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Saving Rendered Web Viewers as Files

When working with web viewers, we often find it useful to get the currently rendered content. Especially when debugging, it is handy to be able save it as a file and then view it in an external editor. Having used various methods to do this over time, we finally decided to put together a single script that handles. The script can simply be pasted into any file and then run from the scripts menu.

The file available for download contains a sample layout and web viewer purely for illustration purposes.

The way this works is by using the "Execute JavaScript in Web Viewer" script step with an anonymous JavaScript function, and the same basical method can be used to simply pass the rendered content back to Claris FileMaker without actually saving it as a file.

The file comes completely unlocked and is to be used at your own risk.

IconCamel FileMaker Icon Management utility

IconCamel Icon management utility

We've never really had a good way of keeping track of all the custom icons used for different projects. IconCamel was created as part of an effort to improve this. The playground file shared here has a few basic features:

  • Importing all unique icons from the output of Save a Copy as XML
  • Importing icons from SVG/PNG files
  • Copying one or more icons to the clipboard so they can be pasted into a FileMaker file

The icons will be pasted as button objects, which can subsequently be deleted, since the icons will have been inserted into the file's icon library).

IconCamel is very much a proof-of-concept/work-in-progress file, completely unlocked, and to be used at your own risk.

This file is currently set up to work only on macOS (but could easily be made Windows compatible). The core features, notably the icon import, use FileMaker native features only.

You will however need to have a current version of the free BaseElements plugin installed in order for features like the copying of icons to the cliboard to work. You can also modify the code to use some other plug-in.

CamelFish Add-On Localization utility

CamelFish Add-On Localization utility

This playground file started out when we were preparing our first add-ons and wanted to localized them into a few different languages. We progressively added more and more features, as we need to automate more of the tasks involved. The version posted here has been enhanced in view of our session "Localize it!" at dotfmp.berlin 2021 and comes with a fancy one-click option to create and localize an add-on.

CamelFish is very much a proof-of-concept/work-in-progress file, to be used at your own risk. The one-click option will work partially, completely, or not at all, depending on what the programming in your original add-on file looks like. The real purpose of the one-click option is precisely to all the things you need to pay attention to when localizing. For production use, you will want to get to know the step-by-step localization process, which will involve making intelligent choices, doing manual editing, and often also adapting the way you structure your code. We are planning to make CamelFish smarter and smarter to avoid some of the current known limitations, but some amount of human intelligence is likely to be required to do good localization, at least for now.

The utility is currently designed to work only on macOS, and will require a valid Google Translate API and/or DeepL API Free key to use all the features.

Video recording of the presentation / dotfmp.berlin 2021

CamelCase Calendar Playground

This unlocked playground file illustrates a handful of the many ways in which a Claris FileMaker/FullCalendar integration can be customized to suit the specific needs of each use case.

Inspired by true events.

CamelCase Calendar Playground

Developing FileMaker with FileMaker - On the FileMaker Internal Use of XML

This is a topic we've been passionate about for a very long time, and given several presentations through the years. Below are the PDFs for the presentations given in 2019 at the Scandinavian and Spanish FileMaker conferences that year. We're happy to not that a lot has already changed, not least with the introduction of features like Add-Ons in FileMaker 19, but we think the fundamentals remain valid and relevant.

  • Developing FileMaker with FileMaker - On the FileMaker Internal Use of XML
  • Programar FileMaker con FileMaker Sobre los múltiples usos de XML al interior de FileMaker

Tweet about the presentation at Spanish DevCon 2019