School’s Back in Session

Schools are back in session all over, but those of us who have “graduated” know there’s never a vacation to learning.

This month we will do what we always do: Try to take over the w-… (Oops. No, that’s someone else.)

We’re going to learn more about FileMaker!

Alan has been downstate a lot recently prototyping a student security registration system at an elementary school. He’s going to show us all how he implemented the system where car-pool line attendants can make sure the right person is picking up every single student every day. It involves, photos, scanning of QR codes and driver’s licenses, iPads and the web. He will talk about a variety of security features he put in this system and some of the technical hurdles he had to surmount in order to have a near-perfect rollout on a tight schedule.

In a related demo, Jonathan will show you how he resolved a technical issue that Alan ran into in the aforementioned security app. Jonathan’s presentation will show you some creative thinking and some functions you probably haven’t used before, and how it significantly reduced the complexity of a key module in Alan’s solution.

So come on out Tuesday for some continuing education in FileMaker.

Don’t stop learning!

–The Principal’s Office

Back to our normal day and venue:
Tuesday, August 25th (Our usual fourth Tuesday)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB
1:00 – 3:00pm – Presentation and discussion
Universal Design’s International Headquarters
1234 South Third Street (in the heart of Old Louisville)

Register at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag

Fourteen on the Sixteenth

June is special.

But, then you already knew that. We mean, though, that in addition to the kids being out of school, summer officially getting underway, and your tomatoes finally starting to bloom, we are also continuing our celebration of the release of FileMaker 14 with special guests direct from FileMaker HQ!

On June 16th, Regional Business Account Manager Mark Ringo and Consulting Engineer Rosemary Tietge will be demo-ing all the best features of FileMaker’s latest and greatest iteration of their internationally beloved application development platform.

You’ll gasp at the awesome new Script Workspace in all of its productivity-enhancing glory! You’ll thrill to the news that, yes, now all of the most popular mobile browsers (iOS and Android) are supported in a new, much-faster version of WebDirect (the world’s easiest way to put your data on the web)! And finally, you’ll positively melt for joy at all the cool new interface features you can put to work to make life easier for yourself and your users!

Rosemary’s been doing these presentations for over a month now (how much over a month we’re not allowed to say), and, boy, is she ever good at it! You will not be disappointed!

And, in keeping with the “special” theme of the month, we are providing a special lunch and meeting at a special location as well!

First, the lunch: catered by Jucy’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q of Pewee Valley (known for their “hickory-smoked, Texas-style” offerings), lunch will include barbecue, bread, cole slaw and the usual works. And you don’t even have to bring your own Big Gulp, because soft drinks are provided, too!

Then, the location: We’ll be meeting in the brand new (almost) Renaissance Academy just across the river (for those of us on the shady side of the Mason-Dixon line) in Clarksville, IN. [If you're already in Indiana: we're finally coming to you!] This high-tech non-traditional facility, just finishing up its first year of existence, is Clarksville School District’s entry into the nationwide network of “New Tech Schools.” Click on the location link below to get a Google map of the location. Enter your address there to get your turn-by-turns.

Let’s everyone come on out and show our friends from FileMaker just how much we appreciate their efforts on our behalf! And they’ll reciprocate by showing us all the great new things we can do with FileMaker 14!

See you at “Fourteen on the Sixteenth!”

–The C-Suite

The day and location has been changed (this month only!) from our normal day and venue:

Tuesday, June 16th (THIRD Tuesday!)
12:00 – 1:00pm – Catered Lunch! (BYOBA*)
1:00 – 3:00pm – “Presentations”

Renaissance Academy 806 Eastern Blvd., Clarksville, IN 47129

RSVP please (so we can plan accurately for the food) at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/

Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBA: Bring Your Own Big Appetite (Of course! What did you think we meant?)

It’s Here!

FileMaker 14 has hit the streets!
After months of speculation about what new features it might include and when, exactly, it might drop, FileMaker, Inc., has released yet another version of everyone’s favorite productivity enhancing development platform. And, yes, there is much to admire about our shiny new toy. Join us this month as users who have spent some time with FileMaker 14 share their impressions, awe, wonder, and even their frustrations with what they have found.

And, surprisingly enough (hmm, maybe not), June’s meeting will be all about “14″ as well [you might want to go ahead and resign yourself to this being a pretty common occurrence from now on], only then the presentation will be co-hosted by the FileMaker “mothership.” Regional Business Account Manager, Mark Ringo, and Consulting Engineer Rosemary Tietge, (she, all the way from Santa Clara, California) will be giving us the OFFICIAL scoop on all the latest goodies that 14 has to offer.

