fmSMS Now Supports Sinch and Cadoo SMS Gateways

We’ve just added support for 2 new Gateways to fmSMS – we now support the Sinch SMS Gateway based in Sweden and the Cadoo SMS Gateway based in Ireland.

You can download a trial version of fmSMS to test with the Sinch or Cadoo SMS Gateways from here – please get in touch if you have any questions about using fmSMS with these new Gateways

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 FileMaker 18 Platform Compatibility Update

We’re pleased to report that fmSMS v3 is compatible with the FileMaker 18 Platform that was released today. There is one issue that you may encounter related to the installation of plug-ins in FileMaker Pro 18 Advanced depending on the version of the BaseElements plug-in that you have currently installed.

When opening fmSMS in FileMaker Pro 18 Advanced for the first time you will likely encounter one of the following dialog boxes:

There is a new feature in FileMaker Pro 18 Advanced related to the installation of plug-ins: FileMaker Pro 18 Advanced now notifies you when a plug-in has not been digitally signed by its developer. If Set Error Capture is on when the script runs that attempts to install the plug-in you will see the first dialog box, otherwise you will see the 2nd dialog box.

The Get(LastExternalErrorDetail) function has also changed in FileMaker Pro 18 Advanced and now returns information when plug-ins don’t install or load. For example it will return the following immediately after the Install Plug-In File script step has been performed when attempting to install a plug-in has not been digitally signed by its developer:

Plug-in not digitally signed [filemac:/Macintosh HD/Users/andrewduncan/Library/Application Support/FileMaker/FileMaker Pro Advanced/18.0/Extensions/BaseElements.fmplugin/]

If you see the 2nd dialog box you can simply tick the “Always load this plug-in” checkbox, then click the Load Plug-in button to permanently install the plugin and never receive a warning again each time FileMaker Pro 18 Advanced opens. If you would like to update to a digitally signed version of the plug-in we’ve created a simple FileMaker Pro file that you can download here to install a digitally signed version of the BaseElements plug-in. Just download the file, open with FileMaker Pro 18 Advanced and click the Install button to get the digitally signed version of the BaseElements plug-in.

If you’re already using v4.0.5 or higher of the BaseElements plug-in you will not need to do anything as that version has already been digitally signed.

Apart from the issue installing the plug-in for the first time 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
  • receive incoming messages/replies via the PHP API

If you encounter any issues with fmSMS v3 and the FileMaker 18 Platform please let us know.

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.

Telstra Retires v1 SMS API

In 2015 Telstra launched a beta of their SMS Messaging API (v1) and fmSMS was one of the first commercial solutions to support the Telstra API. Last year Telstra released v2 of the Messaging API with many new features including the provisioning of dedicated numbers and Webhooks. At the same time Telstra announced that they were deprecating the v1 SMS API and that it would be be switched off at the end of May, 2018.

If you are using fmSMS with the v1 Telstra SMS API you can download the latest version of fmSMS which was updated last year to support the v2 API. You can get more information about the v2 Telstra Messaging API here.

fmSMS and the FileMaker 17 Platform

We’re pleased to report that fmSMS v3 is compatible with the FileMaker 17 Platform 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 the FileMaker 17 Platform please let us know.

Databuzz 2017 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. The sale runs until the end of the day on the 31st December, 2017 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

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 0.75 US Dollars).

Discounts are applied automatically – no coupons required! Click here to start shopping.

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.