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Transactions in FileMaker 19.6: Part 1 Feature Image

Transactions in FileMaker 19.6: Part 1

November 30, 2022 / By: Corn Walker

What Are Transactions? We each conduct transactions every day. We transact when we talk with other people, when we buy goods from a store, and when we check out a book from the library. In the database world, transactions have a similar meaning – exchanging this for that, whether it be ideas, encouragement, or money. Transactions are also a database concept for maintaining data integrity. When working with databases, there are times when you want to make several changes to […]

The Pause that Refreshes Feature Image

The Pause that Refreshes

November 11, 2022 / By: Marcia Conner / FileMaker, PauseOnError

“My home office has a full refrigerator, no commute, and a loving dog, yet this place has all of you.” — Pause 2022 attendee A few weeks ago, I spent time in the North Georgia mountains with over a hundred daring developers and intrepid techies at the tenth annual PauseOnError conference. Brave because the event takes place outdoors in mid-October at a high enough elevation for nights to grow cold and rainy days, some years, to soak clothes through and […]

The Impact of Microsoft Deprecating Direct SMTP Access Feature Image

The Impact of Microsoft Deprecating Direct SMTP Access

October 26, 2022 / By: Olivia Fitzpatrick

What is Happening? In September 2019, Microsoft announced plans to follow suit with Google and deprecate direct SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) access to their services, meaning that unsecured methods, such as sending emails with FileMaker’s ‘Send Mail’ function, would become obsolete. Essentially, users are longer able to log in using only their username and password, as it is not considered a safe method of authentication. As of October 1st, 2022, this plan has been put into action and users […]

The Context Podcast: Changes to the Claris Platform Feature Image

The Context Podcast: Changes to the Claris Platform

October 14, 2022 / By: Nathaniel

Featuring: Martha Zink, The Context Podcast Host & Proof+Geist Director of Marketing Todd Geist, Proof+Geist Co-Founder/CTO  Matt Navarre, FileMaker Talks Co-Host Episode Summary:  Join Martha Zink, Todd Geist, and Matt Navarre from the FileMaker Talks podcast as they discuss changes coming to FileMaker, the Claris Platform, and strategies that businesses can use to benefit from the changes. Description: In September, Claris announced that the Claris FileMaker platform would shift to the cloud, making it more accessible and powerful.  This new […]

Faster Development with Claris FileMaker Snippets in Raycast Feature Image

Faster Development with Claris FileMaker Snippets in Raycast

October 12, 2022 / By: Eric Luce

I love finding new and clever ways to make my computers work better for me. Clipboard manager is a productivity tool I use every day. It saves each bit of text I copy to my clipboard so when I go to paste I’m not limited by only the most recent item saved.  What if I could take this concept further by storing things I may want to paste again, accessing them easily and putting them back on the clipboard? While […]

The Context Podcast: Events in the Claris FileMaker Community Feature Image

The Context Podcast: Events in the Claris FileMaker Community

September 30, 2022 / By: Nathaniel

Featuring: Martha Zink  Todd Geist  Matt Navarre  Description Join Martha Zink, Todd Geist, and Matt Navarre in this episode for a crossover podcast with 1 of the 2 Matts from the FileMaker Chat podcast. They discuss events led by the FileMaker Community, including AutoEnter Live and PauseOnError. You can listen to this episode on Transistor or Watch it on Youtube. Other Links: AutoEnter Live Rome FileMaker Week PauseOnError EngageU

The Context Podcast : Reinventing the UX/UI Design Process in Modern FileMaker with Mizu Feature Image

The Context Podcast : Reinventing the UX/UI Design Process in Modern FileMaker with Mizu

September 12, 2022 / By: Nathaniel

Featuring: Martha Zink, The Context Podcast Host & Proof+Geist Director of Marketing Ernest Koe, Proof+Geist Co-Founder/CEO In this episode, join Martha and Ernest as they discuss the design thinking methodologies that informed Mizu, how it complements the modern FileMaker concept, and how the context of evolving user interface design and engineering principles will continue to shape Mizu’s iterations.  What is Mizu (水)? It’s a material-inspired, lightweight FileMaker theme and helper file for FileMaker developers. Mizu is part of an overall […]

Recap of Claris Webinar: More than Just FileMaker Feature Image

Recap of Claris Webinar: More than Just FileMaker

September 8, 2022 / By: Martha Zink / FileMaker, Modern FileMaker

In today’s webinar, Claris focused on business leaders. Brad Freitag, Claris CEO, removed his Claris hat and played the role of just a CEO. Collectively, the Claris team focused on decision-makers, the Claris Community, and changes in the Claris platform. Thinking like an executive Brad Freitag talked about running a business in an agile framework, driven by priorities and a quarter-by-quarter horizon, motivated by the company’s vision and mission. He said an executive focuses on running a “coordinated company, not a […]

