Holiday Open House & December Meetup

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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FileMaker 17: New and Improved Licensing Programs

As a certified FileMaker license reseller, AppWorks is jumping for joy with the new and improved FileMaker License programs! After years of competing acronyms such as AFLT, FLT, AVLA, VLA, ASLA, SBA, etc., FileMaker Inc. has simplified the programs to: User Licensing, Concurrent Connection Licensing and Site Licensing. *phew*

Additionally, each program is available for annual contracts or perpetual use, and all of them come with a robust list of features.

Even better news (yes, it’s possible), the new licensing contracts will have one license key to manage the installation of all new products. Plus, it won’t change from release to release!

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LaunchIt

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.

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