Archive for August, 2007

Simple Navigation with FileMaker Pro 9

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Simple Navigation

Ever wanted to create your own navigation system based on your layout names? With the introduction of conditional formatting, this has now become a piece of cake.

This example shows you how you can implement a simple navigation system in your solution.

Download the example file.

Copy custom functions directly to Clip Manager from

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Using a Custom Function from Brian Dunning's Web site just got a whole lot easier.

The site features an extensive list of Custom Functions for FileMaker.

Recent changes now allow you to search for a custom function, then click the 'Copy to Clip Manager' button, switch to Clip Manager and select Paste (or use command-V).

You now have the CF in Clip Manager. From there you can optionally manipulate it, an then easily send it to your FileMaker solutions.

Isn't that cool :-)

Capture and Restore the Active Tabs

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Ever wished to restore the last tab order, when switching to another layout and come back?
You only need to import one custom function and one script and give every tab a unique object name to implement this technique.


Download the example file.

Download the Clip Mananager Clips

Note: The custom function is explained by Matt Petrowsky.
Check the Bonus Video on ISO FileMaker Magazine

Write your own progress bar with FileMaker Pro 9

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Progress bar

Sometimes a script running within your FileMaker solution may take a while to complete. A user-friendly application should provide some indication to the user that the script is running. Progress bars are a commonly used interface element to convey how far along a script is.
This article will explain how you can easily implement a progress bar in your solution.


PacMan, or fun with Conditional Formatting

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

With the introduction of the conditional formatting feature in FileMaker 9, a whole bunch of new possibilities are available to the FileMaker developer. This example demonstrates the power of conditional formatting.


Download PacMan

How to use the PrinterSwitch plug-in in a multi-user environment

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

If you want to use PrinterSwitch in a multi-user environment, you may want to store printer information on a per user basis.

logo PrSw

We're pleased to provide 2 examples of how to implement this in a solution.

  1. The first lets you assign a specific printer per user for a number of predefined printer setups (e.g. laser printer, a label printer etc)
  2. The second example is Windows-only and uses the Capture & Restore functions on Windows to capture complete setups along with yor printer selection

Any feedback is obviously appreciated.

Download the examples here.

Send messages from FileMaker to Growl

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Growl is a notification framework for MacOS X.This FileMaker example file contains an AppleScript that you can use to send notifications to Growl from a FileMaker database.Download the example

Get the latest FileMaker-related news

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

If you want to stay on top of what's happening in the FileMaker world, all you need to check is the news web site.Not only will you find the latest Fileaker news, but you can also search for all kinds of FileMaker resources.

Share your myFMbutler & FileMaker tips

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Do you have a neat tip or trick about one of the myFMbutler products that you would like to share with the rest of us? Send us your ideas, and we'll put them up on our blog (and you'll get the credit, of course, and maybe even a discount coupon to one of the myFMbutler products).