FileMaker Pro 12-15
FileMaker Server 12-15
macOS X 10.6.x – 10.12
Trigger Scripts on remote computers
Troi Activator Plug-in is a very powerful tool for triggering scripts remotely. All from within FileMaker you can:
- trigger a FileMaker script on a different computer (remotely)
- trigger a FileMaker script over internet
- use the built-in security to prevent unauthorized triggering
- send a number (e.g. a record ID) and a long text with the trigger
- start and stop listening for remote trigger messages with a script step
- communicate with databases in different FileMaker versions or even runtimes
This allows you to:
- notify a colleague (on a different computer) of changes in his/her appointments
- start processing, like for example retrieve email on a server computer
- get someone out of a record, so that it is no longer locked
Except from remote triggering you can also use the Activator Plug-in for:
- triggering a script on a specified date and time
- scheduling events which trigger any script you want
- starting a script, where the name of the script is determined by a calculation
- triggering a script from a tooltip calculation
- validating fields on exiting a record with a custom script suited to your specific needs
Image Upload Server
Troi Activator Plug-in can serve as an Image Upload Server. It can receive uploaded images including GPS coordinates. With the GPS coordinates a location on a (Google) map can be shown. You can use this functionality to easily upload data from remote devices. More details on the Image Upload Server page.
Activator Plug-in can trigger silent events and background events. This allows you to keep the main application free, while the background FileMaker application, for example a runtime application, does some time consuming work on data.
Troi Activator has a control function to disable all script triggers, so you can do maintenance on the database.
- create a real-time appointment solution
- notify a colleague (on a different computer) that a shared document is ready
- start processing scientific data on a lab computer (see our Serial plug-in for connecting to devices with a serial interface)
- keep the main application free, while the background FileMaker application, for example a runtime application, does some time consuming work on data
- get someone out of a record, so that it is no longer locked
- (on macOS) accept HTTP POSTs to activate a script
The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
Try Troi Activator Plug-in before you buy
You are free and invited to test the plug-in before you pay. Troi Activator Plug-in is fully functional in demo mode, it will only stop working after 2 hours of testing. Download your copy here.
Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0
Troi Activator Plug-in v4.0 is compatible and tested with FileMaker Pro 15 on macOS X and Windows. In this version we further improved the multi-threading behavior of the plug-in when running in FileMaker Pro 15 and we added description and type-ahead information for all functions of the plug-in. This extra function description will be shown in FileMaker Pro 15 in the Specify Calculation dialog box when you type a function name and also as a text popup in the functions pane. The type-ahead information is used by the auto complete functionality of FileMaker Pro 15. In the calculation pane of the Specify Calculation dialog box you can now type a letter or two of the function name and instantly see a list of matching function names. For example when you type “sch”, the auto complete functionality will suggest the Actr_ScheduleEvent function. You can also type a function name in the functions pane on the right: for example if you type “HTTP” you will see all functions with HTTP in the name, like Actr_StartHTTPServer.
See the Version history below for a complete list of changes in this and earlier versions.
Troi Activator Plug-in versions for FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14 and 15
Version 4.0 for FileMaker 12, 13, 14 and 15 (June 14, 2016)
- Tested and made compatible with FileMaker Pro 15.
- Tested and improved compatibility with Windows 10 and OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).
- You can now schedule up to 1500 events to trigger, up from 1000.
- Added description and type-ahead information for all functions of the plug-in. This extra function description will be shown in FileMaker Pro 15 in the Specify Calculation dialog box when you type a function name and also as a text popup in the functions pane on the right.
The type-ahead information is used by the auto complete functionality of FileMaker Pro 15. In the calculation pane of the Specify Calculation dialog box you can type a letter or two of the function name and instantly see a list of matching function names. For example when you type “sch”, the auto complete functionality will suggest the Actr_ScheduleEvent function. You can also type a function name in the functions pane on the right: for example if you type “HTTP” you will see all the functions with HTTP in the name, like Actr_StartHTTPServer.
- Improved the multi-threading behavior of the plug-in when running in FileMaker Pro 15.
- Improved the example file EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12, to provide more help when an installation error occurs.
