University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Uses Custom FileMaker App for Canine Genetics Lab

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of animals and people, and strengthening Minnesota’s economy, by providing high-quality education, conducting leading-edge research, and delivering innovative veterinary services. The college has 400 students, 61 graduate students, 8 interns, and 11 residents, led by a faculty of over 150. The […]

LuminFire Presentation at FileMaker DevCon 2017

Our LuminFire session of DevCon 2017 was very well received. We had a full room and lots of great questions afterwards. We’ve had several requests to make it available so here we’re attaching the description and a video recording. Brilliant FileMaker Integration Solutions In this session LuminFire will share several brilliant solutions that show the […]

Overland Gallery Tracks Amazing Art With Custom FileMaker/fmIgnite App and Website

Overland Gallery has been helping its distinguished clients acquire the best in Russian Realist and Impressionist paintings for over 27 years. They are the most recognized and knowledgeable source of Russian Realist and Impressionist paintings in the United States. For years, Overland Gallery had been using Microsoft Access for their database, however as their business grew, they recognized […]

AeroFab Increases Productivity with fmIgnite for Manufacturing Custom FileMaker Solution

AeroFab is a sheet metal fabrication company with seasoned experts in laser cutting, welding, design and all aspects of the fabrication process for specialized component parts used in food processing, architectural work, and more. AeroFab had been using an existing FileMaker solution and though it served them well for many years, they recognized that their needs had outgrown […]

The Wedding Guys Get a New Website with FileMaker Integration

The Wedding Guys. Ever heard of them? They are THE go-to source for everything a bride and groom need to simplify the wedding process. Think Twin Cities Bridal Show, the UNVEILED Wedding Event and endless wedding ideas in their Wedding Trend Look Book. Who are The Wedding Guys®? Matthew Trettel is regarded as a premier […]

Liberate Your FileMaker Data and Connect with the Web Using BrilliantSync!

FileMaker is the # 1 rapid application development tool and with it you can create amazing apps that track all the information you need to run your business. But often, an internal FileMaker database may have information locked up inside of it that you want to share with the world via the web. There are also cases where […]

Schweiss Hydraulic and Bifold Doors Use FileMaker as One Key to Success

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic bifold doors in the world. Located near Hector, MN their custom doors are sold all over the world. Some notable installations include Red Bull Headquarters in California. SilverWing Airpark, Rocket Hangers in Cape Canaveral Florida, and Under Amour headquarters in Maryland. The super hi-tech King Stadium in California […]

Renovation Counseling Increases Online Web Presence with Well Designed Website

Renovation Counseling believes in restoration. Sometimes that means standing with you in the smoke and scaffolding of a burning relationship. Sometimes it’s helping you find the right tools to fix a compromised marriage. Other times it might look like gathering your family around and laying out a blueprint for how to rebuild together. Their specialty is relationships: among couples, […]

Hormel Implements New Responsive Ingredients WordPress Website

Hormel is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of high-quality food and meat products for businesses and consumers around the world. Hormel not only offers a diverse portfolio of high quality foods to end users, but they also provide top-of-the-line ingredients to businesses in the food industry. Hormel was looking for a better way to get […]

Minnesota Grown Gets Custom Search Intelligence System with Enhanced WordPress Website

The Minnesota Grown Program is a statewide partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and over 1,200 producers of specialty crops and livestock within Minnesota. Their mission is to connect consumers directly with local producers of items from Christmas trees to honey to livestock, boosting Minnesota’s agricultural economy and promoting agriculture-related, family-friendly activities along the […]

Running a Language Translation/Interpreting Business with FileMaker

Betmar Languages, Inc. serves both the translation and on-site interpreter markets as well as converting audio/video to other languages. They must keep detailed records of their wide range of clients from manufacturers to law firms, state and local government agencies, marketing firms, ad agencies, and other type of businesses across most industries. In 1998 Betmar […]

Hawkins Chemical Creates Integrated Offline iPad Mobile Ordering App with FileMaker Go

Hawkins, Inc. is a widely known and respected chemical distributor that was founded in 1938. Hawkins serves thousands of businesses and municipalities throughout the central United States and employs hundreds of staff members, including drivers who deliver chemical products to water treatment facilities, manufacturers, food and dairy producers, research labs, and many other organizations. Hawkins […]

LKT Improves Sales with new WordPress Website and FileMaker database Integration

LKT Laboratories sells biochemicals for life science research in areas such as cancer prevention and neuroscience. LKT contacted LuminFire so that they could take advantage of their existing technology investment in a FileMaker database used to track all products. They needed a new eCommerce website and wanted it to automatically connect to the FileMaker app already […]

GIS and FileMaker – Mapping and More

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series GIS and FileMaker

At we’ve been offering GIS services for some time now ranging from simple webmaps to custom Geographic Information Systems built on FileMaker, WordPress, and other platforms. The GIS apps we build help customers visualize, question, analyze, and interpret spatial data to better understand relationships, patterns, and trends. Organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry are using GIS to solve business problems and analyze data with spatial context.