MAY MEETING:

Next week’s meeting will be on the usual 4th Tuesday (26th) at the usual 1234 S. Third Street, at the usual 12:00 noon. If you’ve found something interesting in FileMaker 14 come share it your Fellow FileMaker Fourteen Friends.

JUNE MEETING:
June’s meeting has been subjected to a displacement in the time-space continuum as it will be on the 3rd Tuesday (16th) instead of the usual 4th Tuesday and will be held at the brand new, high-tech Renaissance Academy in Clarksville, IN, instead of the South Third Street Mansion. The agenda will be be the same though, with lunch at 12:00 and presentations starting at 1:00. Lunch is provided this time, however, so no need to bring your brown bag this time. (You might want save that peanut butter and jelly for another special occasion.)

We’ll include directions in our next notice, but mark the date: June 16th. In addition, you, and over a thousand of your closest FileMaker friends from all over southern Indiana and Kentucky (that happened to have registered their copies of FileMaker), will be getting an additional notice from FMI promoting this event.To recap:

1. Mark the dates
2. Join us
3. Learn about 14!

See you Tuesday! (And another Tuesday next month.)

–The Executive Suite

At our usual scheduled time and place (except for June):

Tuesday, May 26th (Our regular fourth Tuesday of the month!)
Tuesday, June 16th Third Tuesday!

12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 3:00pm – “Presentations
1234 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203 (May)

Renaissance Academy, Clarksville, IN (June)

RSVP for the JUNE event only is at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/

Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB = “Bring Your Own Brown Bag” (Soft drinks provided.) [Lunch provided for June meeting.]

And They’re Off!

No, we will not be creating a handicapping app for your thoroughbred racing addiction this month. Sorry.

We will, however, be having the usual “gathering of the geeks” sharing lunch* and so much FileMakery Fine-ness.

Brent Hedden will continue his series on basic developing, going into more depth on script looping. He will demonstrate a novel approach to importing Excel spreadsheet data that solves some tricky issues. Even if you don’t use Excel (ew!) that much, you can probably use some of these techniques in your more refined and tasteful projects.

Jonathan will also be presenting an intro to FileMaker presentation that was written by FileMaker, Inc. senior marketing staff to showcase the best of what FileMaker has to offer in the shortest time possible. You’ve never seen FileMaker like this!

News of the Future: (cue the theremin music!) Our June meeting has been moved to the second THIRD Tuesday of that month so as to accommodate special guests from Santa Clara, pausing long enough on their whirlwind cross-country tour to show off the latest iteration of the world’s best-loved database development platform. Save the date, and spread the word. This one is absolutely the cure to that seriously debilitating case of Triskaidekaphilia you’ve been suffering from these past 16 months!

See you Tuesday!

–The Executive Suite

At our usual scheduled time and place:

Tuesday, April 28th (Our regular fourth Tuesday of the month!)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 3:00pm – “Presentations”
1234 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203

Registration for this event is at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB = “Bring Your Own Brown Bag. (Soft drinks provided.)

Time to Evaluate

We traditionally take the beginning of each year to evaluate our lives looking to decide what changes need to be made and what we can do to maximize the time and energy we have been given. What a coincidence, then, that we will be exploring the “Evaluate ( )” function and some of the many ways it can solve tricky issues in our solutions, and make them more productive.

It has come to be accepted that every year brings tons of changes to the FileMaker world, and 2015 is going to be no exception. If we can believe half the rumors, Filemaker developers will be the major beneficiaries of much of the new stuff that’s coming our way. What would you like to see this year? We will write your ideas down and at the end of the year we will vote on the idea that is realized in the biggest way.

More presentations are in the works, but, as always, feel free to bring that sticky issue that’s tripping you up, or cool trick you’ve found to make your work better, to discuss with your fellow File-Makers and share the wealth.

See you Tuesday!

–The team: Alan, Bill, Brian, Byron, and Jonathan

At our usual scheduled time and place:

Tuesday, January 27th (Back to our regular fourth Tuesday of the month!)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 3:00pm – Presentations
1234 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203

Registration for this event is at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion on our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB = “Bring Your Own Brown Bag. (Soft drinks provided.)

Tis the Season…

…for celebrations! Join us for a time of Fun, Frolicking FileMaker Festivity! Our annual Holiday get-together only comes, um, once a year! The main course will be catered (and it is yummy!), but it is your responsibility to make absolutely sure that there are enough sides and holiday goodies to go around. Don’t shirk!

