Apple’s FileMaker introduces version 14

FileMaker 14 Announcement
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 12, 2015 – FileMaker today announced a new version of its development platform that speeds creation of custom solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. FileMaker 14 brings point-and-click simplicity to automating business processes, delivering desktop-style application functionality to mobile web browsers and providing productive, engaging experiences on desktops, iOS devices and mobile web browsers.

The announcement coincides with the 30th anniversary of FileMaker software. FileMaker was the brainchild of a bootstrapped startup founded in Massachusetts by four entrepreneurs intent on creating easy-to-use database software.

“FileMaker 14 is the culmination of 30 years of helping customers exploit the latest platforms – from Mac and Windows then through iOS devices and mobile web browsers today – meeting users’ rising expectations for data accessibility, simplicity and mobility,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc. “With FileMaker 14, creating compelling cross-platform solutions and designing for the times is simpler than ever – even if you’ve never developed any solution before.”

New features in FileMaker 14

FileMakerSTL – FileMaker URL Presentation

FMP URLs FMSTL_FileMakerURLDemoFiles_2015-03-31

Happy New Year & Thank You! Paying it forward…


During the Holiday Season, more than ever, our Skeleton Key Crew and Brightsource IT team turn our thoughts gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. And in this spirit, we say simply but sincerely: Thank You and Best Wishes for the Happiest New Year.

As our holiday gift, we have made a donation to support Employment Connection, providing meals for individuals attending their World of Work job readiness training.

Holiday Office Hours


Skeleton Key and Brightsource IT will be closed on December 25 through December 26, 2014 and January 1, 2015, in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day. We will be open during our normal business hours during the rest of the holiday season. As always, you can reach us in an emergency outside business hours by calling Skeleton Key, 314-353-4300 or Brightsource IT, 314-561-6600 and pressing 9.

We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

FileMaker Training: Online & Classroom 2015 Schedule


Our 2015 FileMaker training courses are scheduled!

Our trainers are Certified FileMaker Developers, who have been developing custom solutions at Skeleton Key for many years. Please visit each page for information, dates, and to register. If you would like an individual invoice, please contact us. We offer a multi-person discount for companies that would like to send more than one trainee. Please contact us with interest in this discount. We offer on-site training for companies that qualify. Please contact us if you’d like training for your staff members at your company’s location.

Restoring a FileMaker client’s found set within a server-side script

During my Developing with Perform Script on Server session at the 2014 FileMaker Developer’s Conference, I mentioned a method for restoring the client’s found set within a server-side script. This blog post discusses a general-purpose technique that works well in most situations. The information in this article should help you determine when it’s appropriate and how to objectively evaluate other techniques.

FM Academy Recorded Webinar: Using FileMaker From Anywhere

Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar, Using FileMaker From Anywhere, presented by Alan Kirtlink, a Senior, Certified FileMaker Developer, Trainer & Coach with Skeleton Key.

If you missed the webinar, or would like to review it again, the video is posted below. Or, you can click here.

This webinar covers the various ways you can connect to FileMaker, from beyond the local network and help you determine which is best for your organization.

In this recorded webinar, you will hear:

Voted “Best Consulting Firm” in St. Louis Small Business Monthly


Skeleton Key was recently named one of the best consulting firms in St. Louis by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. A business technology consulting firm, Skeleton Key was one of only 16 companies voted as the best.

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.


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.

Custom Keyboard - Standard Picker

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.