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29
January
2017

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services (AWS): Backups

Automating Offsite Backups With AWS & FMS

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services (AWS): Backups

In this article, the most recent in our FileMaker Server (FMS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) series, we're looking at backups. It is beyond crucial to have a good backup strategy in place, and FileMaker Server has a great backup system built into it. What we're concerned with here, though, is what we might consider to be "offsite" backups.

Let’s dig in… 

 

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23
January
2017

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Elastic IPs

Utilizing An Elastic IP Address To Access Your FileMaker Server

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Elastic IPs

Continuing our series of FileMaker Server (FMS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS), this installment looks at Elastic IPs, what they are and why you might want one. If you're not familiar with AWS and setting up FMS on an Instance, check out our other blog posts FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 1 and FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 2 before delving into this one.

So, let’s check out Elastic IPs… 

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07
November
2016

Capturing Map Coordinates In FileMaker WebDirect

Utilizing the FileMaker PHP API

Capturing Map Coordinates In FileMaker WebDirect

In previous posts, we detailed a technique to capture the coordinates from a Google map and place these into a record in FileMaker. This is certainly a great way to have your users interact with maps, as long as they are using the FileMaker Pro client. If the solution deploys FileMaker WebDirect, the technique does not work. But we have a way that does and after a number of enquiries about how we did it, we’re finally getting around to documenting this and sharing with others...

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12
September
2015

Update: Capturing Map Coordinates Into FileMaker

Dropping A Marker When The Map Loads

Update: Capturing Map Coordinates Into FileMaker

Following up from our previous post, a reader asked if it was possible to have the marker show automatically when the map loads, if there were coordinates previously selected. Depending how Google Maps is being used in a solution, this is a perfectly reasonable expectation of functionality. So, we decided to add this to the file and post an update. There was, however, one annoying little issue...

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08
September
2015

Capturing Map Coordinates Into FileMaker

Using Google Maps Javascript API v3

Capturing Map Coordinates Into FileMaker

Google has a variety of APIs for its Maps, allowing developers to access, integrate and query map data. Some time back, a client needed the ability to click on a map and capture the selected coordinates into their database, so we started our map quest using the Google Maps Javascript API v3. Since then we've had a number of enquiries as to how this was accomplished and, as a result, we've put together a demo file.

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17
August
2015

FileMaker Pro 14 & SVGs

How to Implement SVGs into FileMaker Solutions & What We've Learned Along the Way

FileMaker Pro 14 & SVGs

The introduction of FileMaker Pro 14 earlier this year brought with it some excellent enhancements and new features to the platform. One of these is the ability to use SVGs in buttons on layouts, and this article shares what we've learned about them as we put them to use.

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02
February
2015

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 2

Launching an Instance and Installing FileMaker Server

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 2

The second part of our FileMaker Server (FMS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) series focuses on launching our server Instance and getting FMS installed and up and running. In our previous blog post, we did all that was necessary on the AWS side to set up groups, users and security prior to being able to launch our server Instance using AWS’ Free Tier option – a free cloud server as long as we stick within the Free Tier guidelines.

So, now that we have all that taken care of, without further ado, let’s launch and connect to our server in the sky…

 

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30
January
2015

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 1

Signing up and setting up security credentials

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 1

We’ve been working with a client recently who wants to host the FileMaker solution we’ve built for them on FileMaker Server – Hooray!  We couldn’t agree more. Using FileMaker Server (FMS) provides more flexibility, security, functionality, backups, better performance – the list goes on, but it’s a wise decision on their part.

But then comes the question, how and where to host?

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18
September
2013

FileMaker Pro: Cross-Platform Skype Part 2

SMS & iPhone Calling Using Skype from Within FMP

FileMaker Pro: Cross-Platform Skype Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, we posted our solution to cross-platform Skype usage from within a FileMaker database. We were pretty pleased with it for our database solution as it allowed us to utilize our Skype subscriptions directly no matter whether we were using a Mac, PC or iPhone.

But it wasn't quite perfect.

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13
September
2013

FileMaker Pro: Cross-Platform Skype Out Part 1

Calling & Chat from Within FileMaker Pro

FileMaker Pro: Cross-Platform Skype Out Part 1

Here at Sounds Essential, we like the database program FileMaker Pro. It's cross-platform (works on PC, Mac and iOS) and extremely versatile. That’s why we use it for our own business to keep track of clients and projects. Every once in a while, though, we come across something new we'd like the database to do. That often requires a little research to figure how best to implement the solution, as was the case with integrating Skype. Here's our solution that works cross-platform on all devices.

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FileMaker Client Testimonials

  • Sounds Essential's team were very intelligent and attentive and understood the problems and issues clearly on the first explanation. They then came up with excellent working solutions in a very timely fashion. Excellent to work with. Very happy we found them and will definitely be using again

    Bruce Baker
    Owner, Bruce Baker & Co
  • A very good understanding of what needed to be done combined with the necessary skills!

    Wim Vanderamesen
    DAC QUINTINUS
  • Duncan is very honest and transparent, and the quality of work has been amazing!! He is also very good at explaining to a lay person such as my self what, how, and why of it all, which I learned a lot from. Would hire again in a heart beat.

    Charles Dwan
    Owner, Chef's Trading
  • Duncan has been an AWESOME example of professionalism and service.  Despite the time differences, he has been very quick to respond to the requests and has been very thorough, giving his time through Skype/shared screen, to fully understand the project. Bridging the gap between a customer's requests and the technical specifications is not always an easy task, but he was patient, knowledgeable and very helpful indeed. I would recommend him very highly.

    Nik Bishop
    Bishop MacKenzie Int'l School

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