…for schedule changes! Yes, for only one month out of the year, we alter our hard-and-fast observance of our fourth-Tuesday-of-the-month rule. We are deviating from the norm. This month only, we are meeting on the 16th, the third Tuesday, so as to leave a little more room for all your other parties as Hanukkah and the Advent build to their crescendo of celebration and gatherings. Yes, we know your social calendar is chock full this time of year, so we’re giving it a little space. You’re welcome.

…for FileMaker goodness. Well, it’s always time for that, but this month we have a couple of nice presentations being polished off for you as we speak. So, even though it’s a party, you can still tell your boss, or your spouse (which in the case of some of us is one and the same) that it’s for professional development! (That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.)

…for cold weather. But inside a big old house on South Third Street it’ll be warm with the camaraderie of kindred FileMaker souls!

See you Tuesday!

–Santa’s little helpers: Alan, Bill, Brian, Byron, and Jonathan

At our usual scheduled time and place:
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 (Remember, third Tuesday this month!)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOFHT*
1:00 – 3:00pm – “Presentations”
1234 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203
Registration for this event is at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion on our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOFHT = “Bring Your Own Favorite Holiday Treat.” (Main course and soft drinks are provided.)

A Very FileMaker Thanksgiving

Well, now ain’t it just nippy out! The leaves aren’t even done falling yet and already there’s a bunch of snow on the ground! Well, Toto, I guess we’re not having an Indian Summer anymore!

This month we’ll celebrate a special time of being thankful. And we have a lot to be thankful for this year! There’s… um, well, there’s, um… well, you know!

Next Tuesday, the 25th, show up with [at least] one thing that you’re thankful for that has been showered down upon us all from above by the good people of FileMaker, Inc.

Be it your favorite feature, a new method, a tweak, the fact that you can make a little money on the side that pays more than flipping burgers… anything FileMaker.

Share what you’re thankful for and we’ll discuss it and why it’s such a good thing for all of us. We may have some volunteers with presentations pop up between now and then, but you will be the main attraction. Celebrate Thanksgiving a couple of days early (trytophanic euphoria not included), and spread the gratefulness around!

And, as always, bring your FileMaker questions, trials, tribulations, and any interesting tidbits that you’ve come across to share with your comrades.

See you Tuesday.

[Special notice: the December meeting will be on the 16th, the third Tuesday of the month (instead of the usual 4th Tuesday, on account of that other big holiday coming up) and will include the four F's: food, fun, frivolity and maybe even a little FileMaker! The main course is being provided, but it is your responsibility to make sure we are well supplied with sides and sweet stuff. More info to come in our next meeting announcement.]

–The snow-shoveling crew: Alan, Bill, Brian, Byron, and Jonathan

At our usual scheduled time and place:
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 (Remember, fourth Tuesday of the month!)
>>>December meeting on the 16th!<<<
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 2:00pm – Presentations
2:00 – 3:30pm – Webinar and discussion
1234 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203
Registration for this event is at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion on our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB = "Bring Your Own Brown Bag." (Soft drinks are provided.)

FileToberFest

Lots going on this month, folks!

In addition to the usual sharing of news and tips we’ll give away two books, hear a presentation on some interesting interface tips, and experience a FileMaker webinar on speeding up your solutions.

Before we get started, though, we have an announcement for those of you of the Eastern Kentucky persuasion: member Beverly Voth, famous founder of two user groups (including Santa Clara, the home of FMI!) and an author of a FileMaker book, to boot, has tossed out an invitation to you all for a second user group in Kentucky. (Guess she heard how much fun ours was and was sad that she hasn’t been able to make it very often, what with that three hour drive of hers.) She is looking to start a group in Lexington and has asked that interested parties contact her at beverlyvoth_at_gmail.com.

The Books:
Book one is the one we were supposed to give away last month, but one of our senior members—with an emphasis on senior (as in “citizen”)—forgot to bring it. So, if you missed last month you have yet another opportunity to grab up the latest book by renowned FileMaker Developer Doctor William Miller, PhD, “Easy Apps: How to Make Money Selling Applications Made with FileMaker.” Just in case the title doesn’t say it all for you, we will add that the book is chock full of ideas and tips for creating apps that can be deployed as salable products using what Miller calls his “six-step ‘Developreneur’ method of creating applications.

Book two is the latest O’Reilly offering on the subject of JavaScript and jQuery. Now that may sound a little on the Geeky side to you, but some of the hottest new techniques for using the WebViewer in FileMaker use the jQuery library of pre-written routines for JavaScript. Honestly, this book will certainly get the creative juices flowing if you are at all interested in taking your FileMaker chops up a notch.

Both books will be given away for free. Attendance is required though. (Sorry, Beverly.)

