FileMaker Web Seminars Archive
For New Users
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. 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.
Starter Solutions on Steroids
FileMaker is a powerful, flexible platform that can solve almost any business problem. You can build your own solutions from scratch, but there are a myriad of resources available to help you deploy a solution in record time.
In this informative web seminar, we'll review how to use FileMaker Starter Solutions and customize them for your needs. We'll begin with the Starter Solutions that are included with FileMaker Pro. These 16 Starter Solutions cover everything from invoices to asset management to events, and more.
Watch as we explore some great third party solutions — one in particular is available free to you. Finally we'll discuss a real customer example of using this template to create a robust, customer application with remarkably little investment in time and money.
The FileMaker iOS Demo Solutions
Get inspired to create your own custom business solutions for iPad or iPhone! In this 60 minute session, led by Matt O'Dell and Beth Nagengast from FileMaker, Inc., we'll take a tour of the free sample solutions that are included in the new iOS Demo Solutions. Designed by independent FileMaker developers, these sample databases provide a range of real-world examples of what can be created for iOS with the FileMaker Platform. You can download as many as you'd like - all for free. After this webinar, you're sure to be inspired to create your own!
My First iOS Database
Need a custom business solution for your iPad or iPhone? FileMaker 12 makes it easy for anyone to create custom business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, and Mac. In this 60 minute session, Bill Kaiser from FileMaker, Inc. will show how you can create a custom solution from scratch for any task whether it be for contact management, event tracking, project management, inventory status, and more. See how FileMaker solutions can be shared and updated securely by your entire team in real time
Meet Bento 4 for iPad
Come see the new Bento 4 for iPad in action. This webinar will cover the top new features delivered in Bento 4 for iPad, including the powerful drag and drop design tools that make it incredibly easy to create your own personal productivity apps on iPad.
FileMaker Free Resources
Free is good! Whether you're brand new to FileMaker or you've been using it for years, there will be something in this session for you. FileMaker is a powerful platform to easily build solutions to track contacts, manage projects or a myriad of other things. But did you know that there are free solutions available to you that would take months and thousands of dollars to develop from scratch? Attend this informative web seminar to learn about all of these free resources and how to best leverage them.
Meet Bento 4!
Whether you're new to Mac or a database expert, join us for an overview of the newest version of the wildly popular personal database from FileMaker, Bento 4. See how to easily organize contacts, track projects, plan events and more.
New Bento 4 for Mac includes label printing and many more new features. Plus, updates to Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad make this the best Bento ever.
FileMaker Training Series: FileMaker Scripting
Join us as we cover the last session in a series of web seminars covering popular topics from the successful FileMaker Training Series book.
FileMaker Scripting is an important cornerstone in any FileMaker development. In this session, you'll learn the best practices for writing scripts and explore the new Script Trigger features of FileMaker Pro 10. Learn how to build navigation and window controls, and study logical branching and looping routines.
Robert MacKay is founder and president of MacTutor based out of Tampa Bay Florida and is a FileMaker Authorized Trainer. He has over 15 years experience as an Apple Computer Trainer and is a FileMaker 8, 9 and 10 Certified Developer.
For Current Users
FileMaker in Higher Education
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.
Top 10 Things to Think About When Designing for iOS
With FileMaker Go, you can take your existing FileMaker solutions with you on your iPad or iPhone without major modifications. But just like when designing a website for mobile devices, there are several things to keep in mind when building a solution for FileMaker Go. Learn the key, yet simple, design considerations that will help you build solutions that truly feel like they were built for your iPad and iPhone. We'll set guidelines for objects' appearances and sizes, streamline data entry when using touch interfaces, and prevent unwanted zooming. And we'll look at some best practices for working with the unique features of iOS devices, such as screen sizes and rotation, virtual keyboards, and the Home button. Join us for a one-hour presentation with Chad Novotny from 12ti Studios, and Jason Fiske from FileMaker, Inc.
Taking My FileMaker Solution Mobile
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
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
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 Go in Business: Berklee College of Music
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 Training Series: FileMaker Server
Join FileMaker for "FileMaker Server," the last session in a three part webinar series based on the new FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 12.
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.
Creating and Managing Custom, Business-to-Employee Mobile Apps
A new webcast, featuring Gartner analyst Van Baker and FileMaker’s Ryan Rosenberg, explores trends and best practices in creating and managing custom business-to-employee (B-to-E) mobile apps. Baker, Gartner vice president and research director, discusses how innovative companies are improving productivity, efficiency and customer satisfaction with B-to-E apps. He also details key requirements for B-to-E apps, such as security and integration with business systems, which are quite different from those of consumer apps. Baker summarizes issues, such as selection of tools and the power of native functions, for IT to consider when building custom apps.
