The first Claris Engage, a successor of FileMaker DevCons, was originally planned to take place in Nashville, Tennessee. The coronavirus pandemic has changed plans for most live events this year, and so Claris Engage turned to a virtual experience. We attended, and even participated as a virtual exhibitor, so let us share our highlights with you.
As a Claris partner, we resell FileMaker licenses. As an extra benefits, we also provide a nice PDF document with all information about the license, including download links. To generate this document from our FileMaker based CRM, I needed a way to include functional web links in it. So I wrote a custom function that does it, without any plug-ins.
As a little boy I grew tomatoes and some herbs in pots on balcony (because we didn’t have a garden at that time). Over time my hobby evolved into growing vegetables in a greenhouse. Since I also like technology and automation, now many of the repeating processes are controlled by Claris FileMaker, Raspberry Pi, Hardwario, LoRa, Node-RED, etc.
The virtual Claris Engage 2020 is starting in just a few hours. Join us watching the very first wordwide online FileMaker conference and come to say hello to our virtual booth! To celebrate 20 years in business we are offering 20% discounts on our products to every attendee who shows up.
Scavent is a complete software solution for live event organizers, that grew up on our personal experience with the use of modern technologies. We can customize Scavent to fit your individual needs and use it to help you organize your event, so that you can focus on providing great content and leave the organizational difficulties in our hands.
Claris has released FileMaker 19. We have tested all our products and are happy to confirm that they all work fine with the new version, only iOS versions of our plug-ins need to be updated for the new iOS App SDK. Now we are preparing our performance lab to test FileMaker 19 performance and compare it to the previous versions.
When most of the world is forced to work from home, many things you took for granted can disappear over night. Speed of the internet is one of them, performance of your business critical apps follows very closely. So let me share a few tips on how you can optimize your FileMaker apps for working from home over the slower-than-usually internet.
A few years ago I made one of my dreams come true. I built a pond in our garden. There are water plants, fish, and other water animals living in the pond. To keep the pond in good conditions, I have automated control of its environment with the help of Claris FileMaker and Raspberry Pi…
Claris has recently released Claris Connect. It’s an integration platform provided as a cloud-based service, letting you easily connect many different apps and make the data smoothly flow between them. To show you how it works, I have prepared a short demo using Claris Connect to integrate a FileMaker based CRM with Maichimp.
You have probably already read about our presence at FileMaker Konferenz 2019 where we shared fresh results of testing FileMaker 18 performance, but we cannot omit the recap of the previous conference, held in a beautiful ski-resort Malbun in the east of Liechtenstein.
In October 2017 we proudly sponsored the German-speaking FileMaker Konferenz again. HOnza Koudelka, our mad optimizer, presented two sessions there, both focused on FileMaker performance.
After presenting at four German-speaking FileMaker conferences, let us take a brief look back at the first one in 2016 where all our European DevCons presence began. For the first time, in 2016 we had some really interesting stuff to show, including two case studies and results of over four thousand performance tests.
According to Patrick Cranston, there is no better way to build and push mobile apps made in FileMaker to the users. Well, the best way now got even better as we released a new version…
If you have a custom software system to run your business, then you probably want to integrate it with everything that’s important to your business. One such example is monitoring conditions in your server room. No one wants to come to the office on Monday only to find out that their servers got burned due to air-condition failure.
After participating on Pause[x]London 2011 and Pause[x]Berlin 2013 I got invited to attend Pause On Error Portland 2014 as well. Even though my schedule did not allow me to attend in person, I managed to host one session about Efficient Optimizing and Troubleshooting of FileMaker Solutions and Business Processes remotely over Skype.
We are extending the range of hardware modules that can be easily integrated with the FileMaker platform by adding support the popular open-source hardware platform Arduino. The successful Phidgets Plug-In so becomes Bridge to reflect the growing range of supported hardware platforms.
