what you always wanted to know about soSIMPLE Calendar

What are the system requirements for soSIMPLE Calendar?

For Standalone calendars:

  • FileMaker Pro 13 v2 or FileMaker Go 13

For Server-Powered calendars:

  • FileMaker Server 12 or above, including FileMaker Server 13
  • FileMaker Pro 12 or above
  • Calendars work in:
    • FileMaker Pro 12+
    • FileMaker Go 12+
    • All recent versions of IE, Chrome, Explorer or Safari
    • All recent mobile browsers


What’s the difference between Standalone and Server-Powered?

Standalone calendars don’t require FileMaker Server and only work within FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go solutions.

Server-Powered calendars require FileMaker Server and, in addition to FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go, can be used in WebDirect or directly from any browser or as a web app, and is generally more flexible.

They can both be integrated into your solutions. If you’re integrating many calendars, Server-Powered is typically easier to deploy.

Other differences are here.


What are the two FileMaker Pro files you provide?

  • My Calendar Solution is our calendar implementation that you can use on its own or by integrating it into your solution.
  • soSIMPLE Calendar Settings is the backend configuration software for all your calendars, whether they’re Server-Powered, or Standalone.


Do you need both files?

If you’re using My Calendar Solution on its own, or integrated into your solution, you need both of these files on the same server, or in the same folder.

Regardless, you always need to have the soSIMPLE Calendar Settings included in your solution, whether it’s Standalone or Server-Powered. We’re considering changing this requirement for standalone calendars in a future release.


Do you provide a demo or trial version?


You can try soSIMPLE Calendar live without even downloading anything. Just go to our “Try It Now” page. You can try Server-Powered calendars right from our web site, or open our hosted solution in FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Go.

Or, to try it on your own server, download soSIMPLE Calendar from the “Try it Now” page. This is the full product with no expiration, time limits, or other limitations. The only difference is that all calendars have a watermark that shows the product is yet to be registered, and the file “My Calendar Solution” is in Data Entry mode only. When you decide to purchase, you just register the software, and continue using it.


Do I need a plug-in to use your calendar?


However, soSIMPLE provides you with the mighty MBS Plugin, which is optional, and helpful in a couple of scenarios:

  • MBS Plugin is used  within soSIMPLE Calendar Settings for copying your custom scripts and layout objects to the clipboard.
  • MBS Plugin can also be used on Server-Powered FileMaker Pro-based calendars (created with both “Server Powered” and “Client-Side Script” selected). Using this plugin enables you to update a single event on the calendar without having to refresh the entire calendar. The plug-in is optional for this use.
  • The calendars are completely functional and interactive without the plugins.
  • No plugins are used for “Server-Side Async” calendars – those typically deployed on the web or for FileMaker WebDirect.

Another note about the plugin: since we can optionally install this plugin at startup, Client Side solutions should call the startup script in soSIMPLE Calendar Settings. Our sample script does this for you.


Is soSIMPLE Calendar a fully-functioning solution?


Beginning with version 3, My Calendar Solution is now a fully functional calendar that can be used as it is, expanded upon, or integrated into your solution.


My demo is locked – do you provide the password after I purchase the product?

We provide the developer password to the file My Calendar Solution. This file is completely editable and configurable once you purchase any version of soSIMPLE Calendar.

However, the soSIMPLE Calendar Settings file is a settings tool. It is carefully designed to setup and deploy calendars. Your end-users never have to see this file. You do not receive the developer password to this file. We do provide functions for you to change the configuration password to soSIMPLE Calendar Settings, and to have FileMaker Server hide the file in the “Open Remote” window. (see Settings window)


Do you do custom development


We built soSIMPLE Calendar to empower you with the tools to build sophisticated calendars without the need to know PHP, JavaScript, CSS, or any other web technologies. We did our best to include all the features that we think you’d need in a calendar, based the ones that we’ve built for our clients. If you need something special that we didn’t include, we’d be happy to provide custom development in FileMaker Pro, or in the soSIMPLE backend. Please contact us.


What if I need help?

We’re just an email away. Please contact us if you need any help installing or putting together your first calendar.