fmFlare is a new way to fire up your FileMaker development. Each “Flare” is a pre-built integration code module that simplifies common difficult and advanced programming tasks so FileMaker can talk to powerful external web services. fmFlare is all native FileMaker scripting and does not require any plug-ins, so it will run effectively on FileMaker Pro Advanced, Go, and WebDirect. fmFlare saves time and money in implementing advanced features.

fmFlare creates a simplified FileMaker API (Application Programming Interface) within FileMaker scripts that you call to do tasks efficiently. For example, sending an email with fmFlare is a call to the email Flare with parameters like the subject, message, To, CC, BCC, and attachment. Select a mail sender including FileMaker send mail, SMTP, SparkPost, Mandrill, Amazon SES, or Mailgun to use different services without changing your code!

Sometimes service providers change their web APIs, which can break custom integrations. LuminFire does the ongoing work of maintaining fmFlare to stay up to date. To upgrade, just swap out the fmFlare file.

Since most Flares are integration modules, you will likely be signing up for external web services with an account depending on which Flares you use. With fmFlare, you are protected from major pricing changes with external web service vendors because you can easily change the service provider by changing one parameter in your script. If their pricing model is no longer cost effective, just switch to a different similar service. For example, today you might use Amazon S3 for storage…but you could switch to Backblaze B2, Google Drive or Dropbox in the future.

“We need to talk about your flare.” Each time you add flare to your solution it becomes more powerful so you’ll want to collect as many as possible. Take your solution to the next level. Let fmFlare make you look brilliant.

A special example file based on fmIgnite Starter provides all the fmFlare starting points, documentation, and demos.

A Few of the Many Powerful Flares…

Transactional Email
Email services like Sparkpost, Mandril, and Mailgun can be used to reliably send thousands of emails email from FileMaker. Email arrives in the end user email box with lower probability of it being spam as well as tracking with analytics. Send scheduled emails or emails formatted with html.
Cloud Storage
You have Gigabytes of image or video data. Storing it in FileMaker container fields can cause database bloat, backup, and sharing issues. Move all that container data out of your FileMaker database to a reliable web service. Your database will be maintainable, backups much easier, and data can be shared with web solutions and external users easily.
GIS / Mapping

  • Geocoding – Turn your addresses into geographic coordinates to facilitate mapping and spatial queries. Flare supports many different free and paid Geocoding services including Geocodio, Nomatim, Census.gov, and Smarty Streets more.
  • ZIP code lookup with Zippopotam.us
  • IP address geocoding with IPStack
  • Interactive and static maps for FileMaker webviewers… Just pass in the single or multi point data you wish to map along with hundreds of configurable options for basemaps, presets, etc. to get the maps you desire for your solution.
Payment Gateway
Utilize Stripe or PayPal to process payments with FileMaker.

Send SMS Text Messages

Utilize Twilio to send instant messages to smartphones via FileMaker.

Annotate PDFs

Take any FileMaker field data and enter it in the right places of a PDF form with drag and drop ease using BrilliantPDF with fmFlare.

Import Gravity Forms from WordPress Website

In combination with a custom WordPress Plugin, create nearly any form with drag and drop interface on your website and quickly import that data to your FileMaker solution via fmFlare.

…and many more. See details on additional Flares.
  • fmFlare Pro custom Flares are licensed individually and is available today for LuminFire clients use in projects.
  • fmFlare Starter will be available FREE at DevCon 2019 with several free Flares (code modules).
  • fmFlare Basic is a paid tier with several more useful Flares.

Personalized setup and assistance in getting started is available from an expert FileMaker engineer so you can get started quickly.