Category Archives: FileMaker Modules

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LaunchIt

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Credit: NASA/Tony Gray

AppWorks is happy to share LaunchIt a user friendly file launching module. This FileMaker module gives developers a fast way to share solutions with clients.

It takes time to talk a client through adding the hosted solution to their favorites and going through the steps of typing credentials – especially if the client is prone to typos. The launcher file takes less than a minute to set up, gives the user feedback if it doesn’t work, and doesn’t have the potential for opening security holes in a system.

A fmp url protocol and the open url script tell FileMaker to go to a server and open a file without having to put an external data reference in the launcher file or authorize the launcher in the hosted file. This only passes an open command – no account name or password information to the file. Security is left to the hosted file and comparable to the open command from within FileMaker.


Set Up

  • Download the LaunchIt file from our downloads page.
  • Make a copy of the LaunchIt file.
  • Rename the copy to match the filename being launched.
  • Double click the renamed file to open.
  • Type the server address and filename in the setting screen, this screen displays the first time the file is opened.
    The server address can be the raw IP address or the domain name – don’t use http:// or https://.
  • Test the settings with the  “test connection” and “open file” buttons.
  • Close the settings window.

D’oh: If you set up file without making a copy you’ll need access to the admin screen. To edit the file, hold down the option key (shift in Windows) and double click on the file. “Admin” is the username with no password.


Use It

Attach the launcher file you created to an email and send to your client.

If a user has an unsuccessful launch, the file will test the internet connection by trying to connect to Google.com. Then it will try to connect to the server’s test page at :16000/Test.html. If a developer has disabled the test html on their server, they will need to add some other test for server connection, or forgo that test altogether.

Depending on the results of these tests, it will tell the user:

  • You do not appear to be connected to the internet.
  • Connection to server [server name] failed.
  • Successfully connected to server, but file [solution name] does not appear to be open. Please confirm the filename is not misspelled, or that [solution name] has not been closed or moved.

The user can use the “Try Again” button, or click on the gear icon in the lower right to go to the settings page and modify the server address or filename.

Get the free download:  Download LaunchIt

If you would like to schedule a professional consultation for personalized integration, please contact Shawn at shawn@app.works or (503) 616-9422.


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Add Simple Logging to your FileMaker Application

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FileMakerAcademy.com presents Matt Navarre discussing App.Works’ new free downloadable module fmLog.

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

UPDATE:

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

 


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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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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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