N.B. The following information is for fmSMS v3 (FileMaker Pro v12). If you are using fmSMS v2 (FileMaker Pro v10/11) please refer to the fmSMS v2 and FileMaker Server Side Scripts page.
FileMaker Server Side scripts can be used in conjunction with fmSMS – the most obvious use is to have the server do the sending of the SMS messages. This has a number of benefits including:
- it frees up your computer/workstation, particularly when sending a large number of messages in a bulk session. Instead of having to wait for each message to be sent before you can resume using FileMaker Pro you are able to resume work immediately after clicking the Send button
- the server can typically send the messages faster than your workstation: there’s no network traffic overhead (over the LAN or WAN), there’s no FileMaker Pro client running with windows to update, and the server usually has a faster processor and hard drives than your workstation/laptop computer
- it allows non FileMaker Pro clients to submit messages to be sent via SMS. For example users could compose messages using FileMaker Go on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and flag them to be sent. A Server Side Script would then process them during its regular scheduled operations and send them.
No additional licenses are required to use fmSMS v3 with FileMaker Server scripts, but you do need to create a new FileMaker Server schedule to perform the sending of the Messages. We have a step by step guide that covers this – see our page on FileMaker Server Side Sending for more details..
If you have any questions about using fmSMS with FileMaker Server Side scripts please contact us.