FileMaker Mobile iOS Development – Native App SDK

FileMaker mobile development just got VERY interesting. Yesterday, FileMaker released the iOS App SDK for FileMaker that allows developers to build a native iOS app with FileMaker. This new capability is mainly about distribution. In the past, FileMaker could create a mobile app with the help of FileMaker Go. It required FileMaker Go (the app) to […]

iOS 9 Multitasking

True multitasking is now available for iOS 9! This multitasking is not to be confused with UISplitViewController which is available on 6+ devices as well as iPad. Multitasking is currently iPad specific, and it was designed with the new iPad Pro in mind since it has the much larger screen it makes it ideal for having two […]

Use it or Lose It Year End Tech Budget?

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Often at this time of year we find clients with budgeted technology dollars that are “use it or lose it.” There are several ways we can help you to invest that budget dollar before year-end by doing valuable work or pre-paying work to be completed early in the new year that will […]

What Technology Tool do I use When?

There is a world of choices out there in the technology world. Business owners are faced with the big decision of what software applications are best to run their company. There are a lot of factors involved in making this decision. Here we examine some of those factors that will lead you to an informed […]

iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan Releases Coming Soon

Apple recently announced the release dates of two key software products that drive the future of innovation on their hardware and the Apple platform: iOS 9: September 16 for iPads, iPhones, and the iPod Touch Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan: September 30 for Macintosh laptops and desktops watchOS 2: September 16 for the Apple […] is Member of Apple Consultants Network ACN specializes in supporting Apple Macintosh systems for ease-of-use, low life-cycle cost, and reliable virus-free computer operation. All our custom applications and web solutions run completely cross platform on both Mac OS or Windows. With all newer Intel-based Macintoshes, you can run any Windows applications when necessary. On the mobile side we build custom solutions primarily for iOS (iPad […]

Apple New Announcements and FileMaker

Yesterday, Apple revealed their new and innovative technology lineup…with lots of potential Christmas gifts. Here we’ll review some of the announcements and their impact specifically on the FileMaker platform. Although FileMaker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, they are seldom mentioned in events such as this because their focus is more on the consumer. […]

My iPhone Isn’t Ringing!

If your iPhone isn’t ringing, perhaps you have no friends. Unfortunately, this is an issue beyond the scope of our tech support. But…we did get this recently… Question: I’m having a problem with my iPhone. Calls are rolling over to voicemail automatically without ringing at all. I missed a call from the school saying my daughter […]

Great Clips Mobile Technology Success

The other day I found myself in a different city after dropping my daughters off for a birthday party. I had some errands to run including getting a hair cut…and technology made it a seamless and enjoyable customer experience. Here’s how it went… I picked up my iPhone and said to Siri “Great Clips”. Instantly a […]

Summary of The March 2015 Apple Event and Impact on FileMaker

March 9, 2015 was a pretty incredible announcement day for Apple’s Spring Forward event. Our people at got together for a pizza lunch and watched the technology unfold on the big screen with immediate commentary by our tech team…almost like being there. Seriously, if you saw it you might ask the question “Who says that Apple doesn’t […]

Apple September 9 Announcements and FileMaker

Yesterday, Apple announced several new products including the iPhone 6, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay for mobile payments. The new technologies available will fuel the next few years on innovation as will iOS 8 which will be released soon. In the mobile space these announcements primarily affect FileMaker Go, the FileMaker client that runs directly […] Physician Education Tracking Solution Featured in i.Business Magazine

Our TrackUS unique solution for tracking physician education/medical studies with portable ultrasound machines that we created with FileMaker is featured in an article in the Medical Solutions edition of i.Business magazine issue #22. The article is entitled “Using FileMaker to Assist with Leading Edge Technology Training” and fits well in the i.Business magazine since the solution runs on iPhones. Recently, […]

Great User Interface (UI) Design Example – RSVPs

We recently came across a web application that takes RSVPs to reserve spots at the Easter service for a large church in our area. The application is a great example of clear process and clean spot-on user interface design. The application is fully responsive so that it works just as well on mobile devices. We present […]

Getting Rid of an old Original iPad

The iPad 1 is stuck in the past. It only runs iOS 5…and now iOS 7 is available…two full versions later. Most iPad 1s are worth about $75 on the open exchange market as of 11/8/13. But…For the next day, you can get $200 minimum on ANY iPad trade in at Target stores… until Nov […]

Operating System and Productivity Apps FREE on Mac

Who says you don’t get anything for FREE anymore? That’s not true with Apple and the Macintosh. Apple recently released the latest version of their OS called Mac OS X (ten) Mavericks and it is FREE. It includes a few new FREE applications iBooks and Maps. There are also new versions of Safari, Calendar, and […]

