The Support Group Blog

FileMaker Announces End of Support For FileMaker 8 Product Family

We want to make sure all our readers, customers, and students are aware that, as of September, FileMaker, Inc. will no longer offer support for FileMaker Pro 8/8.5 and FileMaker Server 8.  Also, that’s when your eligibility for upgrade pricing expires!  If you have any questions regarding upgrading to FileMaker 11 (what the new features can do for you, what to be aware of when upgrading), drop us a line.

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Creating a Watermark for Multiple Page Reports

Hi, I’m Julien Lafleur, the director of development here at The Support Group.  I’ve been working with FileMaker for well over a decade (in fact I just passed my 10 year anniversary with TSG!), and I’m continually surprised by the many little challenges posed by our customers, and the many creative ways they can be solved.

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From the Archives: FishMaker Pro!

Way back at the 2001 FileMaker Developer Conference, Rich Coulombre presented a session on integrating FileMaker Pro with all sorts of devices and methods of communication.  Then to prove the point, he hooked Bill Bass, the talking fish, up to a FileMaker database.

Yes, it was crazy.  But it was unforgettable.

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Creating Calendars with Portal Filters in FileMaker Pro

Ever wanted to display event records in a calendar format?  Of course you have!  And FileMaker Pro 11 makes this so much easier with filtered portals.

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Custom Function: EasyDate

FileMaker Pro 11’s new OnObjectValidate script trigger provides us with the ability to control and massage data in ways we couldn’t before.  While this trigger is often thought of as a way of adding additional limitations and restrictions on data entry beyond the built-in validation options, you can also use it to ease and allow more flexible data entry.

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FileMaker 11 Training and Certification

It’s official: Certification and the FileMaker Training Series are now available for FileMaker 11!

Becoming a FileMaker 11 Certified Developer demonstrates your experience and expertise to employers, clients, and members of the FileMaker community.  For us at The Support Group, it’s essential as platinum level members of the FileMaker Business Alliance and Authorized Trainers.  FileMaker’s website offers steps to getting certified and a FAQ.  Registration and administration of the exam is handled by Prometric.

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Table View is Awesome

I’ll admit it: prior to FileMaker Pro 10, I didn’t give much thought to providing users with the ability to view a layout as a table as opposed to a list.  List view seemed to have so much more to offer.  Formatting was easier to control, you didn’t have to take extra steps to ensure the header and footer would appear, and if, like me, you tend to give your fields arcane “database-y” names like ct_nameFull_lfm instead of Full Name, you didn’t have to worry about those names appearing in the column headers.  About the only thing table view had going for it was resizable columns.

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