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Getting Rid of Paper-based Processes (4 Case Studies) | YouTube - FileMaker Web Seminar (58'03")

More businesses today are seeking alternatives to legacy paper-based processes.

Companies of all sizes are replacing photocopiers with iPads, reducing storage costs, and severely improving data collection time and accuracy with efficient solutions that automate and empower their local and mobile teams. 

With the FileMaker Platform, solutions can be built to custom fit your needs.

From document management to job site inspections, learn how FileMaker can be applied to solve just about any paper-based process and be securely shared wherever you go. 

See real-world case studies and examples of how 4 companies streamlined their business processes using custom solutions including; Ascend Performance Materials, McConnell's Fine Ice Cream, S & G Seeds, and Penny Newman Grain. 

Watch this one hour live demonstration featuring these 4 solutions led by Doug West and the team from Excelisys.

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We're Designing Apps Wrong for Huge Smartphones | Filemaker Go UI

We're Designing Apps Wrong for Huge Smartphones | Filemaker Go UI | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
As smartphones continue to get larger but our hands don't, what kinds of design solutions can ensure mobile interactions remain comfortable, quick, and easy on our thumbs? Here's a few options to consider.
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How to Avoid the Ups and Downs of Unsteady Sales | Filemaker biz

How to Avoid the Ups and Downs of Unsteady Sales | Filemaker biz | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
One of the most frustrating problems of running a business is uneven customer flow.

One month, traffic is booming, sales are great, and income soars.

The next month, your staff is bored to tears and your office has tumbleweeds rolling around....

 

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The Best Marketing In The World | The Story of Telling | Filemaker tip

The Best Marketing In The World | The Story of Telling | Filemaker tip | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
It's easy to know why the features you built into your products and services matter, it takes skill to communicate why they should matter to people.

 

 

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Tirez profit des codes-barres avec la plateforme FileMaker | Fin Finaud Consultant - Développement d'applications FileMaker à Montréal

Tirez profit des codes-barres avec la plateforme FileMaker | Fin Finaud Consultant - Développement d'applications FileMaker à Montréal | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Les codes-barres sont utilisés dans bon nombre d’activités économiques, surtout dans ce qui implique la circulation des biens et l’identification des produits et des individus.

Cette technologie permet la lecture rapide et précise d’un code.

Combiné à une base de données, le code-barres est un outil peu dispendieux et très puissant.

Saviez-vous que FileMaker peut générer des codes-barres ?

 

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Programa Mi Tortilla | Filemaker - Historias de clientes en Latinoamérica |

Programa Mi Tortilla | Filemaker - Historias de clientes en Latinoamérica | | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Solución FileMaker para la gestión de información y datos del Programa Mi Tortilla, permite obtener con precisión e inmediatez el estado del avance del proyecto, mediante datos, fotos y documentación requerida.
En México existen aproximadamente 300 mil tortillerías, microempresas o pequeñas cadenas propiedad de un dueño único, a las que la Secretaría de Economía busca apoyar para su desarrollo, modernización y profesionalización a través de un programa denominado "Mi Tortilla".
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Building a modal dialog using popovers | Anvil Dataworks - FileMaker

Building a modal dialog using popovers | Anvil Dataworks - FileMaker | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Today we’ll be exploring the concept of using popovers as modal dialogs in FileMaker.

A modal dialog is a type of control that forces the end user to look at something or take action before continuing.

FileMaker has had this functionality with the advanced window styles for a while now but many users find that opening a new window is frequently undesirable.

This is especially true in Windows environments where new windows don’t behave as nicely as they do on OS X.

 

Read more on anvildataworks.com

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Exporting vCards from FileMaker Pro 13

Exporting vCards from FileMaker Pro 13 | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
I wanted a simple method of adding vCard export capability from my FileMaker databases to get Contact information into my Contacts application.

 

Read the details on Douglas Alder website : http://hbase.net

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FileMaker Developer Career Profile: Mary Pitzen, Aimed for Success | YouTube - FileMakerProGurus

FileMaker Developer Career Profile: Mary Pitzen, Aimed for Success | YouTube - FileMakerProGurus | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
It  seems FileMaker is taking a new tact in it’s advertising and marketing efforts.

So far, I’ve seen two videos like this one–one each for a man and a woman–designed to entice other young people to look into developing FileMaker as a career.  