If you care about text styles then you care about presentation. And if the text you produce is going to be presented in the digital world, such as on a website or in an e-mail client, or any other platform based on HTML and CSS, then you should pay attention to what the HTML you produce tells about you, both to humans and to computers.
How fast or slow is FileMaker Cloud and what should you know before deciding to throw away your old Mac mini you're using to run FileMaker Server and move your databases to FileMaker Cloud? Let me put the other aspects, such as cost or security, aside for now, and focus solely on the performance.
When preparing for our fourth German-speaking FileMaker Konferenz, HOnza got invited to speak at FileMaker Devcon Scandinavia as well. So we ended up participating in 2 European developer conferences this year. We had a great time there and HOnza's sessions were well appreciated. He had to stay for about an hour answering questions.
This year, hosted in Hamburg, Germany, over 180 German-speaking FileMaker developers came to this local conference to learn something new and get inspired. The atmosphere of the 3-day conference was very friendly and forward looking, as, how we already learned during the past 3 years, FileMaker Konferenz always tends to be.
Claris has announced that in 2020 there will be not only Claris Engage in the USA, but also Claris Engage Europe in October, located in Lisbon, Portugal.
The 2019 European FileMaker developer conferences are just behind the door. This year we have chosen two to participate in - FileMaker Konferenz in Hamburg, Germany, from October 16 to October 19 and DevCon Scandinavia in Helsingør, Denmark, from October 20 to October 21.
HOnza leads you through our virtual store at #FileMaker Konferenz 2018. You can see all the hardware components of our mobile demo store. Would you like to buy a paprica, chilli pepers or macadamia nuts?
Our team crossed the ocean again to show our skills and upgraded demo at the FileMaker Developer Conference, which took place in Orlando, Florida. We answered a lot of questions about FileMaker and we discussed every problem our customers came with.
FileMaker is now Claris. Again. FileMaker Platform remains a flagship product but other products are coming, first of them being Claris Connect, an integration service developed by an Italian company Stamplay, now acquired by Claris
Our team of experienced FileMaker developers look forward to meeting you next year at #Claris Engage 2020!
Our team of experience developers has just helped our client to safely migrate database from FileMaker 10 to FileMaker 18. Let us take care of your solution. New FileMaker version is just the beginning.
Counting sheep may put anyone asleep but for a sheep farmer sorting sheep is a real madness. Therefore our customer Jacques Kirouac from Quebec developed a new solution Sheep Sorter. It's cheaper than other commercial solutions and it’s able to sort animals based on many criteria.
We have updated our open-source PHP library for easy integration of PHP websites with FileMaker Data API to take advantage of the new features introduced in FIleMaker Server 18. fmRESTor is now also available via Composer.
We have released a new open-source tool, useful for every server administrator. Specifically with FileMaker Server admins in mind, this tool lets you get notified about important messages appearing in logs without being spammed by unimportant notifications.
Toolbox 3.0.9 addresses an issue on some Windows configuration returning timestamps with wrong date. Since FM Bench relies on this functionality, we have updated it as well to include the fixed version of Toolbox.
We have added support for mobile payment terminals to our Gonector plug-in to allow seamless integration of mobile paymens for custom apps developed using the FileMaker platform. The new version of Gonector lets your app talk directly to mobile payment terminals from Infinite Peripherals (for Noth America) and Ingenico (for Europe).
Since eSellerate has recently announced an end of life of their services, we have updated all our plug-ins to use a new way to verify license validity, independently on eSellerate. We also included latest minor improvements and optimizations, including optimizations for better compatibility with the recently released FileMaker 18.
“I would recommend 24U to anybody who had a tricky problem because 24U really helped me to figure it out and I was surprised they could do it!” Craig turned to 24U for help with getting data from an old optometry equipment directly to his FileMaker app.
