Custom Keyboard Use and FileMaker Go

One of the most frustrating aspects of developing for FileMaker Go has to do with the iOS keyboard. At times, the keyboard can be unpleasant to use and restrict the usable space on your layouts. The following technique of using a custom keyboard can be used as an alternative way to enter data.

Background

Developing for FileMaker Go presents the developer with some unique challenges that are not always obvious at first glance. Some normal layout techniques may not work well with a touch interface and you really need to put some thought into the workflow and how the user will interact with your layouts. Other things like button and font size need to be increased for better use and fidelity.

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Using the Mac OS X Color Picker with FileMaker Pro

I love FileMaker 13′s new style tools! It makes creating and maintaining a consistent theme style for a project, incredibly simple.

After attending the FileMaker DevCon session, Layouts: Under the Hood, I love them even more.

A tool that I’ve been using lately, to aid in creating custom themes for our clients, is the built in Mac OS X Color Picker, specifically the color palette tab.
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Our #FileMakerDevCon Recap: FileMaker DevCon 2014

Confession: I’m late in writing this blog. After all, FileMaker’s 2014 Developer Conference (DevCon) was 2+ weeks ago. Referring to Mark Richman’s common advice: don’t let perfect be the enemy of good, I decided to write it anyway. It’s still relevant and good news. I hope you agree. ;)

DevCon in San Antonio

By all accounts, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa hosted a beautiful and spacious conference this year. What the weather lacked with the 100 degree and 90% humidity, the hotel amenities made up.

DevCon Developer Cup Champion

On Tuesday, 7/29, our very own Certified Developer, Chris Schmitz won the first annual DevCon Developer Cup Challenge!

STL Meetup: Join Us For DevCon Recap FileMaker Users

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You are invited to join our local FileMaker User Group. This group is for experienced FileMaker Devs, FileMaker users who’ve poked around under the hood and want to dive into development, and anyone else who wants to learn more about FileMaker. We aim to cover general FileMaker development, advanced techniques, plugin integration, external data access, external tool integration, etc. It’s really easy to build a crappy FileMaker app; but, with a bit of know-how, it’s just as easy to build a killer one. FileMaker STL will help you get there.

Join us on Tuesday, August 5th at 6pm as we cover what happened at this year’s annual FileMaker DevCon, that took place in San Antonio, TX the week of July 28th. We will give a general overview of the event, summarize topics, and point out helpful techniques that were covered.

Each person must RSVP to attend the meetup.

We’re headed to DevCon 2014

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Mark Richman, President (top, right), Greg Lane, VP of Application Development (bottom, left), and Chris Schmitz Certified Developer (bottom, right), are headed to San Antonio, Texas from July 28 – 31 to participate in the FileMaker, Inc.’s annual Developer Conference. They’ll be staying at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country, host hotel of all the DevCon sessions. They will join over 1,200 FileMaker developers to network, catch up with colleagues and take advantage of the variety of sessions on design, development, mobility, web, business, and innovation to further their knowledge of how to build custom business solutions without boundaries. #FileMakerDevCon

Lexington, KY: Join Us August 7th for App Spotlight – FileMaker

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If you are in the Lexington, Kentucky area on Thursday, 8/7, you are invited to join us at an App Spotlight – FileMaker: Thursday, 8/7, 9am, Apple Store, Fayette Mall.

Create your own solutions for iPad and iPhone. Join presenter, Mark Richman, to learn what you’ll need to build your first custom iOS solution in hours, not weeks, with the FileMaker 13 platform. Organize client information, manage projects, track inventory, or drive essential business processes with an iOS solution that solves your specific business challenges. Design tools and sharing capabilities in FileMaker make it easy to create and deploy professional-looking iOS solutions — without coding.

Join Us! FM Academy Webinar: Kyo Logic- Partnering with IT for Successful Deployment of FileMaker Solutions

Join us Tuesday, August 19, for a free one-hour webinar at 2pm (EST)/ 1pm (CST)/ 11am (PST). This session is for any FileMaker Pro developer, Project Managers and IT Managers. Register now.

Having the support of IT is critical to any successful FileMaker deployment. What can you do as the Developer/Consultant or Project Manager to make sure you are working well with IT. This session will cover many topics from getting IT’s approval and buy in on the project to helping IT properly support FileMaker.

Nashville & Memphis: Join us next week at App Spotlight – FileMaker

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If you are in the Nashville or Memphis area next week, you are invited to join us at either App Spotlight – FileMaker: Tuesday, 7/15, 8:30am, Apple Store CoolSprings or Wednesday, 7/16, 8:30am, Apple Store Saddle Creek.

Create your own solutions for iPad and iPhone. Join presenter, Mark Richman, to learn what you’ll need to build your first custom iOS solution in hours, not weeks, with the FileMaker 13 platform. Organize client information, manage projects, track inventory, or drive essential business processes with an iOS solution that solves your specific business challenges. Design tools and sharing capabilities in FileMaker make it easy to create and deploy professional-looking iOS solutions — without coding.

Join us! FM Academy Webinar: 360Works MirrorSync 2 – the perfect mobile development solution

Join us Tuesday, July 15th, for a free one-hour webinar at 2pm (EST)/ 1pm (CST)/ 11am (PST). This session is for any FileMaker Pro developer and/or “power user” who wants to satisfy the need for fast database access while out of the office. Register now.

MirrorSync is the best way to use your FileMaker database on an iPad, iPhone, or laptop without a network connection. Work on an offline mobile database at the fastest possible speed, and sync your changes with FileMaker Server when you have working network access. MirrorSync is completely free for syncing one device.

This webinar will be presented by Jesse Barnum, president of 360Works in Atlanta, Georgia. Jesse is the author of MirrorSync, and won FileMaker Excellence awards for both Outstanding Contribution to the FileMaker Community, as well Solution of the Year (2013) for MirrorSync.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Set up a two-way sync between a database hosted on FileMaker Server and a lightweight FileMaker Go database.
  • Customize scripts to only sync the records that mobile users need to access.
  • Easily deploy to users in the field with iPads or laptops

RegisterNow

Slate Mentions Open Book Management


Slate recently published a brief intro to the concept of Open Book Management. We have been practicing Open Book Management at Skeleton Key and our sister company, Brightsource IT, since 2009. Running “open book” has been a major factor in our success and it has become a huge part of our culture. We’re fortunate to have a company made up of smart, passionate people. Open Book Management allows our business to leverage that intelligence and turn our staff’s passion into entrepreneurial spirit. As Ted Swanson, President of IT Solutions and a practitioner of open book management, once said, “I wouldn’t run a business any other way.”