Jonathan Fletcher has been puttering around in his FileMaker workshop lately and has bolted together some interesting (but easy-to-build) ways to employ styles to add some awesome functionality to your FileMaker solutions. He’ll show you how.

And then at 2:00 we’ll turn our eyes screen-ward and watch an official FileMaker webinar on how to speed up our FileMaker solutions. Presented by our buddy, Mark Richman, of the St. Louis Developers Group and president of FileMaker development company, Skeleton Key, the presentation will cover “the top factors that affect performance and how to implement techniques that will significantly boost the actual and perceived performance of your FileMaker solutions.” We know you can just sit at work and watch it by yourself (yeah, right!), but WE’RE going to have a discussion afterwards where we will apply what we’ve learned to our own solutions. Can’t get that back at the office!

And, as always, bring your FileMaker questions, trials, tribulations, and any interesting tidbits that you’ve come across to share with your comrades.

See you Tuesday.

–The leaf-raking crew: Alan, Bill, Brian, Byron (Hey, Byron, how many leaves are there on the ground in Florida this time of year, huh?), and Jonathan

[Special note: For those who arrive at the meeting location on conveyances of the wheeled variety, there is a strong possibility that there will be utility construction blocking access to your favorite parking spots. Feel free to park in the lot across the street, on the corner of 3rd and Ormsby, next to the high-rise. The parking there is free (and besides, you need to kick off your walking regimen in preparation for the season of the feasts anyway).]

At our usual scheduled time and place:
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 (Remember, FOURTH Tuesday of the month!)
>>>Stay tuned for news about December!<<<
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 2:00pm – Presentations
2:00 – 3:30pm – Webinar and discussion
1234 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203
Registration for this event is at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion on our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB = "Bring Your Own Brown Bag." (Soft drinks are provided.)

Chillin’

It’s starting to cool off outside, but inside it’s still the warm camaraderie of your fellow FileMaker aficionados.

This month Alan and Tim will show off a “core” file they are working on. Tim will demonstrate a very flexible navigation system he has developed for it.

Brian will show how he created a simple web page from a FileMaker File.

Jonathan will demonstrate a technique for outputting a complex formatted Excel file from data in FileMaker.

And, since the book giveaway was such a success last month, we have yet another book to give away. Written by crack FileMaker developer and all-around nice guy Dr. Willam Miller, the book is called “Easy Apps! How to Make Money Selling Applications Made with FileMaker.” The name says it all—this book is practical! (Now available on Amazon, BTW!) Come out and see if you have what it takes to fill yourself another three-quarters of an inch on your bookshelf!

And bring your FileMaker questions, trials, and any interesting tidbits that you’ve come across to share with your comrades.

See you Tuesday.

–The Committee: Alan, Bill, Brian, Byron, and Jonathan

At our usual scheduled time and place:
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 (Remember, FOURTH Tuesday of the month!)
12:00 – 1:00pm -BYOBB*
1:00 – 3:00pm – Presentations
1234 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203

Registration for this event is at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion on our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB = “Bring Your Own Brown Bag.” (Soft drinks are provided.)

A Recap and a Bribe

Well, once again there was the annual gathering of FileMaker aficionados. Over 1,200 of the faithful gathered in San Antonio last month to view cutting edge presentations and network with friends, old and new. Two of our little fellowship attended and have a selection of news, tips, and downright cool stuff to share with us this month. Alan Bird and Tim Krebs were the lucky ones and they intend to share as many gleanings as they can with us of their harvest of helpfulness.

So what would it take to get you to join us this month?

Would it just be the privilege of listening to our two intrepid travelers report on their experiences?

No? What if we threw in a BYOBB* lunch amongst a smattering of kindred FileMaker souls?

Still not good enough? OK, this is our final offer: the travelogue, the lunch AND a chance for a free book! The good people at O’Reilly were kind enough to send us one, hot-off-the-presses, copy of FileMaker Pro 13: The Missing Manual!

FileMaker Pro 13: the Missing Manual

And it’s yours if you come, and, um, win the drawing. (But showing up increases your chances of winning dramatically.) Come on, you know you’ve been feeling really lucky lately!

And if you don’t win the book, you still come away a winner by being that much more knowledgable about the latest and greatest happenings in the FileMaker world. You’ve got nothing to lose, and so much to gain.

See you on the 26th!
–The Faculty: Alan, Bill, Brian, Byron, and Jonathan

At our usual scheduled time and place:
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 (Remember, FOURTH Tuesday of the month!)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 3:00pm – Presentations
1234 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203

Registration for this event is at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion on our listserv at
http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB = “Bring Your Own Brown Bag.” (Soft drinks are provided.)