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Defining and Documenting Your Software Requirements | FileMaker tip

Defining and Documenting Your Software Requirements | FileMaker tip | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

As a business leader, you may be considering developing a web application for your team, your company or customer use. Congrats! Let’s get your project off to a good start with a clear and concise Software Requirements Document.

As the leader, (aka project sponsor), your contribution will be paramount in defining the software expectations and your input required throughout the project lifecycle.

Throughout this series of Software Development Guide for Business Leaders, we will help you to understand the elements of success in a software development project. That success may be as simple as "the project expectations were achieved by the due date and within the budget."

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How to distribute your FileMaker Runtime

How to distribute your FileMaker Runtime | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

How to distribute your FileMaker Runtime - creating a signed OSX installer and Windows package for distribution.

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De SmallCo FileMaker Design Masterclass komt weer naar Amsterdam van 5 t/m 8 april 2017 !

De SmallCo FileMaker Design Masterclass komt weer naar Amsterdam van 5 t/m 8 april 2017 ! | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

De SmallCo Design Masterclass komt weer naar Nederland !

 

In nauwe samenwerking met FMTraining, hét originele FileMaker trainingsinstituut van Nederland, vindt de Design Masterclass plaats van 5 t/m 8 april in Amsterdam.

 

De Design Masterclass is vooral bedoeld voor ervaren Filemaker ontwikkelaars:

Je bent helemaal thuis in data modeling, ERD’s, normalisatie, kortom het relationele model en je weet dat toe te passen in de applicaties die je voor je klanten bouwt.

 

Maar hoe zorg je er voor dat je applicatie door de klant wordt ervaren als een perfect passende handschoen die qua look-and-feel 100% aansluit bij de bedrijfsprocessen ?

 

Hoe vaak gebeurt het niet dat je iets geweldigs hebt gebouwd maar dat het niet aanslaat bij de gebruiker omdat het qua ontwerp niet uitnodigt om te gebruiken ?

 

En wanneer zegt de gebruiker eigenlijk dat je applicatie intuïtief en stimulerend werkt en precies datgene biedt wat hij op een bepaald moment nodig heeft ?

 

Kortom: wat is er nodig om je applicatie qua Design met kop en schouders boven de rest uit te laten steken ?

 

De Design Masterclass leert je in een intensieve omgeving gedurende vier dagen van die voortreffelijke en krachtige applicatie die je aan het bouwen bent een geweldig Meesterwerk te maken.

 

Onder de inspirerende leiding van Filemaker Design guru Albert Harum-Alvarez en samen met een aantal collega’s die hun eigen applicaties meenemen worden er Meesterwerken gebouwd door inzicht te krijgen in best-practices, interactief ontwerpen samen met de mede-cursisten en het twee keer per dag presenteren van jouw Meesterwerk-in-wording.

 

De Design Masterclass is een unieke gebeurtenis die je kijk op applicatie design absoluut spectaculair zal veranderen.

 

Mis het niet, het aantal plaatsen is beperkt !

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EasyCatalog for InDesign | From FileMaker to InDesign

EasyCatalog for InDesign | From FileMaker to InDesign | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
EasyCatalog for InDesign is a Plug-in (for both Mac and Windows) that offers a truly simple, intuitive drag-and-drop interface.

 

As the name implies, EasyCatalog is easy to set up and use. Simply connect to a datasource, insert placeholders into your document from the EasyCatalog Panel, apply formatting as you usually would to design elements, group related elements together into a “Product Style,” store your Product Styles in an EasyCatalog Library, and then populate copies of your product styles with records from your database.

 

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Schweiss Hydraulic and Bifold Doors Use FileMaker as One Key to Success | Cimbura.com

Schweiss Hydraulic and Bifold Doors Use FileMaker as One Key to Success | Cimbura.com | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
Schweiss Hydraulic and Bifold Doors Use FileMaker as One Key to Success


Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic bifold doors in the world.

Located near Hector, MN their custom doors are sold all over the world. Some notable installations include Red Bull Headquarters in California. SilverWing Airpark, Rocket Hangers in Cape Canaveral Florida, and Under Amour headquarters in Maryland. The super hi-tech King Stadium in California features five Schweiss 6 story tall bi-fold hanger doors.

Companies choose their doors for the their high quality design and construction. T

hey can be customized for almost any building situation from rocket and airplane hangers, to stadiums, restaurants, and corporate headquarters.


Schweiss has been a long time user of the FileMaker custom database application platform for more than 20 years.

They built a very sophisticated solution that exactly meets their needs while it automates and tracks nearly every aspect of their business. It even integrates with their website.

FileMaker is an important competitive advantage to their business.

 

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State of the Custom App Report | FileMaker

State of the Custom App Report | FileMaker | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

Discover how citizen developers are boosting business value
with low-code custom apps.


