fmSMS and FileMaker Pro v16

We’re pleased to report that fmSMS v3 is compatible with FileMaker Pro/Pro Advanced v16 that was released today. We haven’t encountered any issues so far in our testing and have been able to:

  • send single SMS messages successfully
  • send bulk messages successfully
  • check Account balances successfully
  • check the Status of sent Messages successfully

If you encounter any issues with fmSMS v3 and FileMaker Pro v16 please let us know.

fmSMS Chat View

One of our favourite features in fmSMS is the Chat View which we introduced back in July 2015. This shows you the sent and received messages for an individual Contact in a much more graphical interface compared to a traditional FileMaker view using portals. The Chat View is similar to how iChat/Messages works on the Mac and iOS platforms – the messages are displayed in a threaded view so you can see them as a conversation and quickly type a message using the defaults without having to leave the Chat View screen.

Here’s a screenshot showing the classic view of the SMS History for a Contact with 2 portals for the sent and received messages:

When you have multiple sent and received messages it can be quite hard to track the replies to a sent message and follow the conversation. Here’s the Chat View of the same Contact record:

We are colour coding the sent messages in blue and the replies in green to easily distinguish between the outgoing and incoming messages, and all messages are sorted by timestamps so they appear in reverse chronological order. When you have multiple sent/received messages you can easily scroll though the complete history and see all the messages that this Contact has received and all their replies in the one screen.

Here’s a quick video showing the fmSMS Chat View in action to send an appointment reminder and receive the reply back into fmSMS:

See fmSMS at the 2016 FileMaker Developer Conference

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We’re excited to announce that we will once again be exhibiting at the 2016 FileMaker Developer Conference where we will be showcasing fmSMS, our 2 way SMS solution for FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, FileMaker WebDirect and FileMaker Server. This year’s DevCon (the 21st) will be held in the same location as last year – Las Vegas, Nevada – from July 18-21, 2016.

The Exhibitor Hall will be in the Gracia Ballroom this year, which is the same location where breakfast and lunch are served. This is the same format from previous DevCons so you can grab lunch then spend some time visiting the exhibitor booths.

fmSMS allows you to send an SMS from FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, FileMaker WebDirect and FileMaker Server to almost any mobile phone in the world, reaching over 800 networks in more than 200 countries. fmSMS v3 was completely rewritten from the ground up for FileMaker Pro v12 and is compatible with FileMaker Pro v12 – v15.

If you’re coming to the conference please stop by and say hello and we can demonstrate how you can send and receive SMS/TXT messages using FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, FileMaker WebDirect and FileMaker Server. We hope to see as many of you there as possible and look forward to answering your questions about FileMaker and SMS integration.

fmSMS and FileMaker Pro v15

We’re pleased to report that fmSMS v3 is compatible with FileMaker Pro/Pro Advanced v15 that was released today. We haven’t encountered any issues so far in our testing and have been able to send single and bulk messages successfully.

If you encounter any issues with fmSMS v3 and FileMaker Pro v15 please let us know.

FileMaker Developer Conference Show Specials – 10% Off

Databuzz will once again be demonstrating at the annual FileMaker Developer Conference this week in in Las Vegas, Nevada. To celebrate we will be offering a DevCon show special for the entire week – all versions of fmSMS will be discounted by 10%.

The discount will be applied automatically so no need to enter any coupons and it will run from July 20 – July 26, 2015.

You can purchase fmSMS from the fmSMS online shop.

If you’re attending the conference please stop by our booth and say hello and we can demonstrate fmSMS in person.

fmSMS and FileMaker Pro v14

We’re pleased to report that fmSMS v3 is compatible with FileMaker Pro/Pro Advanced v14 that was released today. We haven’t encountered any issues so far in our testing and have been able to send single and bulk messages successfully.

If you encounter any issues with fmSMS v3 and FileMaker Pro v14 please let us know.

See fmSMS v3 at the 2015 FileMaker Developer Conference

We’re excited to announce that we will once again be exhibiting at the 2015 FileMaker Developer Conference where we will be showcasing fmSMS v3, our 2 way SMS solution for FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go and FileMaker Server. FileMaker Inc. have recently released the schedule for the 20th anniversary edition of the FileMaker Developer Conference (DevCon) to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 20-23, 2015.

fmSMS allows you to send an SMS from FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go and FileMaker Server to almost any mobile phone in the world, reaching over 800 networks in more than 200 countries. fmSMS v3 was completely rewritten from the ground up for FileMaker Pro v12, and with the release of FileMaker Pro v13 we’ve also added support for some of the great new v13 features including Perform Script on Server and FileMaker WebDirect.

If you’re coming to the conference please stop by and say hello and we can demonstrate how you can send and receive SMS/TXT messages using FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go and FileMaker Server. We hope to see as many of you there as possible and look forward to answering your questions about FileMaker and SMS integration.

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fmSMS and Two-factor authentication

One of the more interesting use cases for fmSMS involves two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is used by a number of large enterprises like Apple, Google, Facebook and banks to protect their users from hacking and phishing attempts – you might have experienced this yourself if you’ve needed to reset your password for one of these services and have received an SMS to your registered mobile number with a one time code or password that you have to enter into their website as part of the authentication process.

We’ve recently been working with an fmSMS customer who needed to implement two-factor authentication with their existing FileMaker hosted Custom Web Publishing application. They needed users to be able to perform the following tasks:

  1. go the web application URL and enter their email address/username
  2. if this email address was located in the FileMaker database an SMS was sent to the mobile phone associated with that email address/customer record containing a unique code (codes can never be recycled)
  3. the user would then enter this code into the website when prompted which would then confirm the code was valid and they could then proceed to use the web application

We helped the customer write some PHP pages using the FileMaker PHP API that performed all of these tasks and they were very happy with the result. This runs 24/7 unattended.

Contact us if you would like to discuss implementing two-factor authentication with your FileMaker web application.

See fmSMS v3 at the 2014 FileMaker Developer Conference

We’re excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the 2014 FileMaker Developer Conference where we will be showcasing fmSMS v3, our 2 way SMS solution for FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go and FileMaker Server. FileMaker Inc. have recently released the schedule for the 2014 FileMaker Developer Conference, to be held in San Antonio, Texas from July 28-31, 2014.

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fmSMS v3 was completely rewritten from the ground up for FileMaker Pro v12, and with the release of FileMaker Pro v13 we’ve also added support for some of the great new v13 features including Perform Script on Server and WebDirect. If you’re coming to the conference please stop by and say hello and we can demonstrate how you can send and receive SMS/TXT messages using FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go and FileMaker Server.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible and look forward to answering your questions about FileMaker and SMS integration

Where are fmSMS users located?

fmSMS allows you to send an SMS from FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go to almost any mobile phone in the world via one of the supported SMS Gateways, reaching over 860 mobile networks in more than 220 countries. We thought it would be interesting to see where our customers are located (we’re based in Sydney, Australia) and created a simple map using a FileMaker database that plots the addresses on a Google Map:

Looks like we need to get some customers in China, South America, eastern Europe and Africa to complete the map!