Customers from Holland working on implementing the systems of food quality control came to us to see our demo. They were particularly interested in scanning RFID and reading data from weighing scales on the go. Both these features can be implemented to a custom FileMaker App using Gonector
“The 24U Phidgets Plug-In turned out to be solution and the answer.” Jacques Kirouac developed his own sheep sorting solution for farmers in Canada based on FileMaker Pro and 24U Phidgets Plug-In. It’s interesting to hear how it works and we are happy that Jacques is satisfied with our plug-in and services.
Just like fastening seatbelt can protect your life, having your core systems audited by an independent expert can save your company. In this video excerpt from FileMaker Konferenz 2016 HOnza talks about how our audit service helped KLM to make their own solution more scalable and reliable.
Do you want to integrate physical devices with FileMaker Pro but not sure where to start? Now you can get everything (software and hardware) to get started with Phidgets and the FileMaker platform, at one place.
Phidgets Plug-In 3.1 is now available. The new version now brings support for iOS and new features like locking RFID tag while you are writing via Phidget. Minor bugs were also fixed.
24U's FileMaker developers have released a new version of JOGS, a custom app we developed for our customer from Malawi, Africa. The app was made to help our customer manage purchasing crops from local farmers, now we have added new features to also support distributing seeds to farmers.
Everyone knows or feels that starting a new business is not easy. There are many startups in these days. Every new company looks for the best possible systems to support their new ideas. We found out that our favourite FileMaker platform is an ideal match for these startups.
Layout switch takes 40 seconds? How user feels? Maybe frustrated is the right word. This was happening to our user before they asked us for help. Before we found and fixed two bottlenecks. Layout switch is now 8x faster and 1000 hours a year saved!
There’s a big difference between guessing and knowing. Every FileMaker solution has a bottleneck. Learn what it is and let FM Bench help you to identify it!
“If you are trying to figure out what’s wrong with your solution or how you can make it better, 24U guys are a great resource!” These words come from WorldCloud Inc. CEO Joe King. We are happy to hear feedback like this all the time.
In the last months we have released many new versions of products, even 3 completely new ones - fmRESTor, Xgode and Gonector! That's why Don Clark asked Honza Koudelka as FileMaker Pro Guru.
HOnza presented results of converting a complex solution from Spider Web to Anchor/Buoy relationship model, making Perform Script On Server 3.5 times faster. This video is an excerpt of the FileMaker Konferenz (Salzburg 2017) session recording, showing the most inter
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My son Štěpán recently surprised me by bringing an insufficient grade from a math exam. He needed to improve quickly, so I launched FileMaker Pro Advanced and decided to create an app to help him. The next day he got the best grade for a followup exam, not making a single error…
24U Testers are indispensable in applications development processes. Dušan Kollár our test manager is using modern Apple technologies – iPad Air 2 to effectively lead team of testers.
A month has passed since we got back from FileMaker DevCon and now we have a small recap for you. Our demo generated a lot of interest this year, so if you have missed it, make sure to check it out at least from the web...
We can build native iOS apps with the FileMaker platform but we struggled doing that too often. Xgode has changed this for us, and now it is not an exception when we build a FileMaker based native app more than five times on the same day. Why is the life after Xgode so different from the life before it?
Since the introduction of WebViewer, Google Maps were quite popular in FileMaker solutions. What many FileMaker developers may have missed though is that in most cases they were using Google Maps API illegally and Google could ban their API key or IP address from accessing the feature at any time.
All of our available plug-ins have been tested with FileMaker 17. We are pleased to announce that they are fully compatible with this new version of the platform! You will find information about this compatibility soon at
New features e.g.: Starter apps and Add-on Tables - Get started more quickly! Use one of the 6 predefined applications to get the custom app you've always wanted. Add more functionality by connecting an Add-on Table to the app.
“I will totally suggest the audit. It was very helpful for us!” Mert Bayri from Medeam (e-commerce workgroup of KLM) talks about how he developed and improved his custom FileMaker application in cooperation with 24U.
As time passes by, we quickly and easily get used to new technologies and new versions of all the apps we use. Occasionally, the history decently knocks on the door, checking if we remember. Just like recently, when a customer contacted us, asking for help with converting his invoicing solution, made in FileMaker Pro 1.0, to the current version.
