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Featuring:  Andrew Lecates, Chief Product Owner for Claris FileMaker Todd Geist  Ernest Koe Corn Walker Description:Get ready for a special new episode of The Context Podcast! Join us as we sit down with our special guest, Andrew Lecates, Chief Product Owner for Claris FileMaker. In this episode, we discuss Claris's strategic shift towards a refocused Claris platform as Claris prepares to transition Claris Pro functionally into the FileMaker line, and deprecate Claris Pro (including Claris Go, Claris WebDirect, and Claris Server).Corn Walker, Todd Geist, and Ernest Koe delve into the fascinating realm of technology and AI as it relates to the Claris platform, both present and future, while also gaining insights into Andrew's new role and its implications. We also dig into the seamless integration of FileMaker, Connect, and Studio, and unpack the implications for the platform. Plus, stay tuned for some sneak peeks into the exciting plans for Claris Engage 2024. Check out all the changes Claris is making here: You can also find this podcast on YouTube.
Chris Rogers of TourPro

Chris Rogers of TourPro


Featuring:  Martha Zink Todd Geist Chris Rogers  Description:In this episode of The Context Podcast, Martha Zink and Todd Geist from Proof+Geist sit down with a special guest, Chris Rogers, the mastermind behind TourPro—a revolutionary software shaking up the dance event management scene. In this episode, Chris takes us on a journey through his remarkable transition from building a small side project to the creation of TourPro, a game-changing event registration and management tool for dance enthusiasts.With approximately 1,000 events a year, Chris and his team have mastered the art of making a complex technical product accessible to non-technical users. As Chris puts it, he's got "enough knowledge to be dangerous with FileMaker," and he's using that power to empower event organizers worldwide.What sets TourPro apart is its clever design—a user-friendly mobile app that lets you run events offline, keeping things seamless and efficient even without an internet connection. Chris dives into the technical magic that allows users to operate within the app, and then sync up once they're back online. Join us in this episode as we explore Chris Rogers's journey, laugh at relatable anecdotes, and gain valuable insights into the world of innovative software creation. Stay tuned, because this episode is your backstage pass to the captivating world of TourPro and the brilliant mind behind it.You can find this podcast on YouTube or your favorite podcasting platform.Links: 
Featuring: Todd Geist Cris IppoliteDescription: In this episode of The Context Podcast, join Proof+Geist CTO, Todd Geist and Cris Ippolite, founder of iSolutions, as they dive into the fascinating impacts that AI and Large Language Models (LLMs) are having on our industry in general, and the FileMaker community in particular. Cris was an early proponent of using Machine Learning and AI with FileMaker. In fact, this is the third time we have had Cris on the pod to discuss this topic. The first was Episode 34, back in May of 2020, and the second time was Episode 71 in September of 2021 – way before ChatGPT was a thing. Now that LLMs and ChatGPT are the elephants in the FileMaker room, we thought it would be a good idea to have Cris back on the Podcast for an updated conversation on what this all might mean for how we do our jobs, and solve problems for our customers with our favorite platform.Hear how Cris and Todd think AI might revolutionize the way we build applications and systems with FileMaker, while preserving the essence of creative thinking. They discuss the upcoming Apple WWDC 2023 conference on June 5th, and their expectations on how Apple will shape the trajectory of AI. Plus, get an introduction to Proof+Geist's Front Radar Plugin—and stay tuned for the upcoming blog post on that.
Welcome to this episode of The Context Podcast where we explore the incredible capabilities of SimpleQ! This week includes our host Martha Zink, along with Corn Walker, Todd Geist, and Mike Perley.Join us as we delve into the intricacies of SimpleQ, explaining its seamless task handling and compatibility with various systems. Discover the advantages of this approach and how it revolutionizes business processes. Additionally, we explore the origins of SimpleQ, discussing the hybrid PubSub and queuing system that gave birth to this remarkable tool. We also shine a spotlight on Otto and its crucial role in accepting webhooks from third-party systems. See how Otto seamlessly integrates with SimpleQ to streamline data flow and enhance communication across different FileMaker apps.Tune in to The Context Podcast and embrace the efficiency of SimpleQ—a game-changer in the world of FileMaker and business process automation. You can also find this episode on Youtube or your favorite podcasting platforms.