Rick Cornish Sports a Stylish New WordPress Web site

After 23 years of running a leading creative production studio, Rick Cornish found it was time to re-invent, re-brand and re-boot his creative offering. He came to for help with a website and social media strategies… and got much more. In Rick’s words “At the outset, you challenged me with some fundamental questions about my business concept and positioning […]

Funny iPad Video Commercials

The iPad is quite versatile but it’s not appropriate for everything. Watch these two commercials to see why.

iOS 7 is Here

We installed iOS 7 yesterday on all our devices. Everything went smoothly. It is really different and will require some adjustment as a user. Just finding things like the Settings app is a challenge. There are many improvements under the hood that will show their usefulness over time. The age of flat icons and Helvetica […]

Apple’s New Announcements and FileMaker

With all the new hardware and software announced today at Apple’s press event, it’s interesting to note how they affect the FileMaker world. See the announcement live here and the individual videos here iOS 7 FileMaker Go (the iOS client for FileMaker databases) will work on the new operating system. Possibly the FileMaker icon will […]

Mac OS Email Application

I’m using a Mac and wondering what application I should use for email. Can you help? I would recommend using the built-in Apple Mail application that comes with Mac OS. Here are some advantages to using Apple Mail: It connects to any mail source…and multiple sources. Gmail, Exchange server, IMAP, etc. all from one place. […]

Dialing Your Phone From FileMaker

Update 11-11-15: PushDialer is no longer in development and is not available on the App Store. But, the good news is that there is a better way now! You can set up dialing your phone from FileMaker on MacOS using your iCloud account with iOS 9 and MacOS Yosemite or above. With iCloud support, you […]

Why aren’t we amazed by the iPhone 5?

It seems that the tech press lately is complaining about the iPhone 5 saying things like “The maps don’t work well.” or “It’s smaller and lighter but not that different than the iPhone 4s.” Where’s the amazement at the power of the iPhone 5? Comedian Louis CK does a routine “Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy”. His […]

Google Maps vs. Apple Maps

Update 11/12/13 – Apple Maps has come a long ways. Report: Apple Maps dominant on iOS after a year of improvements As predicted, it is now a much more viable application. Update 7/22/13 – Apple is acquiring companies to improve their Apple Map capabilities to compete with Google. Update 12/18/12 – Google released Google Maps for iOS…so just download […]

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Uses FileMaker to Assist with Leading Edge Technology Training

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health in Minneapolis Minnesota, is the largest non-profit hospital in the Twin Cities. US News ranked it in the top 50 hospitals in the United States. The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern is on the leading edge of making use of medical technology including new portable ultrasound […]

New FileMaker Custom iPad and iPhone Apps White Paper and Web Seminar

FileMaker Inc. recently released a new white paper that describes how several real-world businesses are using FileMaker to develop custom iOS apps. Along with the white paper, FileMaker offers a free webinar titled “A Complete Platform to Create and Manage Custom iPad and iPhone Business Apps.” Additional custom iOS apps case studies and resources […]

MN State Fair Competitions Live Results

The Minnesota State Fair now has live competition results courtesy of the custom FileMaker application created by, Inc.! (as of 8/2012)   Scan the following QR code on your iPhone to get live results of the horse and livestock competitions from the Minnesota State Fair via the data collected by fair officials on the custom […]

Three Cool New Products

With the rise in popularity of the iPhone, broadband, and WiFi in most homes comes many new innovative products. The iPhone provides the controller and the internet and WiFi the connection to the devices in your home. True home automation at a reasonable price is here. Here are three new items worth looking at… Belkin […]

Home safe home with Orbicule’s Witness App

Update 9-15-14 “Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are just around the corner. Both upgrades bring a lot of innovation to your Apple devices, but are unfortunately incompatible with Witness. We have therefore taken the difficult decision to halt further development of Witness. We will continue to support and operate Witness for older versions of […] iPad Solution Wins First Place

The IAFE or International Association of Fairs and Expositions is the largest association of fairs in the world including over 1,300 member fairs. Each year they have a competition among fairs at their fall conference held in Las Vegas in 2011 and sponsored by John Deere. The Minnesota State Fair entered the custom application […]

Display Your iPad/iPhone on Your Mac Screen

There’s a new way to get your iPad/iPhone to display on the Mac screen that utilizes the built-in Airplay functionality in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 with your Mac running Snow Leopard (10.6) or above. This makes it easy to demonstrate iOS apps with a video projector. You need an application called Reflector. Then […]