• Lovely Logos & Pretty Profile Pics

    By Daniel Wood, 30 August 2021

    In this article we showcase a range of Logo and Profile picture retrieval APIs and how they can be integrated into your Claris FileMaker solutions to automatically download images for your contacts. We also show how background content can be removed from these images, again through using APIs. 

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  • Prominent Color Coolness

    By Daniel Wood, 18 August 2021

    In this article we show you how to use a FileMaker container field to produce beautiful gradients and background fills based on the most prominent colors in an image. We also show how to render solid fills without the use of a WebViewer and how to determine optimal color for text placed on top of your background fills.

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  • Easily Print or Capture Web Viewer content

    By Daniel Wood, 25 September 2019

    In FileMaker 16 we lost the ability to print web viewers. With the recent rise in popularity of using javascript in FileMaker solutions, printing a web viewer is now a key problem to solve. In this article we give you a really quick and simple way to print any web viewer in our solution, without the need for a plugin.

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  • Take the Short Cut

    By Daniel Wood, 2 July 2019

    Learning and using keyboard shortcuts in FileMaker is the absolute number one shortcut to being a faster and better developer. In this article we take a look at why shortcuts are useful, and then present a way for you to add even more useful shortcuts that do not come bundled with FileMaker. We go through some of the more cooler ones in depth and show you a few tricks along the way...

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  • Elemental has Landed

    By Daniel Wood, 17 June 2019

    Elemental is my first foray into the product world which is why the blog has been quiet recently. In this article I talk a bit about what Elemental is, what I hope it will become, and some of the cool stuff that is in this first version, enjoy!

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  • A Variable Way of Writing Recursion

    By Daniel Wood, 22 March 2019

    Recursion can be a complex and often intimidating part of development. In this article Daniel gives examples and explains what recursion is, and then presents an alternative approach to writing them which is more clear and readable, through using local variables...

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  • Easily View Microsoft Office Files in FileMaker

    By Daniel Wood, 28 February 2019

    Viewing Microsoft Office files directly in FileMaker has always been a real headache for developers, until now. In this article we demonstrate how to easily use Microsoft Offices online app viewer tool to view your office documents directly in FileMaker. We also talk about Google's similar offering, and how files can be easily placed online for viewing using the file.io service.

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  • Modal Magic

    By Daniel Wood, 13 November 2018

    Building Simple and Reusable Modal Dialogs: "modal dialogs" force the user to make a decision before proceeding — effectively locking down access to the app until the user has made their choice. In this article Daniel presents another approach to designing and programming a modal dialog that is both easy, effective, and reusable...

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  • Better Breadcrumbs

    By Daniel Wood, 4 October 2018

    A breadcrumb menu is a really useful navigation design pattern for both websites and applications. In this article we present a quick and easy means to produce really beautiful breadcrumb menus using a tab control object in FileMaker...

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  • Building a Multilingual App

    By Daniel Wood, 1 September 2018

    Building a multilingual solution can seem a daunting task, but in this article we provide a framework for building your own solution that can be easily translated into however many languages you require...

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