  • Pricing will start from $2
  • Full Money Back Guarantee

Get involved!

You can be a part of this becoming a reality by joining the pre-release program. Participation includes things like access to the beta program. That’s not all – LiveCode is also offering a choice between credit towards licensing payment for the final product or layout conversion done by the makers! Make a pledge before Nov. 24, 2017 to take advantage of these great offers.

Read more about the types of pledges and feature details here.

Want to know more before making a pledge? Join us at the live webinar on Thursday, November 9 at 9 a.m. PST. Register here!

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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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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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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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‘Appy Holidays from AppWorks

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From all of us to all of you,
We’d like to wish today
Thanks and goodwill anew
And APPy Holiday!

Matt, Kimberly, David, Thomas & Shawn

Illustration by Jeremy C. Joseph of InkShift and Headache Films

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App Spotlight event featuring FileMaker 15

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Are you curious about FileMaker? Have you ever thought about creating a custom app for your business? It’s simpler than you think. The best part? No coding is required.

Our very own Matt Navarre has been invited to speak once again at the App Spotlight event featuring FileMaker 15 at the Pioneer Place Apple store.

Matt will discuss the ways you can create your own custom app for iPad and iPhone within a few hours with the FileMaker Platform by organizing client information, managing projects, tracking inventory, or driving essential business processes. He will show you how the tools and sharing capabilities in Filemaker make it easy to create and launch professional-looking custom apps.

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: 450 SW Yamhill Street Portland, OR 97204
Sign up today – this an RSVP event only

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Add Simple Logging to your FileMaker Application

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Tuesday, September 27th | 2:00 pm ET | Register Now! 

Who is using your database, and for how long? Which layouts and scripts are being used, and which aren’t? How do you know when a record was deleted or modified?

When we start working with new customers on an existing database, they almost never have a logging system in place. Why is this? Most likely it’s because logging is perceived as complex, slow and unnecessary. But it doesn’t have to be.

Join FM Academy and Matt Navarre, Founder of AppWorks, as we break down the mystery of logging and demonstrate how you can use fmLog to add a simple, yet effective system to your existing FileMaker applications.

During this webinar we’ll discuss:

  • Why you should have a logging system in place
  • Tracking Who / Where / Why / When / How
  • The many features of fmLog and why it’s the right tool for the job
  • How to integrate fmLog into your existing system in just minutes

Who should attend this webinar?

  • FileMaker Developers and Users
  • FileMaker Administrators

About the Sponsor:

This webinar is offered by the FM Academy, a consortium of leading FileMaker development companies in the United States. All FM Academy members are platinum-level members of the FileMaker Business Alliance, and our purpose is to further educate FileMaker users and developers to encourage best practices and foster further adoption of the software.

Adding Simple Logging to your FileMaker Application
Date: Tuesday, September, 27, 2016
Time: 2:oo – 3:oo pm ET / 1 pm CT /  11 am PT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Space is limited.

Click here to reserve your Webinar seat now.

Past Webinars:

Click here to view past FMAcademy Webinars


If you missed it, here’s a video of Matt’s webinar:


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Matt Navarre Interviewed – FileMaker Pro Guru

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During the most recent FileMaker Devcon conference, our own Matt Navarre was interviewed by Don Clark of FM Database Consulting. In it, he discusses his history with FileMaker and development in general, his company, current client work, FileMaker podcasts, and a number of nerdy Mac history tidbits. View the full interview below.

A Production at FileMaker Devcon 2016 in Vegas, with Donald Clark,, of Albuquerque, NM, and Matt Navarre, App.Works, of Portland, OR.