Dracoventions News

Developer Assistant for Macintosh is Here!

October 17, 2010

Valley Village, CA - Dracoventions announces the immediate availability of 2empowerFM Developer Assistant with beta support for Macintosh FileMaker. This release also fixes minor bugs in the Windows version.

Developer Chris Dragon says, "The wait is over! Developer Assistant has been our most-requested Macintosh port, so we are excited to announce its availability."

About Developer Assistant

Developer Assistant for Macintosh helps you:

- Find all scripts containing a search term. Individual scripts automatically open to highlight the next line that matches a text or regular expression search term. Search may also be performed within a single script.

- Find all fields containing a search term. The search includes not just field names, but auto-enter data, validation calculations, and any other text associated with each field. This search is performed in the "Manage Database" window and requires FileMaker Pro Advanced.

- Search in almost any list that appears in a FileMaker dialog, such as lists of functions, layouts, watched expressions, and so on. The search includes all columns in multi-column lists.

- Drag over part of a FileMaker calculation to highlight it and evaluate it at the touch of a button. You can evaluate "Get(SystemPlatform)" instead of looking it up in help, evaluate calculations in script steps as you debug the script, test your calculations before the script is even run, and so on.

- If you instinctively press the Home or End key expecting the cursor to move to the start or end of a line, Developer Assistant for Macintosh can make those keys do what you expect.

Morgan Jones of One Part Harmony says, "The Developer Assistant is a brilliant tool that has already saved me loads of time. And by allowing me to quickly find every reference to a script, field, table, or layout, I am much more confident that changes I make will not create bugs in my production solutions."

Except for the Home and End key modifications, all the features above require FileMaker 11 for Macintosh or FileMaker 7-11 for Windows. Due to major internal changes in Mac FileMaker 11, implementing the remaining features in Mac FileMaker 10 and earlier is difficult. So, we are asking anyone seriously interested in purchasing Developer Assistant for FileMaker 10 and earlier to click here to automatically let us know.


2empowerFM Developer Assistant beta for Macintosh is available immediately at http://developer.dracoventions.com

This is a free upgrade for those who purchased a windows license within the last year. Developer Assistant starts at $69 for a single user. Other plug-ins in the 2empowerFM family start at $19 and some are absolutely free.

Developer (aka redistribution) licenses are also available. Fully functional, 30-day demo copies can be downloaded with no sign-up required.

About Dracoventions

Dracoventions is located in Valley Village, CA, and is focused on empowering FileMaker(R) Pro and Server with innovative plug-ins that expand FileMaker's abilities, create a better user experience, and save development time.

With over 25 years of software engineering experience, company founder Chris Dragon was inspired by the business needs of his former employer to create the seeds of what have become the 2empowerFM Family of FileMaker Plug-ins. These plug-ins include Developer Assistant, Dialogs Unlimited, Hands-Free Printer, Text Toolkit, and many others. These plug-ins are now available to the world-wide FileMaker community at www.dracoventions.com.


Chris Dragon, Dracoventions Founder

Email: support@dracoventions.com
Web: http://www.dracoventions.com