We’ve been developing FileMaker plug-ins since the release of FileMaker Pro 4, so some of our products have been there for our users for over a decade. We would like to share with you a few notes on how to make a product successful, no matter how precisely you plan the future of your product.
Many years ago, when designing backup strategy for our server, we decided to take advantage of one typical aspect of FileMaker databases. By using a simple bash script, we could easily keep a history of 4 times more backups than without compression...
The idea of being able to off-load time consuming tasks from FileMaker Pro to FileMaker Server is as old as the scripting abilities of FileMaker Pro, which were introduced with the FileMaker Pro 3 release. But it was the FileMaker Server 13 that finally made this idea easy to implement.
These brothers created the first mobile system for automated planting and we are really proud that we can the part of it. This system will not only make planting easy but it can really help us to save our planet. You can plant anything, anywhere in the world. Tomatoes in a desert, strawberries in a cellar, in a few years maybe on Mars as well.
One of the questions I am getting from time to time since I testing FileMaker performance is whether there is any significant difference between performance of text and number fields, So I tested it and discovered that there is even a case when indexed field can be slower than an undindexed one.
Implementing 24U FM Bench Detective can take a lot of time especially when you have hundreds or thousands of scripts in your FileMaker solution. See how PTHPasteboard can save you tremendous time by letting you insert the 24U FM Bench Detective script steps into your solution on Mac about 4 times faster.
Implementing 24U FM Bench Detective can take a lot of time especially when you have hundreds or thousands of scripts in your FileMaker solution. We have found a great 3rd party tool for Windows called Hot Copy Paste that can save you tremendous amount of time.
If you have a large solution with hundreds or thousands of scripts you will like what we are working on for the next version of FM Bench, fully automated insertion and removal of FM Bench Detective. But if you dont want to wait, here is something you can use already today.
What a great week! There are some great new features such as JSON parsing, external script steps, Save as PDF on server, encryption calculation functions, and more. Check it out and let us know what you like the bridge.
Before you can analyze measurement data captured from your FileMaker solution with 24U FM Bench Detective, you have to check consistency and validity of the data with Error Checker. It will tell you where FM Bench misses some log entry it expects, such as corresponding exit event for previously logged start event.
Session Browser in 24U FM Bench Analyzer lets you browse through individual users sessions of your FileMaker solution, see when they logged in, when they logged out, and when they ran specific scripts, how long these scripts took to execute and compare them between themselves.
Before you can efficiently optimize your solution you first need to find out what to optimize. Bottleneck Finder is the major key component of 24U FM Bench that analyzes collected measurement data and identifies the real bottleneck of your solution...
We spent years trying to find out how to make our own solution perform faster. After you have optimized the bottleneck of your FileMaker solution, the Reporter feature of 24U FM Bench will let you compare the speed before and after optimization and prove your progress to your peers, boss, or client.
Developer Assistant from Dracoventions is a FileMaker plug-in that helps FileMaker developers to save time and be more productive. This tool will make your optimization process even more efficient. Developer Assistant lets you search all scripts, the table relationships graph, in table and field metadata.
We spent years trying to find out how to make our own solution perform faster. Learn how to easily implement 24U FM Bench Detective by inserting a few script steps into your own FileMaker solution and start measuring and optimizing your solutions today.
Get the best performance out of FileMaker Pro by optimizing your solutions and achieve 100+% speed gains in almost no time. See how 24U FM Bench Detective benchmarks your FileMaker solution with microsecond precision to tell you how long exactly your scripts and calculations take to execute.
Small company brings European freight transportation to the 21st century via modern technologies and a custom app developed in partnership with 24U Software within 6 weeks using the FileMaker Platform.
When the first FileMaker DevCon Developer Cup took place at FileMaker DevCon 2014 many people asked me why I was not participating. So I applied for the next one in 2015. I was selected out of the over 1500 attendees to be one of 12 actually competing, and I won both the separately evaluated design challenge and the whole contest as well.