Download the State of the Custom App Report 2017

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Advanced Reporting and Dashboard Techniques | FM DevCon 16 / Core - YouTube (1:09:08)

This session is directed at intermediate-level FileMaker developers who have experience building standard reports.

 

We discuss how to get the most out of displaying your data, whether in a dashboard format for desktop or mobile, or as complex analytics output to PDF or Excel.

The session includes real-world examples and offers tips and tricks on how to achieve these results.

 

Speaker: Jason Erickson Chief Technology Officer, Linear Blue

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FileMaker Portal Row Click Handler

FileMaker Portal Row Click Handler | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

Confessions of a FileMaker Developer

I have a confession to make.

I’ve been working with FileMaker software for about a decade now and sometimes I still do things the old fashioned way.

I caught myself doing this the other day when I discovered a new use for an old feature that I didn’t know could be used like this.

How I Used To Handle Row Click Events

 

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iBeacons & FileMaker - Bart van Baren | LESTERIUS - YouTube

FileMaker 15 ondersteund nu iBeacons.

 

Hoe werkt het en wat kan je er mee?

Besproken punten :
- iBeacons
- FileMaker 15
- Scripting

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FileMaker Let Function and Text Manipulation | FileMakerProGurus

FileMaker Let Function and Text Manipulation | FileMakerProGurus | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

FileMaker Let Function and Text Manipulation

I recently encountered the following challenge:  There were just shy of two thousand web based photo files linked in a FileMaker database, and these files were of multiple types (jpegs, jpg's, png, and tiffs) of all different sizes – high resolution, medium resolution, different heights and widths. Most of these files were already linked to two different web pages, so the links could not be changed in any way.

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Implementing a Web Viewer Integration | FileMaker - Soliant Consulting

Implementing a Web Viewer Integration | FileMaker - Soliant Consulting | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
The Web Viewer Integrations library is meant to give you the ability to extract something from this file and push it into your own solution in a relative easy few steps. The difficult process of working each integration out for FileMaker has been resolved, and the step-by-step guide will help you bring any of these into your own custom app. After building this file, I implemented the photo album into a client’s file. The process took about 30 minutes to fully set up the integration.

Let’s take a look and review how to push from the library to your own custom app.

 

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Web Viewer Integrations Library Overview | FileMaker - Soliant Consulting

Web Viewer Integrations Library Overview | FileMaker - Soliant Consulting | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
The Web Viewer Integrations library is a file meant for anyone’s use in their own learning and as a resource for deeper, richer functionality to any custom app.

But it does take a moment to walk through to learn how it is set up.
The library is set up to give you the ability to find an integration that you need and push it into your own custom app with very little effort.

As a test, I was able to push the photo album into a client’s app in about 30 minutes.

That time includes setting up the table structure, importing the code and revising the script for the specific app. One-half hour is not bad for a slick-looking photo album.

Let’s walk through the file and let me acquaint you with it.

 

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Web Viewer Integrations Library | FileMaker - Soliant Consulting

Web Viewer Integrations Library | FileMaker - Soliant Consulting | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
I seem to have developed an obsession with the web viewer in FileMaker.

That fact is surprising because it was only three years ago that I knew nothing about the object.

Back then, I decided that, while continuing to learn FileMaker, I’d start to learn how to do more in my custom apps with the the languages of the web.

Every chance I got, I’d try to implement a Google map or a chart either into a project or in a simple demo file.

At first it was painfully slow; trying to get a chart into FileMaker via the web viewer was too complex and was overkill in the time spent on the implementation.

Never one to back away from a challenge, I pushed through, and eventually, it became much easier.

The object became more fun to work with, and I pushed myself to try and do more with it.

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Henrique Bilbao fala sobre o FileMaker Web Direct | YouTube

Henrique Bilbao fala sobre o FileMaker Web Direct.

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KiPoint: FileMaker POS for iPad, Mac, Windows

KiPoint: FileMaker POS for iPad, Mac, Windows | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
KiPoint POS


Use KiPoint, the Leading FileMaker POS solution for iPad, Mac, Windows, to quickly process retail sales.

 

Extraordinarily easy and visual to add items to a sales order with a customizable touch screen or quick find interface where you can type a few letters or scan a bar code to bring in the item to add to the sale.

Process the credit card and get signature on the iPad in a few seconds.

Capture customer information so you can email their receipt.

 

Can be run on iPad, Mac or Windows locally or accessed via FileMaker Server.

 

Use KiPoint with the KiBiz Enterprise system and update your inventory, sales order fulfillment and accounting.

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Integrating FileMaker With RESTful APIs

Integrating FileMaker With RESTful APIs | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

FileMaker And RESTful APIs


By now you’ve probably heard of REST API, but why should you care as a FileMaker developer?

 

Well REST APIs are a universal standard for interacting with other programs and services, so by learning REST you can greatly expand the capabilities of what FileMaker can do, and the services it can interact with.

