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Activator Plug-in 4.0

Ever wanted to tell other users you changed an appointment or ask someone to get out of a record? Now you can with Troi Activator Plug-in!

The Activator is a very powerful tool for triggering scripts across the network, even over internet!

Runs with FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14 and 15

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List of features

Troi Activator Plug-in has the following features:

  • use as an Image and Text Upload Server
  • trigger a FileMaker script on a different computer
  • uses TCP/IP so you can trigger a FileMaker script over internet
  • built-in security ID to prevent unauthorized triggering
  • get the IP address of your computer, so others can send messages to you
  • send a message and/or a number (e.g. a record ID) with the trigger
  • start and stop listening for remote trigger messages
  • trigger a script on a specified date and time
  • schedule up to 1500 trigger events which trigger any script you want
  • selectively delete events or delete all events
  • validate fields on exiting a record with a custom script suited to your specific needs
  • run a script from any FileMaker calculation, for example a tooltip
  • list all events and event data including future and triggered events
  • trigger a FileMaker script in the background on a runtime
  • built-in registration function
  • extensive plug-in version function can return version string, version number, the path where the plug-in is installed, the registration status and even show the plug-in's flash dialog from a script

Suggested uses

  • 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 serial devices)
  • get someone out of a record, so that it is no longer locked

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

System requirements

Troi Activator Plug-in will work on these platforms:

System requirements OS X

OS X 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), OS X 10.7 (Lion), OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

System requirements Windows

Windows 7 on Intel-compatible computer 1 GHz or faster
Windows 8 on Intel-compatible computer 1 GHz or faster
Windows 8.1 on Intel-compatible computer 1 GHz or faster
Windows 10 on Intel-compatible computer 1 GHz or faster

FileMaker requirements

FileMaker Pro 12 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 12 or higher
FileMaker Pro 13 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 13 or higher
FileMaker Pro 14 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 14 or higher
FileMaker Pro 15 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 15 or higher

You can use FileMaker Server to host databases that use functions of the Activator plug-in. In this case you need to have the plug-in installed at each client that uses these functions.

Below you'll find this information in a table:

Activator Plug-in can be used?
FileMaker version
OS X
Windows
FileMaker Pro 15
Yes, v4.0
Yes, v4.0
FileMaker Pro 14
Yes, v3.6 through 4.0
Yes, v3.6 through 4.0
FileMaker Pro 13 & 12
Yes, v3.5.4 through 4.0
Yes, v3.5.4 through 4.0
FileMaker Pro 10 or 11
Yes, v3.0 through v3.5.4
Yes, v3.0 through v3.5.4
FileMaker Pro 9
Yes, v3.0 + v2.7
Yes, v3.0 + v2.7
FileMaker Pro 8.5
Yes, v2.5 + v2.7
Yes, v2.5 + v2.7
FileMaker Pro 8 or 7
Yes, v2.0 through v2.7
Yes, v2.0 through v2.7
FileMaker Pro 4.0 through 6
Yes, v1.5.1
Yes, v1.5.1
Runtime created with FileMaker Advanced 15
Yes, v4.0
Yes, v4.0
Runtime created with FileMaker Advanced 14
Yes, v3.6 through 4.0
Yes, v3.6 through 4.0
Runtime created with FileMaker Advanced 13 or 12
Yes, v3.5.4 through 4.0
Yes, v3.5.4 through 4.0
Runtime created with FileMaker Advanced 11
Yes, v3.0 through v3.5.4
Yes, v3.0 through v3.5.4
Runtime created with FileMaker Advanced 9, 10
Yes, v2.6 and later
Yes, v2.6 and later
Runtime created with FileMaker Advanced 8.x
Yes, v2.5 and later
Yes, v2.5 and later
Runtime created with FileMaker Developer 7
Yes, v2.0 and later
Yes, v2.0 and later
Runtime created with FileMaker Developer 6, 5.x or Developer Edition 4.0
Yes, v1.5.1
Yes, v1.5.1
FileMaker Pro 3 and earlier
No
No

Run as a server-side plug-in

Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 is compatible to run under FileMaker Server: it can run as a server-side plug-in or as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine when using FileMaker Server. This means that you can use the powerful trigger functions in server-side scripts, opening up lots of new possibilities.

