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#9 – FileMaker and REST – FileMaker Coaches Corner

In this Coaches’ Corner tip, Richard Carlton challenges you to go learn how to use RESTful services!

Get up to speed with the FileMaker Pro 16 Video Training Course!

Top Rated Course by FileMaker Expert, Richard Carlton.

Experience Richard’s dynamic and exciting teaching format, while learning both basic, intermediate, and advanced FileMaker development skills. With 27 years of FileMaker experience and a long time speaker at FileMaker’s Developer Conference, Richard will teach you all the ins and outs of building FileMaker Solutions. The course is 50 hours of video content!

Richard has been involved with the FileMaker platform since 1990 and has grown RCC into one of the largest top tier FileMaker consultancies worldwide.

Richard works closely with RCC’s staff: a team of 28 FileMaker developers and supporting web designers. He has offices in California, Nevada, and Texas.

Richard has been a frequent speaker at the FileMaker Developers Conference on a variety of topics involving FileMaker for Startups and Entrepreneurs, and client server integration.

Richard is the Product Manager for FM Starting Point, the popular and most downloaded free FileMaker CRM Starter Solution.

Richard won 2015 Excellence Award from FileMaker, Inc (Apple, Inc) for outstanding video and product creation, leading to business development.

RCC and are headquartered in Santa Clara, CA.

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FM Starting Point 3.1 Released!

FM Starting Point is a completely FREE FileMaker template designed for use with FileMaker® Pro 12, and is focused on small businesses, work groups, and non-profit organizations. These templates were built with the experience gained from working with these target groups for over 22 years.

This updated version includes:

-Various Improvements

-Bug Fixes

Feel free to download it now!


FM Starting Point 3.0v10 Released!

FM Starting Point is a completely FREE FileMaker template designed for use with FileMaker® Pro 12, and is focused on small businesses, work groups, and non-profit organizations. These templates were built with the experience gained from working with these target groups for over 22 years.

This updated version includes:

-Usability Adjustments

-Workflow Improvements

-Various Bug Fixes

Feel free to download it now!


FileMaker Unveils iOS Demo Solutions

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – February 21, 2013 – FileMaker, Inc. today announced the FileMaker iOS Demo Solutions webpage, where businesses will find free downloadable demos that highlight custom iPad and iPhone solutions created using the FileMaker Platform. The sample solutions reflect a wide range of real-world iOS business uses and have been created by  leading independent FileMaker developers.

The demos, which are limited in functionality or time, include solutions for event management, point of sale, invoicing, customer relationship management, sales management, mapping, and more.

“The FileMaker Platform has become a hugely popular way for businesses to create custom solutions for the iPad and iPhone,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker. “Companies love the fast development, quick returns, and the ability to integrate their iOS solutions with Macs, PCs, and back-end business systems. Just last month, we announced that our customers have downloaded more than a half-million copies of FileMaker Go for iPad and FileMaker Go for iPhone from the App Store. These free demos further demonstrate the many practical, custom solutions that can be created for iOS using FileMaker software.”

FileMaker iOS Demo Solutions feature the following free demos:

FM Starting Point, a complete customer relationship management system to manage accounts, contacts, calendars, estimates, expenses, invoices, projects, products, staff, timesheets and to-do lists. Developer: Richard Carlton Consulting Inc.

Sales Beaver Lite, an easy-to-use sales and customer management solution designed for outside sales reps and account managers using iPads and the FileMaker Go for iPad app to manage
contacts, follow-up tasks and reporting. Developer: Richard Carlton Consulting Inc.

Common Core on the Go, an easy to use, powerful iPad solution designed to help educators track student progress toward the national Common Core standards. Developer: Practical  olutions For Educators, Inc.

KiPointPOS, a robust, mobile Point of Sale solution that lets users make sales anytime, anywhere: in stores, at trade shows, and in the field, including processing credit cards and obtaining signatures. Developer: Ki Systems, Inc.

GoMaps, a unique, custom mapping solution for iPad and iPhone designed for professionals on the go who need to visit multiple locations on a regular basis and need instant access to information related to each location. Developer: SeedCode LLC

TimeZync, a fast way to log time against projects and tasks in FileMaker. Developer: SeedCode LLC

Auditor, a simple and intuitive audit/checklist tool for businesses that organizes audit information in one place. Use it to easily organize health and safety checks, home inspections and compliance records on iPad. Developer: CoreSolutions Software Inc.

Guest List Manager, an essential guest management system for iPad. Check-in guests, get live stats on counts, notify hosts upon VIP arrivals, print name badges and send reminder emails. Developer: Cutting Edge Software Ltd

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker is the leader in easy-to-use database software. Millions of people, from
individuals to some of the world’s largest companies, rely on FileMaker software
to manage, analyze and share essential information. The company’s products
are the FileMaker line – versatile database software for teams and organizations,
for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and the web – and Bento, the personal database
for Mac, iPhone and iPad. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple.

Customer contact: 800-325-2747

Media contact: Kevin Mallon

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FM Starting Point 3.0v9 Released!

FM Starting Point is a completely FREE FileMaker template designed for use with FileMaker® Pro 12, and is focused on small businesses, work groups, and non-profit organizations. These templates were built with the experience gained from working with these target groups for over 22 years.

This updated version includes many bug fixes that needed to be taken care of.

