Sunday, May 31, 2009


New FMTouch Installer Package for the Mac

If you use a Mac, here is a simple way to install the FileMaker plug-in for FMTouch!

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Friday, May 29, 2009


FMTouch Saves Patirent from Medical Mishap

Raylene Renfrow has developed a great FileMaker iPhone application called "My Medical History". You can see it here.

Little did she know that her application would help to save someones life. Her client - we will call him "Bob" for anonymity has a serious medical condition. Recently Bob was at the doctor for his routine visit when the nurse came in to give him a shot.

He asked the nurse what it was that she was giving him. When she told him, he said "I've already had that shot. She argued with him and wanted to continue on and give him the shot.

He opened "My Medical History" on his iPhone and showed her that he had already received the shot - and asked her to check her records. The nurse left and went to verify his story. She came back and told him that he was correct - and that she was extremely sorry.

He emailed her a copy of his Medical History report - the report contained his photo - and all of his medical history. Raylene tells me that the nurse was amazed and asked him how he did it.

Since Bob has a serious medical condition it is extremley important for him to have all of his medical information with him.

Raylene also went on to tell me that the reason he had called - and told her the story because he wanted to get her KidID kit for the iPhone and wanted to know if she was going to make "Vital Info" (A complete record of ALL your personal, medical, financial etc., business in case you are unable or unavailalbe to handle your affairs.

Great job Raylene!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Lawyers using Bento for the iPhone? Think Twice

This blog post should start with a little man vigorously waving a red flag!

I am certainly glad that FileMaker is proud of Bento for the iPhone, and they should be. But, they should also realize that Bento for the iPhone has it's place.

First Hand Knowledge

I'm going to come at this blog with some first hand knowledge being the first in the FileMaker community to create web based FileMaker applications for the iPhone and the first to develop a database system for the iPhone with "Thousands of users".

Lawyers - You need to read this

FileMaker is now Twittering about how Lawyers are using Bento for the iPhone. I do believe that FileMaker should let people know that their data is not secure in the Bento database, and that it should be used for NON SENSITIVE information.

FileMaker is suggesting that you use Bento for the iPhone for the following.

* Your Contacts
* Your Classes
* Your Customers
* Your Expenses
* Your Home Inventory
* Membership Lists
* To-do Lists
* Time Billing

Seems Benign right? Last year nearly 8 million Americans (This is only US figures) nearly 8 million people had their phone lost or stolen. Being that we have thousands of users using our FMTouch - FileMaker application for the iPhone - we received dozens of calls from clients whos iPhones had been lost or stolen.

Your Data is SAFE with FMTouch

At least I know that we did our part - you see FMTouch offers 128 bit encryption. We went through a 3 month process with the U.S. government to get the rights to do this. We wanted to make sure our clients data is safe.

What does FileMaker Tech Support Say?

So I called FileMaker tech support and inquired about Bento for the iPhone and what security they had implemented if my phone were to be lost or stolen. None. Absolutely nothing.

It seems Harmless

Why would something as simple as ** Your Home Inventory** database be dangerous? Well if an unscrupulous individual steals your iPhone and you have your home inventory in Bento for the iPhone - suddenly they have access to your contacts - your personal information - and everything in your house.

If you are a Lawyer - sure go ahead and put your contacts - many of them could be court officials that I'm sure would love their information made public. Or perhaps even your time billing - another thing you want to be made public.

Think things through- what value do you put on your personal information?

It's simple - think through your actions before using a program that does not add protection. Your personal information may soon be everyones information.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009


Micro Focus Part 1
By Stephen Knight

It was a normal weekend and I was taking a relaxing stroll through the neighborhood with my wife. We came upon a group of children playing a game of kick ball. Right away I was swept back to childhood playing kickball in my backyard. All of the neighborhood kids loved to play kickball at our house because we had a huge flat backyard – with a 6 foot high fence. Kick the ball over the opposite fence and it was the same as scoring a home run.

We stood and watched the children for a minute, not much seemed to change – except… what was she doing? The girl that was supposed to be up next to kick ran over to her cell phone and began texting furiously. I could tell by the telltale ‘thumbs-a-flying” technique which I as an adult had never mastered.

Over the course of the next 5 minutes this little girl ran back to her phone a half dozen times. She couldn’t even focus on the game – this 10 year old girl was already beginning to play her part in a “Micro-Focused” society. In this article I’m going to explain how Micro Focus is taking over our ability to focus and be productive. Our mind is playing a peripheral game of ping-pong – we are losing the ability to maintain long term focus and produce quality results in our endeavors.

Psychologists say this is a real problem – as humans we have an incredible filtering system that allows us to be bombarded with sounds, thoughts, and internal and external stimulus. Our mind is so advanced that we are instantly able to filter out what is necessary – and we are able to instantly stamp a level of value to that stimulus – and we do this all unconsciously.

That’s one of the reasons why we can be in a car daydreaming and suddenly we find ourselves tuned into a radio commercial. We’ve unconsciously ignored all of the other advertisements, but suddenly something triggered in our mind and we are now interested in what is being said. We’ve applied a value to this commercial and now our conscious mind is prompting us to pay attention. Here is where the trouble starts.

It is the Value Level that we have used for years that is actually causing us problems now. The same values that make our conscious mind pay attention to certain stimuli also come with different levels of emotional attachment.

The greater the emotional level, the more we pay attention – the more “value” we place on this stimulus, the greater chance that we will physically take action. Our conscious mind will step in and demand some type of action. Our reactions will vary depending on the stimuli; we may react in anger, reciprocity or the need for self fulfillment. But the difference is, we take action.

