FileMaker Webinars

Connect with knowledge

  • Upcoming
  • Recorded

Upcoming FileMaker Webinars

Learn about upcoming online seminars by FileMaker business experts
Introduction to FileMaker Custom App Development

The FileMaker Platform is a complete line of products with everything you need to create and run custom apps across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web. Millions of people worldwide rely on the FileMaker Platform to share customer information, manage projects, track assets, and more.  Join us as we show you how to start from a spread sheet and build a FileMaker app with data you already have. You'll also see in minutes how your app can be deployed securely to the team over a network. And we will finish the presentation with a beautiful app made available for iPads and iPhones.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

3:30AM PDT, 6:30AM EDT, 11:30AM BST

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

3:30AM PDT, 6:30AM EDT, 11:30AM BST

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

3:30AM PDT, 6:30AM EDT, 11:30AM BST

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

3:30AM PDT, 6:30AM EDT, 11:30AM BST

Create your first FileMaker custom app in minutes (not weeks)

Are you frustrated with a particular process or task that's not being managed well? Has your project out-grown a simple spreadsheet or list? We're here to show you how you can get started easily with data you already have. In this presentation, you'll see the fundamentals of building your first custom app from scratch which you can turn it into a problem solving solution for you and your team! If you've ever considered how a custom, mobile app can boost your productivity, this session is for you!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

1:00PM PDT, 4:00PM EDT, 9:00PM BST

Thursday, August 24, 2017

1:00PM PDT, 4:00PM EDT, 9:00PM BST

Thursday, August 31, 2017

1:00PM PDT, 4:00PM EDT, 9:00PM BST

Empowering Mobile Users

Organizations frequently struggle to extend desktop information to mobile users and empower them with 24/7 access to business-critical information. For smaller organizations, it's even more challenging to adopt mobile platforms and stay competitive within their industry, and make mobile employees more productive. The FileMaker Platform makes it easier to access data anywhere — whether you're on an iPad, iPhone, or web browser. Join us for a 60 minute to learn how to develop a custom solution for a mobile team using your current FileMaker skills.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

8:00AM PDT, 11:00AM EDT, 4:00PM BST

Currently there are no upcoming FileMaker webinars, please check back soon! View past recorded webinars.

Recorded FileMaker Webinars

Learn about a variety of beginner to advanced FileMaker topics in 1-hour, on-demand sessions.

Topic: Idea to iPad

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. Watch as we build a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

Topic: FileMaker Training Series

The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official self-paced training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. These webinars focus on modules taken from the FileMaker Training Series Basics and Advanced.

Transform Your Services Business - a FileMaker Custom App Story

Basic

Are the most important people in your business out in the field with your customers? Do you waste time emailing, calling, and texting to keep track of where your people are and what they're doing? Are you frustrated by illegible forms, lost photos, misplaced contracts and hours spent searching for missing information?   Watch a fascinating 60 minute look at how one forward thinking Australian business used FileMaker to solve their problems and get ahead. We'll be featuring Platinum FileMaker Business Alliance member Craig Saunders of Digital Fusion, and the business owner Keith Kimmins of 2K Container Services. You'll see how custom apps can solve your business challenges, improve your team's performance, and satisfy your customers!

FileMaker Training Series Basics: Discovery Session

Basic

In this session you'll learn how the products in the FileMaker Platform work together. You'll identify requirements for building, assessing, and hosting FileMaker solutions, and compare and contrast FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go. See what pre-built templates, or Starter Solutions, come with FileMaker Pro and how you can start using them right away. Plus, understand the capabilities of FileMaker Pro Advanced, and learn about real-world use cases.

FileMaker Training Series Basics: Design Session

Basic

In this session you'll learn how to navigate layouts and understand different ways to view and edit your data. You'll perform complex finds, extend and constrain found sets, make use of operators in your search criteria, and practice ways to sort data in a solution.

FileMaker Training Series Basics: Navigation Session

Basic

In this session you'll identify the steps to a good design process as well as the basic principles for starting a project. You'll identify common file formats that can be converted by FileMaker Pro. Then you'll begin building your own practice solution by importing data from Excel.

FileMaker Training Series Basics: Relationships Session

Basic

In this session you'll learn to create fields and tables using key features such as the Manage Database Dialog and the Field Picker. You'll also get a basic overview of relational design such as one-to-many and many-to-many relationships so you can reduce the need to enter the same data multiple times or in multiple places.

