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Seven Tips for FileMaker Scripts

We’ve been writing FileMaker scripts for over 25 years now (ever since FileMaker Pro 2.0, when the ScriptMaker first appeared) and we’ve developed our own set of best practices in terms of managing them here at The Support Group. Every FileMaker developer has his or her own set of methods, preferences, styles, etc., but we all agree that writing and maintaining scripts properly can save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run. Whether you're an experienced FileMaker developer or new to development, you should find these seven scripting tips useful.

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Updated: Six Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your FileMaker Consultant

Six years ago we created and shared a white paper titled Six Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your FileMaker Consultant. We thought it would be helpful to update the information within the paper since many of our readers continue to express interest in the topic.

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Six Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your FileMaker Consultant

The Support Group has a free white paper entitled Six Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your FileMaker Consultant. This white paper is for you if you have made the decision to invest in FileMaker Pro.  Maybe you need to add new features, improve an existing FileMaker system, or build a whole new FileMaker solution.  If your organization lacks the time or expertise to do it in-house, you will likely hire a FileMaker consultant.  And selecting the right FileMaker developer is crucial to saving you time and money. This complimentary white paper highlights the most important attributes and qualifications of top-tier FileMaker consultants so that you can easily distinguish the quality performers and make a better-informed, more confident decision. We’ve identified six specific questions you need to ask to gain valuable insight into a prospective FileMaker consultant’s competency and business practices.  The answers to these questions will give you the assurance that your developer has both the expertise and the experience to support your FileMaker needs—now and in the future. Download your free copy of Six Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your FileMaker Consultant:

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Portals Without Scrollbars

A reader asks:

Is it possible to create a portal paging system with filtered portals in FileMaker 11?  I am interested in showing a portal without the scroll bar.  Buttons will take the user to the first, previous, next, and last set of records in the portal.  I know this is possible when the filtering occurs on the Relationship Graph but I can’t figure out how to do it when the filtering occurs on the presentation layer in FileMaker 11.
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Why Use FileMaker? Total Cost of Ownership and ROI

Is FileMaker better than other popular environments like MS SQL Server, Oracle Database Standard Edition, Salesforce.com Enterprise Edition, or Force.com Enterprise Edition?

Check out the free white paper from FileMaker, Inc., Supercharging Return on Investment with Rapid Application Development Tools - Total Cost of Ownership.  It details just how much better FileMaker Pro is than those other competing platforms in two critical areas: Total Cost of Ownership and Return on Investment.

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Shortcut References for FileMaker Pro 11

With keyboard shortcuts for both Mac and Windows users, this convenient reference sheet can help you navigate faster through your FileMaker application. It’s perfect for keeping on your desk, attached to your monitor, or on your wall. It provides all the keyboard shortcuts for browsing, navigation, finding, changing modes, files, editing, formatting, and layouts.

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Finding and Sorting Your Data

Tuesday, February 9, 2010, Chad Novotny presented Finding and Sorting Your Data, a webinar hosted by FileMaker, Inc.  You can download the video (which requires the WebEx WRF Player), as well as the sample FileMaker file used in the presentation. This file is best used with FileMaker Pro 10 or later. Not all aspects of the file will work in earlier versions of FileMaker Pro. We hope you find this webinar informative and useful.

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Shortcut References for FileMaker Pro 10

With keyboard shortcuts for both Mac and Windows users, this convenient reference card can help you navigate faster through your FileMaker application. It measures 8.5” x 5.5” and is a perfect size for keeping on your desk, attached to your monitor, or on your wall. It provides all the keyboard shortcuts for browsing, navigation, finding, changing modes, files, editing, formatting, and layouts.

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