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New release of fmWorkMate 0.9v21 beta

Posted by Russell Watson on August 8, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

In this and recent versions:


You can now elegantly access fmWorkMate's new home,, directly from the fmWorkMate start page - just click the slider at the top right!


The Simple Calculator has been considerably improved:


  • you can add your own functions via the preferences page
  • useful _HexRGB and _HexRGBA functions have been added


The XSLT Chooser now keeps track of usage, so you can access your favourites quickly and easily.


...and, of course, fixed various bugs.

It's all on the downloads page.


:-) Happy programming!




New release of fmWorkMate

Posted by Russell Watson on June 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A new beta release of fmWorkMate is available on the downloads page.

fmWorkMate now has a built in ((slightly) intelligent) XSLT Transformation chooser (thanks for the good idea Peter! :-)

I guess I had better get round to publishing the XSLT Library soon, so that the chooser has something to choose!

>watch this space< ! (or the next one ;-)


fmWorkMate: Overview of Functions

Posted by Russell Watson on June 17, 2013 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is the presentation from pauseOnError Berlin 2013:

fmWorkMate and it's 10 tools are presented in a 5-minute FileMaker presentation, showing a typical day in the life of a typical FileMaker programmer.

The presentations fully automated, at least on a mac; just press the play button and let your mac present you the information you need!

Note 1: If you don't have the MBS plugin, you may have to dismiss the odd error message here or there.

Note 2: The presentation was optimied for a MB-Pro Retina 13" monitor - if yours is too small, you may wish to zoom out using the view menu

fmWorkMate's Q&A-Forum goes online!

Posted by Russell Watson on June 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Now there is a place to discuss and learn more about fmWorkMate, fmCheckMate, fmSyntaxColorizer et al.

Ask questions, swap tips, discover more :D.

Just go to is born

Posted by Russell Watson on June 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Location, location location!

Every good product needs a good address, so I am proud to present the opening of

It is the address to visit to find everything out you need to know about fmWorkMate.

And, as the Bellman cried, It's just the place for a snark!

fmWorkMate Debut pauseOnError Berlin 2013

Posted by Russell Watson on June 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The pauseOnError Unconference Berlin 2013

Is it a conference? Is it a seminar? No! It's an unconference!

"PauseOnError is a gathering of software developers and consultants who use FileMaker.

This is a SELF-ORGANIZING effort; content is created by the attendees.

POE is FREE as in zero, zip, nada. Though, donations are encouraged."

What's that? Well, according to the Pause[X] website it is a

"Community based pause; local developers unconference"

Think "local", however, in a global context! We're not talking here about Berlin and suburbs, rather an international gathering of like-minded and keen FileMaker developers. 

The attendees list boasts a magnificent "catchment" geographically spanning not only the European continent: local-to-Berlin (and above all and with thanks to Berlin-based organiser Herr Friedrich), German, British, Belgian, Danish, Swededish, Czech, Italian, Swiss, Spanish, French, Dutch, Finiish, Austrian and Leichtensteinish (really very sorry, but I have no idea what the national adjective is for Leichtenstein) but also one or two global players, for example Bruce Robertson of Concise Design all the way from USA*!

In other words:

This is just the place for fmWorkMate (beta) to make it's debut


Checkout the" target="_blank">Thursday afternoon sessions! or the" target="_blank">Introduction to fmCheckMate



I wish everybody a very succesful unconference - the counttown is rolling!


* Respect to you sir! - Oh, and by the way, I can recommend the "Weizenbier", "Currywürst und pommes rot/weiß",  Bus number 100, the Berlin Zoo, the Reichstag, and, of course, Berlinerinnen (the latter are so good I married one)!**

** This is not quite true, in fact she was a Sauerländerin, whom I met in Berlin.

fmSyntaxColorizer Beta is there

Posted by Russell Watson on November 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Hello FileMaker Developers!

fmSyntaxColorizer is a new killer-app to colorize your FileMaker scripts, formulas and your everyday life-as-a-FileMaker-database-developer.

Your work as a programmer was never so colorful - and never so productive! 

Until now!

With fmSyntaxColorizer from MrWatson and the MBS-Plugin from Monkeybread Sowtware you can get colorized IN JUST ONE CLICK!

Download fmSyntaxColorizer today from the downloads page, or directly from Monkeybread Sowtware with the latest release of the MBS plugin.

(If anybody is watching this blog - respect - the links will be coming this week ;-)

FileMaker 12 Certified Developer

Posted by Russell Watson on November 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In case I fogot to mention it,..

I am now not only a FileMaker 11 Certified Developer, but also FileMaker 12 Certified Developer,...

So feel free to contact me and ask questions, or look out for me on the technet forum

Keeping on the ball...


Things are a-changing

Posted by Russell Watson on November 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everybody!

Things are a-changing,... the website is being extended to make space for some intersesting stuff that is coming.

You may experience temporary anomolies ...

Greets from the north of Germany


Ready, steady, (FileMaker) go!

Posted by Russell Watson on June 12, 2011 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the fresher, newer, crisper MrWatson!

With the FileMaker Conference 2011 metaphorically and literally just around the corner, I'll soon be tanking fresh new ideas, and taking a fresh new look to the future.

I'm looking forward to sharing these ideas with you, and hope you'll join me here on life's never-ending leaning curve.

Yours, namely


FileMaker Konferenz 2011

Posted by Russell Watson on June 12, 2011 at 10:39 AM Comments comments (0)

Dieses Jahr findet der FileMaker Konferenz in Hamburg statt.

Freue mich sehr zu sehen, was alle zu zeigen haben, besonders bei den Lightning Talks: kleine, kurze Vorträge zu knackigen Themen.

Nur wie knackig?