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 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 […]

SEO Q&A: Subdomain vs. subfolder?

I often get asked if Google* prefers a subdomain or a subfolder. The issue often arises when someone is hosting their main site on a hosted solution like Shopify (or similar) versus WordPress. They love the ease of use of the hosted service, but it’s hard to beat WordPress at blogging. They want the best of […]

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 […]

Recover a Stolen Macintosh with Undercover

At our office we’re prepared for the worst to happen to our computers…and you should be as well. You never know when something bad is going to happen. If you depend on your software, hardware, and data for doing anything important you need to take note now. First, we use strong passwords to protect computers, […]

FileMaker Mobile iOS Development – Native App SDK

FileMaker mobile development just got VERY interesting in January of 2016. FileMaker released the iOS App SDK for FileMaker that allows developers to build a native iOS app with FileMaker. This new capability is mainly about distribution. In the past, FileMaker could create a mobile app with the help of FileMaker Go. It required FileMaker […]

iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan Releases Coming Soon

Apple recently announced the release dates of two key software products that drive the future of innovation on their hardware and the Apple platform: iOS 9: September 16 for iPads, iPhones, and the iPod Touch Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan: September 30 for Macintosh laptops and desktops watchOS 2: September 16 for the Apple […]

Apple New Announcements and FileMaker

Yesterday, Apple revealed their new and innovative technology lineup…with lots of potential Christmas gifts. Here we’ll review some of the announcements and their impact specifically on the FileMaker platform. Although FileMaker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, they are seldom mentioned in events such as this because their focus is more on the consumer. […]

Windows 10 and FileMaker / WordPress

Windows 10 was released yesterday…and for many people it is a FREE upgrade so the temptation is great to upgrade right away. Take a moment to consider what this might mean for you. Breath deeply, slow down, and read on. Can I use FileMaker with Windows 10? The official supported Microsoft OS versions for FileMaker […]

Dealing With Email Spam

How do I deal with all the Spam and junk email I get on a daily basis? (Not referring to the meat product from Hormel.) I don’t have a simple answer for this issue. Spam is a major problem with email in general. If it makes you feel any better, I get close to 1,000 junk mail messages […]

Apple September 9 Announcements and FileMaker

Yesterday, Apple announced several new products including the iPhone 6, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay for mobile payments. The new technologies available will fuel the next few years on innovation as will iOS 8 which will be released soon. In the mobile space these announcements primarily affect FileMaker Go, the FileMaker client that runs directly […]

The Solution to Your Business Information Puzzle

Rubik’s Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. It is considered to be the world’s best-selling toy with over 350 million cubes being sold. There are over 45+ quintillion possible combinations of the colors of the faces with only 1 correct solution. I got […]

Excellent FileMaker Statistics

DB Engines reports some pretty positive news for FileMaker. First off, FileMaker is in the top 15 databases…and connects automatically via ESS (External SQL Sources) to the top three DBMSs: Oracle, MySQL, and Microsoft SQL Server. One important thing to notice is that despite these databases residing in different spaces, FileMaker is still near the top. […]

FileMaker 13 is Here! – Hello WebDirect

It’s been over a year and a half since FileMaker 12 was released ushering in a new familiarity with themes based on html/CSS, a new file format, and many other improvements. Today, FileMaker 13 was released with several new enhancements that make it an even better development platform for building iPad/iPhone applications and now applications […]

Salesforce vs. FileMaker

Increasingly, we are encountering organizations that are reevaluating their existing investment in FileMaker or looking at building new solutions where Salesforce is a primary option. This article will help you to make an informed solution in comparing the options available. Forbes recently rated Salesforce at #1 out of the most innovative companies. Their enterprise values […]

Why aren’t we amazed by the iPhone 5?

