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Meet the new Custom App Academy

Blog Post created by roparry on Jul 12, 2018

Custom App Academy is an interactive, easy and free way to learn about the FileMaker Platform. But you already knew that. Today, we are announcing the biggest update to Custom App Academy since it's launch nearly 1 year ago... with a fresh look and lots of exciting new learning material.  Here's a detailed look at what's new in the Custom App Academy!

 

A fresh, new look

 

If you visit Custom App Academy today, the first thing you will notice is the new user interface. We took all the feedback that users like you gave us over the past year and designed a fresh new user experience that is easy, video-based and guided.

 

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Take a look at the new website by visiting: www.customappacademy.com

 

An easier way to identify content

 

Since our launch last year, our video lesson content has significantly grown. We have gone from 3 tutorials to 8 tutorials and now have a library with 70+ video lessons.  Aspiring developers can now plan, create, extend, share and integrate their first FileMaker custom app with the help of Custom App Academy.

 

To help users pick the right tutorial, we’ve organized the sections of the Custom App Academy homepage to align with the new user journey.

 

1. See what FileMaker can do:  Overviews of how to use layouts, starter apps and sample apps.

 

2. Learn the basics : A free video-based learning series that shows users how to create an app from scratch and how to extend it.Finally, whether you use FileMaker Cloud or FileMaker Server, we'll show you how to setup and deploy your app so your users can access it.

 

3. Go beyond the basics:  There topics for users who are familiar with the basic concepts of FileMaker and have developed an early prototype of a tool. You'll learn about the many ways you can integrate your app with other data sources and get an in-depth look at features launched in FileMaker 17.

 

New ‘featured’ sample apps

 

We know customers come to our website looking to find a tool that will help them automate a specific workflow, like CRM.  As a new offering in Custom App Academy, the featured sample apps provide new users with free, ready-to-use apps.  Each app includes 3 explainer videos that show how the app was planned, how it works and finally, an under-the-hood lesson that takes a closer look at the app.

 

Below is the CRM app at a glance (the Order Management app will feature the same components as this one).

 

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Introducing new tutorials

 

The Custom App Academy library is expanding with new tutorials on ‘How to install and setup FileMaker Server’ and ‘Integration’.  Here’s a closer look at the lessons in each of the tutorials. 

 

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Lesson # 1: About FileMaker Server | 1 video | 4 minutes

Lesson # 2: Setting up FileMaker Server with SSL | 3 videos | 9 minutes

Lesson # 3: Deploying Your App to FileMaker Server | 2 videos | 11 minutes

Lesson # 4: Configuring FileMaker Server | 2 videos | 15 minutes

 

Total Duration: 40 minutes

 

Integration

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Lesson # 1: Introduction to Integration | 2 videos | 9 minutes

Lesson # 2: External SQL Sources | 4 videos | 23 minutes

Lesson # 3: Insert From URL | 3 videos | 24 minutes

 

Tutorial Duration: 1 hour

 

We'd love to hear from you

 

It’s been quite the journey so far and the FileMaker Marketing and Customer Success team is humbled and energized by the community’s support.  We hope that you like the new design and offerings. As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any feedback or suggestions on how we can make Custom App Academy better.

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