Claris 2023

Claris 2023


Featuring: Martha Zink  Todd Geist  Rick Kalman Description: In this episode of The Context Podcast, Martha Zink and Todd Geist talk toRick Kalman from Claris about the launch of Claris FileMaker 2023. Together, they discuss the upcoming changes to the platform—including the switch to a year-based naming scheme, significant performance improvements, and the availability of Claris Connect on the free plan. With stronger authentication protocols, greater scalability, and improvements to backend infrastructure, FileMaker 2023 promises to be Claris’s best release yet!Also featured: Todd’s dog, Clark, who is recovering from knee surgery and is spending his convalescence providing additional commentary in the form of background snoring.
In this episode of The Context Podcast, we are joined by Todd Geist, Corn Walker, and Peter Vinogradov for an epic debate between Team Pro-Transactions and Team Anti-Transactions. They dive in and discuss the benefits (and bad habits) that come with transactions in Claris FileMaker 19.6. FileMaker’s 19.6 version release brought simplification and cleanup to the developer side of transactions, creating new commands to cut down on multistep processes and turning hard-to-read error-catching code into something legible. This is certainly an update focused on improving the lives of FileMaker developers. All this, combined with the caveats brought up by the (tentatively) Anti-Transactions Team, help round out the conversation. This podcast is available on Transistor.FM, or any of your favorite podcast platforms. The video is available on YouTube. Check out the rest of our 19.6 series:  Transactions in FileMaker 19.6: Part One  Transactions in FileMaker 19.6: Part Two  Transactions in 19.6 Demo by Corn Walker  Claris FileMaker Server 19.6 
Featuring: Martha Zink  Drew Fessenden Shawn Kreuger Joe Ranne Marcus Swift  Description:In the scenic mountains of North Georgia, open-minded attendees gathered together to connect, learn, and grow with one another. In this episode, our guests focus on why PauseOnError differs from traditional tech conferences and how it sparks new perspectives. The last of our PauseOnError FileMaker Summer Camp 2022 series takes us through connection, community, and country backroads. Join Drew Fessenden, Shawn Kreuger, Joe Ranne, and Marcus Swift as they detail the unique atmosphere that extended beyond the event itself. The podcast is available on Transistor.Fm or your favorite podcast platform, and full individual interviews are available on YouTube.Links:PauseOnError FileMaker Summer Camp 2023 Join us again this year for PauseOnError FileMaker Summer Camp, October 3-6, 2023, in the same amazing location. We can’t wait to see you there! 
Since PauseOnError 2022 ended, we’ve collected attendees’ big learnings and aha moments for The Context Podcast. Listen to their stories and discover why you might want to join them next year.This is the second of three episodes that feature participants’ stories. 
In the scenic mountains of north Georgia, open-minded attendees gathered together to connect, learn, and grow with one another. In this episode, our guests focus on why PauseOnError differs from traditional tech conferences and how it ignites new perspectives. Since PauseOnError 2022 ended, we’ve collected attendees’ big learnings and aha moments for The Context Podcast. Listen to their stories and discover why you might want to join them next year.This is the first of three episodes that feature participants’ stories. 
Martha Zink, The Context Podcast Host & Proof+Geist Director of MarketingTodd Geist, Proof+Geist Co-Founder/CTO Matt Navarre, FileMaker Talks Co-HostJoin Martha Zink, Todd Geist, and Matt Navarre from the FileMaker Talks podcast as they discuss changes coming to FileMaker, the Claris Platform, and strategies that businesses can use to benefit from the changes.In September, Claris announced that the Claris FileMaker platform would shift to the cloud, making it more accessible and powerful. This new platform can be used to create rich UIs and apps for public-facing client and customer portals, which was previously only possible with custom web publishing. This is what we think of as Modern FileMaker.For those who need to use previous versions, they’ll be maintained for a while longer.
