• Head in the Clouds

    Imagine being able to access your business systems from anywhere, at any time, not having to run your own server, worry about backup, or have a plan for when the server dies…

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  • Printing Records With Different Output Designs

    By Daniel Wood, 3 November 2011

    Most of the time when we print records in FileMaker, the output of every record appears pretty much the same, with similar formatting and design. But what if we want records to print with a completely different output design depending on the type of record? In this article we detail some of the various ways in which this can be achieved, and the pros and cons of each method…

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  • FileMaker Go

    By Daniel Wood, 17 October 2011

    Do you use a FileMaker database in your business? If so, then you may be interested to know that FileMaker have a mobile version for the iPad and iPhone called FileMaker Go

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  • Integrating Kiosk Mode into your Solution

    By Daniel Wood, 5 October 2011

    Kiosk mode is a cool way to run a FileMaker database in a full screen environment where users are prevented from accessing the other functionality of the operating system. But what if you have a normal FileMaker solution and wish to use kiosk functionality in certain areas only?

    In this article we illustrate how a typical FileMaker solution can be enhanced with a kiosk component for carrying out certain actions. We use the article example file to help illustrate this. We also give some information on what kiosk mode is, and things to watch out for when developing for it.

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  • Simple Truncated Displaying of Long Lists (+more)

    By Daniel Wood, 22 August 2011

    Displaying a long list of items on a layout generally means that the majority of the list is hidden from the user until they click into the field, with no feedback as to the size of the list. This article details a nice technique you can use to present the same list in a truncated style that gives live feedback on the number of items…

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  • The Search for Fast Aggregates - Trial & Error

    By Daniel Wood, 13 August 2011

    In the first of a two part series, we begin the search for a faster way to perform aggregates in FileMaker. We cover why aggregates can be quite a costly operation - especially on wide area networks - and use that as a jumping off point for finding a faster method…

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  • The Search for Fast Aggregates - Implementation & Results

    By Daniel Wood, 13 August 2011

    In the final part of this two part series, we cover the technique introduced in part one in more detail. We also carry out a number of tests and present the results. We also try to address some of the limitations of this technique and ways in which you could try to work around these…

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  • Dissecting DevCon

    I can't think of a better escape than a trip San Diego in middle of the New Zealand winter, which is exactly what Daniel and I did a couple of weeks ago as we headed off to the annual FileMaker Developer Conference (DevCon) - an annual geek fest in a nice warm place.

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  • Quake Updates Go Mobile

    By day, Steve is a database developer, quietly dealing to some of our most tricky database integrations, but by night, under the cover of darkness he's banging out some very sexy iPhone/iPad apps. His latest creation is "Canterbury Earthquakes".

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  • Xero Meant Nothing Until Now

    For a long time I was a bit of a Doubting Thomas when it came to the online accounting package cleverly named Xero. Well, I’m here to say I’m a convert. We love Xero!

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