Confidential! For Your Eyes Only…

Sometimes as FileMaker developers we have to give back to the kids. Let me give you an example: My daughter went through a phase where everything “spy” related was very cool. For her 9th birthday party, I dressed up as a CIA agent (suit, sunglasses, earbud com). So what more can a FileMaker developer, with kids interested in spies, do to support their interest…? Build them an app for sending coded messages of course! (I apologize now to teachers and parents everywhere. 😉 TopSecret is a fun little FileMaker Go file that encodes and decodes messages.



There are screens designed specifically for iPhone, iPad and the Desktop. Download the file. Mostly this is just a fun app, but there are a couple interesting things happening behind the scenes:

  • Layout design for portrait or landscape The iPhone and iPad screens support rotation and hide/show information based on the device’s orientation
  • Open with URL TopSecret passes messages via email and it uses FileMaker’s ability to open files from a URL to open the file and pass it some information about which code to use in the decoding process.


Providing instructions to a TopSecret app would just insult any spy worth his/her salt, but for the rest of us I thought an example might be needed. Take a look at this short video that demonstrates how to use TopSecret:

I hope you (or your kids) have fun with TopSecret!

Chad Adams is a FileMaker Certified Developer at Skeleton Key.

About Skeleton Key

Skeleton Key is an accomplished team of technology consultants who solve business problems. We specialize in the rapid development of custom applications, integrating Macs and PCs in the professional workplace, and providing personalized training. Despite our end-to-end technical skills, we are consultant first and technologist second. We know that you don’t just need technology. You need to know that the technology you choose to deploy will provide the results you desire. Skeleton Key is a Platinum Level FileMaker Business Alliance company, an Authorized FileMaker Trainer, a member of the Apple Consultants Network and a Microsoft Registered Partner.