Feel free to download it now before it doubles in price!


FM Starting Point 3.0v4 Now Available

RCC is happy to announce the immediate availability of FM Starting Point 3.0v4.  In this version, we updated the security settings when sending mail via SMTP.  We also made a few minor under-the-hood fixes throughout the system.  This update is not critical, but it is recommended for those who utilize the SMTP Emailing feature.

You can download your free copy of FM Starting Point at

This update is also available to all localized versions of FM Starting Point at QuickStart! – FileMaker Go 12 Training Course Now Available

Stephens City, VA (PRWEB) May 29, 2012 and FileMaker developer Richard Carlton announce the release of QuickStart! – FileMaker Go 12 Training Course – designed to educate a typical FileMaker developer on the “ins” and “outs” of FileMaker Go 12 for the iPhone and iPad ( from FileMaker, Inc.

Get a quick start into the world of FileMaker on the iPhone and iPad with VTC’s QuickStart! – FileMaker Go 12 training course. Detailed discussions include: Sleep/Restore, scripting limitations, tuning layouts for use on the iOS. Also included are discussions on container fields and web viewers and syncing between Go databases and master database running on a FileMaker Server.

FileMaker Go 12, the latest update of the top-selling database for iOS devices, works exclusively with FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Server 12 and can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store.

Chapters included in the course are: Installation, Navigation, Sleep & Restore, Layouts, Container Fields, Scripts and Syncing, and Printing.

Author – Richard Carlton
Number of Video Tutorials – 42
Total Time – 4 Hours
SKU – 34325

Available to all VTC Online University subscribers.

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VTC is a leader in self-paced software training for the working professional, student, or hobbyist. From the first training course created by VTC’s Mark Vernon in 1994 to our latest releases we continue to expand our library of over 1026 courses available online or on CD. Tutorials for programs in database programming, networking, office applications, graphics, animation & 3D, audio production, video, web design, operating systems and so much more.

About Richard Carlton:
Richard Carlton has been developing in FileMaker for the past 20 year, servicing the needs of large and small business, as well as government agencies. RC Consulting is a FBA Platinum level consultancy, and staffs a team of 23 FileMaker developers and supporting web designers. Richard is a frequent speaker at the FileMaker Developers Conference and is involved with every facet of FileMaker Pro development, including PHP development, iPhone & iPad integration, charting, barcode integration, worldwide support. RC Consulting has offices in Santa Clara, Sacramento, and Fairfield, CA.

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FileMaker Go Training Tool

Richard Carlton Consulting is pleased to announce the immediate availability of their FileMaker Go Training Tool.

The FileMaker Go Training Tool is designed to help both new and seasoned FileMaker Developers learn the functional differences between FileMaker Pro (for the desktop) and FileMaker Go (for the iPhone and iPad).  While FileMaker Go is fundamentally FileMaker, it does have certain limitations and new capabilities that are specific to iOS – the iPhone and iPad operating systems – as well as inherent limitations associated with mobile devices.  In short, this Training Tool will help you learn about the FM Go functionalities and help you finish the job in a fraction of the time!

“We developed the FileMaker Go Training Tool as a way of helping our internal staff of twenty-six FileMaker developers rapidly learn the ins and outs of FileMaker Go.  However, it soon became obvious that the tool would be appreciated by the FileMaker community as a whole,” continues Richard Carlton, CEO of RCC, “Therefore, we are making this available immediately as a free download from the RC Consulting website.”

You can download the FileMaker Go Training Tool for free here! 

We anticipate numerous updates to the FM Go training tool, so be sure to check back frequently to download the updated versions!

FileMaker Starting Point 3 for FileMaker 12

RCC is pleased to announce the immediate availability of FileMaker Starting Point 3, tuned specifically for FileMaker 12.


FM Starting Point 3 contains all of the great features and capabilities of previous versions, but also features an improved user interface with the upgraded capabilities of FileMaker 12.  FM Starting Point 3 has full support for the iPad, in that all layouts created for the desktop have also been optimized for the iPad.  Because the iPad version of FileMaker is now completely free, there is no reason not to download and try FM Starting Point.


FM Starting Point 3 is now available in English for free.  For a localized version of FM Starting Point 3, the cost is $99.95.  The following languages are currently available: Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish.


FileMaker Starting Point is made to run on the FileMaker® platform.  Users will still be required to purchase FileMaker Pro or download FileMaker Go for free in the App Store as her/his needs dictate.  A demo version of FileMaker Pro is available at


Trial versions of localized copies of FMSP are available, as well:


Richard Carlton Consulting, Inc. is one of the leading FileMaker consultancies in the United States.  RCC has been successfully developing solutions for small and large businesses for 21 years.  We provide customized database development services for business, government, and non-profit organizations.  With a team of 26 staff, we are capable of deploying both small and large solutions for a wide variety of customers.


Richard Carlton Consulting, Inc.

1941 Rollingwood Drive

Fairfield, CA 94534



FileMaker Starting Point 2.1 v12 release

We have released an update for the popular FileMaker template, FM Starting Point. This update corrected numerous bugs and did minor maintenance to clean out unnecessary fields and scripts that had begun to clutter up the file. Users will notice an updated invoicing option for “Modern” and “Basic” in the Preferences module that will reflect on the type of invoice that you print.

You can download your copy of FileMaker Starting Point 2.1 v12 for FREE at