Ryan Rosenberg, FileMaker vice president of marketing and services, explains the unique advantages of using the FileMaker Platform for iPad and iPhone apps. These include:
- A comprehensive environment for the end-to-end app lifecycle that spans design, build, integration, security, management, deployment and updates.
- A robust visual development environment for creating full-featured apps with the ability to capture digital signatures, create PDF files, and generate rich reports and charts.
- Instant updates to FileMaker apps, automatically pushed to all connected users, requiring no user action.
FileMaker Training Series: Working with Layouts
Join FileMaker for "Working with Layouts," the first in a three part webinar series based on the new FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 12. In this hour-long event, led by Tim Jones from Accelerate Computer Training, you’ll discover tools and techniques for creating layouts in FileMaker Pro 12, including layout themes, object states, the Inspector tool palette, conditional formatting, auto-resize, Web Viewers, portals, and tab controls. Learn how to organize layouts into groups and how the new features in FileMaker Pro 12 make it easy to create stunning layouts. This session is based on the material in Module 4: Working with Layouts taken directly from the FileMaker Training Series, the official self-paced training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc.
Meet FileMaker 12!
Meet the new FileMaker 12 product line! Discover how the new themes, Starter Solutions, design tools, and charts in FileMaker Pro 12 can help you instantly create stunning databases. You’ll also learn how the new 64-bit version of FileMaker Server 12 improves the speed, stability, and performance of your FileMaker solutions. Plus, get up-to-speed on all the new enhancements in FileMaker Go 12 for iPad and iPhone – now available free on the App Store.
FileMaker Go in Business: Austin Convention Center
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
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.
Maximizing Mobility with FileMaker Go
iPhones and iPads have changed the way people work with information. When developing solutions using FileMaker Go, you'll want to design your workflows and user experience to fit the way people create and consume mobile data. This session, created by Chad Novotny, Principle and Vice President of Technology at The Support Group, will cover useful tips and techniques to optimize FileMaker for mobile use. Chad will explore FileMaker development with an eye to adapting workflow patterns and user interaction to the mobile paradigm, as well as the new opportunities mobile devices present, such as geolocation.
The Fundamentals of Exceptional Interface Design
Exceptional user interfaces are those that solve the right problem, are easy to learn, and pleasurable and efficient to use. Meeting these goals requires that you understand the needs and abilities of the people who will use your FileMaker solutions. Unfortunately, most of us have very limited time and budget for designing what our clients and companies really need. In this one hour session, we will provide a repeatable design process you can use to quickly solve problems with FileMaker Pro.
You can expect to learn:
- A repeatable design process you can use whether you are implementing a new feature, creating a new user interface, or planning an entire new application.
- How to identify the right problems to solve.
- How to use personnas and scenarios to derive requirements.
- How to prototype and develop solutions in FileMaker Pro.
Security is a primary concern for both developers and end-users of databases. It governs whether a person can open a given database and determines what functions and data are accessible to users once they do open it. FileMaker Pro includes a robust set of features for controlling which users have access to what information and what they can do with that information via the accounts and privileges settings.
Join us as we cover popular topics from the successful FileMaker Training Series book. You'll see how FileMaker meets the customary standards for account administration, through both internal and external authentication, thus making FileMaker Pro a "good citizen" for IT organizations.
FileMaker Web Publishing
With about 1.8 billion people going online every day, the Internet is THE platform to expand your reach and connect with your target audience. FileMaker provides the ability to securely connect your FileMaker database with the World Wide Web using several options. Demonstrating different systems ranging from a super-simple site using Instant Web Publishing to a full-fledged shopping cart using Custom Web Publishing and PHP, we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each publishing option and what you'll need to make your FileMaker data accessible to the Internet.
Charting & Reporting
The new FileMaker 11 brings great ways to view your data. In this webinar, you will learn everything you need to know to get started using charts in FileMaker Pro 11. Led by Bob Bowers, CEO of Soliant Consulting and co-author of 6 books on FileMaker Pro, the webinar will focus on learning the three methods for specifying data series, as well as tips and ideas for dealing with chart context and formatting.
For Advanced Users
Making the Case for FileMaker
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.
The Advanced Features of FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced
If you develop and maintain databases for yourself or your team and want to build more powerful and more flexible database applications, then this FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced webinar is for you. Join us for a one hour session, led by Alexei Folger from FileMaker, Inc., who will discuss and demonstrate all the advanced features of FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced including the custom menu options, script debugger, the data viewer, the database design report and more.
FileMaker Training Series: FileMaker Go
Join FileMaker for "FileMaker Go," the second in a three part webinar series based on the new FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 12. In this hour-long event, led by Aaron Gutleben from Soliant Consulting, you’ll become familiar with the FileMaker Go application environment and understand tools and behaviors to start you on your way to building solid and stable mobile applications for the iPad and iPhone. You’ll see the functionality offered to you through the menu commands, and learn the differences between FileMaker Go and FileMaker Pro. This session is based on the material in Module 13: FileMaker Go taken directly from the FileMaker Training Series, the official self-paced training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc.
