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January Meetup with LiveCode

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We’d like to extend a thank you to everyone that was able to join us this past Tuesday night for our monthly Meetup. We began with our customary FileMaker Q&A session, then listened to a special presentation from Kevin Miller of LiveCode.

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Holiday Open House & December Meetup

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We would like to thank everyone that took time out of their Wednesday afternoon to stop by our office for our Holiday Open House! We so enjoyed seeing you all, and very much appreciate your attendance during the busy holiday season. We hope that you had a fun, festive time at AppWorks.

We also hosted a FileMaker Meetup on Wednesday night, and were thrilled to see new faces join the group. We began the meeting with a FileMaker Q&A session, and addressed specific questions about charting as well as the encrypt and decrypt features in FileMaker 17. The Q&A sessions are becoming a vital staple of our Meetups, and we invite you to bring any questions you may have about developing with FileMaker.

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One Layout for both iPad and Desktop

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How to make a single layout in FileMaker that works (and looks good) on both desktop and iPad screens.

Creating and maintaining two separate sets of application screens in FileMaker — one for mobile and one for desktop — has always been a pain in the butt. While there are definitely arguments to be made for creating much simpler functionality and screen design on an iPhone, the same argument is harder to make for an iPad versus desktop interface. Believe it or not, many people these days are opting to use ONLY a tablet with an attached keyboard as their primary work machine. Often, this occurs in the same workplace, where some users are on an iPad, and others are using a desktop computer.

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Empower Companies with Custom Apps Built by Employees

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According to a recent 451 Research Report on State of Custom Apps, 60 percent of all custom apps are being built outside the IT department, which is great for a lot of small business that don’t have IT departments. Even more interesting, is that 30 percent of those custom apps are built by employees with little to no technical development skills. How is this even possible?

Custom apps built by employees with little to know knowledge of technical development skills may sound like a bad idea at first, but if they have a lot of knowledge about the business, and a desire to learn the basics, you’ll soon be surprised at what they can build with tools like FileMaker at their disposal.

At AppWorks, we love empowering our clients with tools they can use to build upon their own custom app. AppWorks believes FileMaker is the perfect platform for this because of it’s low-code tools, and quick build times. Plus, there is a lot of FileMaker training available, whether it’s with a Platinum FileMaker Business member such as AppWorks, or online with FileMaker Custom App Academy, FM Academy, or even  Lynda.com. This gives companies the opportunity to turn internal problem-solvers into citizen developers who improve the specific needs of the business and help employees start working more efficiently.