Why now? Why are we losing our ability to focus on one task and be productive? A few of reasons, validation, social proof and fear are strong triggers that demand attention. The new world of social media / networking has put tools in our hands that can be immensely valuable – yet many of us are not psychologically ready to handle the responsibility that comes with this new environment. Individuals actually split into multiple personalities to conform to their online persona.

Let’s take Twitter as an example. Twitter is an online social networking site that allows individuals to communicate in short 160 word bursts. Twitter was created so you could tell your friends in just a few words what you are doing. “I’m going to go see Star Trek”. “I’m at the deli ordering a club sandwich”. On the onset this seems to be pretty benign.

The more you Twitter the more friends will be following you. In no time you can have literally hundreds of people following you – and all of them posting about their day. Suddenly something extremely simple has become so much more. Expectations are suddenly attached – and with those expectations – emotions.

The fact is we become reactionary – we begin to feel the NEED to Twitter, and the need to comment, we suddenly have the feeling of responsibility. Over the past few weeks of observing Twitter there are individuals that post all day long incessantly. They feel the need to be connected; everyone else after all is doing it (Social Proof) so I need to do it to. I also need to feel important (Validation) so I need to Twitter about all of the amazing things that I am doing in my life.

Is Twitter bad? No, not at all it can be a very valuable tool for business and a way to communicate with friends. The danger comes when you feel that in the middle of working on a project that you have a “responsibility to post”. We have to establish guidelines and instead of reacting to emotions that we place on online communities – we have to step back and look at the reality of the situation.

Ask yourself intelligent questions that lead to more productivity and to a positive outcome. Do I visit the Twitter website more than 3 times a day? What are the triggers – why do I feel the need to continually visit and post to Twitter? Could I be more productive if I changed my Twitter habits to twice a day? How could I use Twitter to benefit me and my goals? How can I incorporate Twitter into a process that helps build productivity and is part of a focused plan?

I’m not just picking on Twitter, as an experiment as I typed this article; I left all of the bells and whistles on my computer and set my cell phone beside me on my desk. In the short hour that it has taken me to write this article, numerous text messages have come through, my Skype line has rang several times, I’ve received several messages from Google Talk and Skype, and the little flag that lets me know that I have emails have popped up several times. I’ve also been interrupted twice by employees coming to my office to ask questions.

But this is the world that we live in. This is the world we have created that takes away our ability to focus. It is all of these little micro elements of interruption that capture our attention. As my phone Skype went off I took a look at the number and I made sure that I captured the call into voicemail.

My eyes flickered down to look at the email flag to make sure it wasn’t emergency support. Google Talk and Skype Instant Messages – I checked those to make sure I wasn’t needed immediately – yet they still triggered a “value” inside of me that caused a reaction.

The typical person checks their email 5 times a day. There are many people that I work with that check their email constantly – every ten minutes they are checking their email. 82% of people have either Skype or some sort of instant message software running continually on their computer as they work.

We are losing the ability to focus – we are becoming a society that is living life in Micro Blasts of reaction to stimulus. Productivity actually when broken down equates to simplicity. It breaks down to having a plan of action and making decisions. It is understanding the emotional value that we place on things and acknowledging the difference between action and reacting.

Next Month I’ll cover -
So what can we do to begin to break our pattern of reacting? What can we do to make ourselves more productive? How can we begin to live life in the moment and not be ruled by emotions that we have attached to our social interactions be they online or in life? How can we establish new guidelines and procedures that allow us to feel that we are still fulfilling expectations while not being reactionary?

I would love to hear your thoughts! Please feel free to post your thoughts!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009


FMTouch and Bento for the iPhone

I have received a lot of emails from our concerned friends about FileMaker releasing Bento for the iPhone. Their concerns have been that it will hurt our sales, and that we will have to wage a marketing war against FileMaker.

Please do not worry - FileMaker's launch actually helped to propel FMTouch even further. Here's how.

1. FileMaker is running a heavy marketing campaign - this campaign has helped to introduce people to FMTouch - more people are visiting the Apple store and searching for FileMaker and finding us.

2. Bento only syncs with the Mac, there is no Bento product for the PC, that is great for us! You see about 95% of the businesses out there use PC's and they do not want to use a program that only syncs with the Mac.

3. A BIGGIE - Bento is not secure. Did you know that last year over 8 million cell phones were lost or stolen. FileMaker is pushing for people to use Bento to store personal and business information. Think about this, would you want someone to have access to all of your contact information, know where you work, where your kids go to school, where you live, your friends addresses and numbers and email addresses.

You see when we created FMTouch we realized that personal and business data needed to be secure - so we went through a 3 month process with the U.S. government to be able to sell a product that offered 128 bit encryption. This means your data is locked down and safe. No one can access your databases.

4. Bento simply lacks the power of FMTouch. The ability to generate PDF reports, .CSV reports, signature capture, sound recording, scripting, calculations .....

So no, we are simply not worried at all. We will continue to work hard - support our customers and add new core functionality and features to FMTouch and change the way people use their smartphones!

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Monday, May 11, 2009


New 1.40 Feature Executing Scripts

One of the new and exciting features in FMTouch is the ability to run a script before and after syncing - watch this movie to learn how.

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FMTouch Embedded Containers 1.40

We've added some cool new features to FMTouch! One of the new features enables you to sync embedded container fields. I know that is a mouthful, but watch this movie and you'll see how useful it truly is!

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