- Updated the UploadData.fmp12 example file: it now correctly shows a Google Map in a webviewer.
- Fixed a possible memory leak in the HTTP Server when receiving GPS location data.
- Fixed a typo in the web page of the http server.
- Fixed several bugs, rewrote and modernized the code in several places and made further improvements.
- Updated the User Guide and the Overview.fmp12 file.
Troi Activator Plug-in versions for FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14
Version 3.6 for FileMaker 12, 13 and 14 (May 12th, 2015)
- Tested and made compatible with FileMaker Pro 14.
- Added support for 64-bit architecture with FileMaker Pro 14: On OS X the 32-bit and 64-bit version is a single universal plug-in and on Windows there are 2 plug-ins: Troi_Activator.fmx (for 32-bit) and Troi_Activator.fmx64 (for 64-bit).
- Improved the example file EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12, to support the 64-bit version of FileMaker Pro 14.
- Fixed a bug that could make FileMaker Pro 14 crash when showing a flash dialog.
Troi Activator Plug-in versions for FileMaker Pro 10, 11, 12 and 13
Version 3.5.4 for FileMaker 10, 11, 12 and 13 (November 18th, 2014)
- (Windows) Fixed a bug in the Actr_ScheduleEvent function, with the handling of daylight savings time. In some cases this could result in triggering 1 hour too early or getting error code $$-4226 (cannot schedule an event in the past) as result.
- Improved the code in a few places.
Version 3.5.3 for FileMaker 10, 11, 12 and 13 (July 21st, 2014)
- (Windows) Fixed a bug in the Actr_ScheduleEvent function, with the handling of daylight savings time. This could result in triggering of scripts one hour too late.
- (Mac OS X) Fixed a bug in the Actr_Version function, where entering the registration data could make FileMaker crash.
- (Mac OS X) Fixed a bug with registration on FileMaker Server 13: the plug-in now looks in the correct folder for the Troi Payment Certificate.
- Improved the code and the registration text shown in the log when running FileMaker Server.
- Improved some code due to analysis.
Version 3.5.2 for FileMaker 10, 11, 12 and 13 (January 13th, 2014)
- Made compatible and tested with FileMaker Pro 13.
- (Windows) Added support for 64-bit architecture: on Windows there are now 2 plug-ins: Troi_Activator.fmx (for 32-bit) and Troi_Activator.fmx64 (for 64-bit).
NOTE Only Filemaker Server and FileMaker WebDirect are 64-bit processes and require the Troi_Activator.fmx64 version to be installed. On OS X the 32-bit and 64-bit version is a single universal plug-in.
- Improved the example file Remote: it now has far better support for running under FileMaker Server, with a built in log table, where FileMaker Server can log the execution of trigger scripts.
- (Mac OS X) fixed a problem with the Upload Server: the webpage request with URL “/” now properly redirects to “index.html”.
- Improved the Actr_SendRemoteEvent functionality: the usertext parameter is no longer truncated when a pipe character is present; for this last parameter the pipe character is no longer treated as a separator.
- Improved the EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12 example file, adding support for installing plug-ins on FileMaker Server and for installing 64-bit Windows plug-ins, with extension fmx64.
- Improved the code in several places.
Version 3.5.1 for FileMaker 10, 11 and 12 (October 24th, 2013)
- (Mac OS X) Fixed a bug that would prevent the plug-in from loading under OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).
- This version no longer supports the switch “-DefaultInterface” in the function Actr_GetIPAddress(). It will result in the error $$-4243 (kErrNotImplemented).
- Corrected incorrect text in preferences to :”This plug-in (for FileMaker 10, 11 and 12)…”.
Version 3.5 for FileMaker 10, 11 and 12 (March 21, 2013)
- Added two new functions: Actr_Shutdown() and Actr_Restart(), which can shutdown and restart the computer.
- The Actr_Sleep function now works on Mac and Windows. Also added a new switch “-sleepnow” to put the computer to sleep directly.