Join Martha Zink, Todd Geist, and Matt Navarre in this episode for a crossover podcast with 1 of the 2 Matts from the FileMaker Chat podcast. They discuss events led by the FileMaker Community, including AutoEnter Live and PauseOnError.You can also view this podcast on Youtube.Links:AutoEnter LiveRome FileMaker WeekPauseOnErrorEngageU
In this episode, join Ernest Koe and Martha Zink as they discuss the design thinking methodologies that informed Mizu, how it complements the modern FileMaker concept, and how the context of evolving user interface design and engineering principles will continue to shape Mizu’s iterations. What is Mizu (水)? It’s a material-inspired, lightweight FileMaker theme and helper file for FileMaker developers. Mizu is part of an overall design system at Proof+Geist that emphasizes the use of underlying structures (grids), design patterns, and reusable components to enable more consistent, collaborative work.Join our hosts as they cover topics like:  What is ‘capital D’ Design and how is it foundational to the modern FileMaker concept? How can Mizu make your mental load lighter by taking on the UI, and why does that help development? How can constraints help remove friction in your development process? You can also find the video version of this podcast on YouTube.Other Links: Mizu on Proof+Geist GitHub Proof+Geist on GitHub
The Context Podcast: Expanding the Possibilities of Modular & Decoupled Development with ODataFeaturing: Martha Zink, The Context Podcast Host & Proof+Geist Director of Marketing Todd Geist, Proof+Geist Co-Founder/CTO John Renfrew, Independent Developer & Owner Episode Summary: The recent release of FileMaker 19.5 introduced a new feature for those with FileMaker Server for Mac and Windows: OData (Open Data Protocol). Originally created by Microsoft, OData is an open protocol that allows for the creation and consumption of queryable and interoperable REST APIs in a simple and standard way.Description:The recent release of FileMaker 19.5 introduced a new feature for those with FileMaker Server for Mac and Windows: OData (Open Data Protocol). Originally created by Microsoft, OData is an open protocol that allows for the creation and consumption of queryable and interoperable REST APIs in a simple and standard way.In this episode, join Martha, Todd, and John as they explore OData and its many wide-ranging impacts: What benefits – efficiency gains, programming ergonomics, and scalability – does OData offer? How does OData compare to and improve upon other methodologies like the Data API, ODBC, and PSOS? Before diving into OData, what are some tradeoffs and cautions we should consider? And perhaps most centrally, how does OData open a door to new ways of modular and decoupled development in modern FileMaker?You can also view this Podcast on Youtube.Links:OData DocumentationFileMaker 19.5 ReleaseThe Context Podcast: New Features in FileMaker 19.5
Featuring: Martha Zink  Todd Geist  Angelo Luchi  FileMaker 19.5 comes with hundreds of bug fixes–some of them small, and some of them game-changing. In this episode of The Context Podcast, join your host Martha Zink in conversation with Todd Geist and Angelo Luchi as they discuss these various changes. Hear about new support for Unbuntu 20.04, added OAuth performance, Live Text integration on macOS, and important Data Migration Tool changes— just to name a few things. Dive into the conversation as they go over the 400+ bug fixes and various changes in FileMaker 19.5. You can also check out this podcast on Youtube.Other Links:  FMComparison came out with a new version and all licenses are reset so anyone can run a new free trial even if you already have before! Check out the new version here. Read up on what Claris has to say about their new release on the FileMaker 19.5 Release Notes. Check out our previous podcast: Protecting Your Data Hosted with FileMaker Server.