FileMaker Training Series Basics: User Interface Session

Basic

In this session you'll learn the importance of good user interface design and best practices when creating solutions for iOS devices. Experiment with applying styles and themes in layouts to create a visually attractive user interface. Get familiar with placing objects on a layout, and use the grids, guides and stencils tools available in FileMaker Pro to create a uniform and consistent interface. Add functionality to your practice solution by creating a portal, tab control, panel control, popover and Web Viewer.

FileMaker Training Series Basics: Scripting and Calculations Session

Basic

In this session you'll learn the basics of calculations, scripting and reporting in FileMaker Pro through step-by-step activities building your own practice solution. Then find out how FileMaker Pro can integrate with other business systems. And finally, get introduced to the built-in security capabilities and learn about the methods of sharing and deploying a solution to other users.

Extending Your Custom Apps to the Web

Basic

If you're new to the FileMaker Platform and want to know about extending your Custom Apps to the Web, this session is for you.

You'll see how you can go from creating a Custom App to making it accessible in a web browser with just a few clicks. And since FileMaker WebDirect looks like and acts like a desktop application, it gives you familiar functionality such as desktop-style interaction, live updates and automated processes. Watch a 60-minute presentation from Solutions Consultant, Kieran Saunders of FileMaker.

FileMaker in Hollywood

Basic

Throughout the filmmaking and television industry, entertainment professionals rely on custom apps created using the FileMaker Platform. The agility, mobility, and ease of use make FileMaker software one of best choices in Hollywood for handling vast amounts of production details, locating assets like costumes, sets, and equipment, tracking script revisions, and even for managing scenes and takes. From small film festival management to multi-million dollar projects, the FileMaker Platform enables the creative process from idea inception through final production. Join us for a 30-minute presentation led by Cris Ippolite from iSolutions, a Los Angeles-based FileMaker custom app developer whose practice caters to the film and television industry. You'll learn how custom apps are the entertainment industry's best-kept secret for project management, digital asset organization, budget tracking, and much more!

Understanding Relational Concepts

Advanced

You've started building your app and now it's time to establish relationships to connect data points. What do you do? This is a common barrier for people new to database design. Understanding data modeling and relationships is fundamental for custom app development using the FileMaker Platform. This session is geared toward new developers and will draw from concepts in the Data module of the FileMaker Training Series with an emphasis on context. Watch a 60 minute session featuring Jeremiah Hammond, Senior Technical Project Lead, from DB Services.

Building Dashboards With FileMaker (45 Tips and Tricks)

Advanced

Do you like to build dashboards, scorecards, analytical reports, dynamic charts and dynamic tables with FileMaker? Learn 45 tips and tricks on how to build a purely FileMaker dashboard from scratch. We will explore concepts like multi-dimensional schema's (star and snowflake), cubes, data warehouses, real-time collaboration and pivot summaries (using standard FileMaker tools without plug-ins or third party software). And add voice recognition to your app with Siri! Watch an exciting 60 minute demonstration featuring Luke Rochester from Biznet.

Eight ways to make FileMaker databases run even faster

Advanced

FileMaker, Inc. recently released the "FileMaker Performance Guide," a free document for developers of all levels to learn the best practices for designing FileMaker solutions that perform at an optimum level. Solutions that are optimized for performance are easier for developers to maintain and are more delightful and satisfying for everyone to use. Please join us for a one-hour session, led by author Mark Richman of Skeleton Key. You'll learn about the top factors that affect performance and how to implement techniques that will significantly boost the actual and perceived performance of your FileMaker solutions.

Essential Interaction Design Principles

Advanced

Proper solution design means the people who use it can solve previously insurmountable problems and more easily accomplish business tasks. As the designer of the system, your solution will always be more intuitive and easier for you to use than it will be for others. If poorly designed, users may waste significant time and money and feel frustrated and annoyed. In this 60-minute session, hosted by Dr. Don Levan, president of Vanguard Custom Software and author of the "FileMaker Interaction Guide," learn the key principles of interaction design and gain simple, actionable strategies you can use to create better FileMaker Pro interfaces.

FileMaker Inside of Higher Education

Basic

The FileMaker Platform is used by the top universities in North America and in a wide variety of uses ranging from admissions, to attendance, to billing. Departments throughout higher education benefit from FileMaker's ease of use, rapid solution development and ability to interface with enterprise systems. Whether you have support from IT or are starting on your own, your success depends on building a support system of the key stakeholders and following best practices for solution deployment. Join us for a 60 minute session led by Rosemary Tietge, Consulting Engineer at FileMaker, Inc., where we'll explore real world uses of the FileMaker Platform in higher education, as well as share best practices when partnering with IT, and strategies around evangelizing and building a FileMaker community in your institution.