The Context Podcast: Expanding the Possibilities of Modular & Decoupled Development with OData Feature Image

The Context Podcast: Expanding the Possibilities of Modular & Decoupled Development with OData

August 30, 2022 / By: Nathaniel

Featuring: Martha Zink, The Context Podcast Host & Proof+Geist Director of Marketing Todd Geist, Proof+Geist Co-Founder/CTO John Renfrew, Independent Developer & Owner Episode Summary:  The recent release of FileMaker 19.5 introduced a new feature for those with FileMaker Server for Mac and Windows: OData (Open Data Protocol). Originally created by Microsoft, OData is an open protocol that allows for the creation and consumption of queryable and interoperable REST APIs in a simple and standard way. Description: The recent release of […]

The Context Podcast: New Features in FileMaker 19.5 Feature Image

The Context Podcast: New Features in FileMaker 19.5

August 22, 2022 / By: Nathaniel

Featuring: Martha Zink  Todd Geist  Angelo Luchi  FileMaker 19.5 comes with hundreds of bug fixes–some of them small, and some of them game-changing. In this episode of The Context Podcast, join your host Martha Zink in conversation with Todd Geist and Angelo Luchi as they discuss these various changes. Hear about new support for Unbuntu 20.04, added OAuth performance, Live Text integration on macOS, and important Data Migration Tool changes— just to name a few things. Dive into the conversation […]

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AutoEnter Live Recap

August 12, 2022 / By: Nathaniel

It’s hard to believe it’s been a few weeks since AutoEnter concluded.  Once More—- We would like to thank everyone who presented, who participated, and who lurked in our chats throughout this rollercoaster of an event. AutoEnter Live was a great way to get our community together and spread a wealth of knowledge. We all started as Claris Problem Solvers and within 48 hours, we quickly turned into a bunch of modern FileMaker revolutionaries. It was a fantastic two days, […]

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AutoEnter Live Sale

July 18, 2022 / By: Todd Geist

AutoEnter starts Tuesday, July 19. We are so excited for it that we decided to have a sale! Through July 31, 2022, you can get 20% off any of the products listed below. Products on Sale All of these products are on sale for 20% off: FMPerception / FMComparison Otto LedgerLink BarcodeCreator Coupon Code Enter the code below when you checkout for your 20% discount: AELIVE2022 The sale continues through July 31, 2021. Ottomatic Giveaway If you are at the […]

Modern FileMaker Server at the Center Feature Image

Modern FileMaker Server at the Center

June 24, 2022 / By: Todd Geist / Modern FileMaker

Server 19.5 Released Last week, Claris released FileMaker 19.5. Although there were features for FileMaker Pro and Go, Claris FileMaker Server got the lion’s share of the updates. We aren’t surprised by their focus, as the center of innovation and automation has shifted from the FileMaker file to the FileMaker server over the last few years. The Modern FileMaker Revolution is centered on the server. Tired: Centered on the user and the file For most of its history, FileMaker users […]

Building a modular picker with an OnTimer Script Feature Image

Building a modular picker with an OnTimer Script

June 24, 2022 / By: Barbara Cooney / FileMaker

It’s common in Claris FileMaker to create picker windows. Imagine selecting a customer for many different parts of your app: Invoices, Work Orders, Sales Orders. How can you reuse the same customer picker and have the result from the picker target different tables? One technique that we use here at Proof+Geist is to use the Install OnTimer script step along with a handler script.  The components are: Calling script, with context-dependency Handler script, with context-dependency Picker window Picker select script […]

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Claris Joins AutoEnter Live as Premier Sponsor

June 22, 2022 / By: Martha Zink / AutoEnter Live

Proof+Geist and Soliant Consulting are excited to announce that Claris will be joining us as a Premier Sponsor of AutoEnter Live! Attendees will see some familiar faces from Claris during the two-day virtual event on July 19 and July 20, including the keynote and several under-the-hood sessions. Attendees can also connect with Claris directly at their virtual booth in AutoEnter Live’s vendor showcase. We’re excited to welcome Claris to our list of exceptional sponsors and look forward to the insights […]

Managing authentication for FileMaker-backed web apps Feature Image

Managing authentication for FileMaker-backed web apps

June 20, 2022 / By: Eric Luce / FileMaker, NextAuth, NextJS, Web Apps

One of the wonderful things about Claris FileMaker is its ability to power web apps. However, doing so brings up questions about authentication. For instance, how do you allow a user to securely log into a web app? Once they’ve logged in, how can information about the user be easily collected, displayed, and changed according to the user’s role and permission set in that web app? For Next.js there is a great library to handle secure authentication: NextAuth. Because NextAuth […]

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