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Formatting Text in FileMaker using a Script/Button

Someone asked: In a word processor you can highlight text and then hit a button to change formatting, line BOLD, UNDERLINE, COLOR...etc. In Filemaker you use the format drop down menus, but does anyone know how to make a button to change the format of the currently highlighted text? View the full article
 

Finding and Updating 32-bit Codec Video Files on a Macintosh

With Apple phasing out 32-bit applications in the next macOS (Fall 2019), a number of important applications will stop working. One of the most notable and useful is Apple's QuickTime 7 Player. Also disappearing is support for a number of popular codecs (or file formats). Here is how to find and convert these files before you lose your chance. View the full article

Douglas Alder

Douglas Alder

 

How to Launch Right into Movie Mode on your iPhone Camera

Straying from my usual FileMaker blogging routine here, I decided to do something on the Camera app on iPhones for a change. Wouldn’t it be great to have an app that launched your camera app and put you immediately in video mode and start recording immediately? If you are a biker and concerned about crazy […] View the full article

Douglas Alder

Douglas Alder

 

Exporting UTF-8 Files from FileMaker Pro

In FileMaker 16, a new function was introduced called 'TextEncode'. It was a lifesaver and an answer to my repeated whinging about how much trouble it was in previous versions of FileMaker to export plain Jane utf-8 files. View the full article

Douglas Alder

Douglas Alder

 

Elapsed Time Display in a Web Viewer

A simple approach, easy to integrate into other FileMaker solutions. A Web Viewer is being sent an HTML page with a Javascript timer displaying the elapsed time. Using the same FileMaker Start Timer script, a Start Time field is set at the same start time and then ended when clicking a FileMaker End Timer button/script. View the full article

Douglas Alder

Douglas Alder

 

How to Delete Attachments from Messages in Apple Mail

Someone recently asked me "I have a malware in my MacBook that Sophos can't deal with and supposedly, they are all in email attachments. I'd like to get rid of any problems." Here is how to get rid of just the attachments in Apple Mail. View the full article

Douglas Alder

Douglas Alder

 

Set a Keyboard Shortcut for “Save as PDF” in Mac OS

This is a really useful shortcut. I think it should be built in to Mac OS, but until the powers that be get around to doing this, you can add this feature for yourself.  It is now second nature for me to go Command P, Command P to create a PDF. View the full article

Douglas Alder

Douglas Alder

 

Backup FileMaker 17 Databases to the Cloud

FileMaker 17 introduces a useful new feature called “Create Directories” when creating files. This works with saving a copy or clone of the database, as well as exporting PDFs or text files. I decided this was a good time to update my old Backup database script.  I use this script when developing locally. If I […] View the full article

Douglas Alder

Douglas Alder

 

How to Download a Batch of Instagram Photos in Safari on a Macintosh

Now that Instagram allows you to view your Saved Bookmarked photo collection in a web browser, here is a method of downloading your favorite photos to your hard drive. Safari: Preferences With Safari open, go to the Safari menu and select ‘Preferences’. Advanced tab: Turn on “Show Develop Menu…” option In the Advanced tab, select […] View the full article

Douglas Alder

Douglas Alder

 

How to Upload Photos to Instagram from Safari on a Macintosh Computer

Note: Sorry FileMaker readers, this is a little off topic. It is in the general realm of minor hacking, so perhaps some of you might find it useful. For some reason Instagram is still insisting on users posting photos only from their mobile devices. Something about their walled garden, where they don’t want people to […] View the full article

Douglas Alder

Douglas Alder

 

Join Tables in FileMaker Pro

To get around the problem of having a many-to-many relationship you need to break apart the many-to-many relationship into two one-to-many relationships. Using a third table, commonly called a “join table”, does this. Each record in the “join table” would have the foreign key fields of the two tables it is joining together. View the full article

Douglas Alder

Douglas Alder

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