FileMaker Security

Advanced

Data protection is top of mind and a priority for business of all sizes. In 2012, the Wall Street Journal sited this alarming statistic, "Firms with 11 to 100 employees are attacked more than ten times as frequently as the next larger tier (100 to 1000 employees)." Fortunately, the FileMaker Platform can help organizations protect their valuable data with the ability to control user access down to the field-level of a solution. And with FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, data can be secured using powerful AES 256-bit encryption while hosted on FileMaker Server 13. Join us as we cover material from the newly released "FileMaker Training Series: Basics" eBook and the "FileMaker Security Guide." You'll see how FileMaker software meets the standards for account administration through both internal and external authentication, making the FileMaker Platform a "good citizen" for IT organizations.

FileMaker Standby Server

Advanced

Today's businesses require data serving options that are not only secure, but also provide assurance in the event of a server failure. FileMaker Server is fast, reliable server software to securely share information with any combination of FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go and FileMaker WebDirect clients. FileMaker Server 14 comes with new functionality including password security enhancements, the ability to auto reconnect, and now a standby server option. Join us for an exciting 60-minute presentation from the FileMaker product management team and learn all about using standby server to ensure higher availability of your business data.

FileMaker WebDirect

Advanced

FileMaker WebDirect is the new breakthrough web technology that combines the power of a desktop application with the simplicity of a web browser to manage and share your business information. With FileMaker WebDirect, you don't need to use coding tools such as PHP, HTML5, CSS or JavaScript to create robust solutions for the web. Watch a 60 minute webinar featuring Richard Carlton from RC Consulting who will demonstrate FileMaker WebDirect, the steps for setup, as well as solution design considerations for optimal performance.

Getting Rid of Paper-based Processes: Abbott Northwestern Hospital and more

Basic

More businesses today are seeking alternatives to legacy paper-based processes. Companies of all sizes are replacing photocopiers with iPads, reducing storage costs, and severely improving data collection time and accuracy with efficient solutions that automate and empower their local and mobile teams. With the FileMaker Platform, solutions can be built to custom fit your needs. From document management to job site inspections, learn how FileMaker can be applied to solve just about any paper-based process and be securely shared wherever you go.

Getting Rid of Paper-based Processes: Ascend Performance Materials and more

Basic

More businesses today are seeking alternatives to legacy paper-based processes. Companies of all sizes are replacing photocopiers with iPads, reducing storage costs, and severely improving data collection time and accuracy with efficient solutions that automate and empower their local and mobile teams. With the FileMaker Platform, solutions can be built to custom fit your needs. From document management to job site inspections, learn how FileMaker can be applied to solve just about any paper-based process and be securely shared wherever you go. Join us for a one hour live demonstration featuring Doug West and the team from Excelisys.

Getting Rid of Paper-based Processes: Baker's Acres

Basic

More businesses today are seeking alternatives to legacy paper-based processes. Companies of all sizes are replacing photocopiers with iPads, reducing storage costs, and severely improving data collection time and accuracy with efficient solutions that automate and empower their local and mobile teams. With the FileMaker Platform, solutions can be built to custom fit your needs. From document management to job site inspections, learn how FileMaker can be applied to solve just about any paper-based process and be securely shared wherever you go. This session features Court Bowman from Cleveland Consulting Inc. and Pam Baker from Baker's Acres who will show how they transformed their paper system to an efficient mobile solution.

Getting Rid of Paper-based Processes: iScience

Basic

More businesses today are seeking alternatives to legacy paper-based processes. Companies of all sizes are replacing photocopiers with iPads, reducing storage costs, and severely improving data collection time and accuracy with efficient solutions that automate and empower their local and mobile teams. With the FileMaker Platform, solutions can be built to custom fit your needs. From document management to job site inspections, learn how FileMaker can be applied to solve just about any paper-based process and be securely shared wherever you go. Join us for a one hour live demonstration featuring Jeremiah Hammond from DB Services.