Porting For Performance: FileMaker Go Design Tips
FileMaker Go provides an exciting opportunity to port your current database solutions for mobile use. But what are some key tips you can employ that can keep your FileMaker Go solutions snappy…and your users happy?
This exciting session, led by David A. Knight, President of Angel City Data, will focus on both user interaction and system architecture, that can help make your systems quick and fun to use. You'll learn how screen design, lightweight schema and hybrid development techniques can all lead to higher productivity for your mobile users. Discover alternate methods for searches, sorts, value lists, and summarizing data. See how dashboards, color coding and other UI tips can improve efficiency, control and provide quick feedback to your mobile devices.
FileMaker Go Data Synchronization and Version Management Techniques
One of the many benefits of FileMaker Go is that it allows you to deploy databases to a distributed workforce that can run independently of network connections. You will need to have strategies for keeping local FileMaker Go databases synchronized with databases running FileMaker Server and providing each user with the latest version of a FileMaker Go database. This session, created by James Wesolowski, Managing Principal of Colibri Solutions, will explore real world data synchronization techniques and a method for one-click updates of FileMaker Go databases.
Calculation Essentials for Powerful Database Solutions
Join us for this special DevCon 2011 session PREVIEW web seminar, "Calculation Essentials for Powerful Database Solutions" presented by Alexei Folger from FileMaker, Inc. Calculations are, along with scripting, the most essential part of most FileMaker solutions. It’s safe to say that all solutions contain calculation fields. But beyond this, calculations are used throughout FileMaker solutions for things such as field auto-entry and validation options, tooltips, filtered portals, conditional formatting and scripts, among others.
This session will include a discussion of the types of functions; use of the on-line Help to gain understanding of the proper syntax, expected inputs, and the results returned by specific functions; and an overview of the diversity of uses of calculations throughout a database.
Quickly develop and deploy custom iPhone/iPad business solutions
Are you excited about the business potential for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch but unsure how to create the solutions you need? Then you should attend this exciting new web seminar from FileMaker.
In less than 1 hour you will learn how to quickly create custom iOS business solutions. You'll see how FileMaker Pro, the world's leading cross-platform database, can be used to develop iOS solutions in days, not weeks. And you'll learn how to deploy your solutions using the innovative FileMaker Go app on iPad and iPhone.
This demo will show you:
- How to get started quickly by using FileMaker Pro Starter Solutions
- How to create custom forms and lists designed for iPhone and iPad screens
- How to add mobile charts and mobile signature capture
- How to easily deliver solution updates to mobile devices
- How to connect your solutions to SQL databases and other external data sources
- How to ensure security for mobile data
Advanced Scripting and Calculations
When it comes to FileMaker Pro, calculations and scripts are your tools to "make stuff happen." In this webinar, based on The Support Group's Advanced Scripting and Calculations class, we will explore some techniques for building robust, feature-rich databases with complex calculations, powerful scripted automation, and elegant user interfaces. The Let() function and script variables allow you to make intricate code easier to understand, modify, and reuse. Script parameters and results make it possible to create dynamic scripts that can be used in multiple contexts. And we'll see how designing scripts and calculations to enable "indirection" allows you to write code that can be easily copied from place to place – even from one file to another -- and have it work immediately!
Going Virtual with FileMaker Software
Discover the latest technology trend impacting organizations today – virtualization. If you are a FileMaker developer or network manager, join us for this information-packed web seminar on the top design, configuration and implementation best practices you should consider when creating a virtualized FileMaker Server environment.
Connecting FileMaker and MySQL to Quickly Create Database Solutions
FileMaker is more than database software, it is a rapid-application development environment anyone can use to quickly create solutions for collecting, managing and reporting on data. With planned connection between FileMaker and MySQL, you will be able to combine the all-in-one ease of FileMaker database solutions with the open source strengths of MySQL.
In this webinar, you will understand how developers can benefit from connecting FileMaker solutions and MySQL, and you will see a technology demo of FileMaker connecting with MySQL. You will learn how to be among the first to receive free trial code when available.
Getting Visibility into your School's Data
Learn how Greg Walker, Director of Academic Computing, Pinellas County Schools, is using FileMaker Pro 9 to track detailed information associated with student attendance, discipline, student assessment, demographics, and AYP scores – all in one interface.
Tracking Financial Obligations of K-12 Students
Bill Harman, technology consultant at Montgomery County Public Schools, shares how he developed a FileMaker solution to help his school district easily track student financial obligations to ensure that the district's assets are returned or reimbursed.