Martha Zink, The Context Podcast Host & Proof+Geist Director of MarketingAngelo Luchi, Proof+Geist Director of InfrastructureTodd Geist, Proof+Geist Co-Founder/CTOFrom the outside, hosting with FileMaker Server can seem simple and straightforward. But behind the scenes, there’s a whole lot more going on! Whether you’re hosting on-premise or in the cloud, on your own or through a hosting provider, it’s important to keep a few things in mind to protect your data and your business from risks. Ransomware or malware attacks, accidental or intentional internal threats, file corruption, and various data center, network, or internet issues can jeopardize not only your mission-critical data, but potentially your business as a whole. Join Martha, Angelo, and Todd in this episode as they share their experiences and recommendations around backups, monitoring, documentation, and access/user management that can help safeguard against costly risks to your data and your business.General Links: The Context Podcast: Ransomware For Claris FileMaker Developers (Featuring Wim Decorte, Heidi Porter, and Chris Moyer) Ottomatic Otto S3-compatible immutable offsite backup providers/services: AWS Wasabi Backblaze Network/infrastructure monitoring tools/platforms: AWS CloudWatch Zabbix New Relic ZeroTier Deployment platforms:LinuxDocumentation tools: ClickUp BookStack
Peter Nelson, Claris Vice President of EngineeringAndrew LeCates, Claris Director of Platform EvangelismMartha Zink, The Context Podcast Host & Proof+Geist Director of MarketingErnest Koe, Proof+Geist Co-Founder/CEOTodd Geist, Proof+Geist Co-Founder/CTOOn Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Claris hosted a webinar on the future of their technology. In this episode of The Context Podcast, Martha, Ernest, and Todd are joined by Peter Nelson and Andrew LeCates from Claris to discuss not only the exciting changes in store for the Claris platform that were unveiled in the webinar but also the intention and focus behind those decisions and the implications for the Claris platform in the years to come.Links:Claris Updates Webinar - April 26, 2022The Context Podcast on the Modern FileMaker RevolutionProblem Solvers CirclePauseOnErrorAutoEnter Live
Martha Zink, The Context Podcast Host & Proof+Geist Director of MarketingTodd Geist, Proof+Geist Co-Founder/CTOJohn Renfrew, Independent Developer in the UK & Proof+Geist AffiliateAs the FileMaker platform grows and changes over time, so too will our views, approaches, and recommendations. In this episode, Martha, Todd, and John explore multi-file solutions from a broader perspective. As Todd and John posit, contrary to what most might expect, the number of files in a system is not a good proxy for how complex the system is – a complex system can comprise one file, just as a simple system can comprise multiple files. Also, optimizing systems and workflows using multi-file solutions – in doing so, breaking free from the ‘everything-in-one-file’ mindset – allows for an iterative approach to development that measurably improves and rebuilds systems with new models over time.Join Martha, Todd, and John in this episode as they re-envision best practices and delve into how multi-file solutions and the FileMaker platform can help us build value in new and better ways.This podcast is also available on YouTube: Walker’s presentation (FMDiSC):, Superpowers for your FileMaker Server: https://www.ottofms.comOttomatic, A Modern FileMaker Hosting Platform: https://www.ottomatic.cloudLedgerLink:
(Audio updated with improved post-production: 03/14/22. Thank you all for your feedback and patience. Live, learn, adjust.)The Modern FileMaker RevolutionFeaturing:Martha Zink, Host & Director of Marketing of Proof+GeistErnest Koe, Co-Founder/CEO at Proof+Geist Todd Geist, Co-Founder/CTO at Proof+GeistWhat is the ‘modern FileMaker revolution’? How can vast networks of apps, tools, persistence layers, databases, experiences, workflows, and more be leveraged to create value using Claris FileMaker, the platform we love?In this episode, Martha, Ernest, and Todd discuss how Proof+Geist is redefining FileMaker in the context of today’s business needs, modern development practices, and a rapidly changing technical landscape.Highlighting the growing shift toward a more decoupled, lightweight approach to development, Ernest and Todd share how a new set of ideas, skills, and technologies are directly informing how we build value using FileMaker today.Links: Otto – Superpowers for FileMaker Server Ottomatic – the modern FileMaker hosting platform Working with JSON functions in FileMaker
More information about Ransomware. Methods of attack: Email attack example: knowbe4.comRansomware | KnowBe4Ransomware history, prevention tips, removal, FAQs, information on different strains, current news and KnowBe4's ransomware guarantee. (422 kB) | KasperskyHow does a computer become infected with ransomware? The No More Ransom ProjectHome | The No More Ransom ProjectRansomware is malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files. When this happens, you can’t get to the data unless you pay a ransom. However, this is not guaranteed and you should never pay!cisa.govStop Ransomware | CISATIPS & GUIDANCE Ransomware incidents can severely impact business processes and leave organizations without the data they need to operate and deliver mission-critical services. The economic and reputational impacts of ransomware incidents, throughout the initial disruption and, at times, extended recovery, have also proven challenging for organizations large and small.If you get hit, you can try available decryptors
Reach out to PauseOnError through their website.Listen to the previous episodes about PauseOnError 2021.Reflections Ep 1Reflections Ep 2Reflections Ep 3
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