Meltdown and Spectre Security Issues: What FileMaker and WordPress Users Need to Know

Mainstream news sources are now reporting the security issue that affects nearly every modern processor out there including Intel, AMD, and ARM chips or about 80% of the market. A potential attacker could gain access to protected system memory if an application was installed or even via malicious Javascript injected via an advertising network. The […]

Add a Gravatar Image Lookup To Your FileMaker App

With a simple script trigger, you can make the process of adding Gravatar photos to your FileMaker contacts database automatic. Here we walk you through the necessary steps to integrate Gravatar with your own FileMaker app, and offer an updated version of our fmIgnite Starter solution with this integration built in. What is Gravatar? First […]

FileMaker 16 Makes the Windows User Experience Better with SDI Windows

One of the most valuable but overlooked new features of FileMaker Pro 16 is a change that was made on the Windows platform. Ironically, this feature has been around for decades on the Mac platform, but now is finally available on Windows. The advantage of this feature alone in FileMaker 16 makes it a must-do […]

Oakdale Precision’s New Web Site Bridges the Gap Between WordPress and FileMaker

Oakdale Precision, Inc. is a rapidly growing, full-service manufacturing job shop that supplies parts, assemblies, fixtures, and capital equipment to over 100 companies. They pride themselves in producing high quality items, with quick turnaround and short lead times. Their specialized equipment and workers can produce sheet and turned metal components specified to incredible tolerances. FileMaker […]

Still Using the ‘Classic’ FileMaker Theme? You’re Missing Out!

When you drop into Layout Mode, what do you see?  If you haven’t done much design work on your FileMaker database in the last four years, you may still be rocking the Classic theme.  That’s a bad thing, because object styles are all defined locally. That means a lot of unnecessary data being loaded for […]

Remote Access for Your On-Site FileMaker Server

What you need to enable secure remote access for your on-site FileMaker Server for your users and developers. While an increasing number of business are moving their FileMaker custom apps to the cloud, there are still valid reasons for self-hosting with your own on-site FileMaker Server. Maybe you have a very large, complex system, that demands […]

In Praise of the FileMaker 16 Data Viewer

If your job involves developing custom apps with the FileMaker platform, either as an in-house “citizen developer” or a professional consultant, FileMaker Pro Advanced should be your tool of choice. Sure, you can create and develop custom apps with the regular version of FileMaker Pro (my first several years of developing with FileMaker Pro, I […]

Hideaway Day Camp Streamlines Registration Process with BrilliantSync WordPress to FileMaker Connection

Hideaway Day Camp offers kids ages 4-14 a true summer camp experience that focuses on improving skills, developing new interests and talents, and learning the importance of teamwork. Situated on 72 acres in picturesque Eastern Pennsylvania, Hideaway Day Camp encourages kids to explore nature and enjoy the outdoors with many activities including swimming, ropes course with […]

PCS Uses Custom FileMaker Go Solution to Distribute Precision Agriculture Information

Precision Consulting Services (PCS) is an agricultural consulting company that helps farmers grow better crops, maximize yields, and more efficiently apply pesticides and herbicides on their land. They combine strong agronomic and technology skills to assist farmers in reaching the next level in precision agriculture. Among the services they provide farmers are crop planning, soil […]

Concerning KRACK and Mac – the Wi-Fi security issue you need to know about

Update 2017-10-31: Apple fixes the KRACK issue with software updates Today, Apple released security updates for macOS El Capitan, Sierra, and High Sierra that includes a fix for the KRACK WPA2 bug, as well as updates to iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. See the App Store and Software Update for the latest updates from Apple.   […]

FileMaker 16 Card Windows

Much has already been written about the new Card Window feature in FileMaker Pro, so I’m not going to try to repeat all the great articles out there, but I’ll provide a summary here instead. At the end of this post are links to a number of these excellent articles that give examples of how […]

FileMaker 16’s New {JSON} Functions

When FileMaker released version 16 earlier this year, one of the most anticipated new features was native functions for building and parsing JSON data. Before that, we could deal with JSON using the free Base Elements (BE) plug-in, or using a set of custom functions developed by Todd Geist or  Daniel Smith. These work-arounds served […]

