Video Training Course for
FileMaker® Pro 16 and FM Starting Point

Experience Richard's dynamic and exciting teaching format, while learning both basic, intermediate, and advanced FileMaker development skills. With 27 years of FileMaker experience and a long time speaker at FileMaker's Developer Conference, Richard will teach you all the ins and outs of building FileMaker Solutions, while keeping an eye on customizing your own FREE copy of FM Starting Point! The course is 50 hours of video content! Take advantage of our limited time offer: One time purchase of $69.

See complete list of topics covered during this training course

    Introductions - Overview

  • FMP Training with Emphasis on FM Starting Point
  • The FileMaker Platform - Summary
  • What kind of Solutions can be made with FMSP?
  • Product Positioning
  • Installing FileMaker and Downgrades
  • Buying / Licensing FileMaker - FLT
  • Pro for FLT & Concurrency Connections
  • New Features Brain Dump for New and Intermediate Users
  • The New Windows Interface!!!
  • Basics of Sharing a Database
  • Upgrading 12, 13, 14, or 15 Solutions to FM16
  • FM Pro Vs. Pro Advanced
  • FM Starting Point Walkthrough

  • FMSP Walkthrough - Intro
  • FMSP Device Support & Layout Organization
  • Script Numbering and Organization
  • FMSP Complexity Theory
  • What's New in FMSP 5?
  • FMSP Accounts & Contacts Walkthrough
  • FMSP Invoices Walkthrough
  • FMSP Contacts Email Template Walkthrough
  • FMSP Sales Followups
  • FMSP Invoice - New Line Items – Advanced
  • FMSP Estimate to Invoice Transfer Button
  • FMSP Calculating Margin and Markup in Invoices
  • FMSP Unlimited Related Digital Document Upgrade
  • Calendar Under the Hood - Part 1
  • Calendar Under the Hood - Part 2
  • Tab Controls with Calculations1
  • Dashboard Charts Part 1
  • Dashboard Charts Part 2 - Scripting
  • Dashboard Charts Part 3 - Performance
  • Managing Primary Keys
  • Fundamentals & Basics

  • What is a Database - Part 1
  • What is a Database - Part 2
  • Modes in FileMaker
  • Browse Mode, and the Delete menu item
  • Saving Data
  • Converting from .fp7 to .fmp12 file formats
  • Converting from .fp5 to .fp7 file formats
  • How to make a Copy of a FM Database
  • Performing Finds & Sorts

  • Finding Records - Basics
  • Finding - Multiple Requests
  • Finding Ranges of Dates
  • Finds with Special Operators
  • Finds and Indexing and Performance, Stored Calcs
  • Finds Constrain and Extend
  • Sorting Records
  • Custom Sort Orders
  • Working on Fields & Layouts

  • Layouts - Available tools
  • Tour of the Inspector
  • Intro to Adding Fields to Database (Text and Number)
  • Added Calc fields and Hiding Objects
  • Creating a Survey & Tab Panels & Value Lists
  • Value Lists - Under the hood
  • Hiding Objects & Conditional Formatting
  • Text fields & User Specified Formatting
  • Merge Fields
  • Stored Vs Unstored Calculations
  • 3 Types of Buttons and One Glyph - Icon
  • Button Bar as New Data Input Control Style
  • Inline Field Labels
  • Layout Object Windows (LOW) aka Layout Object Tree
  • Tabs vs. Slide Controls
  • Popovers and New Window Command
  • Auto-Enter Options for Fields
  • Introduction to Single-User vs. Multi-User Databases
  • Global Fields
  • Tooltips
  • Object Flags, or Badges
  • Object Alignment tools
  • Creating a new iOS Layout from Scratch - Stencils
  • Field Validation Options
  • Repeating Fields
  • Layout Badge Tooltips
  • Custom Currency in FMSP
  • Formatting Currency - When it goes into a Text Field
  • Hamburger Menus
  • Container Fields & Document Management

  • Container Field Introduction
  • Advanced Container Field Kung-Fu
  • Interactive Containers in FileMaker
  • Containers in FMSP
  • HiJacking Containers in FM Starting Point
  • When Container Storage goes Bad...Recovery Plan...
  • Advanced Layout Techniques

  • Making Layouts load 200% faster in FM 16 - Performance
  • 200% faster Part 2 - Performance
  • 200% faster Part 3 - Performance
  • Grouping with Slide Panels to Hide Objects
  • Get Object Attribute for Hidden Objects
  • Script Triggers - Intro
  • Script Triggers - Layout Specific
  • Script Triggers - Object Specific
  • Script Triggers - Field Validations
  • Script Triggers - More Layouts controls
  • What is a Virtual List? *** Advanced ***
  • Hierarchical Portal for Navigation *** Advanced ***
  • Go to Related Record - GTRR
  • FileMaker 14 SVG Icon Helper Tool
  • Emailing, Imports and Exports

