Tag Archives: FileMaker 17

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Monthly FileMaker Meetup – July 2018

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This month’s Meetup started off with a demo from Matt Navarre of the newly released fmLog 2.0, a simple yet powerful FileMaker logging system developed by AppWorks. It is now available as a free download from our website.

The group then received a sneak peak of Chris Irvine’s DevCon 2018 presentation, Crypto Building Blocks for FileMaker Developers. Be sure to check out Chris’s session in Dallas the afternoon of August 8th. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Get(UUIDNumber) is here – how does it compare to Get(UUID)?

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With the long list of new features being released in FileMaker Pro 17, one item that piqued the interest of my inner geek was this new function:  Get( UUIDNumber ). This new function is useful because now you can store your UUIDs in a Number data-typed field instead of having to use a Text data-typed field.  My hypothesis is that storing Numbers in the database will take up less space in the file. (I’m not sure where I got that notion, but it’s stuck with me for a while now…perhaps it was the Tech specs from an older version, where it described the minimum size needed to store numbers vs. text.)

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June 6th Portland FileMaker Meetup

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It was good to see folks again this month, for another meeting at AppWorks command HQ.  (I missed last month’s meeting, unfortunately. I was looking forward to hearing the stories from Pause on Error.)  Here are some of the highlights.

There are big changes in the licensing of FM 17.  AppWorks’ own Shawn Prado has a thorough article covering that topic.  When you purchase a 5-user license you get 3 copies of Server now.  That raised an interesting question: Does this mean you can put one of those on FileMaker Cloud with the BYOL option, instead of buying one through the FM Cloud interface?  It used to be that when you used the BYOL option your server license would get converted to FMCloud and NOT be returnable to standalone server installations at a later date if you moved off the cloud.  This then led to some discussion on hosting and server environments.

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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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FileMaker 17: Default Field Customization

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With the release of FileMaker 17 comes Default Fields, and thankfully they are customizable! This will be a time saver for all of us who copy and paste the same five (or more) fields into every table in every file, all the time. It may seem like a small savings at first, but will quickly amount to a lot of time and clicks. So let’s get started!

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