360Works SuperContainer:: FileMaker Document Storage :: FileMaker Image Storage

SuperContainer is the easiest way to upload, view, and download files to and from any FileMaker database, plus it offers numerous advantages over FileMaker's built-in container field: faster speeds, smaller file sizes, web browser uploads, and cross-platform file path compatibility.

SuperContainer is lightweight

SuperContainer stores files in folders on your server, not within your FileMaker database. You can add all the Microsoft Word documents, PDFs, and photos you could ever want to your FileMaker database, and the size of the database will never increase. This means faster backups, less database corruption, and better performance.

SuperContainer is web friendly

SuperContainer is simple to install on your FileMaker Server, and requires no plugins. It is designed to be used from within a web viewer in FileMaker Pro 11 or higher, or your favorite web browser through Instant Web Publishing (IWP), WebDirect, Custom Web Publishing, or a site using the FileMaker PHP API.

SuperContainer is faster

SuperContainer automatically creates dynamically resized thumbnails from high resolution images, which load much faster than regular containers. It is also multi-threaded, which means no more waiting for your container fields to display before you can start typing and clicking. Remote users will see an especially significant speed boost with SuperContainer.

SuperContainer and FileMaker Go

SuperContainer running in FileMaker Go With SuperContainer 2.75 and later versions, FileMaker Go and mobile devices are fully supported and optimized. Now iPad and iPhone users with FileMaker Go will be able to view documents stored in SuperContainer with no programming changes required.

Mobile users need SuperContainer more than ever. Because SuperContainer thumbnail file sizes are a tiny fraction of the full-size images, they load much faster, especially over a 3G connection. And because SuperContainer is multi-threaded, your users will never have to wait for files to load before they can start working.

Files stored in SuperContainer are interactive - you can click on them to see a full-sized image, the contents of a Word or PDF file, or play a QuickTime movie. You can also optionally add a button with an 'Open URL' script step to open your SuperContainer files in a full-screen view.

Files stored in regular container fields in FileMaker Go will increase the size of your database. If you have many files stored in the database, the file size will become unmanageable. With SuperContainer, all of your files are stored as individual files outside of your FileMaker database, so your database stays light weight, even with thousands or millions of attached documents!

We've prepared a 9-minute video showing SuperContainer running in FileMaker Go. This video demonstrates the speed and interactivity of SuperContainer.

SuperContainer videos

Video: Installation
SuperContainer is extremely easy to set up and integrate into your FileMaker solution - watch this movie demonstrating how to set up SuperContainer in less than 2 minutes - 1:37.
Video: Uploading
Watch a movie showing how to upload files to FileMaker in a web browser - 1:08
Video: Speed comparison
Watch a movie showing the speed difference between SuperContainer and regular container fields - 1:23
Video: Optional plugin
For an example of what the SuperContainer Companion Plugin can do, watch this short movie showing how to migrate existing container fields into SuperContainer.

What is SuperContainer?

SuperContainer lets you do document management and digital asset management using FileMaker Web Viewers instead of container fields. You can upload, download, view, and resize images and documents using FileMaker Pro client software or with your web browser and Instant Web Publishing. It is the perfect solution for storing scanned images, digital photos, PDF documents, and any other document or file without the the problems associated with embedded or referenced container fields: slow speed, large files and cumbersome backups, cross-platform path issues, lack of browser uploads, and share drive IT issues.

Why use SuperContainer?

SuperContainer can do everything a regular container field can do and more. It automatically creates dynamically resized thumbnails from high resolution images which load much faster than regular containers; provides better folder organization for where to store the files; is cross-platform compatible; and stores the files in regular folders on your server instead of embedding them into your FileMaker database. It is also compatible with Instant Web Publishing (IWP) or WebDirect, and even allows you to do web uploads straight from your web browser into FileMaker. It is good for any solution that needs document and image storage in a FileMaker database, but it is particularly well-suited to document management and digital asset management with large images or many files with high disk space and file size requirements in a multi-user environment.

Who needs SuperContainer?