Please note: FileMaker Pro and Server 15 and 14 and FileMaker Server 13 and WebDirect are 64-bit processes, for which plug-ins need to be compiled for 64-bit. On Windows 64-bit plug-ins have a different extension: fmx64. In the download of Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 you will find this extra copy of the plug-in.
Plug-ins for OS X can be universal and the extension is always the same: fmplugin. A universal plug-in is a single plug-in that will run on a 32-bit process as well as on 64-bit process. You can not easily see if a OS X plug-in is 64-bit compatible. Therefore we have created a simple dropper app called "Troi Architecture Check" to determine for which architectures a plug-in is compiled. You can download the app here.

NOTE 2 Running on FileMaker Server 13, 14 and 15 and WebDirect Troi Activator can only send messages, not receive them.

Function overview

Below are all functions of Troi Activator Plug-in:

Function name
Short description
Actr_Control temporary disable script triggering
Actr_DeleteEvent remove an event from the memory of the plug-in
Actr_GetEventInfo return information associated with the event, like an ID and/or text
Actr_GetIPAddress get the IP address of this computer
Actr_Restart restart the computer
Actr_RunScript run a script directly from a calculation box
Actr_ScheduleEvent schedule a script to be automatically triggered in the future
Actr_SendRemoteEvent send a trigger script message to a remote computer
Actr_Shutdown shutdown the computer
Actr_Sleep put the computer into sleep and let it wake up again at a specified time
Actr_StartListener start listening for messages from other computers
Actr_StopListener stop listening for messages from other computers
Actr_StartHTTPServer* start a HTTP Server which triggers a script when uploaded (image) data arrives
Actr_StopHTTPServer* stop the HTTP Server
Actr_Version determine which version of the plug-in is loaded; also used for registration
Actr_VersionAutoUpdate returns a 8 digit version number, formatted for FileMaker Server's AutoUpdate function

* is not available on Windows.

What are the costs?

Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 has the following pricing:

New Licenses
But-it!
Single user license:
10-user pack:
25-user pack:
US$ 89 per user
US$ 299
US$ 469
Developer Licenses
Allows you to include the plug-in with all FileMaker solutions that your company sells to organizations of up to 25 users.

Developer license (Mac + Windows): US$ 469
Server/web license
Allows to use the plug-in in server-side scripts and in web published databases using FileMaker Server Advanced (no user limit).
 
ServerWeb license for Mac + Windows: US$ 299

The plug-in uses a new 4.0 version of the registration. If you have a license for a previous version, you can buy an upgrade of your license.

Upgrades from previous versions

If you bought a license for a version 3.6 on or after May 12th, 2015, the upgrade to version 4.0 is FREE! Note: eligible users will be sent a new registration. Contact us if you have not received yours after June 17th, 2016.

If you bought a license before May 12th, 2015 you will need to buy an upgrade to use the 4.0 version.

Upgrades from previous versions:

Single license (Mac or Windows):
10-user pack:
25-user pack:
US$ 39 per user
US$ 199
US$ 299
Upgrades from previous Developer Licenses:

Single platform Developer license to Cross platform platform Developer license:
Cross platform Developer license to Cross platform Developer license:
US$ 399
US$ 299
Upgrades from previous Server/web License:

Cross platform Server/web license: US$ 199

Developer License available

For the Activator Plug-in we have a developer license specially intended for developers of databases. This license allows you to include our plug-in with ALL databases or FileMaker solutions that your company sells to organizations of up to 25 users. See the Activator Plug-in Developer License page for more information.

Related pages

Version History page

On this page you can see in which version a certain feature was added.

Activator Plug-in FAQ

On this page you can see a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this plug-in.

Troi Activator Plug-in compared to script triggers in FileMaker 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15

On this page you can read a more detailed comparison between native script triggering in FileMaker 10 through 15 and Troi Activator Plug-in.

Image Upload Server setup instructions

On this page you can 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

On this (older) page you can find more information on how to convert databases which use the Activator, from FileMaker Pro 6 to FileMaker Pro 7 and later.

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