Once again, our team came across the ocean to share our best experiences with you and to help you to let you focus on your business. This time in Las Vegas, Nevada.
24U Software is able to provide you with a custom solution on the level of enhancement or transformation that best suits your actual situation. You will be able to effectively get the most out of any new technology. Don't hesitate to contact our sales department!
Let us integrate your FileMaker solution with your other systems to avoid human error and waste of time by duplicated data entry, and get your business running smoothly by having your data where they have the highest value. Don't hesitate to contact our sales department!
Managers and business owners can now easily order 24U’s expert advice to have their internally developed FileMaker® solution audited and prepare a sustainable long-term maintenance and development plan. Don't hesitate to contact our sales department!
24U SimpleDialog Plug-In allows your FileMaker solutions to interact with users via professionally looking dialogs to provide excellent user experience with minimum development effort. New version of our popular plug-in for displaying native custom dialogs and progress bars bring full 64-bit support for FileMaker Pro 14 and latest operating system.
We have tested all components of 24U FM Bench with the recently released version 14 of the FileMaker products and have not encountered any issue at all. The current version 1.2.1 of 24U FM Bench is fully compatible.
The good thing about growth is that you’re getting stronger. You can deliver more work in less time and provide more unique values to your clients, such as stability, reliability, or variability. The difficult part is to make the team work together like clockwork.
In May, I participated in Pause[x]Berlin 2013, a European format of the popular unconference Pause On Error, organized for FileMaker developers by FileMaker developers.. There I presented a session called Optimization Madness focused on optimizing performance of FileMaker solutions.
A lot has been written and said since FileMaker 12 was released about its speed, compared to FileMaker 11. Emotions left aside, if I was supposed to compile all the recent findings into a single brief message, I would say that some people find FileMaker 12 slower than FileMaker 11 while others experience improved performance.
Last September I wrote an article about a custom function that I optimized to evaluate hundreds times faster. At the end of the article, I challenged my readers and myself by claiming that the already optimized custom function can be optimized even further. Do you remember? Later on I actually really optimized it again, and talked about this.
This example demonstrates that even a single-step script can be optimized. You just have to think a little bit out of the box... I was showing this as a surprise in my session Marvelous Optimizations at Pause On Error [x] London 2011. I used a sample file with 25 fields and 5,000 records and imported these records 5 times in a row in just 13s.
The second example I was showing in my session Marvelous Optimizations at Pause On Error [x] London 2011 was the script for selecting Random Set of Records. I found this example in the FileMaker Knowledge Base and optimized it to run at least 158 times faster when selecting 10 random records out of 50,000.
This is the first example I was showing in my session Marvelous Optimizations at Pause On Error [x] London 2011. I already wrote about this optimization some time ago. It’s the one that led me to unveil the Marvelous Optimization Formula. I took the example and added FM Bench Detective into it to be able to exactly measure and examine what happens.
This is a fresh story of me spending hours trying to fix a technical issue and accidentally revealing a gold nugget. A few days ago one of my nightly server-side scripts stopped working without any apparent reason. But when I tried to run the script in FileMaker Pro it worked just fine. I really needed a way to debug the script on the server.
I noticed that one of the articles updated in the official FileMaker Knowledge Base on September 23, 2011 was explaining how to select a random set of records in a FileMaker database. I was wondering how fast the currently recommended technique is and whether I can make it faster with the help of FM Bench.
Experts in optimization and hardware integration, platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance. We build custom apps, FileMaker plug-ins, native apps for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android, we are able to to integrate even hardware and software noone has integrated before.
Just today I needed to decode HTML encoded text in FileMaker. After checking few functions I found one that seemed pretty good. Written in 2009 by Fabrice Nordman and named HTMLencoded2Text, this custom function was converting my imported text OK at first sight.