Getting Rid of Paper-based Processes: Zeilman-James Custom Homes

Basic

More businesses today are seeking alternatives to legacy paper-based processes. Companies of all sizes are replacing photocopiers with iPads, reducing storage costs, and severely improving data collection time and accuracy with efficient solutions that automate and empower their local and mobile teams. With the FileMaker Platform, solutions can be built to custom fit your needs. From document management to job site inspections, learn how FileMaker can be applied to solve just about any paper-based process and be securely shared wherever you go. This session features Ted Weil from DataWranglers highlighting two customers that transformed their paper system to efficient mobile solutions.

Idea to iPad - Attendance Tracking Solution

Basic

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. Watch as Ryan Manook from FileMaker, Inc. builds a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

Idea to iPad - Document Management

Basic

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. Send us your idea for a business task and we'll use the most popular submission in this live event. With your participation, we'll build a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

Idea to iPad - Donations Tracker

Basic

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. We'll build a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

Idea to iPad - Exhibition Tour

Basic

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. We'll build a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

Idea to iPad - Event Management

Basic

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. We'll build a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

Idea to iPad - Job Ticketing System

Advanced

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. Watch as we build a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

Idea to iPad - Meeting Minutes

Basic

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. Watch as we build a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

Idea to iPad - Pricing quoting system

Advanced

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. Watch as we build a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

Idea to iPad - Project Tracker

Basic

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. We'll build a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

Idea to iPad - Survey for Non-profit

Basic

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. Watch as we build a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

Idea to iPad - Survey Form

Basic

Is there a business task or process that you'd like to easily manage? Got a project currently being tracked in spreadsheets or being entered on paper forms? This session is centered around you. We'll build a custom solution using the FileMaker Platform and have it deployed to an iPad in under 60 minutes.

My First Website with FileMaker

Basic

Have you ever thought about extending your FileMaker solution to the web? Perhaps you have team members that don't require using FileMaker Pro to accomplish their tasks. FileMaker WebDirect, available in FileMaker Server 13, now makes it easier than ever to deploy browser-based solutions. Designed for those new to the FileMaker Platform, this 60-minute session will demonstrate how you can quickly create and deploy the FileMaker desktop-style experience to the web strictly using your FileMaker skills.

SBA Solutions Spotlight: BakeSmart

Basic

The FileMaker Platform is a line of products that work together across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the Web.  Come explore how BakeSmart is an easy to use application that integrates everyday tasks from actual production, making sure you have the right inventory to actual sales through their point of sale system and even to an effective after sales system.

SBA Solutions Spotlight: KiBiz Systems

Basic

Come explore KiBiz Systems, an easy to use suite of customizable FileMaker based CRM, ERP, POS and Accounting software applications that connect all key business processes. KiBiz systemizes everyday tasks to help you run efficiently with more accurate, real-time information which reduces errors, and expands your capacity to handle more business more effectively, in less time.

SBA Solutions Spotlight: FRONTIVA

Basic

FRONTIVA is a cross platform application built on the FileMaker platform that makes every day information relevant and allows you to save time and money. Come explore FRONTIVA, the all-in-one project management software that manages all your project details, quotes, time sheets, invoices and much more! Watch a 30 minute presentation from Stephen Day, FileMaker, Inc., and Nicolas Martineau, developer of FRONTIVA software.

Getting Rid of Paper-based Processes - Wind River

Basic

More businesses today are seeking alternatives to legacy paper-based processes. Companies of all sizes are replacing photocopiers with iPads, reducing storage costs, and severely improving data collection time and accuracy with efficient solutions that automate and empower their local and mobile teams. With the FileMaker Platform, solutions can be built to custom fit your needs. From document management to job site inspections, learn how FileMaker can be applied to solve just about any paper-based process and be securely shared wherever you go.

FileMaker in Higher Education

Basic

Find out how Ivy League and other top colleges in New England are using FileMaker. See how you can make your own departmental solution to track students and classes. FileMaker is being used extensively in higher education. From collecting research data to all types of administrative functions, FileMaker helps departments manage data that is located in enterprise systems like PeopleSoft, Banner, and SAP, as well as desktop applications like Excel. Find out how some Ivy League schools are using FileMaker and learn how to make a quick solution to track students and classes.

Making the Case for FileMaker

Advanced

Learn the importance on developing a compelling and effective case study or ROI analysis of existing or proposed FileMaker based solutions. We'll review several ways in which empirical data can be used to describe the benefits of a given solution. Examples include time saved, opportunities created, risks managed or avoided and standards achieved. Get guidance on how to determine what are the most important internal metrics for success. You'll see real world examples of successful internal presentations that resulted in huge improvements in quality of life and access to resources for those FileMaker advocates that prepared and presented these case studies.

