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24U at DevCon 2019

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Our team crossed the ocean again to show our skills and upgraded demo at the FileMaker Developer Conference, which took place in Orlando, Florida. We answered a lot of questions about FileMaker and we discussed every problem our customers came with.

Accept payments on the Go

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We have added support for mobile payment terminals to our Gonector plug-in to allow seamless integration of mobile paymens for custom apps developed using the FileMaker platform. The new version of Gonector lets your app talk directly to mobile payment terminals from Infinite Peripherals (for Noth America) and Ingenico (for Europe).

We have a new website

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24U has been known for providing great and easy to use plug-ins for the FileMaker platform for over 18 years. Over time our expertise has expanded, so we have re-designed our website from the ground up to reflect our whole current range of services and make it easy to get in touch with us. Check it out and let us know what you think about it!

All 24U Plug-Ins Updated

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Since eSellerate has recently announced an end of life of their services, we have updated all our plug-ins to use a new way to verify license validity, independently on eSellerate. We also included latest minor improvements and optimizations, including optimizations for better compatibility with the recently released FileMaker 18.

Plug-In Dreams Come True

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As time passes by it’s often hard to notice what changes it brings and fairly judge what wishes are being listened to and fulfilled. We FileMaker developers often tend to complain about FileMaker ignoring our feature requests but let’s be honest and admit that’s often just an oversight.

Jacques Kirouac

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“The 24U Phidgets Plug-In turned out to be solution and the answer.” Jacques Kirouac developed his own sheep sorting solution for farmers in Canada based on FileMaker Pro and 24U Phidgets Plug-In. It’s interesting to hear how it works and we are happy that Jacques is satisfied with our plug-in and services.

Fasten your seatbelt!

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Just like fastening seatbelt can protect your life, having your core systems audited by an independent expert can save your company. In this video excerpt from FileMaker Konferenz 2016 HOnza talks about how our audit service helped KLM to make their own solution more scalable and reliable.

Toolbox Plug-In 3.0.5 released

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This update addresses issue when function Toolbox_Merge didn't work with stylised text as expected and is recommended to all users of version 3.0 Toolbox Plug-In allows your FileMaker databases to execute FileMaker or System shell scripts to automate tasks inside/outside of FileMaker Pro and much more!

Phidgets Hardware

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Do you want to integrate physical devices with FileMaker Pro but not sure where to start? Now you can get everything (software and hardware) to get started with Phidgets and the FileMaker platform, at one place.

FileMaker Konferenz 2017 - Performace presentation

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Is the latest FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Server faster than previous versions? Can search in an indexed field be really slower than search in an unindexed one? How can database structure affect speed of performing scripts on server? For second time HOnza Koudelka presented his performance testing results and experiences at FileMaker Konferenz 2017

Joe King

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“If you are trying to figure out what’s wrong with your solution or how you can make it better, 24U guys are a great resource!” These words come from WorldCloud Inc. CEO Joe King. We are happy to hear feedback like this all the time.

Become a Troubleshooting Hero!

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You know what it feels like to be the hero who has just fixed “the thing”. Imagine you have spent hundreds or thousands of hours developing your solution, and now you’re ready to deploy it. Is your work done? The truth is that until now you have been playing your favorite game. Now the real life begins.

App Helps with School Grades

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My son Štěpán recently surprised me by bringing an insufficient grade from a math exam. He needed to improve quickly, so I launched FileMaker Pro Advanced and decided to create an app to help him. The next day he got the best grade for a followup exam, not making a single error…

Life before and after Xgode

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We can build native iOS apps with the FileMaker platform but we struggled doing that too often. Xgode has changed this for us, and now it is not an exception when we build a FileMaker based native app more than five times on the same day. Why is the life after Xgode so different from the life before it?

Google Maps become affordable

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Since the introduction of WebViewer, Google Maps were quite popular in FileMaker solutions. What many FileMaker developers may have missed though is that in most cases they were using Google Maps API illegally and Google could ban their API key or IP address from accessing the feature at any time.

Three Plug-ins updated

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24U Software releases 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 4.1.5, 24U Phone Companion 2.1.2 and 24U Phidgets Plug-In 2.0.2. This update addresses a rare issue when plug-ins randomly crashed on macOS while calling the Plug-in functions and is recommended to all users of version 10.13 High Sierra.

Echoes of the Past

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As time passes by, we quickly and easily get used to new technologies and new versions of all the apps we use. Occasionally, the history decently knocks on the door, checking if we remember. Just like recently, when a customer contacted us, asking for help with converting his invoicing solution, made in FileMaker Pro 1.0, to the current version.

