New version of fmMapping – Google Maps for FileMaker

Today we offer a new minor update to our ever-popular fmMapping Module. If you’re not familiar with it, this is a simple-to-deploy, FileMaker-native module for integrating Google maps with your FileMaker application. It has the ability to map multiple address records on a single Google map, using a webviewer.

The updates today fix a minor bug, provide better documentation of recent changes to Google’s API, and more importantly, remove the need for custom functions. The older version relied on two of them, and they’ve both been replaced with FileMaker 16’s native JSON functions. If you’re running a version of FileMaker earlier than 16, this update is not for you.

You can download the new version HERE, and let us know if you need help deploying it, or if you’re interested in added features.

Note: If you’ve had trouble recently with Google maps being drawn with a darkened background and the words “For development purposes only”, it’s due to changes made by Google:

  1. The Google Maps API now requires all requests to be submitted with an API key. Formerly, they allowed a certain number of requests without the need for a key.
  2. For the fmMapping module to work correctly, there are two separate APIs that need to be enabled in the Google Maps Developer Console:
    • Geocoding API
    • Maps Javascript API

fmMapping is one of our best-loved modules, and has many cool applications for use. We’d love to know how you are integrating this module into your solutions in the comments section, so let us know below!


Geocoding and Mapping Module for FileMaker Pro

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Geocoding and Mapping Module for FileMaker Pro
By David Weiner

In the past few months we’ve had several projects that needed some basic mapping functions for FileMaker Go on iPad, and for one reason or another, never really made anything that was easily replicable. Realizing that we were more than likely¬†going to¬†need to do this again, we thought it was time to find a module of some sort that we could easily plug in as needed. Our aim was to have a simple way to take a group of addresses and create a map using the Google API in FileMaker, and that was all. Nothing fancy – just simple, elegant, and (ideally) ready-to-go out of the box.

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