Taking My FileMaker Solution Mobile

Advanced

You've created a database, but now how do you make it available so your users can access it from anywhere they have an Internet connection? This webinar will focus on best practices for users in the field and how to tailor your database to fill the specific tasks that are required of a mobile user. We will discuss different hosting options, web and iOS based access, and look at the best methods for mobile data entry such as bar code scanning and drop down lists. By the end, you will be able to plan your own mobile database deployment and determine the necessary mobile workflows so your users can efficiently perform their job on the go.

Fundamentals of Mobile Syncing

Advanced

With the growing popularity of mobile devices, accessing your data from anywhere has become more important. Remote users with full-time network connections and sufficient bandwidth can work directly with hosted systems. However, for users who require the freedom to move without a network connection, the ability to sync data becomes essential. This could be as simple as importing records from one file to another, or as complex as incremental updates based on business rules. This webinar will cover deployment options for your data, important considerations for syncing such as infrastructure and conflict resolution, and third-party tools to aid in syncing.

Best Practices for Migrating to FileMaker 12

Advanced

Thinking about upgrading to FileMaker Pro 12? Maybe you already own FileMaker Pro 12, but haven't moved yet? Converting your existing database to the new file format is easy, and let's you take advantage of the many new features in FileMaker 12: new design tools, creating and sharing iPad and iPhone databases with FileMaker Go 12, and many more. For most customers, migrating databases is as easy as dragging and dropping, but we will share tips and tricks that can aid anyone interested in moving to FileMaker 12. Join us for a one-hour presentation with David Head, Systems Engineer for Australia/Asia Pacific, FileMaker, Inc., who will cover best practices for migrating your files to FileMaker Pro 12. You'll learn how to prepare for your conversion, the easy steps required, and what to do after your files are converted.

FileMaker Training Series: FileMaker Server

Advanced

In this hour-long event, led by Mark Richman from Skeleton Key, you'll learn the best practices for setting up and maintaining FileMaker Server 12 and FileMaker Server 12 Advanced. Get training on configuration processes, learn proper backup routines, and understand how to use server-side scripts. This session is based on the material in Module 10: FileMaker Server, taken directly from the FileMaker Training Series, the official self-paced training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker Go in Business: Berklee College of Music

Basic

World-famous and highly selective Berklee College of Music have streamlined their recruiting process for reviewing over 7,000 applicants across six continents each year. With FileMaker Go loaded on the recruiters' iPads, they are able to assess hundreds of prospects daily and track their unique credentials. FileMaker Go is the best-selling business database app for iPad and iPhone and is part of many custom solutions for businesses around the world. Join us for an informative real-world look at how FileMaker Go helped Damien Bracken, Dean of Admissions at Berklee College of Music, and his team develop a global audition and interview process and bring new levels of consistency to prospect evaluations.

FileMaker Go in Business: Austin Convention Center

Basic

Maximizing business efficiencies while effectively meeting customer's needs is a challenge for organizations of all sizes. Austin Convention Center, a high-tech convention facility spans six city blocks and hosts hundreds of events each year including the world renowned South by Southwest Festival. FileMaker Go helps meet the unique challenges of each event head-on and raises productivity throughout many of its departments. FileMaker Go is the best-selling business database app for iPad and iPhone and is part of many custom solutions for businesses around the world. Join us for an informative real world look at how FileMaker Go helped Austin Convention Center save thousands of dollars and eliminate antiquated paper-based systems.

FileMaker Go in Business: Lee Medical

Basic

While U.S. hospital-acquired infections are on the rise, the prognosis is good in one important area: bloodstream infections. These are often caused by mismanagement of IV catheters in patients' veins and by poor catheter insertion. Fortunately, contract vascular access specialists Lee Medical, along with help from FileMaker Go, now drive down the troubling frequency and cost of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) through their highly successful VAST® solution. Lee Medical is also able to meet stringent healthcare security standards with the use of FileMaker Go on iPads. FileMaker Go is the best-selling business database app for iPad and iPhone and is part of many custom solutions for businesses around the world. Join us for an informative real world look at how FileMaker Go helps Lee Medical save millions of healthcare dollars and improve patient outcomes by reducing blood stream infection rates through the use of real time surveillance.

Note: Viewing the web seminar playback requires the Adobe Flash plugin to be installed in your browser. By viewing a recording you signify your agreement to FileMaker's Privacy Policy.