- (Mac OS X only) Extended the Upload Server functionality to be able to handle only text. You can post your text to the url “/posttext.html”. The text needs to be formatted like this:
your UTF8 formatted text
- (Mac OS X) Actr_GetIPAddress() now can return the IPv6 address when you specify the switch “-GetIPv6”. The Actr_GetIPAddress() function also works with a 64-bit architecture.NOTE: the switch “-DefaultInterface” is not supported for 64-bit and will result in the error $$-4243 (kErrNotImplemented).
- Added compatibility with Windows 8.
- (Mac OS X) Completely rewrote the plug-in for 64 bit. The plug-in now runs as a 64-bit plug-in under Custom web publishing under FileMaker Pro 12.
NOTE: The Mac OS X plug-in is compiled for intel 32 bit and intel 64 bit. It no longer contains PowerPC code.
Other improvements and fixes
- (Mac OS X) Rewrote the plug-in to defer the automatic loading of Cocoa Classes. Now any classes are in a separate bundle which is not loaded until later in the initialization process. This prevents a crashing bug, which could occur when the Troi Activator Plug-in was installed in 2 separate places.
- (Mac OS X) Compiled for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. This means that the plug-in no longer loads with earlier versions like Mac OS X 10.4.
- Fixed a problem where the plug-in could crash when the Image Upload Server functionality received unexpected formatted data without an image.
- Fixed a problem where the plug-in would not correctly load when running as a server-side plug-in or as a web-side plug-in under FileMaker Server 12
- Improved the example file GetIPAddrs.fp7, so that it now populates the correct field on windows.
- Improved the layouts of the example files for IWP.
- Updated the User Guide, several example files and Overview.fp7 to reflect the new functionality.
Version 3.1 for FileMaker 10, 11 and 12 (May 16th, 2012)
- Made compatible and tested with FileMaker Pro 12.
- Made small change to the bundle (on Mac OS X) and FileVersion resource (on Windows) so it now reflects the correct version number.
- Added new switch “-GetPluginInstallPath” to the Actr_Version function: This switch will return the path where a plug-in is installed, for example “/Mac HD/Users/User Name/Library/Application Support/FileMaker/Extensions/Troi_Activator.fmplugin”.
- Added new example file EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12 (in the FileMaker Pro 12 formatted download only), which contains the plug-ins and can install the plug-in from within FileMaker Pro 12.
- Corrected the path of logs files in the document filemaker-server-side-plug-ins.htm.
Version 3.0 (for FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11) (November 25th, 2010)
- Made compatible with FileMaker Pro 10 and FileMaker Pro 11.
- Added compatibility with Windows 7.
- (Mac OS X only) Added Image Upload Server functionality. For this we added the functions Actr_StartHTTPServer and Actr_StopHTTPServer. The Upload Server works with QuickTrans for iOS.
- (Mac OS X only) Added new switches to the Actr_GetEventInfo function for the Upload Server functionality: you can now get the image with the switch -GetImage and get the (GPS) location with the switch -GetLocationData.
- Added new switch to Actr_Version: -UnregisterPlugin. This will remove the registration data. The plug-in will be in an unregistered state after this. See the “Temporary Register Activator Plug-in” script in the file RegiFunc.fp7 for an example use.
- Troi Activator Plug-in is now compatible to run under FileMaker Server. The plug-in now creates log files when running under FileMaker Server to make troubleshooting installing easier and provides feedback regarding errors and registration status.
Note that you need a special Server/Web license to use this plug-in on FileMaker Server. See our web site for details.
- Added the plug-in’s version number to the description in FileMaker’s preference pane.
- Updated the User Guide and Overview.fp7.
Version 2.7 (for FileMaker 7, 8.x and 9) (October 9th, 2008)
- Added new switch “-GetAllEventsList” to the Actr_GetEventInfo function. This will return a tab separated list of all the events that the plug-in knows about, including future and triggered events.
- Added new switch “-GetAllEventIDs” to the Actr_GetEventInfo function. This will return a list of all the eventIDs that the plug-in knows about, including future and triggered events.
- Added new Actr_VersionAutoUpdate function. The Actr_VersionAutoUpdate function is part of an emerging standard for FileMaker plug-ins of third party vendors of plug-ins. The version number is returned in the format aabbccdd where every letter represents a digit of the level, so versions can be easily compared.
