Author: DBServices

The new version of FileMaker 12 has greatly enhanced container field abilities in the FileMaker product lines. From images, pdfs, movies, to any file you want to store, all the files can now be easily stored in a directory outside of the database file, known as external storage. The focus of this article will primarily be on the new storage options and how they can be configured in the FileMaker 12 interface along with how the files are referenced on FileMaker Server 12. Let’s unravel all the new container / file management options available. Managing File / Container Locations A…

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The new version of FileMaker 12 is here! Before we dive into all the features, note that version 12 is a file format change from fp7 to fmp12. This means it is not backward compatible. Below we will look at the FileMaker 12 product lines: FileMaker Pro 12, FileMaker Go 12, and FileMaker Server 12. Overview Perhaps the biggest news with the release of FileMaker 12 product line is it starts over with a new layout engine with Themes based on CSS3. This is good news as CSS3 allows the interface to be more modern and web-like in nature. CSS3…

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One of FileMaker’s strengths is how you can update a live system immediately. Utilizing this strength, however, requires knowledge of what you can do safely and what you need to be more cautious about while working on a live FileMaker database system. There are three areas to beware of when working on a live system: Table locking Users don’t get new table occurrences (TOs) Throwing users on default tabs when saving schema/layouts Table Locking In FileMaker, table locking means that users cannot create records in a table. Even if you have the table locked, users will still be able to…

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By Kevin Hammond  Posted on  January 5th, 2012  in  FileMaker If you use plug-ins to extend FileMaker, you have to check out the BaseElements plug-in! We like the BaseElements plug-in so much, we sponsored two new functions that allow you to use HTTP Post for FileMaker Web Service Integrations. The BaseElements plug-in is free, open-source, and is a terrific option when looking to extend FileMaker via a plug-in. Along with the new HTTP Post functions, the latest version (1.3 as of 1/3/2012) includes lots of new functions and is quickly becoming the Swiss Army knife of FileMaker plug-ins. The BaseElements…

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By Kevin Hammond  Posted on  November 17th, 2011  in  FileMaker If you are upgrading your FileMaker database solution or are upgrading to Lion (Mac OS X 10.7), make sure you are ready. The big reason for readiness is that the latest version of Mac OS X doesn’t provide support for Rosetta. In short, Rosetta is software that was released in 2006 with Mac OS X 10.4.4 that allowed older PowerPC software to run on the newer Intel processor systems. Not providing support for Rosetta in Lion has caused minor and complete roadblocks to upgrading to Lion for older versions of…

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By Kevin Hammond  Posted on  November 17th, 2011  in  FileMaker The one-time $99/year FileMaker Technical Network membership is now free for everyone. The new FileMaker TechNet includes: Technical Documentation Webinars Sales Tools Developer News Technical Resource Library Developer Discussion Forum TechNet has also been totally revamped to include many more social networking features. Along with making TechNet available for free, FileMaker announced there will be a new fee-based FileMaker Developer Subscription for $99/year. The new FileMaker Developer Subscription (FDS) includes: Pre-release FileMaker software (when available) FileMaker Training Series (FTS) software download FileMaker Server Advanced Development License (limit to 5 users)…

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By Kevin Hammond  Posted on  November 17th, 2011  in  FileMaker We find ourselves frequently recommending Annual Volume Licensing (AVLA) and Annual Site Licensing (ASLA) to our customers. Volume licensing is for those who have 5 or more FileMaker licenses or FileMaker Server. The benefits of AVLA include: Low cost of entry – Annual Volume Licensing is roughly 1/3 the cost of the software at retail prices. This naturally translates into huge savings when you initially purchase FileMaker software for your organization. Latest version at all times – With Annual Volume Licensing, you always have the rights to the latest version…

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FileMaker announced that FileMaker will end support of the FileMaker 9 product family in 2012.Effective September 27, 2012, all FileMaker 9 version products will no longer be eligible for upgrades, technical support, replacement media, downgrade media and downgrade license keys from FileMaker, Inc.You may continue to purchase upgrades until September 27, 2012 directly from FileMaker or from your preferred reseller.Did you know we are an authorized reseller for FileMaker? Feel free to call or contact us to discuss upgrading your FileMaker software or helping you with your FileMaker database. Kevin Hammond Kevin is CEO and Business Project Manager for DB Services. He…

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By Kevin Hammond  Posted on  April 27th, 2011  in  FileMaker Is FileMaker Go 1.2 ready as an Enterprise-level solution? After this release, we at DB Services are believers. The latest FileMaker Go release has many new features 1) Create a PDF2) Capture signatures3) AirPrint wireless printing4) Charting With the release of FileMaker Go 1.2, PDF creation works just like FileMaker Pro, making an accurately rendered PDF you can easily send via email, save, or print via AirPrint. Before the FileMaker Go 1.2 release, printing to PDF was available, but wasn’t quite ready to be used in a production environment. Next,…

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The new version of FileMaker 11 is another great release. Clearly this version embraces the user and ease of use. FileMaker has added more templates including a new Invoice template, improved the Quick Start dashboard, and provided more table view improvements. New users will be able to jump right in and start building a database. QuickFindThe new QuickFind tool located in the upper right of the status toolbar provides users the ability to search the existing fields on the screen just like a Search Engine. Of course Find Mode is still in the product, though QuickFind is more intuitive to…

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