Support our partner 24U in the Green-Tech Pioneers -competition!

Our FileMaker Business Alliance partner 24U is participating in a competition  called “Green-Tech Pioneers” and we would ask you to help to support their project.

It is a project of two brothers from Netherlands who with the cooperation of 24U using the FileMaker platform have created the world’s first mobile system for automated planting.

It is a system that is able to fully automate the process of plant growing and you don’t need more than a few light “greenhouse” tubes and your own ideal recipe for growing the best tomatoes, paprikas or some exotic spices. You can just seed, connect a fertilizer tank, set up the parameters, and then you just watch your smart phone and see how your plants are growing up in any room, building, greenhouse, o wherever else depending on what and how much of that you want to grow. Even in your cellar or on Mars (a few years later).

Thanks to this system, you can cultivate anything in any place in the world. Tomatoes grown in desert, strawberries in a cellar? This system will make it reality. The plants grow in cells for which you simply set up all the environmental conditions and growth processes. Light amounts necessary for the growth, temperature, how often it should be watered and fertilized. You make the perfect conditions and your unique growing recipe and then just watch how the work gets done.

Planting will be made not only more efficient and cheaper but also more ecological with this system. At the time when population is growing faster than food production, climate changes harm food production and make it more expensive, mass usage of pesticides damages nature, harms our health, and kills bees, and the need to deliver food thousands of kilometers far pollutes our air, being able to grow healthy and nutritious groceries is invaluable. Is it possible to not support such project?

You can find more information about this way of planting, called City Farming, at http://24usw.com/gpcf

You can support the project at http://24usw.com/gpvt – vote by clicking on the “Stem” button. When you are finished with your voting, the button “Stem” will disappear. 24U has also prepared a quick voting guide for you, which you can find at http://24usw.com/gpgd

Please don’t hesitate, you can vote only till the Sunday, the 10th of December!

What is new with FileMaker 17

A new and exiting version of FileMaker launched in May. Now that the localised versions for Central Europe and Middle East are finally out, let’s have a look at some of the new functionalities in this version 17.

The FileMaker Data Migration Tool

One of the most significant changes with FileMaker 17 is the Data Migration Tool. The tool isn’t strictly a version 17 feature, but a stand-alone command line app  that chan ben downloaded with the FileMaker Developer Subscription.  The idea is very simple, the tool takes data out of one file and inserts it into a clone file. The biggest advantage of the tool is that you can move data much faster than you could with scripted imports and that you are able to predict your timetable better. Other advantages are that you can migrate all data at once, instead of importing it from each table separately. The data migration tool also maps fields between source and target tables automatically.  Finally you can now also migrate user accounts, custom value lists and serial numbers.

Learn more about the new FileMaker Data Migration tool here and here.

Email attachments

It has been possible to send email messages with the Send Mail script set with FileMaker for a while now. However it has not been possible to send emails with multiple attachments. This has now changed with the release of version 17. You can read more on how to implement this new functionality here.

Master-detail layouts

The new FileMaker 17 platform spares us the master-detail layout aggravation with the new “Current Table” option in the Portal Setup dialog. By selecting “Current Table” within the “Show records from” field, you instruct the portal to display the records in the found set directly in the portal, just like a list view. So instead of having to create a relationship based on some complex set of fields, you can automatically display the records you just found.
Read more on Master-detail layouts here.

Button Setup Window

One simple future in FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced will make you save some precious development time: the Optional Script Parameter field in the Button Setup window.  By having the script parameter available right at the Button Setup makes it faster to change and add a parameter when needed. In previous versions you had to click on the button next to the script name, then click on the Edit button in the resulting window, now you can just click n the script parameter field in the Button Setup window and you’re at the Specify Calculation editor.

Read more on how to take out all of the new Button Setup Window here.

New Layout Window

In previous versions of FileMaker, while switching screens, one had to find all the control pallets and then rearrange them to work within a smaller screen. With FileMaker 17, the new Layout Mode configuration docks the Object Viewer, Inspector and Field Picker tools right to your Layout window, so that they are always visible even when working on a smaller screen. Read more here.

New within Licensing

With the launch of FileMaker 17 Platform, the new FileMaker User Licensing program was introduced. This new program enables you to get the entire FileMaker platform (FM Server, Web, Desktops and FM Go users). The Volume Licensing Customers have been automatically transitioned to this program in May and June 2018. You can read more about the new licensing model here. If you have any questions concerning the new licensing model, feel free to contact our Sales Team.

To try out all the new functionalities of FileMaker 17 download a free trial!

You can purchase your localised version of FileMaker 17 here.

WinSoft International announces its participation in the Gitex – Technology Week 2018 – Oct 14-18, 2018

More than a million people turn to the world’s leading Workplace Innovation Platform – FileMaker – to streamline their processes and transform their business.
This year, for the first time, you can discover FileMaker capabilities at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai. WinSoft International, as FileMaker Representative for MENA region will be delighted to welcome you at the booth E4-20 – Hall 4 in the French pavilion.

WinSoft International is an innovative International software publisher. Its know-how is to localize software for the MENA market that supports the special characteristics of Arabic and RTL languages.  Winsoft partners with FileMaker, an Apple subsidiary, to make breakthrough technologies accessible to Middle Eastern countries.

FileMaker provides everything you need to streamline workflows and solve faster your ever-changing challenges. You can design and create custom apps for your business, share them so your teams can work anywhere, and integrate your apps with software services and iOS devices.

Hundreds of companies in all fields of activity have developed and deployed a custom FileMaker app to run their activity in the Middle-Eastern countries.

Mihaela Vignon, Sales Manager at WinSoft commented: “Among our delighted customers we count: AGECO International, Haddins Fitness Club, Sanad Academy, MenaBev, Al Jouf University, Petrochem and many others”. She adds : “Our attendance at GITEX 2018 will be a great opportunity for WinSoft to increase the brand awareness of FileMaker in the U.A.E and the Gulf Countries. It is also a chance to introduce the workplace innovation platform for SMEs and Global companies and to expand our network by recruiting new partners in the MENA region”.

According to Sayed Bonkok, IT Supervisor at Al Jouf University : “FileMaker has a huge potential in Middle Eastern Countries and should be used in every industry as a standard within 2-3 years”.

FileMaker 17

Free consultation

Book a 30-minutes meeting with Hassan Khanchi, our FileMaker specialist in the U.A.E, to get an insight into how FileMaker can solve your business challenges.

Come to see our demos

Learn during free demos how to use FileMaker Platform to create your own app for any task.

Attend our Vertical Days

Thematic presentations each day to see how FileMaker can transform your industry
  • Smart Cities / Retail : Monday, Oct. 15th
  •  Energy / Smart Cities / Finance : Tuesday, Oct. 16th
  •  Transport & Logistics / Digital Marketing : Wednesday, Oct. 17th
  •   Healthcare & Education : Thursday, Oct. 18th
We are excited to meet you all at Gitex !