fmSMS and FileMaker Pro v13

We’re pleased to report that fmSMS v3 is compatible with FileMaker Pro/Pro Advanced v13 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.

We’re planning a small update to fmSMS to take advantage of the new Perform Script On Server script step, which will remove the need to have a FileMaker Server scheduled script running every x minutes on the server to send messages that were generated on FileMaker Go v13 clients. Using the Perform Script On Server script for FileMaker Go v13 clients will allow them to compose an SMS and have it send immediately, rather than waiting for the scheduled server side script to send it on it’s next scheduled run.
If you encounter any issues with fmSMS v3 and FileMaker Pro v13 please let us know.

SMS Solution featured in FileMaker Asia Pacific Newsletter

A 2 way SMS solution we built for a client is featured in the latest FileMaker Asia Pacific Newsletter:

http://www.filemaker.com/au/newsletter/archives/2013/q4/FM_pages/page_02/FM-News_AU_02.html?#CD

The solution allows people interested in a property for sale with a real estate agency to “subscribe” to that property by sending an SMS with the property code to a dedicated virtual number that they see advertised on a billboard or website. For example if you were interested in a property you would send an SMS with the property code (e.g. L1234) to the advertised number.

This incoming message – MO (Mobile Originated) – is then pushed to a webpage hosted as part of the real estate agency’s FileMaker Server Custom Web Publishing deployment. The php page processes the incoming request, creates a record in the Subscriptions table linked to the property they are interested in, the sends back a custom message with details about the property and the agent who is handling the listing.

Follow up messages can be sent to everyone that has subscribed to the property – for example details about open house times, price changes or upcoming auction details.

See fmSMS v3 at the 2013 FileMaker Developer Conference

We’re excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the 2013 FileMaker Developer Conference where we will be showcasing fmSMS v3, our 2 way SMS solution for FileMaker Pro. FileMaker Inc. have recently released the schedule for the 2013 FileMaker Developer Conference, to be held in San Diego, California from August 12-15.

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We’ve completely rewritten fmSMS from the ground up for FileMaker Pro v12, with a number of new features including support for FileMaker Go. 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.

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

New SMS Gateway – Burst SMS

We’ve just added a new Australian based SMS Gateway – Burst SMS – to our list of supported Gateways.

If you would like to see your favourite Gateway added to our list just contact us with the details. If you’re an SMS Gateway provider and would like to be supported by fmSMS please also let us know.

fmSMS compatible with new FileMaker Pro v12

FileMaker Inc today released v12 of the FileMaker product line, which brings with it a new file format change (.fmp12). We’re happy to report that fmSMS is compatible with FileMaker Pro v12. We’ll be releasing an updated version that takes advantage of some of the new features in v12 but in the meantime you can simply convert the current .fp7 version of fmSMS to the .fmp12 format.

If you have any questions about using fmSMS with FileMaker Pro v12 please contact us.

FileMaker Asia Pacific Newsletter Feature on SMS/Text Messaging

The latest FileMaker Asia Pacific Newsletter (Jan – March 2012) has a feature on SMS integration and how you can use text messaging to increase your sales and productivity. fmSMS is also featured along with a testimonial from a customer that uses fmSMS to send job confirmation details to truck drivers. You can read the full article online at:

http://www.filemaker.com/au/newsletter/archives/2012/q2/FM_pages/page_03/FM-News_pg-03.html

fmSMS Wins a Clickatell Personalized Priority Messaging Award

Databuzz is very pleased to announce that fmSMS has won a 2011 Clickatell Personalized Priority Messaging Award in the Application Developers Category.



You can read the full announcement at:

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Clickatell-Announces-Personalized-Priority-Messaging-Award-Winners-1577896.htm

 

The full list of winners is at:

http://www.clickatell.com/ppmawards/winners_2011.php

fmSMS is being used by customers all around the world including:

  • a hairdresser in London who sends appointment confirmations to customers
  • a school in Europe sending automatic student absentee alerts to parents
  • a small business in Singapore sending targeted personalised marketing communications
  • a medical practice in Australia using 2 Way SMS to send information to patients with their replies coming straight back into the database

Clickatell, the global leader in mobile communications specializing in SMS messaging as a service. Their SMS Gateway covers 819 networks in 220 countries and territories, with the potential to reach 5 billion mobile phone users – more than 70 percent of the world’s population.

Clickatell 2011 Personalized Priority Messaging Awards

We’ve entered fmSMS in the Clickatell 2011 Personalized Priority Messaging Awards. We would love to get your support for fmSMS – you can vote for us by clicking on the image below and voting for fmSMS.  Just find “Databuzz” in the list of entries (should be #29 – have to scroll down to find it) and click the Vote Now link:

Thanks for your support!

fmSMS featured in FileMaker US and UK May eNews

FileMaker Inc. has been helping to spread the word about fmSMS – it was also featured in the May 2011 eNews for FileMaker UK and FileMaker USA. Thanks FileMaker!