• Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

    We think those Aussies are kind of the same as us.... don’t be fooled they are most definitely not!

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  • Build a Navigation System Part Two - Taking it Further

    By Daniel Wood, 6 June 2011

    In part one, we built a basic navigation bar made from repeating fields. In this followup article we take the formatting of the navigation bar further by introducing highlights. We also adjust the construction of the navigation, and introduce a custom menu implementation that can be used in conjunction with, or in place of the navigation bar…

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  • Super Fast Record Display in Descending Creation Order

    By Daniel Wood, 28 May 2011

    When FileMaker sorts records it happens on the client machine. Consequently, sorting can be a very painful process for users over a slow connection to a database. In this article we show a very fast way in which records can be presented to the user in descending creation order, without sorting delays...

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  • Xero to Hero

    For a long time I was a bit of a doubting Thomas when it came to the online accounting package cleverly named “Xero”. I thought it was a good idea and was pretty impressed by what the NZ company based in Wellington were undertaking. But I guess I thought the product was still too immature to cover the full gambit of functionality required to replace our incumbent system (MoneyWorks) and be a useful business tool

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  • Making Your Windows Self-Aware (Mac Only!)

    By Daniel Wood, 6 May 2011

    In this article the term "self-aware window" refers to a FileMaker window that can know in real-time whether or not it is the currently selected window, and act accordingly. We introduce a technique for allowing windows to know this, and some examples of what windows could do with that knowledge…

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  • Integrating Image Maps in FileMaker

    By Daniel Wood and Stephen Baker, 29 April 2011

    In this article I demonstrate how you can use image maps with web viewers in FileMaker. In doing so, you can display images that, when clicked, can report the coordinate chosen back to FileMaker to handle in whichever manner you wish…

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  • DF's World Famous Blogstar

    By Craig Saunders, 19 April 2011

    Back in December, Digital Fusion launched FileMaker Weetbicks - a section of the main site dedicated to FileMaker articles of a technical nature. The idea behind creating the site was to give something back to the wider FileMaker community, and act as a resource for developers of all skill levels. Read more →
  • Suppressing Self-Referencing Auto Enter Fields

    By Daniel Wood, 17 April 2011

    Using an auto-enter calculation on a field is a great way to populate its contents when other fields are modified, including itself. But what do you do if you want to use a calculation that references itself without having it trigger its own auto-enter calculation? The answer lies in thinking outside the calculation...

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  • As-You-Type Window Naming and Selection

    By Daniel Wood, 14 March 2011

    In applications such as Mail, you may notice that window names can be dynamic, dependent upon the contents of a field. In the case of Mail, the subject dictates the window name. In this article I'll demonstrate a way this can be replicated for FileMaker, and more importantly, how these dynamic windows can easily be selected again once created…

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  • Thinking Outside the Loop

    By Daniel Wood, 3 March 2011

    If you have spent any time developing in FileMaker, or programming in almost any language, you will be familiar with the concept of a loop. When scripting your loops you probably have a favorite method that you use. This article presents and compares a number of looping techniques that can be used in FileMaker in an attempt to locate the fastest method...

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