  • Sharing Data Intro
  • Importing Data
  • Exporting Data
  • Scripting Import & Exports – Basics
  • Automating Imports or Exports - Robots and Servers
  • Send Email Script Step
  • Finding Your SMTP Settings
  • Automating outbound emails
  • Spamming with FileMaker
  • Automating Emailing of Exports, Like a PDF
  • Scripting FileMaker to Delete a File
  • Multi-Table Imports... Complex Imports
  • Upgrading Copies of FMSP, migrating / updating to a new release
  • Using 360Works Email Plug in to Send HTML Emails
  • 360Works' CloudMail Inside of FMSP...Overview
  • 360Works' CloudMail Install
  • Integration

  • Barcode Deployment Planning & Options
  • Installing the Barcode Creator into FMSP
  • Scanning Items into Invoices with Barcodes
  • Under-the-hood with Scanner Barcodes In FMSP Part 1
  • Under-the-hood with Scanner Barcodes In FMSP Part 2
  • Under-the-hood with Scanner Barcodes In FMSP Part 3
  • USB Barcodes Gun We're Using
  • Setup Printer Labels & Users Scanning the Wrong Barcode
  • Viewer Questions & trouble shooting Barcodes
  • Infinite Peripherals Barcode Hardware for iPhone & iPad
  • Getting FileMaker Server to Generate PDFs - PSOC/li>
  • What is a FileMaker Robot?
  • Intro to Sending HTML emails and SMS messages
  • Building a Progress Bar in FileMaker
  • Validating Emails with a Service
  • Getting Driving Distance from Google
  • Dialing VOIP Phone with SIP & X-Lite
  • Syncing to iPad or Syncing 2 databases - MirrorSync 2
  • Clustering and Replication - MirrorSync 3
  • US Postal Address Verification in FileMaker

    Writing Scripts

  • Scripting
  • Intro to Script Workspace
  • Workspace Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Set fields vs. Copy, Paste
  • Set field & Context
  • Buttons run one Command
  • Navigation
  • IF...THEN...decisons
  • Variables vs. Globals
  • Performing Finds
  • Basic Error Capture
  • Calling Subscripts - Script Parameters
  • Advanced Script Parameters & Script Results
  • Looping Scripts
  • Preserving User Context when running a Script
  • New Window - Script Step
  • Script Debugger - Part 1
  • Script Debugger - Part 2
  • Data Viewer
  • UI Indicators for Database Activity
  • Database Performance Optimization Overview
  • Making Scalable Databases
  • Server Evidence - Slow Performance - Slow Scripts
  • Perform Script on Server - PSOS
  • PSOS in FMSP
  • Testing for PSOS Availability
  • SASE
  • Case Statement
  • Deduplicating Records, the Plan
  • Replace Command - A Tiger Loose at the Zoo
  • Landmines in FileMaker
  • Testing to see if a Field or variable contains ONLY a number / Trim Function
  • One Use Loop Technique
  • Calculations

  • Calculation Engine & New Work Space
  • Calculation Engine & New Work Space Part 2
  • Parsing Text with Calcs - Part 1
  • Parsing Text with Calcs - Part 2
  • Detecting Window Mode and Filter Function
  • Date Calcs
  • Detecting Device & Platform Types
  • Get Functions Walkthrough - Part 1
  • Get Functions Walkthrough - Part 2
  • Get Functions Walkthrough - Part 3
  • Get Functions Walkthrough - Part 4
  • GetLayoutAttribute
  • GetContainerAttribute
  • Get(UUID) and Get(PersistentID)
  • List Function, Summary List, and GetValue
  • SorttValues and UniqueValues
  • Get (ScriptName) - Understand Timing Issues...
  • Relationships

  • What is a Relationship?
  • Table Occurrences Basics
  • Relationship Graph & ERDs
  • What is a Portal... and a One to Many Relationship?
  • Multi-Predicate Relationships
  • Multi-Key Relationships
  • Cascading Adds
  • Cascading Deletes
  • Portal Dialog Options
  • Portal Summary Sum Totals
  • Filtering Portals - Radio Buttons
  • Filtering Portals - Dynamic Search - Script Trigger
  • Lookup Values
  • Relookup Command - Updating One Time Relationships
  • Anchor Buoy Design Methodology Part 1
  • Anchor Buoy Design Methodology Part 2
  • Many to Many Relationships
  • Preference Table in your Solution
  • Calculating and Primary Key with the current Year
  • Multiple Page Invoices - Portal Management - Part 1
  • Multiple Page Invoices - Portal Management - Part 2
  • Security