  • Legal firms: Store all of your legal documents and Microsoft Office files, using the revision control feature to keep a copy of every version.
  • Photography studios, creative agencies, and marketing departments: Finally achieve web-accessible, neatly organized storage for all of your clients and projects, with no size limitations. Let SuperContainer automatically generate web-optimized thumbnails from the hi-res files for web access, instead of creating thumbnail versions yourself.
  • Printing companies and web developers: Use the web upload feature of SuperContainer to let your clients upload files to your site.
  • GIS, cartographers, architects, and scientific researchers: Store terabytes of digital images, maps, floorplans, and data samples without bogging down FileMaker.
  • Anyone that needs to store large documents and images in a multi-user environment.

How does SuperContainer work?

SuperContainer is a Java servlet which allows you to upload, view, and download images and files from a web server. By using the Web Viewer layout object in FileMaker, it can be embedded directly into your FileMaker layouts and the Web Publishing Engine (WPE), giving the appearance and behavior of a container field. Installation couldn't be easier - just download and double-click, and your SuperContainer server is running.

Is it a plugin?

SuperContainer is an application that you run on the server, not a plugin. You do not need to install plugins on your users computers to use SuperContainer; it uses the Web Viewer feature built into FileMaker. However, we do include an optional plugin to allow you to access the contents of SuperContainer data in your calculations and scripts. For an example of what the plugin can do, watch this short movie showing how to migrate existing container fields into SuperContainer - 1:28.

SuperContainer was demonstrated at the keynote speech and on the show floor of the 2006 Developer Conference, and also by Richard Carlton Consulting at DevCon 2008. Version 2 has been overhauled to add many new features, an optional administrative plugin, and an extremely simple installation and configuration process - double click and you're running!

Product Case Study

  • Cooper Flooring - Grew their business from 13 to 130 Home Depot stores with the help of SuperContainer.
  • Pool Pro - This case study shows how Pool Pro Office, Inc. solved their backup problems and realized speed gains of 500% with SuperContainer.
  • Clutch Studios - Using SuperContainer allowed for a fast browser-based solution for their studio and inventory management.
  • Compass Real Estate - Upgrading Compass Real Estate's data from Excel to FileMaker allowed this real estate and development company to quickly enter, search, and analyze data. Adding SuperContainer gave them a central location for all their documents.
  • Springs Creative - For Springs Creative, 360Works used SuperContainer to reduce file size with a current database and streamline their work flow.

How does it differ from FileMaker 12 container fields?

SuperContainer is a customized container, built for web. Both SuperContainer and FileMaker 12 and higher offer storage outside of FileMaker solutions, thumbnails, and smaller file sizes, but SuperContainer allows for customized and complete flexibility of the file location and structure. SuperContainer can also be deployed on any computer for users who desire dedicated storage resources. SuperContainer also offers easy file uploads from the web, simple browser access to files, compatibility for legacy solutions, PHP, and Java and more. Please note that FileMaker 12+ containers do support uploads from FileMaker Go, which are not currently supported in SuperContainer. FileMaker 12+ containers also work well in a single user environment, where SuperContainer requires the application to be installed on a server. For a detailed comparison, please see this article.

What does the FileMaker community think of SuperContainer?

Richard Carlton, CEO of RC consulting Inc., states that " Super Container is an absolute mission critical tool for just about every FileMaker project my company completes for a client . Deploying document management capabilities within a FileMaker database is difficult to implement and generally results in the users refusing to use the database because it is slow. Painfully slow. SuperContainer solves these problems, and now I have happy customers."

Geoff Coffey at Six Fried Rice had this to say: "It is really slick. It is fast, easy, and you get total control over where your images are stored. I love it."

