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Douglas Alder

Douglas Alder

Doug and his comapny HomeBase Software Publishing Ltd., provides consulting, design, and development services for FileMaker Pro-based local area network database applications. We build custom solutions for companies and non-profits organizations. Our main tool is FileMaker Pro database software.

As founding publisher and editor of The Computer Paper, Douglas Alder started Canada Computer Paper Inc., in 1988 and grew the publication from a startup of 30,000 copies a month in Vancouver to the dominant computer publication in Canada, with an estimated readership of over 1,000,000 (circulation 350,000) per month across Canada and millions in sales.

Doug is one of favorite FileMaker Authors and Canadians! To find many more in depth articles from Doug and some must have tools and services from Homebase visit their site at the link below:

Website URL: http://hbase.net

Document Scanning FileMaker Pro 13

A Macintosh computer, FileMaker Pro 13, a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i, Automator, Applescript, a Folder Action and FileMaker’s URL Scheme make a paperless solution for legal waivers a reality.

FileMaker to Applescript Notification

FileMaker developers (and other app developers) are always looking for better ways to communicate information to their users. System level notifications have proven to be an effective way of sending short ‘dissolving’ messages to users. These Notification messages show up in the top right corner of the users screen, make a little chime, hang around for a few seconds and then disappear so that the user’s screen doesn’t get too cluttered with information.

Exporting vCards from FileMaker Pro 13

This shouldn’t be as hard as I am making it, but in order to make the solution cross platform, it requires a little extra complexity. In theory, you should just be able to concatenate all the required fields and text into a global field and then export the vCard text from that field using Export Field Contents.

Document Management Features without FileMaker Server

Many small businesses take advantage of FileMaker Pro’s ability to host up to 5 clients from a copy of FileMaker Pro, rather than invest in the more pricey FileMaker Server. Recently, I encountered just such a client who wanted to add some document management features to their solution and I wasn’t sure they would be able to do this without investing in FileMaker Server. Since I had already raved up FileMaker Pro 12/13’s greatly improved document management capabilities, I decided to dig in and see if it could still be done using just FileMaker Pro clients.

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