A Day in the Life…

Last night the company we use for hosting our website and DNS services did a massive upgrade. This morning our legacy Xero plugin started failing to the point where it was crashing the FileMaker Pro clients on start up (not a good look…). Coincidence? Nope. It turned out they had upgraded the PHP deployment to […]


The biggest (and it was big) omission in the FileMaker product line-up for years has been a native Android version. The only way to deploy a FileMaker solution on Android has been via the web. Given the state of New Zealand’s 4G network, this was pretty much useless for any serious data collection (e.g. taking […]

Claris Connect

Also from the conference, FileMaker have bought Stamplay, renaming it as Claris Connect. Stamplay have developed a platform that will enable developers to build workflows to 150 cloud services such as Dropbox, Slack, Salesforce and more. We don’t have the full list yet but it sounds interesting. Claris Connect will be released by April 2020. 

FileMaker Rebrands

Announced in the keynote speech at the annual FileMaker Developer conference, FileMaker, Inc. is rebranding itself as Claris International Inc. The product line will remain branded as FileMaker. For those of us with long memories this is a full-circle thing because Claris Corp. rebranded itself as FileMaker, Inc. back in 1998. Nonetheless we think it […]

Payroll Woes

There has been a lot of attention in the media recently around changes to payroll regulations and the number of organisations that are being prosecuted for incorrectly paying their workforce. It doesn’t matter that you think your staff are using your payroll app correctly: you are either compliant or you are not. We’ve recently come […]


The new FileMaker 18 Platform is the world’s leading Workplace Innovation Platform used to help problem solvers address their unique business challenges. It includes great new features for developers to create, share, and integrate custom apps: Streamline data import with a new user interface. Enhance custom apps with new scripts and calculations. Get more features to […]


Have you ever wished there was a way to safely share data between your office and your clients, suppliers, subcontractors and field staff?  There is! The FileMaker platform lends itself to effective, economic solutions with a web front-end, sync’d mobile apps and cloud-hosting.  But the real magic is in the design. We call it Multi-Tier/Multi-Tenancy […]


This has been in the news recently and might sound like the latest management fad. But we attended a seminar recently and there is apparently some solid research behind it. If it is done right, enabling employees to work 4 days a weekcan actually boost productivity!

iPad, Windows or Android tablets

We are just finishing off a project that includes a two-in-one mobile app. It was originally specified to work on Windows 10 tablets but when we did the first demo of the app, it was agreed that the Windows tablet was mis-specified being too big and heavy for the intended deployment. So what were the […]