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About Doug West

Doug began his career automating routine tasks in OpenVMS, DOS, Windows, and Macintosh operating systems. This lead to an eXtensive prepress automation project using AppleScript to manage files and data in QuarkXPress and Adobe Photoshop, saving the organization hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most of all, this helped him develop an appreciation for cost-effective solutions that provide substantial benefits to end users. This core purpose has served him well as a FileMaker Pro Developer since the late 90’s. He occasionally finds time to relax when he’s not building solutions for clients, fixing computers for friends and family, attending his sons’ sporting events, running races in upstate New York, or hiking through the Adirondack Mountains.

[FMP Tip-n-Trick] Inverted Portals with FileMaker Pro

Inverted Portals With FileMaker Pro By: Doug West **Tested on FileMaker Pro versions 14-16 FileMaker portals are great for displaying information in the appropriate context. Unfortunately, they don’t always provide the most intuitive user experience when newcomers are learning how to enter data in a FileMaker solution. After configuring a relationship in the Manage Database window

By |2022-04-13T18:37:25+00:00May 10th, 2017|10 Comments

FileMaker Webinar: Getting Rid of Paper-based Processes

Getting Rid of Paper-based Processes using the FileMaker Platform More businesses today are seeking alternatives to legacy paper-based processes. Companies of all sizes are moving from paper to electronic records, replacing photocopiers with iPads, reducing storage costs, and severely improving data collection time and accuracy with efficient solutions that automate and empower their local and mobile

By |2019-08-26T16:19:09+00:00October 28th, 2014|0 Comments

[FMP Tip-n-Trick] FileMaker Pro 13 Easy-Bake Audit Trail

FileMaker Pro 13 Tip-n-nTrick: Easy-Bake FileMaker Pro 13 Audit Trail There are many ways to implement audit logs in FileMaker Pro 13, but I’m always on the lookout for the method with the least overhead. If you don’t need separate records in another table for every field change, then you can keep track of field changes using FileMaker

By |2019-09-11T22:09:42+00:00June 26th, 2014|47 Comments

FileMaker Pro Code 39 Barcode Generator: Without Fonts or Plug-Ins!

Using FileMaker Pro to generate Code 39 barcodes without the need for fonts or plug-ins. Yet another FREE FileMaker Pro Tips-n-Tricks demo file from Excelisys, showing you how to generate code 39 bar codes with no need for fonts or plug-ins! This FileMaker Pro file demonstrates the use of conditional formatting with a repeating field to draw the

By |2022-04-13T19:02:53+00:00November 20th, 2013|6 Comments

FileMaker Pro Development is Not ALL Fun and Games, Or Is It!?

Serious FileMaker Pro® Development. Tic-Tac-Toe: A Challenge of Unspoken Requirements In a recent FileMaker Pro software development stress-relieving exercise, our FileMaker Pro developers were offered a simple challenge to create a Tic-Tac-Toe software game using FileMaker Pro while following a few basic requirements: The Quality must be apparent in the user interface. It doesn’t have to look

By |2020-08-24T18:03:09+00:00July 18th, 2013|0 Comments

HierarchyLite – FileMaker Pro 12 Tips and Tricks Demo!

Another FREE FileMaker Pro 12 Tips and Tricks Demo file showing an even more simplified approach to hierarchal FileMaker portals by Doug West, Product/Project manager of Excelisys. Doug has now made this advanced technique, originally developed by our own Andy Persons, even easier! “HierarchyLite” is an eXcellent FREE FileMaker Pro 12 demo file which outlines how

By |2022-04-13T15:31:31+00:00March 22nd, 2013|3 Comments

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