Chat View Update

In a recent update to fmSMS we updated the appearance of the Chat View Web Viewer to a more current iOS iMessage style as it was starting to look a bit dated. We first introduced the Chat View back in July 2015 to show you the sent and received messages for an individual Contact in a much more graphical interface compared to a traditional FileMaker view using portals.

We’ve updated from the original look here:

to the following which represents a more modern style similar to the current iOS Messages app:

The fmSMS Chat View works in a similar way to the recently released JavaScript add-ons and with new features in the FileMaker 19 Platform such as the JavaScript integration with web viewers and the Execute FileMaker Data API script step we’re looking into ways that we can have the Chat View update dynamically without having to use OnTimer Scripts that are constantly running in the background attached to a FileMaker window. We’re also looking into WebSockets to see if we can have that push updates to the web viewer.

Databuzz 2020 End of Year Xmas Sale – 20% Off All Licenses

The Databuzz End of Year Xmas Sale is now on – all fmSMS Licenses are now 20% off. Use the coupon XMAS2020 at checkout on any purchase and the 20% discount will be applied to your order. The sale runs until the end of the day on December 31, 2019 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time). Click here to start shopping.

The sale also applies to all the products on the main Databuzz website, including:

Free trial versions are available for all of our products – please contact us to request a trial version.

All our prices are in Australian dollars – if you’re purchasing from outside of Australia you’ll also get to take advantage of the low Australian dollar (1 Australian Dollar equals approximately 0.74 US Dollars).

fmSMS and “Doctor by Text” service

We’ve seen some amazing innovative solutions developed by our customers using our fmSMS solution over the past 15 years in many different industries. Here’s another one about “texting medicine” from Virginia, USA including COVID-19 screening in these times of social distancing and staying at home. 

WAVY-10 TV in Virginia, USA ran a story about “texting medicine” featuring one of our clients Bryan Fine, MD from Percentric and how he’s using fmSMS to provide a “Doctor by Text” service including COVID-19 based screening. Great see our fmSMS Chat View appearing on TV as well!

Read the full story and watch the video here:

https://www.wavy.com/news/health/coronavirus/texting-doctor-right-guy-at-the-right-time-for-local-business/

fmSMS Update for Bandwidth v2 API Platform

fmSMS v4.0.8 now supports the new v2 API for the Bandwidth SMS Gateway. There’s quite a few changes from v1 to v2 of their API and we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the changes before switching over. The following articles on the Bandwidth website are worth reading to understand the changes from v1 to v2:

You can download a trial version of fmSMS from here – please get in touch if you have any questions about using fmSMS and the Bandwidth SMS Gateway.

Databuzz 2019 End of Year Xmas Sale – 20% Off All Licenses

The Databuzz End of Year Xmas Sale is now on – all fmSMS Licenses are now 20% off. Use the coupon XMAS2019 at checkout on any purchase and the 20% discount will be applied to your order. The sale runs until the end of the day on December 31, 2019 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time). Click here to start shopping.

The sale also applies to all the products on the main Databuzz website, including:

Free trial versions are available for all of our products – please contact us to request a trial version. We’ve updated all of our products in the past few weeks with new features, including:

All our prices are in Australian dollars – if you’re purchasing from outside of Australia you’ll also get to take advantage of the low Australian dollar (1 Australian Dollar equals approximately 0.69 US Dollars).

Databuzz releases fmSMS v4 – Rewritten for the FileMaker 18 Platform

Orlando, Florida – August 06, 2019 – Databuzz today announced fmSMS v4, an upgrade to their award-winning solution that lets you send and receive SMS/TXT messages from the FileMaker Platform.

fmSMS allows you to send an SMS from the FileMaker Platform to almost any mobile phone in the world via one of the supported SMS Gateways, reaching over 1,000 mobile networks in more than 220 countries. SMS is a great means of direct communication with customers, staff, suppliers, and students.

fmSMS v4 was rewritten for the FileMaker 18 Platform and includes support for sending messages from FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, FileMaker WebDirect, FileMaker Server and FileMaker Cloud for AWS. Databuzz will be demonstrating fmSMS v4 at the 2019 FileMaker Developer Conference, to be held in Orlando, Florida from August 5-8.

