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 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 […]

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 […]

fmSoundPlayer Sound Effects on the Fly with FileMaker

At Cimbura.com, we do a daily stand-up SCRUM meeting with our developers. Since having fun while we do brilliant work is one of our company values, we thought it would lighten up the meeting if we added some interesting sound effects to help keep us on track. For example, a gong sound gathers us all […]

Send Real Printed Mail from FileMaker with Lob.com Integration

Dr. Egon Spengler pronounced the death of print in the 1984 hit comedy Ghostbusters, but he may have been a tad premature. We don’t send “snail mail” letters and postcards as often as we used to, but the paperless office is still science fiction for some. Receiving a physical piece of mail is a novelty, and can […]

GIS and FileMaker – Part 1: The Basics

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

You’re starting to understand why you need GIS in FileMaker… now let’s get to the how. In this post we’re going to cover the basics of creating maps in your FileMaker solutions from built-in, no code required options to interactive Leaflet maps that require just a bit of HTML, CSS, & JS.

Enhancing the FileMaker Paste Command

FileMaker’s default Paste behavior is to paste formatted text in a FileMaker text field. Additional steps, either by the user or the developer, must be taken to paste unformatted text. Text stored with custom formatting may interfere with readability issues, especially when a print layout is designed to display a company name in 18 pt Arial Bold, but […]

Create a Custom App in Less Than an Hour with Minimal Programming!

FileMaker is by far the easiest to use custom application solution available. To prove this and to educate my 12 year old daughter, I took on the task of showing her how to build a custom FileMaker solution from scratch in less than an hour. I wanted to make it something interesting to encourage her to […]

FileMaker DevCon 2016 (Developer Conference)

The FileMaker Developer Conference is coming up later this summer July 18-21, 2016 held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Our team of Cimbura.com developers will be going to learn about the latest FileMaker and web development techniques and products. There will be four intense days with over 1,500 other developers from all around the world. We’ll […]

Intergalactic Star Wars Day and FileMaker

Today, May 4th is Intergalactic Star Wars day! The non-Star Wars fan may need an explanation. Perhaps one of the most memorable phrases from Star Wars is “May the force be with you.” Today that becomes: “MAY the FOURTH be with you.” In honor of this special day, we have put together a FileMaker database […]

FileMaker DevCon 2015 (Developer Conference)

The FileMaker Developer Conference is coming up later this summer July 20-23, 2015 held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Our entire team of Cimbura.com developers will be going to learn about the latest FileMaker and web development techniques and products. There will be four intense days with over 1,200 other developers from all around the world. […]

HTML Email Signatures and Free FileMaker Tool to Create Them

Email has proven to be a critical part of running a business. Whether it’s a small shop that monitors a single inbox or a large corporation tasked with maintaining thousands of accounts, everyone uses it. We, along with many other professionals, have been guilty of attaching images as part of our signatures. Here’s what my […]

Box Lunch Group Order App for iPad Built with FileMaker Go

One of the great things about FileMaker is it’s ability to quickly create a very useful solution quickly. Our local FileMaker Developer Group in the Twin Cities (FMPUG-MN) has monthly meetings. Recently, we’ve ordered sub sandwich box lunches from Jimmy John’s. With up to 30 people in attendance on a regular basis, it’s a challenge get the […]

FileMaker DevCon 2014 (Developer Conference)

The FileMaker Developer Conference “Business Without Boundaries” is coming up later this summer July 28-31, 2014. Cimbura.com developers will be heading to San Antonio, Texas to learn about the latest FileMaker and web development techniques and products. There will be four intense days with over 1,200 other developers from all around the world. We’ll have a chance to […]

FileMaker Go Pizza Counter for iPad

One of the great things about FileMaker is it’s ability to quickly create useful solutions quickly. That’s why FileMaker is the #1 rapid application development software in the world. Our local FileMaker Developer Group in the Twin Cities (FMPUG-MN) has monthly meetings and orders pizza for the group for our lunch. With about 30 people in […]

fmBatchGeo – Multiple Location Google Maps from FileMaker

We recently found BatchGeo.com. It’s the fastest way to create Google maps from your data. It accepts addresses, intersections, cities, states, and postal codes and then does the hard work of figuring out where all your data lives in the real world and creating a Google map. There have been various FileMaker solutions to this […]

fmNauticalFlags – View Your Name in Flags!