Custom FileMaker Solution fmIgnite Replaces Salesforce App for Creative Teams

The internal marketing department at a large company contacted the team at LuminFire to build a custom application based on fmIgnite for Creative Teams. They were using Salesforce in an attempt to manage complex job workflows and work requests. Even after going through several revisions, the Salesforce system still had a rigid job structure. Charged on a per user […]

WordPress to Lead for CRM

We believe in using the right tool for the job. To this end LuminFire developed a plugin to connect WordPress to the world’s best website CMS to the world’s #1 rated CRM tool. This highly rated plug-in (4.7 out of 5 stars) that has been downloaded over 59,000 times. WordPress-to-Lead for Salesforce CRM creates a […]

Getting Rid of Paper Based Processes Webinar

More businesses today are seeking alternatives to legacy paper-based processes. Companies of all sizes are replacing photocopiers with iPads, reducing storage costs, and severely improving data collection time and accuracy with efficient solutions that automate and empower their local and mobile teams. With the FileMaker Platform, solutions can be built to custom fit your needs. […] Physician Education Tracking Solution Featured in i.Business Magazine

Our TrackUS unique solution for tracking physician education/medical studies with portable ultrasound machines that we created with FileMaker is featured in an article in the Medical Solutions edition of i.Business magazine issue #22. The article is entitled “Using FileMaker to Assist with Leading Edge Technology Training” and fits well in the i.Business magazine since the solution runs on iPhones. Recently, […]

Great User Interface (UI) Design Example – RSVPs

We recently came across a web application that takes RSVPs to reserve spots at the Easter service for a large church in our area. The application is a great example of clear process and clean spot-on user interface design. The application is fully responsive so that it works just as well on mobile devices. We present […]

Redesigning Tired FileMaker Databases

Many FileMaker databases were created long ago in earlier versions of FileMaker that did not have the modern tools for creating custom themes and styles like those available in FileMaker 13. As such, FileMaker sometimes gets a bad rap for having “tired” or poorly designed user interfaces. Clients often hire us to redesign, update, and […]

Electronics Recycling in Minnesota

We recently became aware of a great program through the non-profit called Tech Dump for recycling any consumer electronics in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. They will take TVs, monitors, computers, printers, batteries, audio/video equipment, phones, networking, and nearly all other electronic equipment and recycle it free of charge. Their local Minneapolis/St. Paul drop off location is available Mon-Fri, […]

Visual Impact Enhances Their FileMaker Solution for Greater Profitability

Visual Impact, LLC is print service provider that offers a variety of high quality, digitally printed, products for the wholesale market. Visual Impact partners with print brokers, sign shops, marketing agencies, and other business within the printing and graphics industry. Their printers create products on grand scale; producing goods that have been used at event […]

Rick Cornish Sports a Stylish New WordPress Web site

After 23 years of running a leading creative production studio, Rick Cornish found it was time to re-invent, re-brand and re-boot his creative offering. He came to for help with a website and social media strategies… and got much more. In Rick’s words “At the outset, you challenged me with some fundamental questions about my business concept and positioning […]

JT Mega Creative Food Marketing Agency Utilizes the FileMaker Advantage

JT Mega is a premier food marketing agency servicing big name clients like Hormel, General Mills, Schwan’s, etc. By focusing exclusively on the food category, JT Mega’s marketing expertise is extremely effective. JT Mega came to with an existing aging and limited flat-file based FileMaker database solution. FileMaker (a fully owned subsidiary of Apple, […]

FileMaker Hosting for Businesses on the Go

We’ve written about how FileMaker remote hosting services in the cloud can provide cost savings as well as many other advantages such as reliable service and backups. Hosting can enable reliable access to your database application from nearly anywhere in the world with a reliable internet connection. One of our hosting success stories is with […]

LuminFire Earns Coveted Mad Dog PR Award

San Diego, CA – August 13, 2013 – LuminFire, a platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA), today received the coveted Mad Dog PR Award. The winners, representing companies worldwide (U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe and Japan) were acknowledged for their outstanding contributions in promoting awareness of the FileMaker name in the media. The award […]

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Uses FileMaker to Assist with Leading Edge Technology Training

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health in Minneapolis Minnesota, is the largest non-profit hospital in the Twin Cities. US News ranked it in the top 50 hospitals in the United States. The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern is on the leading edge of making use of medical technology including new portable ultrasound […]

FileMaker Project Spotlight – Target Corporation and Major Retail

Clients are often surprised when we tell them about the work Inc. did for Target Corporation with FileMaker. “They use FileMaker at a huge company like Target?” The simple answer is “Yes”. FileMaker is a workgroup database. It’s focus is for groups of less than 250 users (though properly managed databases can handle many […]

MN State Fair Competitions Live Results

The Minnesota State Fair has live competition results courtesy of the custom FileMaker application and integrated web site created by LuminFire!   Scan the following QR code on your iPhone to get live results of the horse and livestock competitions from the Minnesota State Fair via the data collected by fair officials on the custom iPad […]

LuminFire iPad Solution Wins First Place

The IAFE or International Association of Fairs and Expositions is the largest association of fairs in the world including over 1,300 member fairs. Each year they have a competition among fairs at their fall conference held in Las Vegas in 2011 and sponsored by John Deere. The Minnesota State Fair entered the custom application created […]