Compression vs Encryption

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Many years ago, when designing backup strategy for our server, we decided to take advantage of one typical aspect of FileMaker databases. By using a simple bash script, we could easily keep a history of 4 times more backups than without compression...

Perform Script On Server

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The idea of being able to off-load time consuming tasks from FileMaker Pro to FileMaker Server is as old as the scripting abilities of FileMaker Pro, which were introduced with the FileMaker Pro 3 release. But it was the FileMaker Server 13 that finally made this idea easy to implement.

Save the Planet Through Automated Planting

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These brothers created the first mobile system for automated planting and we are really proud that we can the part of it. This system will not only make planting easy but it can really help us to save our planet. You can plant anything, anywhere in the world. Tomatoes in a desert, strawberries in a cellar, in a few years maybe on Mars as well.

Text or Numbers - What's Faster

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One of the questions I am getting from time to time since I testing FileMaker performance is whether there is any significant difference between performance of text and number fields, So I tested it and discovered that there is even a case when indexed field can be slower than an undindexed one.

Safe Housekeeping

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When you have a FileMaker solution that you have developed and used over a long time, you are likely to have objects like scripts, table occurrences, value lists, custom functions or layouts, that you don’t use any more. Once in a while you probably want to delete some of them to remove their impact on your solution’s size and performance.

24U at DevCon 2017

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We have spent over 7 years taking care of our customers, mostly through FileMaker® solutions. Let us show you our experiences... Our award-winning team is going to cross the ocean to help you with your challenges again. Now in Phoenix of Arizona, July 24-27. See you at DevCon at our 24U booth!

24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0.3

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24U Toolbox Plug-In is a robust FileMaker Pro plug-in which allows your FileMaker Pro databases to do many exciting things... In this new version you’ll find for example more precise error code handling. There is also removed limit of number of system scripts performed in single session.

Checking Implementation with Error Checker

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Before you can analyze measurement data captured from your FileMaker solution with 24U FM Bench Detective, you have to check consistency and validity of the data with Error Checker. It will tell you where FM Bench misses some log entry it expects, such as corresponding exit event for previously logged start event.

How 24U FM Bench Detective works

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Get the best performance out of FileMaker Pro by optimizing your solutions and achieve 100+% speed gains in almost no time. See how 24U FM Bench Detective benchmarks your FileMaker solution with microsecond precision to tell you how long exactly your scripts and calculations take to execute.

24U Appearance OSAX

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24U Software announces the version 4.0.1 of 24U Appearance OSAX. The scripting addition for Mac users allows AppleScript script writers to interact with users via dialogs, notifications, alerts, progress indicators, and floating messages without the need to use a complex development tool, such as Xcode.

24U PHIDGETS REMOTE

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24U Software announces free download availability of a new mobile application for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that allows for controlling and monitoring Phidgets devices connected to the network with the help of various control layouts.

24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0

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24U has released the version 2.0 of 24U Toolbox Plug-In, toolbox of the most useful calculation functions for daily use. The new version has been rewritten to be fully compatible with FileMaker Pro 14 and stable on FileMaker Server even when being used from several simultaneous threads.

Transformation Service

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24U Software is able to provide you with a custom solution on the level of enhancement or transformation that best suits your actual situation. You will be able to effectively get the most out of any new technology. Don't hesitate to contact our sales department!

Integration Service

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Let us integrate your FileMaker solution with your other systems to avoid human error and waste of time by duplicated data entry, and get your business running smoothly by having your data where they have the highest value. Don't hesitate to contact our sales department!

24U SimpleDialog Plug-in 5.0 released

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24U SimpleDialog Plug-In allows your FileMaker solutions to interact with users via professionally looking dialogs to provide excellent user experience with minimum development effort. New version of our popular plug-in for displaying native custom dialogs and progress bars bring full 64-bit support for FileMaker Pro 14 and latest operating system.

Team Development

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The good thing about growth is that you’re getting stronger. You can deliver more work in less time and provide more unique values to your clients, such as stability, reliability, or variability. The difficult part is to make the team work together like clockwork.

Client Offload

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In the last article I mentioned I attended Pause[x]Berlin 2013 with my team and gave you the video recording of my session Optimization Madness. I'm glad to tell you that I have one more recording from this event for you. We also recorded Fabrice Nordmann's session Client Offload.