It seems that the tech press lately is complaining about the iPhone 5 saying things like “The maps don’t work well.” or “It’s smaller and lighter but not that different than the iPhone 4s.” Where’s the amazement at the power of the iPhone 5? Comedian Louis CK does a routine “Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy”. His […]

The BEST Portable Sound System Ever

I have been performing as a speaker and entertainer for many years and I know that great audio (voice and music) is extremely important. If people can’t hear you well, they will not enjoy the performance no matter how great you were. With good background music, a program can be much more exciting. A great […]

Google Maps vs. Apple Maps

Update 11/12/13 – Apple Maps has come a long ways. Report: Apple Maps dominant on iOS after a year of improvements As predicted, it is now a much more viable application. Update 7/22/13 – Apple is acquiring companies to improve their Apple Map capabilities to compete with Google. Update 12/18/12 – Google released Google Maps for iOS…so just download […]

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 […]

12 Ways FileMaker 12 Will Impact Your Work and Business

The newest version of FileMaker was released today after nearly 2 years in the making. With it has come a slew of new features and many things that the FileMaker world has waited for with anticipation. We will be providing a more in depth review in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, here are 12 ways FileMaker […]

Apple’s Tremendous Financial Success and the Future of FileMaker Technology

Apple’s fourth quarter of 2011 was amazing (APPL). Here are a few incredible statistics: Apple is now worth more than the GDP of Greece….literally an entire country. Apple’s revenue was $46.3 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 73%. Apple sold 5.2 million Macs, 15.4 million iPods, 37 million iPhones, and 15.4 million iPads. With a market […]

Easily Share Large Files With Dropbox

I have found Dropbox to be one of the most useful tools I depend on each day. I use it to easily backup and share documents with co-workers, clients, and between my iPad/iPhone/Mac. This particular feature is just one more way it proves its value. Sending large attachments via email is a mess. Many times […]

Anti-Virus/Spyware Protection on MacOS and Windows

If you’re running on a Macintosh, you really don’t need anti-virus protection…unless you’re running Windows on your Mac. If you’re using Parallels, VMWare, Bootcamp, etc. you’ll want to install anti-virus/spyware protection on the Windows partition of your Mac. (To protect against other potential internet security threats see this article and use OpenDNS.) It’s a reality […]

FileMaker in “The Cloud”

Updated 2-27-17 Recently, I was asked if FileMaker was available in “the cloud”. The answer is Yes! Many of our clients take advantage of the versatility, simplicity, and cost savings of running their FileMaker database in the cloud. It’s called FileMaker database hosting. Cimbura.com provides hassle free FileMaker hosting of your database. First, there are […]

Office Suite Options on the Macintosh

Updated 12-27-16 Three of the most common business software categories are word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. On the Windows side, these tools are almost always fulfilled by Microsoft Office. On the Macintosh you have some options. Here we sort them out so you can make a well informed decision. If cost is the determining factor, […]

Macs Run Windows

Since the Macintosh was re-architected to run on Intel processors several years ago it is very practical to run Microsoft Windows and Windows applications on the Macintosh. Although Macs can easily run Windows applications, it doesn’t work the other way. Windows PCs cannot run Macintosh applications. I personally use my Mac to connect to test […]

Online Internet Safety and Preventing Identity or Financial Theft

As an application developer, I work with sensitive and secure information all the time that require us to use master passwords to access the information. At the point that I need to know the password when working with a client I’ll sometimes ask jokingly “What’s the name of your dog?” “Why?” they’ll ask back. “…because I need […]

Peace, Joy, Hope and Brilliant Technology Solutions…

Updated for 2017! We sincerely thank you for your business and and look forward to helping you be more effective, productive, and profitable in the new year. It’s Christmas all year round at LuminFire with these FREE technology gifts for you: FREE FileMaker Pro 30 day Trial – Awesome application software toolkit. Use to manage contacts, projects, or […]

Affordable, Professional, Websites with WordPress

LuminFire builds brilliant custom web sites. We can lead you through the process from beginning to end. First we’ll secure your domain name. Then we’ll help you define your brand, assist with graphic design, and help you develop appropriate content. We’ll do the technical work necessary to setup your site and then you can make changes as […]

Backups and Preventing Computer Disaster

Updated 8-31-17 with our latest recommendations… What is the # 1 thing computer users don’t do that could save them a lot of pain? The answer is: Backup. Although the Macintosh has almost no issues with computer viruses, it is still a computer with a hard drive that is prone to failure. In addition, backups […]