  • Security in FileMaker Overview
  • Accounts and Privileges
  • Extended Privledges...the Basics
  • Extended Privledges...Recent Changes
  • Encryption at Rest (EAR)
  • Point to Point Encryption - SSL Certificates
  • Audit Trails - Part 1 - Overview
  • Audit Trails Part 2 - Technical
  • Audit Trails - Audits in FMSP Part 1
  • Audit Trails - Audits in FMSP Part 2
  • Audit Trails - Logging Records viewed - HIPAA
  • Security through Obscurity
  • Record Level Security
  • Layout and Process Access Controls - Restricting Staff
  • Hacking a FileMaker File... and Protecting It
  • CryptAuthCode Security Functions
  • FileMaker Server

  • Deployment & Sharing
  • FMS Admin Walkthrough
  • Scheduling Backups
  • Progressive Backups
  • Restoring from a Crash - FileMaker Server
  • Server Performance Improvements 14 - Nick Lightbody
  • Server Performance Improvements 15 - Nick Lightbody
  • Printing & Report Creation

  • Printing and PDF Generation
  • Structuring your data so it is reportable
  • Table View for Ad-Hoc Reporting
  • Layout Parts on List View - for Beginners
  • FileMaker Report Wizard - Very Cool
  • Printing & Reporting on Government Forms
  • Subsummaries in Detail
  • State of Charting in FileMaker
  • Built-in Charting Overview
  • Google Charts
  • MultiPage Append to PDF
  • Custom Functions

  • Top 10 FileMaker Custom Functions (For Senior Developers)
  • Richard Carlton's Top 5 FileMaker Custom Functions
  • Parsing XML - Custom Function
  • WebDirect

  • Overview WebDirect - Android Client for FileMaker
  • MISC

  • Performance Improvements with the 16 Platform
  • Database Performance Tuning with Nick Lightbody
  • Performance Improvements with the 15 Platform
  • Performance Improvements with the 14 Platform
  • How to make an Asset Database in 5 Minutes
  • Duplicate Module in FMSP Part 1
  • Duplicate Module in FMSP Part 2
  • Duplicate Module in FMSP Part 3
  • Duplicate Module in FMSP Part 4
  • FileMaker Cloud

  • 90 Second Overview - FileMaker CLoud
  • Detailed Comparison with Regular FileMaker Server
  • Is FileMaker Cloud Right for you?
  • Brain Dump for Experienced FileMaker Developers
  • How to Buy FileMaker Cloud from AWS - New Users
  • How to Buy FileMaker Cloud - BYOL - Annual Licenses
  • Uploading files to FileMaker Cloud
  • Picking the right size of Amazon Server
  • Understanding Amazon's Total Cost
  • How to Save 50% to 75% on Amazon Instance
  • FMI Hourly Costs...with AWS...Switch to Annual
  • Restoring from a Backup (New Process)
  • Restoring from a Backup (Old Process)
  • Robot DB & Notifications
  • Automated Maintenance
  • EBS & Backups
  • Supersize my Server!
  • Detecting when a file is running on FileMaker Cloud
  • Instance Refresh & Emergency Procedures Part 1
  • Instance Refresh & Emergency Procedures Part 1
  • Intro T2 Burstable Instances, Performance, CPU Credits
  • CPU Credit and Base lines for T2.Small, T2.Medium, T2.Large
  • Standard Usage Scenario
  • FileMaker's Certification Test

  • Introduction to the Certification Test
  • Who takes the FileMaker Certification Test?
  • If it's not Canon...it doesn't exist...
  • What is FMI's Official Study List Part 1
  • What is FMI's Official Study List Part 2
  • Final Test Taking Tips...
  • Final Sign Off

  • Final Sign Off

Learn to customize FMSP, write scripts, and understand FileMaker… It's a lot of learning to do, but this video course will take you there! If you want to learn how to customize FM Starting point, this is the definitive video training course from the creators of FM Starting Point.

On top of the 50 hours of excellent FileMaker Pro Training videos, purchasers will receive tons of extra bonus items, including extra sample files, work files, and demo files! Purchasers are also welcome to attend special live training events to be held in the future!

Most FileMaker training doesn't cover important topics like email integration or barcode connectivity. This 50 hour course is divided up in 7-12 minute videos on separate topics, including: Working with 360Works Email Plug In, Security Concerns with FileMaker Server, Learning how to keep someone from hacking a FileMaker File, and Setting up your FileMaker server the proper way.

One of the main goals of the training is to not only teach you about FileMaker Pro but also teach you the skills to keep yourself out of trouble. I tried to keep the training entertaining, and NOT boring, but I also made sure to pass on some of the hard lessons I have learned over the years in my consulting business. I hope you can learn from the mistakes that I have made.