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Have You Been Wingdinged?

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Have your FileMaker layouts miraculously transformed into a collection of nonsensical symbols? Does your data resemble a prehistoric cave painting? If so, you’ve likely been wingdinged. Due to a known FileMaker bug affecting Windows computers running Adobe products, fonts can be replaced with a dingbat-style temporary font. Before translating your application character by character, try following these steps for a quick fix.

The Simple Solution

First close FileMaker completely, then close any open Adobe programs. Next, reopen FileMaker before reopening your Adobe programs. Your FileMaker fonts should now have returned to normal.

Other Things to Try

Keeping Adobe products up to date can potentially help mitigate font-related issues. To make sure you’re running the latest available version, open your Adobe program, choose the Help menu, then select Check for Updates.

There are a few advanced troubleshooting steps available if neither restarting your programs nor updating Adobe restored your FileMaker layouts to normal. Take care while attempting these fixes, as deleting the wrong file can lead to more headaches.

Delete the file “fntcache.dat” located within the C:\Windows\System32 folder, then restart your computer. Your operating system temporarily saves font data to this file. Deleting it and rebooting forces your computer to recreate it, hopefully clearing away any corrupt data.

Close any open Adobe programs, then delete the folder “acrord32_sbx” located within the C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Temp folder. Adobe programs save temporary files to this folder. Recreating it has been known to resolve various Adobe issues.

Hopefully these troubleshooting tips have brought your FileMaker application back from wingdingland. If you’re still running into issues, it may be time to bring in one of our experienced developers to help get things working again. We’re always happy to help, so feel free to contact us!


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Create native FileMaker apps on Android and iOS with LCFM Native

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We’re excited to announce that our friends at LiveCode are organizing a campaign to make FileMaker solutions a native app on Android and iOS with LCFM Native.

Why are we excited about this? Originally, the LiveCode for FileMaker team was focusing on the Android connection, but after feedback from FileMaker groups like PDXFM, they decided to refocus on the native aspect. This move makes the system more robust and more beneficial for the FileMaker community and all mobile users.

How robust and beneficial?

According to the folks at LiveCode, with LCFM Native you’ll be able to:

  • Build beautiful, powerful, flexible native apps from your FileMaker layouts
  • Synchronize data perfectly as your app goes online and offline
  • Deploy to Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Keep your data within FileMaker server or cloud
  • Access native objects and the operating system on each device
  • Pricing will start from $2
  • Full Money Back Guarantee

Get involved!

You can be a part of this becoming a reality by joining the pre-release program. Participation includes things like access to the beta program. That’s not all – LiveCode is also offering a choice between credit towards licensing payment for the final product or layout conversion done by the makers! Make a pledge before Nov. 24, 2017 to take advantage of these great offers.

Read more about the types of pledges and feature details here.

Want to know more before making a pledge? Join us at the live webinar on Thursday, November 9 at 9 a.m. PST. Register here!


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Podcast Episode 136 :: Live at DevCon in Phoenix 2017

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Matt Navarre talks with several people live at DevCon in Phoenix 2017.

 

Like this? Check out more podcast at FileMaker Talk.


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Podcast Episode 129 :: Cris Ippolite from iSolutions

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Cris Ippolite from iSolutions and Matt Navarre talk about training, Lynda.com videos, and the Idea to iPad project with Apple stores and FileMaker.

Like this? Check out more podcast at FileMaker Talk.


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Monthly FileMaker Meetup – November 2016

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We had a great Monthly FileMaker Meetup about FileMaker Cloud. Thanks to Matt Navarre for the presentation and providing the delicious Hogan’s Goat Pizza and beverages. Thanks to our event host, Ken Skeen and Hanna Andersson. If you have any questions or want more details, please reach out to Shawn (shawn@app.works).

RSVP for the PDXFM Open Mic Night on December 7.


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FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced Training – November 2016

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Date: Monday, November 7, 2016 and Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Event location: AppWorks conference room
Description: FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced Training
Taught by: Matt Navarre
Hosted by: AppWorks

AppWorks’ FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced Training is here! Space is limited, so please sign up now to reserve your spot.

What: This intermediate to advanced two-day intensive training course will be taught by Matt Navarre, founder of AppWorks. Using FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced, Matt will delve deep into all that FileMaker 15 has to offer the intermediate developer that wants to hone his/her skills and for the advanced developer that is looking to stretch his/her knowledge.
Two days of lecture will conclude with an hour or two at the end of class for hands-on assistance with a project you are currently working on, or a project you’d like to get started on.

Materials to be covered in class include

  • Focused training on FileMaker Training Series 15 for Intermediate to Advanced developers
  • Highlighting what has improved and what is new in FM 15
  • An opportunity to pick Matt Navarre’s brain

What to bring to class

  • Your own laptop — with FileMaker 15 Advanced installed
  • Your own project to work at the end of class (if you have one)
  • Any questions or specific problems you’d like to solve in FileMaker
  • Your sense of humor

Sign up here


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Button Bar Techniques! Part 3: Dynamic Text Resizing in FileMaker

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By Thomas H. Meglasson III

Have you ever been limited by screen real estate in a solution?  Have you ever had a field that you thought would only ever have a few words in it but user’s decided to write an essay in?

Sometimes the data in a certain field can vary greatly.  It is a waste of layout space to size the field to show the largest possible amount of data, but also not optimal for users not to be able to see all of their data because a field isn’t big enough.  This is especially true with number fields, where FileMaker chose to display an incredibly helpful ‘?’ if the number is to long for the text field object.   

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Button Bar Techniques! Part 2

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By David J. Weiner

In our first blog post on the topic of FileMaker 14 button bar techniques, I outlined why we love them so much (calculated labels!), and the main reason they’re so useful (calculated labels!). In our second post on Button Bar Techniques, I delve into the first of several actual tricks we use them for. And, as I looked over some of the examples that I’ll be explaining, it occurred to me that one thing that these techniques all have in common is that the formatting of the button bars is typically invisible — entirely, or partially.

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Button Bar Techniques!

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FileMaker Button Bars

By David J. Weiner

Button bars, for me, are the single most useful new feature introduced in FileMaker 14 (aside from the Script Workspace, which is a beautiful thing). Interestingly, the reason I find them so useful has nothing to do with their primary intended use case: the navigation bar. Sure, a simple and neatly-aligned navbar is great to have, and being able to switch segments from a regular button to a popover and back again is truly useful for speed of UI design, but the killer feature of button bars is the calculated label. This feature alone is, as they say, worth the price of admission. It means that you can display output from FileMaker’s calculation engine right at the user interface level, which, prior to FileMaker 14, was not available without creating a calculated field or resorting to script or Let statement variable tricks.

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FileMaker Developer Conference 2016 – “Aptitude for Apps”

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The countdown has begun! FileMaker announced today that the 21st annual Developer’s Conference, or DevCon as it’s affectionately known, will be held July 18-21 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This is the largest gathering of FileMaker developers in the world, with 1,500 of our closest friends gathering in one place to geek out about FileMaker. This year is shaping up to be rather exciting, as the theme is “Aptitude for Apps” – focusing on creating and enhancing the capabilities of creating custom apps for the desktop, iOS and the web. Attendees will get the first peek at the future direction of the FileMaker Platoform and learn from other developers’ tried-and-true skills in design, mobility and app creation.

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