Tag Archives: container

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Contextual Menus in FileMaker

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Ever wondered how the ‘contextual menu’ in FileMaker is created? Perhaps you’ve noticed that unlike Custom Menus, native functionality to customize them does not exist. Well, kind of. When you create a Custom Menu, the menu items that you enable or omit will have a direct effect on the items displayed in the contextual menu. This can be an unexpected side-effect in some cases. Using a plug-in is the only way (currently) to fully customize the contextual menu, but this post focuses solely on native functionality.

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Why Can’t I View PDFs?

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Have you ever run into issues with PDFs not displaying in FileMaker Pro? Does your interactive container field show a loading bar or empty box when you know the field contains a PDF? I’ve run into this issue in two different environments and found that there can be two different causes. In this blog I’ll share the solutions that worked for me.

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FileMaker 17: Data API Multi-File Upload

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The FileMaker 17 Data API, also known as fmrest, includes a new capability to upload data to a container field. Prior to 17 the Data API only allowed container data to be downloaded. Uploading data from a website to FileMaker had to be done using plugins, Base64 encoding, or by saving a temporary copy of the file in a spot where a FileMaker script could find it. Now we can upload to FileMaker container fields using only the Data API. This blog post describes how to use the new upload capability with HTML and JavaScript.

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