Optimization Madness

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In May, I participated in Pause[x]Berlin 2013, a European format of the popular unconference Pause On Error, organized for FileMaker developers by FileMaker developers.. There I presented a session called Optimization Madness focused on optimizing performance of FileMaker solutions.

Why is FileMaker 12 slow?

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A lot has been written and said since FileMaker 12 was released about its speed, compared to FileMaker 11. Emotions left aside, if I was supposed to compile all the recent findings into a single brief message, I would say that some people find FileMaker 12 slower than FileMaker 11 while others experience improved performance.

Marvelous Optimization #4 - Optimized Again

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Last September I wrote an article about a custom function that I optimized to evaluate hundreds times faster. At the end of the article, I challenged my readers and myself by claiming that the already optimized custom function can be optimized even further. Do you remember? Later on I actually really optimized it again, and talked about this.

Marvelous Optimization #3 - Faster Imports

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This example demonstrates that even a single-step script can be optimized. You just have to think a little bit out of the box... I was showing this as a surprise in my session Marvelous Optimizations at Pause On Error [x] London 2011. I used a sample file with 25 fields and 5,000 records and imported these records 5 times in a row in just 13s.

Marvelous Optimization #2

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The second example I was showing in my session Marvelous Optimizations at Pause On Error [x] London 2011 was the script for selecting Random Set of Records. I found this example in the FileMaker Knowledge Base and optimized it to run at least 158 times faster when selecting 10 random records out of 50,000.

Marvelous Optimization #1

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This is the first example I was showing in my session Marvelous Optimizations at Pause On Error [x] London 2011. I already wrote about this optimization some time ago. It’s the one that led me to unveil the Marvelous Optimization Formula. I took the example and added FM Bench Detective into it to be able to exactly measure and examine what happens.

Debugging Scripts by Writing to Event.log

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This is a fresh story of me spending hours trying to fix a technical issue and accidentally revealing a gold nugget. A few days ago one of my nightly server-side scripts stopped working without any apparent reason. But when I tried to run the script in FileMaker Pro it worked just fine. I really needed a way to debug the script on the server.

Random Set of Records (optimized)

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I noticed that one of the articles updated in the official FileMaker Knowledge Base on September 23, 2011 was explaining how to select a random set of records in a FileMaker database. I was wondering how fast the currently recommended technique is and whether I can make it faster with the help of FM Bench.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion - Upgrade or Wait?

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Everyone is excited about Lion. Even though many new features on Mac OS X 10.7 are giving us improvements we kept asking for since 10.1, Apple has again succeeded in giving all the new features the strong essence of innovation that makes us unable to hesitate to install and try Lion out as soon as we are able to.

Blog Moved

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I have just finished switching my blog from Posterous to a self-hosted WordPress.org based site. You may have noticed I mentioned this idea on Twitter some time ago. I had mainly three reasons for this change:

Infinite Hierarchy

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Last week Hal Gumbert mentioned on Twitter that he was “working on a FileMaker quote to display and edit a BOM ( Build of Materials ) that can go 9 levels deep.” Probably the most efficient and user friendly way to implement this is using a tree view with collapsible/expandable items.

Designing Buttons in Pages [updated]

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When developing a software (FileMaker solutions, iOS apps in my case) we often need nice looking user interface elements such as buttons. I do not always have time to wait for a designer to create them. Now I don’t have to, because I have discovered I can quickly do that using Apple’s Pages.

24U Net Remote Demo video

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I have recently uploaded a new demo video of 24U Net Remote to the Net Remote’s website. It’s the best video I have ever created, so I wanted to show off. See how you can use 24U Net Remote to conrol websites, desktop applications, FileMaker solutions, and external devices from your iPhone or iPad…

Indicate Progress in FileMaker Go and 11

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When I was preparing a sample file for the How To Prevent Support Calls video I wanted to make it as cool as possible, so I decided to optimize it for FileMaker Go. I quickly discovered that I need a plug-in free alternative for the progress dialog. I wanted something nice looking while still as easy to implement as 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In.

Stay Independent

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Do you use FileMaker plug-in? Why? Let’s try something. Stop reading now, scroll down to the Comments section and answer these two questions. I am seriously curious about your answers. Then scroll back up and read the rest of this article. While only hours are remaining for the new SimpleDialog to get released, let me tell you one more story.

Top 10 things I like about #FileMaker 10

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Over a year has passed since the FileMaker 10 family of products was released. Do you still hesitate to upgrade? I am constantly meeting customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest version of FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Server, so I have decided to share my top ten reasons why "ten" is so great.

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