It’s a smart move for those with an interest in programming and providing solutions.

And a smart move by FileMaker to invest in marketing of this type.

This video is about Mary Pitzen, a developer at DBServices.

Published on Oct 13, 2014

Like many recent college graduates, it took time to figure out the right professional direction.

After just of few months of training and mentoring, Mary found a rewarding career developing database solutions for clients of DB Services.

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FMEasySignature | An Open Source Signature Capture Solution for the FileMaker Platform

FMEasySignature | An Open Source Signature Capture Solution for the FileMaker Platform | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

FMEasySignature, an open source signature capture solution for the #Filemaker platform, is now available.


FMEasySignature is an open source solution for capturing signatures in FileMaker databases.

 

It is a technique for capturing signatures and optionally storing them in FileMaker databases.

 

It is ideal for solutions that require signature capture, such as delivery receipts, contracts and agreements, etc.

 


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Supports mobile and desktop solutions

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Another charting tool for FileMaker : Using jQuery in FileMaker – Part 4 | The Scarpetta Group

Another charting tool for FileMaker : Using jQuery in FileMaker – Part 4 | The Scarpetta Group | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
FileMaker provides us with many great tools for reporting purposes. One of these tools is charting capabilities.

FileMaker’s built in charting can be very useful for displaying a variety of analytics, but sometimes you run across a situation where you need just a bit more than what FileMaker offers.

This is where using jQuery in FileMaker can be your best friend.

In this post I will illustrate a technique that will allow for much more advanced charting in FileMaker.

By using the techniques I’ve outlined in past posts in this series, we will create animated jQuery charts that can display multiple data sets in the same chart as well as having a choice of various chart types.

 

Read the details on the http://scarpettagroup.com website

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How to make and receive iPhone calls with your Mac | Filemaker 14 ?

How to make and receive iPhone calls with your Mac | Filemaker 14 ? | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
If you’re the kind of person who leaves your iPhone in a pocket or purse placed inconveniently across the room, you’ll appreciate the ability to answer an incoming call with your Mac.

 

You can also initiate calls from your Mac—to the other person, the call will look like it's coming from your iPhone, but you'll be chattering away with your Mac's built-in microphone and speakers.

 

For this to work you have to configure both your Mac and iPhone.

 

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Implement a Progress Tracker with FileMaker 13 and Hide Object When | Design for FileMaker Pro Developers

Implement a Progress Tracker with FileMaker 13 and Hide Object When | Design for FileMaker Pro Developers | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
I’m pleased to present a guest post from John Renfrew, a developer from attitude, FBA members in Birmingham, England.

 

In it, he talks about one approach to implementing a progress tracker in FileMaker 13 that shows the user where they are in the process, by using the awesome new feature, Hide Object When.

The challenge of designing for FileMaker is like most other software environments: Starting with data and choosing the best way for it to be displayed, while adding meaning and value for the end user.

 

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But what do *you* do? | Seth's Blog - Filemaker biz

But what do *you* do? | Seth's Blog - Filemaker biz | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Do you make your own paper?

 

Do you start with wood pulp and mix and bleach and set and produce the sheets you use?

 

My guess is that you save time (and a lot of money) and just go to...

 

read more on Seth Godin blog

 

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/10/but-what-do-you-do.html

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8 great ways to make your Filemaker databases run faster

8 great ways to make your Filemaker databases run faster | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

Follow these top tips to significantly boost the performance of your FileMaker solutions.    

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Art Of Value | Filemaker toolbox

Art Of Value | Filemaker toolbox | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
My Value Pricing Story


In August 2009, I was the advocate for hourly billing (the irony) for a panel discussion on estimating and billing at the FileMaker Developer Conference.

Another developer on the panel was an advocate for value pricing.

 

He said:

If you bill by the hour, there is an artificial limit on your income.

My internal reaction was “Hell no!”

I spent the next 3 months studying value pricing.

Then in November, I made a public commitment on the FileMaker Talk podcast to switch from hourly billing to value pricing with MightyData, my software company.

Then I hired a value pricing consultant to help me make the switch.

My first value pricing proposal was for a custom healthcare application. After identifying the value that the project would create for the customer, I doubled the price I would normally have charged and won the business.

Within 12 months, I made the switch to value pricing with all my customers.

