About FileMaker development

Create database with FileMaker

FileMaker is powerful, easy-to-use database software. Millions of people in business, government, and education use FileMaker to effortlessly manage all their information on Windows, Mac, and the web. Developers from all over the world appreciate the convenient way of developing database solutions with FileMaker.

When defining the database structure, FileMaker developers can make use of so-called "calculation fields", a.k.a. "formula fields". A calculation field is a field that returns the result of a calculation of values. In a formula, you can use constants, operators, other fields, and functions.

A function is a predefined, named formula that performs a specific calculation and returns a single, specific value. Most functions include two main parts: the function name, and – if the function takes parameters – the parameters required by the function.

Tedious access to FileMaker functions

FileMaker comes with a long list of functions for developers to use in calculation fields. Unfortunately, the insertion of functions into a calculation can be a tedious task.

There are two ways to insert functions into FileMaker formulas, typing them by hand or choosing them from the list of functions.

Due the huge number (more than 350) of FileMaker functions it's nearly impossible to keep all function names and corresponding parameter lists in mind, so most developers still end up in searching through the long list for every function they want to insert.

Quicker access to FileMaker functions

For FileMaker developers dealing with calculation fields, Typinator can be a real productivity booster. Typinator comes with a predefined set with more than 350 abbreviations for all FileMaker functions. Function names together with their parameters can now be inserted ultra-fast by typing a short abbreviation instead of tediously searching for them in long lists.

This is particularly useful for all Get functions, where you normally have to switch to the proper category before you can select the desired function from the list.

Using Typinator to insert functions into calculation fields provides FileMaker developers with an unprecedented increase of productivity.

But wait, there's more: nobody can keep all these 350 functions or their abbreviations in mind. This is why we developed a search feature called QuickSearch. If you don't remember the exact function name or its abbreviation of a FileMaker formula, just bring up Typinator's QuickSearch field with a hotkey and enter a search string. Typinator pops up a list of matches, you select the one you want, and it appears in your document in a flash.

Click here to see a short demonstration of how to easily insert functions into calculation fields with Typinator.

insert FileMaker functions easily

Typinator has received a lot of great user feedback, like:

"Typinator has revolutionized my workflow – anytime I know I will need a phrase/explanation more than once - it goes directly into this brilliant product. What a timesaver!" Todd Gilbert (Second Street Media), MO, USA.

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