Paul Dacanay from Productive Computing told us that "I really appreciate the level of customer service you've offered on your products. Your Supercontainer and Plastic plug-ins work great, and they're easy to configure/deploy. We always strive to go the 'extra mile' for our clients, so it's really refreshing to be on the receiving end of sterling customer service. "

John Sindelar of SeedCode said in his newsletter article about managing files associated with records in FileMaker, "The best answer to all this is a third party product called SuperContainer which will store your assets on a server of your choice, but present them in FileMaker as if they were IN your FileMaker database. This is something I can heartily recommend. And the guys at 360Works who make SuperContainer are great with their support. "

"I downloaded the [SuperContainer] demo yesterday and it's fantastic. Should have looked at it sooner ." —Anne Adams, Wellspring Data

"SuperContainer is an excellent solution for allowing our clients to centrally locate their externally stored files, while retaining the ability to share their solution over the internet. We have had nothing but great experiences with 360Works' support of their product as well. " —John May, Point In Space

"My suggestion is that you investigate SuperContainer by 360Works... it is quite a compelling solution for making images available to FMP clients as well as web users without worrying about bloating your file size or cross-platform paths or having your images locked away in container fields." —Corn Walker, Proof Group

"THANK YOU! This works. It is also noticeably faster when loading the images . Our design department will be VERY happy." —Jerremy Jones, Creatacor Exhibits and Displays, Inc.

"SuperContainer is simply a must for any organization using FileMaker. It is easy to set up and works like a champ. " —Richard Sutterfield, Arlington ISD

"My client and I love SuperContainer. No problems, simple, works as advertised." —Scott Koontz

"SuperContainer has been awesome! Thanks for a great product!" —Steven Rubenstein

"I have to say I'm really impressed with the speed and flexibility of SuperContainer." —Brian Bevel, Lindbergh School District

"I have no programming experience and was surprised/impressed how easy it was to implement SuperContainer " —Mike Williams, Eco3 Inc.

"I highly recommend replacing your old method of storing images in container fields with a new method: SuperContainer from 360Works. It has a lot of advantages, one of them is reducing the file size tremendously. I use SuperContainer in almost every solution I build. " —Agnes Riley, ZeroBlue Technology Solutions

"I was expecting to have to do a lot to integrate it with the client's solution—from a past history with other third party products—but the SuperContainer portion of the setup only took a few minutes . My client is very happy with the result, and so am I. SuperContainer just works." —Paul Spafford, Spafford Data Solutions

"This is my second [360Works] product. You make great stuff and your full featured demos are just good business. I have 110,000 medical images being served with SuperContainer." —James Lewis,

"My clients love Super Container. It’s fast, flexible and crosses platforms seamlessly." —Jeffrey Scornavacca, Silver Lake Productions, Inc.

"Great filemaker work, very useful to architects tracking documents." —David Springett, Paragrid

"I was asked by a skin cancer screening clinic to build an electronic patient record system to manage their online diagnosis system. This relies entirely on quality images of “moles” or other skin lesions. The images are taken by the screening nurse, uploaded to the database, then assessed by a dermatologist. The various operators are in different sites (actually in different countries!) accessing the database in various ways and optimum internet connections cannot always be guaranteed. Fast rendering of images and a reliable way to upload from a variety of cameras, hard drives USB sticks etc to a central properly managed file system were therefore paramount and we found that SuperContainer did the job admirably. Finally, the FileMaker solution was a temporary one while a completely web based sql/php system was built. We were worried that it would prove complicated and difficult to port the images to the new system but in fact it was straightforward using a combination of the SuperContainer plugin and FileMaker native functions." —Michael Hannah, Golanda

"...I would highly recommend you consider investing in the SuperContainer plug-in from 360Works. I resisted for a while trying to save a few dollars, but once I broke down and bought this plug-in, I couldn't remember how I ever lived without it. It makes everything having to do with storing and retrieving documents (any kind of file) so much easier and faster and so much more flexible. And many of the cross-platform issues just disappear for even more time savings and fewer headaches. Now I can do things I never would have attempted without it, and thus my solutions are more modern and sophisticated, even while I'm doing less work. Who wouldn't love that? ;-)" —Morgan Jones, One Part Harmony

"...We have SuperContainer working on the client's new server. Thought you'd be interested to know that we're at 1.3 million scans, and the number continues to grow every working day." —Steve Davis, Databases By Design

"I appreciate the information on the new update. Absolutely thrilled with what you guys do, and your products are top notch." —Mark Rankin, Command, LLC

"I just wanted to say how pleased I am with upgrading to SuperContainer 2. So much better for everyone not having to load the Java applet! My troubleshooting for my various IWP-enabled databases has dropped to nearly zero." — Daren Follweiler

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