What’s New in v4

  • rewritten for FileMaker Pro v18
  • runs natively on FileMaker v16 or later and no longer requires a FileMaker plug-in
  • updated to support the latest API for each supported SMS Gateway
  • simplified the setup to make integration into existing solutions much faster
  • added support for receiving messages using the FileMaker Data API using FileMaker Server or FileMaker Cloud for AWS*
  • Send Messages to WhatsApp Users using the Twilio API for WhatsApp

SMS is perfect for appointment reminders, phone messages, promotions, segmented marketing, school absence alerts, and password confirmations. With SMS you can reduce your costs and play less “telephone tag”.

fmSMS works with multiple SMS Gateway providers internationally and supports the following features**:

  • Send single and bulk SMS messages (messages are typically delivered in under 15 seconds)
  • Send long messages (greater than 160 characters)
  • 2 Way SMS – allow recipients to reply to messages and have them appear in fmSMS
  • Works with over 50 SMS Gateway providers internationally
  • Delayed Delivery – send a message now for delivery at a future time
  • Alphanumeric Sender ID
  • Delivery Receipts – track the status of sent messages
  • Message Logging – track the history of all sent messages
  • Message templates – create an unlimited number of pro forma templates
  • Send Messages to WhatsApp Users using the Twilio API for WhatsApp

“fmSMS now runs natively on the FileMaker Platform and is even easier to integrate,” said Andrew Duncan, CEO of Databuzz. “We’ve added support for receiving incoming messages for the FileMaker Data API and FileMaker Cloud for AWS and you can now send messages to WhatsApp users using the Twilio API for WhatsApp.”

Availability, Pricing, and Compatibility
fmSMS v4 is available now from the fmSMS website at https://www.fmsms.com. A 14 day trial version is available for both Macintosh and Windows. Company Licenses start at AUD $495.00. fmSMS requires FileMaker 16 Platform or later.

Upgrade Information
fmSMS v4 is a free upgrade for owners of fmSMS v3 who purchased a license on or after January 01, 2019. All other owners of fmSMS v2 or later can upgrade for 50% off the current price – please contact Databuzz to obtain a discount coupon to use when purchasing fmSMS v4.

  • requires hosting of supplied PHP files to process the incoming messages
  • ** Not all SMS Gateways support all features of fmSMS. Some features might incur additional charges by your selected SMS Gateway. Some features require hosting by FileMaker Server with Custom Web Publishing using the PHP API and a static IP address, or a web server running PHP for FileMaker Cloud for AWS. See our website at https://www.fmsms.com for more details.

Media/Customer Contact:
Andrew Duncan
Phone: +61 418 468 103
sales@databuzz.com.au
https://www.fmsms.com
https://www.databuzz.com.au

About Databuzz: Databuzz is a long-standing member of the FileMaker Business Alliance. We have been developing and deploying FileMaker solutions for clients in Australia and internationally since 1999. Our clients are individuals, small-medium businesses, government agencies and multi-national corporations. Databuzz was founded by Andrew Duncan, a Certified FileMaker 18 Developer. For more information please visit our website at https://www.databuzz.com.au.

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fmSMS Now Supports New Quiubas SMS API

fmSMS now supports the new Quiubas SMS API. Quiubas originally started as an SMS Gateway delivering to Mexico and now delivers to other countries in Latin America, including:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guadalupe
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Martinique
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

You can download a trial version of fmSMS to test with the Quiubas SMS Gateway from here – please get in touch if you have any questions about using fmSMS and the Quiubas SMS Gateway

Databuzz 2018 End of Year Xmas Sale – Everything 20% Off

It’s time for the Databuzz End of Year Xmas Sale – all fmSMS Licenses are now 20% Off. Use the coupon XMAS2018 at checkout on any purchase and the 20% discount will be applied to your order.

The sale runs until the end of the day on January 04, 2019 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time). Click here to start shopping.

All our prices are in Australian dollars – if you’re purchasing from outside of Australia you’ll also get to take advantage of the low Australia dollar (1 Australian Dollar equals approximately 0.72 US Dollars).

The sale also applies to all the products on the main Databuzz website, including:

Click here to view these products on the main Databuzz web store.

 

Twilio’s 7 Best Practices for SMS & Text Marketing

If you’re not sure about the benefits and power of SMS Marketing we recommend having a read of Twilio’s 7 Best Practices for SMS & Text Marketing. It contains some great information and statistics about the benefits of SMS Marketing, including:

  • The open rate for a SMS is nearly 98% while it’s 20 to 30% for email
  • Over 95% of SMS messages received are opened and read
  • 90% of all text messages are read within 3 seconds

While you’re on the Twilio website we also recommend the following articles:

fmSMS Now Supports Mitto SMS Gateway

fmSMS has been updated to support the Mitto SMS Gateway. Mitto have offices in Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Serbia and the United States with global coverage.

You can download a trial version of fmSMS to test with the Mitto SMS Gateway from here – please get in touch if you have any questions about using fmSMS and the Mitto SMS Gateway.