- Improved the display and handling of registration codes.
Version 2.6 (for FileMaker 7, 8.x and 9) (June 30th, 2007)
- Made compatible with FileMaker Pro 9.
- Added compatibility with Windows Vista.
- Added new and easy Actr_RunScript function, which can directly trigger a script from a calculation. It can also pass a script parameter.
- Added new example file Tooltips.fp7. This example file shows how to trigger a script from a tooltip calculation.
- Added new switch -GetRegistrationState to the Actr_Version function: This switch allows you to check if the plug-in is currently registered.
Version 2.5.1 (for FileMaker 7, 8 and 8.5) (August 1st, 2006)
- (Mac OS X) Fixed a problem where the plug-in would not work after using the Auto Update feature of FileMaker Server.
- Updated the User Guide for version 2.5. We also improved the links in the table of contents, so the links now also work with the Preview application of Mac OS X.
- Fixed some small typos.
Version 2.5 (for FileMaker 7, 8 and 8.5) (July 10th, 2006)
- Made compatible with FileMaker Pro 8.5.
- (Mac OS X) Converted to Universal plug-in which runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs.
- Cleaned up code in several places.
- Prepared registration handling for 2.5 release.
- Improved GetIPAddrs.fp7 example file: it no longer hangs in a loop on Windows.
- Fixed some typos.
- Added “-AnyTriggered” switch for ACTR_GetEventInfo.
- Improved Remote.fp7. Implemented draft for broadcast on subnet.
Version 2.0.1 (for FileMaker 7 and 8) (January 16th, 2006)
- Fixed a bug when scheduling an event with empty “yourID and “usertext” parameters.
- The (unregistered) plug-in now also schedules an event after the initial flash dialog is shown.
Version 2.0b1 BETA(for FileMaker 7 and 8) (December 19th, 2005)
- Converted to new Function API of FileMaker Pro 7.
NOTE Most functions now fully support Unicode, however there are some exceptions. Please read the FileMaker Pro 8 conversion note in the download for more information on this.
Troi Activator Plug-in versions for FileMaker Pro 6
- Improved readme files and examples to reflect the Activator 2.0 release.
- Fixed a bug at startup: reading stored events from disk now works more reliable.
- When enabling with a wrong password the plug-in now returns the error code: kErrPwdWrong ($$-4219) instead of kErrCanNotEnable ($$-4218).
- Fixed a bug with a silent event. When a silent event is received, it no longer brings the application to the foreground.
- (Mac OS) Improved recovering from an disconnected (Ethernet) connection. If an Ethernet cable is removed and later put back, the plug-in now recovers and can receive events again.
- Improved the readme.
- FileMaker Pro 7 and runtimes from FileMaker Developer 7 now also get a different preference file for storing events on disk. They are called “Activator Events FP7” and “Activator Events Runtime7”. This allows you to run FileMaker Pro 6 Client and a FileMaker Pro 7 Client on the same computer with a separate set of Events.
- (Mac) Improved correct display of dialog messages, like when the plug-in has stopped working. Moved resources to a range not affected by the FileMaker application.
- (Mac) Improved triggering on Mac OS X 10.3.3
- (Win) Fixed a bug that could crash FileMaker 7 when disabling the plug-in in the preferences.
- (Win) Improved rescheduling when a scriptname to be triggered does not exists.
- Tested with FileMaker Pro 7. The plug-in is compatible with FileMaker Pro 7, it might be necessary to change the way parameters are passed to the plug-in’s function.IMPORTANT Please read the FileMaker Pro 7 conversion note for more information on this. See the file “activatorFMP7conversion.html” in the download.
- Updated the example files for better conversion to FileMaker Pro 7.
- Added new Actr-Control function, which can temporary disable the triggering of scripts.
- Added a possibility to do background processing, for example with a FileMaker Runtime application. For this purpose we added a switch “-DontGoToForeground” to the “Actr-SendRemoteEvent” function. See the new Background Processing folder in the download.