 

If you’ve ever wanted to integrate FileMaker with Google Maps, Google Calendar, Microsoft SharePoint, or many other great services, you’ll want to learn what RESTful APIs are and how to use them.

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FileMaker et WordPress | Caroline Crémieux-Charpentier - YouTube

FileMaker et WordPress

Nous ferons durant ce topo un éventail des possibilités qui s'offrent à nous pour relier une base FileMaker à WordPress avec leurs avantages et leurs inconvénients selon les besoins.

 

Caroline Crémieux-Charpentier
A-KWA

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BrilliantSync - A framework for keeping WordPress and FileMaker in Sync | Cimbura.com

BrilliantSync - A framework for keeping WordPress and FileMaker in Sync | Cimbura.com | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

BrilliantSync – A framework for keeping WordPress and FileMaker in Sync

BrilliantSync is a custom technology solution from Cimbura.com for connecting FileMaker to WordPress, with add-ons for WooCommerce, Gravity Forms and the ability to connect data via custom tables.

 

We’ve also integrated with Drupal, and can interface with other web content management systems (CMS) if needed.

 

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FileMaker with Slack Notifications | Vimeo (2'45")

Have you every wished that you could get instant notifications on your desktop or mobile device whenever something changes in your FileMaker solution?

 

Now you can by leveraging the power of Slack.

Keep your whole team up to date by integrating Slack into FileMaker.

Past Due Invoices, new orders, missed deadlines, upcoming events, and routine daily reports are just a few ideas of how to use notifications in Slack to keep you and your team up to date where ever you are.

 

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FMoT - the FileMaker of Things | FMDevCon 16 / Web - YouTube (1:05:15)

Plug your custom app into the power of the Internet! It’s easier than you might think to connect your custom app to the ever-growing network of connected devices and services in the Internet of Things.

Engaging automation tools such as Zapier.com and IFTTT.com, we show how to set up a gateway app on the FileMaker Platform, implementing automation routines that trigger events in other web software and web-connected devices.

Speaker:
Ken d'Oronzio
President, Paradise Partners, Inc.

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MBS FileMaker Plugin Presentation from DevCon2016 | YouTube (1:22:16)

Recording of the session at FileMaker Developer Conference, 18th to 21st July 2016 in Las Vegas.

 

The MBS is easily the most powerful plug-in available for FileMaker today.

 

There are over 4,000 functions that allow FileMaker developers to extend their solutions in some amazing ways.

 

Each function does a little task and in their combination you can unleash the full power of our plugin.

 

To learn how to use them together, please check our reference and our more than 400 example databases.

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FileMaker Relational Design and Data Filtering | FileMakerProGurus - Youtube (1:06:26)

FileMaker Relational Design and Data Filtering | FileMakerProGurus - Youtube (1:06:26) | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it

FileMaker Relational Design

Jeremiah Hammond from DB Services on FileMaker Relational Design, something every aspiring FileMaker developer needs to understand at a deep level:

Understanding how to use the relationship graph is fundamental for custom app development in FileMaker. Developers must understand both relational design—tables, keys, and how to use keys to relate tables—and context. The importance of context cannot be overstated: almost everything in a FileMaker app is evaluated in a context, including relationships in the relationship graph. To truly master FileMaker, developers must master context.

This session is geared toward new developers and existing developers of the platform, and will loosely follow the Data module of the FileMaker Training Series with an emphasis on context.

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FileMaker Web Seminar: Essential Design Principles | YouTube (59'22")

Proper solution design means the people who use it can solve previously insurmountable problems and more easily accomplish business tasks.

As the designer of the system, your solution will always be more intuitive and easier for you to use than it will be for others.

If poorly designed, users may waste significant time and money and feel frustrated and annoyed.

In this 60-minute session, hosted by Dr. Don Levan, president of Vanguard Custom Software and author of the “FileMaker Interaction Guide,” learn the key principles of interaction design and gain simple, actionable strategies you can use to create better FileMaker Pro interfaces.

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Playing with a Web Viewer Integration | FileMaker - Soliant Consulting

Playing with a Web Viewer Integration | FileMaker - Soliant Consulting | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
The FileMaker Web Viewer Integrations library is a great source for deeper functionality for your custom app. There are 22 web integrations that might be a great solution for a use case you’re trying to solve for yourself or for a client. For example, you can use the “Google Auto-Complete Address” integration to use the power of Google to get the exact full address as the user starts to type it in as shown in Figure 1.

That is extremely handy.

 

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Data Structure of the Web Viewer Integrations Library | FileMaker

Data Structure of the Web Viewer Integrations Library | FileMaker | Learning FileMaker | Scoop.it
In the previous post, I introduced to you the Web Viewer Integrations Library, a labor of obsession and passion around the web viewer object. It has been a lot of fun to put together, and I am glad to be able to share it.

In this post, I want to review the data structure of this library, how the file is set up to make these integrations happen.
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