To attend or not to attend? That's the question I am asking myself every year since 2002 when I attended my first FileMaker DevCon. I have attended 8 DevCons so far, and skipped one. I have identified the following 5 possible reasons for not attending:
Everyone is excited about Lion. Even though many new features on Mac OS X 10.7 are giving us improvements we kept asking for since 10.1, Apple has again succeeded in giving all the new features the strong essence of innovation that makes us unable to hesitate to install and try Lion out as soon as we are able to.
I have just read Anders Monsen's post "Read on Mightydata's blog" A Simple Debug Function for PHP at the "Open the Mightydata's blog" Mightydata's blog. My first thought was this is similar to what I have been doing since I learned PHP a few years ago.
Last week Hal Gumbert mentioned on Twitter that he was “working on a FileMaker quote to display and edit a BOM ( Build of Materials ) that can go 9 levels deep.” Probably the most efficient and user friendly way to implement this is using a tree view with collapsible/expandable items.
Sometimes, not often, I accidentally achieve results that look too marvelous to be real. But they are. Just like in this case. Last week I assigned Petr, our internal system developer, the task to optimize one server-side script. The script recently started taking over 8 hours to run and reaching the expiration limit we have set for it.
Hal Gumbert has started an interesting topic on Twitter today. This topic quickly turned to be full of ideas and opinions. Way more than can reasonably fit in Twitter’s message length limit. Check this article where is interview between HOnza and Hal.
Yesterday I got so stuck with an issue that I wanted to send a question to a mailing list. But (un)fortunately I sent it from a wrong e-mail address so it did not reach the list. Then, before discovering that I used the wrong e-mail address I actually resolved the issue, so now I can share this for the case it can help someone.
When developing a software (FileMaker solutions, iOS apps in my case) we often need nice looking user interface elements such as buttons. I do not always have time to wait for a designer to create them. Now I don’t have to, because I have discovered I can quickly do that using Apple’s Pages.
In the old times before FileMaker Go, before tab control, before anchors, before multiple windows per file, in the age of 13-inch CRT monitors, the most frequent challenges I was facing when developing FileMaker solutions were how to fit all the necessary information and what to put in empty area.
New SimpleDialog 4 was released. Here are some important changes: New dialog field type: list can be used to offer selection to the user FileMaker Pro styles can be used to enhance dialog readability Dialogs can be updated on the fly Validations work for all field types (text areas, pop-up menus) Progress dialog has been fixed so it does not block
Do you use FileMaker plug-in? Why? Let’s try something. Stop reading now, scroll down to the Comments section and answer these two questions. I am seriously curious about your answers. Then scroll back up and read the rest of this article. While only hours are remaining for the new SimpleDialog to get released, let me tell you one more story.
After being silent for a while, busy preparing a new product launch, I am now back and cannot wait to tell you what you all probably guessed already. Pssst, rumors have that an all new SimpleDialog is rolling out. But before I confirm or deny the rumors, I have a story for you.
Over a year has passed since the FileMaker 10 family of products was released. Do you still hesitate to upgrade? I am constantly meeting customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest version of FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Server, so I have decided to share my top ten reasons why "ten" is so great.
Ever had a trouble getting FileMaker Pro convert text to date reliably? Last week I was helping my colleague to debug a solution that seemed to be swapping month/day values in some cases. When I checked the issue in detail I discovered a strange behavior in FileMaker's calculation engine.
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I am preparing a 10minute demo for a press conference where I will be showing FileMaker to journalists who have never seen it and have no idea what it is about. After a short brainstorming on Twitter I have come to the following idea as a workflow to show how cool FileMaker is:
Experts in optimization and hardware integration, platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance. We build custom apps, FileMaker plug-ins, native apps for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android, we are able to to integrate even hardware and software noone has integrated before.
Within only 6 weeks the FileMaker platform helped 24U and SYNELOGIS to develop and deploy a custom app for managing freight transportation that completely replaced paper waybills and allowed truck drivers to share data with dispatchers in real time.