FileMaker Solutions


Tex-Art Kiosk Interface

Posted in: FileMaker Solutions, Projects by John on January 17, 2010 | No Comments

TexArt Kiosk Home Screen

The Problem: During times of peak customer demand, the Service Desk at Tex-Art Stone can get backed up as sales associates hustle to fulfill customer orders. Often a customer will just need some basic information about product offerings, pricing & availability, or installation tips. Management wanted a way for customers to browse their complete Catalog and possibly create a ‘Pick List’ of items to streamline work for their sales staff.

Our Solution: We built a touch-screen interface for Tex-Art’s existing FileMaker catalog production system. Customers (even ones with burly hands) can perform quick searches by product category, vendor name, product line, or part/UPC number. They can review up-to-the moment pricing and inventory info and then optionally add it to their ‘cart’ for later purchase. Detailed product information, including installation instructions and high-res photos, can also be reviewed and printed.
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TexArt Catalog Production System

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TexArt Catalog DB Home Screen

The Problem: As a landscaping supply company, Tex-Art Stone offers a broad range of products to it’s clientele. Publishing a complete catalog is daunting and also wasteful. Most customers specialize in one or more area (i.e. masonry, lawn care, etc) and don’t have a need to review the entire line of products. Management needed a way to quickly generate highly customized catalogs and print them for a specific group of customers.

Our Solution: We developed a turn-key FileMaker-based application that provides a complete set of tools for printing custom catalogs. Our solution includes an Image Library, a print Groupings system, and a Catalog Creation tool that allows catalog contents to be controlled at a ‘fine grain’ level. We also added a built-in tool for generating photo ‘montages’ like this:

This tool allows the user to select existing photos from the Image Library and assemble them into a single photo montage. The individual photos can be scaled, rotated, and nudged to create a pleasing arrangement. Letter designations (i.e. ‘A, B, C…’) can then be added to each photo so that readers know which photo corresponds to which item in the product Grouping. The final image is stored as a single .jpeg file in the Image Library. And our client can do all of this without leaving Filemaker Pro or having to learn a complex photo editing program.
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