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 […]

FileMaker Log Viewer – View Log Files with Ease

FileMaker Server produces several log files (Answer ID 6551), and FileMaker Pro generates at least a couple as well.  Below is a partial list, and contains the ones most commonly used: Access.log (FileMaker Server) – Contains all connections and disconnections from clients. Event.log (FileMaker Server) – Contains file open / close events, script errors, scheduled […]

FileMaker DevCon 2017 Roundup

The 2017 FileMaker DevCon happened a few weeks ago but we’re finally getting around to processing many of the things we learned. It was a very busy summer for us LuminFire with appearances at DevCon in Phoenix, WordCamp in Minneapolis, and FOSS4G in Boston. This was the biggest and most exciting DevCon ever! There was […]

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 […]

Women of FileMaker Luncheon at DevCon 2017

This was an amazing year for Women of FileMaker. Women of FileMaker completed a full redesign of the logo and website with an online directory and blog courtesy of LuminFire. Women of FileMaker also sponsored three people to attend devcon on paid scholarships! We extend a special thanks to all the volunteers and the sponsors […]

LuminFire Releases FREE fmIgnite Starter Solution

fmIgnite Starter is a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system and business solution that you can use to begin building a complete custom solution using FileMaker, the #1 rapid application development platform in the world. LuminFire provides fmIgnite Starter unlocked and editable for FREE. fmIgnite Starter is a great foundation to expand on and to build […]

FileMaker, WordPress, and the Healthcare Medical Industry – HIPAA Compliance

FileMaker has a new Healthcare portal available to assist with building custom applications for the medical field. This free eBook features LuminFire’s mobile healthcare TrackUS custom app built using FileMaker and web technologies. LuminFire specializes in assisting clients in the healthcare and related medical industries by rapidly building affordable custom applications and websites. Some of the […]

cURLing in FileMaker 16

At LuminFire, we’re very excited about enhanced support for cURL in FileMaker 16. And no, we’re not talking about curling the sport, though it is very popular here in Minnesota and we recommend you try it too if you never have. We’re talking about cURL the free and open source project consisting of two products, a command […]

FileMaker as a CRM and ERP – Software Integration

Two software important industry buzzwords today are CRM (customer relationship management) and ERP (enterprise resource planning). Both CRM and ERP software help you to run a business better by managing a business’s operations, customer relations, and financials. They provide access to data, analysis, and reports that can help you make smarter business decisions. FileMaker is […]

FileMaker Star Rating and Favorite Control

FileMaker does not have a native star, rating, or favorites control similar to common apps we see like iTunes for rating favorite songs. It’s a simple way to select your favorite and see it displayed visually. After a Google search I was unable to find any simple or up-to-date solutions for this type control. Some […]

FileMaker 16 Makes Apps Faster and More Powerful!

Today is the release of FileMaker 16 with many welcome new features. We’ve had a chance to preview the software and we’re very excited about all the new changes and many that we’ve been waiting for with anticipation for a long time. First, here is a summary of FileMaker 16 new features as described by […]

A Custom FileMaker App that Performs Magic Tricks

Computers are amazing technology. Very few people understand how they actually work and even when you do…it’s still amazing. Futurist and writer Arthur C Clarke said that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” It’s true even though we often take that magic for granted today as everyone carries a supercomputer around with them in the […]

Why FileMaker?

In our experience with hundreds of organizations, we have found that too often teams end up spending time and effort in unproductive, inefficient activities that make it more difficult to reach their goals. Many organizations operate using paper forms, different types of files and formats, spreadsheets and applications that don’t connect with each other. According […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Little [FileMaker] Relationship Advice and Anchor Buoy

In this article we will discuss some of the under-the-hood technical details about how FileMaker databases are created and then explain why this is critical information for the business owner and beginning developer to know when building a FileMaker solution. Relationships are hard. No, I’m not talking about people. Unless those people are an entity […]

FileMaker DevCon 2017 (Developer Conference)

The FileMaker Developer Conference is coming up later this summer July 24-27, 2017 held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Our team of LuminFire developers will be going to learn about the latest FileMaker and web development techniques and products. There will be several days with over 1,500 other developers from all around the world. We’ll have […]