Our revenue increased by 56% the first year. 

The next year, our revenue increased by 79%.

 

And, I have never looked back.

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The Psychology of Developing Software | Filemaker tip

The Psychology of Developing Software | Filemaker tip | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Here are a few general principles to keep in mind when developing software.

This is not an exhaustive list, but just a few.

Try to understand your audience
Try to understand the problems they would like to solve
Leverage standard conventions to reduce training and make your software feel more intuitive
Handle errors in a user friendly way
Solicit feedback and adjust

 

read more on http://www.soliantconsulting.com blog

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FMEasyCanvas: Drawing into Filemaker | Tim Dietrich

FMEasyCanvas: Drawing into Filemaker | Tim Dietrich | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Create and modify drawings directly from within FileMaker.
• Uses familiar drawing tools, including pencil, eraser, line, text, and more.
• Select images, icons, etc from a library and add them to drawings.
• Save your work to FileMaker container fields (as png or jpg files).
• Use existing drawings as backgrounds, and draw on top of them.
• Add watermarks to your drawings.
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How Pixar, National Geographic make Apple work in the enterprise | ZDNet - Filemaker inspiration ?

How Pixar, National Geographic make Apple work in the enterprise | ZDNet - Filemaker inspiration ? | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Summary: The IT heads for both organizations were on hand at the JNUC to explain how their companies deploy, manage and utilize Apple products throughout their organizations.
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Slide-a-Block for FileMaker Go 13 or common patterns to design FileMaker Go 13 for iPad layouts « infografix

Slide-a-Block for FileMaker Go 13 or common patterns to design FileMaker Go 13 for iPad layouts « infografix | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Few years ago I wrote a « how-to » post – FileMaker GO’s layouts, Slide a block method – about designing layouts for FileMaker Go with in mind a real iOS look and feel and how to deal with the rotation issue.

FileMaker have introduced a new script trigger OnRotation of the device. So you can use 2 different layouts to display the portrait and landscape view, but it’s twice the job…. I still prefer to work on one layout only.

 

this tutorial explains how to deal with the device rotation in this case

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FileMaker Drag & Drop Example File | SeedCode

FileMaker Drag & Drop Example File | SeedCode | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Love this little demo we put together for FileMaker DevCon 2009.

A customer recently asked about this and I thought folks might like to see it.

 

The demo shows how to create a grid of buttons without having to use different script parameters on all the different buttons.

 

It’s also a tidy example of scripts used in drag and drop.

Enjoy!

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FileMaker Mentoring Intro

FileMaker Mentoring Intro | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

First and foremost, “FileMaker Mentoring” is a project that connects experienced developers with those who are interested in making a living out of FileMaker development (or vice versa).

 

It is intented to create a personal, direct relationship between both parties to learn as much as possible!

We are the contact point for both parties!

As such we provide the infrastructure as well as resources how to mentor best.

FileMaker Mentoring is not a substitute for FileMaker Training Courses or other paid education!

 

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Scanning and Creating Barcodes in FileMaker 13 – Part 1 : FileMaker Videos

Scanning and Creating Barcodes in FileMaker 13 – Part 1 : FileMaker Videos | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Get up to speed by learning the basics of barcode scanning and creation in the FileMaker platform.

We’re (rcconsulting) focusing on using a scan gun with FileMaker Pro, or the built-in camera with FileMaker Go… for the iPhone or iPad.

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Resolution & Pixel Density Comparison of Apple Retina Displays | Filemaker tip

Resolution & Pixel Density Comparison of Apple Retina Displays | Filemaker tip | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
With Thursday’s unveiling of the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, Apple now offers “Retina” quality displays in all product categories: phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop.

While the benefit of a Retina display varies greatly depending on the overall size of the panel and distance from the average user’s eyes during use, we were curious about how the new Retina iMac’s display compared to other Retina displays in terms of pixel density.

Below (tekrevue.com) on  is a list we compiled of all of Apple’s Retina displays going back to the technology’s first appearance on the iPhone 4.

 

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Apple - Apple Events - Special Event October 2014

Apple - Apple Events - Special Event October 2014 | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Apple Special Event. October 16, 2014

 

http://www.apple.com/apple-events/2014-oct-event/

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What do you think are the consequences of the Apple event for us Filemaker developers ?

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