FMGrowler is a Mac OS X plug-in for FileMaker for posting Growl notifications. In addition to posting notifications FileMaker scripts can be run via "callbacks" from Growl when notifications are clicked or time-out.
Date: March 25, 2013
The best way to find out what FMGrowler does and how it works is to download the plug-in and run the demonstration; it takes only a few minutes although you do need to have Growl installed and running. There's also a practical usage example and, if you've run out things to do on Twitter and Facebook, there are not one, but two, brief promotional videos for your viewing pleasure.
There is also more detailed information on the functions provided by the plug-in.
Note: notifications can also be posted to Growl from FileMaker using AppleScript, although "callbacks" are not supported. For very good examples of how to do this see the Growl Integration video by Michael Gaslowitz, Send messages from FileMaker to Growl from the creative folks at SH Partners or Using Growl without plugins by Adam Varga.
An OnTimer script that polls a to-do list for new items could display a notification advising the user that the new task is available without interrupting their work.
Growl_DatabaseInformation ( "Excellent! More work to do!" )
In order for the notification to stay on the screen, rather than disappear after a few seconds, you can make it "sticky".
Growl_DatabaseInformation ( "Excellent! More work to do!" ; True )
And to display a custom icon for the alert supply a PNG image from a container field.
Growl_DatabaseInformation ( "Excellent! More work to do!" ; True ; Resources::Alert Icon )
A "callback" can also be added so that when the user clicks on the notification a FileMaker script is called that takes the user to the new to-do item.
Growl_PostNotification ( Growl_DatabaseInformationNotification ; "New to-do Item" ; "She who must be obeyed has issued instructions" ; Growl_HighPriority ; True ; Resources::Alert Icon ; Growl_Callback ( "ToDo List" ; "Show New ToDo Item" ; Growl_ScriptPause ; NewToDo ) )
(where NewToDo is a parameter that identifies the to-do list item to be passed to the script "Show New ToDo Item" in the database "ToDo List").
The minimum requirements are:
For a earlier versions of FileMaker, Growl and OS X please try version 1.0.2.
FMGrowler does not work as a server-side plug-in with FileMaker Server [Advanced].
OS X only.
Please send any feedback, suggestions or bug reports via the Contact form. If you have a suggestion for how this might be improved I'd be very interested in hearing it.
|1.0||November 12, 2009||Initial Release|
|1.0.1||March 9, 2010||French localisation added|
|1.0.2||November 15, 2011||Works with Growl 1.3
Use Cocoa rather than Carbon API
IsGrowlInstalled function depreciated
|1.0.3||March 25, 2013||Support for Growl 2.0
Support for OS X 10.8
IsGrowlInstalled function removed
First and foremost thanks must go to the folks at the Growl Project for Growl itself. FMGrowler uses the Growl SDK which is Copyright (c) The Growl Project, 2004-2009.
Thanks also to Michael Ward of CustoMike Solutions, David Head of uLearnIT, Andrew McCallum of NicheIT, Nick Orr from Goya and Thomas Kunetz of FileMaker for testing and comments.
The Alert, Smiley and Clapperboard icons are public domain images from the Wikimedia Commons or Tango Icon Library.
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