- Added a possibility to do send a remote event without a script being triggered. This allows the sending of information, where the receiver retrieves it when it wants to. This can be used in background processing, for example with a FileMaker Runtime application. See the new switch “-SilentEvent” of the “Actr-SendRemoteEvent” function. See also the new Background Processing folder for an example.
- Added switch -FirstSilentEvent to the Actr-GetEventInfo function, which retrieves the information of the first silent event.
- Added new switch -GetActivatorEventID for the Actr-GetEventInfo function. With this you can get the internal EventID of the last triggered Event.
- Runtimes now get a different preference file for storing events on disk. Its called “Activator Events Runtime5”. This allows to run FileMaker Pro Client and a Runtime on the same computer with a separate set of Events.
- Improved the Validation.fp5 example, included description on where the trigger calculation is implemented. Changed the Rec ID field to be a auto enter serial number.
- (Mac) Registration now also works if the registration file has a “.txt” extension.
- (Windows) Improved the speed of the new way to trigger, by about 60%.
- (Windows) Implemented a quicker way to trigger a script.
- Fixed a bug in finding the next event to be triggered, which could crash the plug-in.
- (Windows) Fixed a bug in the reading of events preferences, after the restart of FileMaker.
- (Mac+Windows) Fixed a bug: the same eventID would be reused after restarting FileMaker Pro, even if the data was still there for an older event with the same ID. This could result in returning wrong data from a GetEventInfo call.
- Tested with FileMaker Pro 6. We found no problems using FileMaker Pro 6.
- (Mac) GetIPAddress can now get all the IP addresses in case of a multi-homing computer.
- (Mac+Windows) Improved rescheduling.
- (Mac+Windows) Fixed a bug with the DeleteEvent function when deleting a specific Event.
1.3.0×2 special (30-January-2002)
- Found a bug on older Macintosh machines that don’t have a PowerPC native power manager (like an 6100 running Mac OS 8.1). We fixed this bug in a special version of the Activator plug-in, which plug-in does NOT have the sleep function. You can download this special version from our website.
- Included the correct Windows version of the plug-in. Instead of the older development version 1.2×2 of May 15th now version 1.3 is really included. Note that this plug-in the Actr-Version function still returns “Activator 1.3”.
- Tested with FileMaker 5.5 and ported to Mac OS X. The Mac version of the plug-in is now a so called ‘Super Fat’ plug-in that will run on Mac OS 8, 9 and Mac OS X.
- ScheduleEvent now can have an empty yourID and/or userText and does no longer give a parameter error.
- The unregistered plug-in now stops working after 90 minutes AFTER the first call to the plug-in. This means that if you don’t use the plug-in no dialogs are shown. This is useful for the developer license.
- Added support for runtimes created with FileMaker Developer 5 for Windows.
- Added support for FileMaker Pro 4.0 for Windows and FileMaker Pro 4.1 for Windows.
- Added support for runtimes created with FileMaker Developer 4.0 for Windows.
- Removed the limitation that the script to be triggered had to be in the same file as the file that is used to start listening. It is now also possible on Windows to trigger any script in any file that is open in FileMaker.
- Added new examples: Portal validation, Everyday Triggering, MultiRemote.
- (Mac) fixed a memory leak.
- Improved the user guide.
- The plug-in now stops working after 90 minutes.
- First public beta release.
We offer the following licenses for Troi Activator Plug-in:
single user, 10-user and 25-user license: these are meant for using the plug-in client-side, on FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced, including with files hosted by FileMaker Server. You need a license for every user that makes calls to the plug-in’s functions.
developer license: this license is meant for FileMaker solution developers, who want to include the plug-in with their solution(s) and distribute it to their end-users. Each of your end-users may use the plug-in with up to 25 users (contact us if any of your customers has more than 25 users). The number of organizations you distribute the plug-in to and the number of solutions you distribute it with are not limited. Works on FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced, including with files hosted by FileMaker Server.
Go to the developer license page for more info.
server/web license: this license registers the plug-in for use on FileMaker Server and FileMaker Server Advanced. You only need this license if you want to use the plug-in in server-side scripts and in web published databases. It has no user limit.
Go to the server-side plug-ins page for more info.