I came across the nautical flag codes one day and thought it would be fascinating to see my name in flags. Around the same time, FileMaker 12 was released and I was looking for a project that would let me experiment with the new theme architecture and features as well as take full advantage of […]

fmParse – Parsing Text in FileMaker

The following FileMaker example file is useful in many situations to demonstrate how to “parse” or analyze text into its component parts so that you can make use of the information in more meaningful ways. For example, you may have an email form that contains addresses, phone numbers, names, etc. but FileMaker doesn’t know how to get at […]

Dialing Your Phone From FileMaker

Update 11-11-15: PushDialer is no longer in development and is not available on the App Store. But, the good news is that there is a better way now! You can set up dialing your phone from FileMaker on MacOS using your iCloud account with iOS 9 and MacOS Yosemite or above. With iCloud support, you […]

FileMaker IP Address To Country

This sample database can be used by FileMaker developers to help create a customized solution. It is provided free of charge. It shows how to calculate the country of a FileMaker client user from their IP address. First, your IP address is parsed from a FileMaker webviewer pointed to a service that displays the client […]

Awesome Progress Bar for FileMaker

You can build some awesome progress indicators utilizing the FileMaker web viewer. Because they do not require a plug-in they display well on FileMaker Go as well. They also do not require access to the internet because the html for the web viewer is embedded directly in FileMaker. These examples are very simple to display […]

fmNAICSCodes – Industry Classification Codes for FileMaker

This fmNAICSCodes Sample database can be used by FileMaker developers to help create a customized solution. It is provided free of charge. Standard industry classification NAICS codes in a sample FileMaker database with unique codes in one table and conversion from 1997-2002 codes in another. Data taken from public sources, cleaned up, and imported into FileMaker. […]

fmTinyURL – Make Shorter URLs with FileMaker

This sample database can be used by FileMaker developers to help create a customized solution. It is provided free of charge. TinyURL is a URL redirection service that takes a long URL and makes it a shorter one more appropriate for posting in a tweet, sending in an email, etc. You can also use it […]

FileMaker Mac OS X Address Book and iCal Import

This sample database can be used by FileMaker developers to help create a customized solution. It is provided free of charge. Utilizing Bento and FileMaker 11 this database will allow you to easily import Mac OS X Address Book Contacts and iCal Calendar Event/Task into FileMaker. It automatically maps all the appropriate fields.

FileMaker Web Viewer Dynamic Image Resizing

This sample database can be used by FileMaker developers to help create a customized solution. It is provided free of charge. I was reading a FileMaker blog the other day about addressing the issue of resizing an image in a web viewer here. These are some good ideas and solutions to the problem presented there but I […]

fmPacMan – Play Pac Man in your FileMaker Database

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of PacMac (May 2010), take a break and have some fun playing PacMan in your database. This is a simple demonstration example file of the use of the web viewer in FileMaker.

fmMapCharter – Highlighted Country/State Maps for FileMaker

This sample database can be used by FileMaker developers to help create a customized solution. It is provided free of charge. Use Google’s charting to create a customized map of areas the world. Includes ISO country and state tables. Using the FileMaker web viewer you can build a URL that is sent to Google and returns […]

fmGauge – Visual Gauges for your FileMaker Solution

This sample database can be used by FileMaker developers to help create a customized solution. It is provided free of charge. Google provides some fun and out of the ordinary charts you can use to help make a FileMaker dashboard. The “Google O Meter” can display an empty/full gauge or a visual warning. Using the […]