All licenses work both on macOS and on Windows.
|single user license||US $ 89 per user|
|10-user license||US $ 299|
|25-user license||US $ 469|
|developer license||US $ 469|
|server/web license||US $ 299|
If you have a license for a previous version, you can buy an upgrade for version 4.0. If you bought a license for version 3.6 on or after 12 May 2015, the upgrade to version 4.0 is FREE! Note: eligible users have be sent a new 4.0 registration. Contact us if you have not received yours.
If you bought a license before 12 May 2015, you will need to buy an upgrade to use the 4.0 version:
|single user license upgrade||US $ 39 per user|
|10-user license upgrade||US $ 199|
|25-user license upgrade||US $ 299|
|developer license upgrade||US $ 299|
|server/web license upgrade||US $ 199|
Below are a few things our users had to say about Troi Activator Plug-in:
“I needed a reliable way to get FM6 to ‘send’ data to FM7. I was considering XML and CWP calls, timed export/imports every minute, etc. But someone suggested Troi Activator and I can’t speak highly enough of the solution. It was simple, simple, simple to set up on both sides of the FileMaker divide. And it works across the network with the most incredible behind-the-scenes speed. What I ended up doing was setting up a ‘bot’ machine that runs FM7 with the plug-in, and then the four FM6 machines that need to communicate with 7 also have the plug-in installed. I guess I was expecting some kind of glitch like screen flash or momentary system freeze or something when the plug-in was activated, so I was very impressed — awed actually — that I saw my local copy of 7 (over a WAN connection to the client) updated only a second after the plug-in script was activated on 6 to the 7 bot. Up to 6000 characters of text can be sent along with the plug-in’s script trigger, so no unreliable exports/imports of data were required.
I highly, highly recommend this solution if anyone else needs to do such a thing…
Howard Schlossberg, FM Professional Solutions
“Originally we purchased the developer license of the Activator plug-in just to be able to trigger scripts on a field change. To our surprise, the script scheduling and ability to trigger scripts on a remote machine are just as valuable to us now. This is a plug-in that a FileMaker developer would be foolish to live without.”
Shawn Hogan, Lead Engineer at Digital Point Solutions
“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Very rarely do I go to any effort to write someone a thank-you note when I purchase their software. However, this time, it certainly warrants it.Your plug-in, “Activator” has saved me – literally – hundreds of hours and an immense amount of heartache in my runtime solution, which is a massive relational system for managing flight operations at one of Canada’s busiest airports.
The activator script allows me to simply forward requests through to other systems where they can be parsed and acted upon, without having to contend with establishing relationships, multi-user issues, or any of that stuff.
Thank-you Soooooo much for this plugin!”
Stephen Grant, Toronto, Canada
“Great work Peter! What will you think of next?!”
Clint Roberts, Senior Technical Editor for ISO FileMaker Magazine.
“We just heard about and started playing with the Activator Plug-in. It looks great. Once again you’ve provided the FileMaker community with a tool that empowers us to create innovative solutions to data management challenges. Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to you and your team. Your fine work is appreciated.”
Sean Branney, DataEmporium.Net.
“You’ve the first really usable Plug-in for scheduling scripts. Congratulations to this great Plug-in. :-)) “
Longin Ziegler, ismile.
“This plug-in is fantastic. And as usual from Troi it works really well and comes with excellent examples.”
review from Paul de Halle on VersionTracker.
We are still collecting more comments. If you have any remarks on the Activator Plug-in please send us your comments. Thanks!
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Activator Plug-in FAQ
See a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this plug-in.
Troi Activator Plug-in compared to script triggers in FileMaker 10-15
Read a more detailed comparison between native script triggering in FileMaker 10 through 15 and Troi Activator Plug-in.
Image Upload Server setup instructions
Read how to configure Troi Activator as an Image Upload Server, enabling your FileMaker Pro database to receive images including (GPS) location data.
Activator Plug-in Conversion from FileMaker Pro 6
(Older) information on how to convert databases which use the Activator, from FileMaker Pro 6 to FileMaker Pro 7 and later.
Trigger FileMaker Pro scripts across the network, even over internet!