Join Cris Ippolite for an in-depth discussion in this video What is FileMaker Go?, part of Up and Running with FileMaker Go.
So you've heard about this product FileMaker Go and you're wondering what is it? Well, let's look at it this way. Based on Apple's latest earnings, the company is selling 250,000 iPads everyday and 500,000 iPhones everyday. It's a staggering and almost incomprehensible number. Now a large number of those device users also need custom database solutions, and business owners are already buying the devices and trying to make a business case for them. So imagine if you could pitch those same business owners and decision makers on a platform that not only provides a low cost app development environment for iOS, but that those same applications could then be networked to an expansive back-end system that could be shared with hundreds of users simultaneously.
Well, that exist and it's a product called FileMaker Go. In this course, I'm going to introduce you to the FileMaker Go application environment. So FileMaker Go is a true FileMaker Pro client extended to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch as an iOS application. The application is free of charge and can be downloaded from the iTunes store to any iOS 6 device. So when you're planning your databases and determining which user groups you'll have, it's now very important that you include users that are outside your network that have access to possibly an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod Touch.
So if you use your imagination, this can open up the door for things like creating sales quotes for industrial machinery, creating walking portfolios of digital creative samples, managing car rental agreements and deliveries on the road, tracking multiple printing projects on the shop floor, conducting neighborhood surveys door-to-door, clothing inventory to assist customers while shopping. The list goes on and on and on and these are all examples of things that people are already doing with FileMaker Go. With over one-half million downloads and counting, users are already finding interesting ways to use FileMaker Go on iOS devices.
Now you can extend your existing database to users anywhere in the world or even create your own single-user iOS app. FileMaker Go allows users to view and manipulate FileMaker Pro databases that are either hosted or copied onto a user's mobile device. In the same way that Mobile Safari allows iOS users to work with websites designed for the desktop, FileMaker Go lets users access layouts that were created in FileMaker Pro with no additional modification required. Of course, developers can opt to tailor their layouts to serve the screen size and the fingers of the iPhone and iPad users.
Actually, you'll notice that in our exercise files for this course that we already have a series of layouts that are created for the different iOS devices. You'll notice that they're organized into either iPad or iPhone versions. The exercise files also already have what we call an Open Script that detect which device and then take the users to those appropriate layouts. FileMaker Pro does a fantastic job of preserving fidelity across all platforms. So what works in FileMaker Pro, works in FileMaker Go, albeit with some important exceptions that are going to be covered later in this course.
FileMaker Go is a client that's intended for working with your existing FileMaker 12 databases. Now recognize as a developer, you're not going to have access to any of the authoring capabilities when you're on the device. For example, if you're in FileMaker Go, there's no Layout mode or Manage Database dialog, but you'll still continue to do all of the development work on the desktop and then view all the results on the mobile device. In this course, I'll show you how to work with your databases inside of the Go app and discuss some considerations when creating databases for use on Go.
One important note, FileMaker Go 12 only works with FileMaker Pro 12 files. All of the exercises in this course are .fmp12 files, so those can work on FileMaker Go 12. FileMaker Go is a true FileMaker Pro client that dramatically extends the reach and convenience of FileMaker Pro databases to the iPhone and iPad as an iOS application. So join over the one-half million users and counting and enjoy playing around with your current databases as iOS apps as you get more familiar with FileMaker Go.
- What is FileMaker Go?
- Opening files via the File Browser
- Working with records in FileMaker Go
- Exploring container fields
- Designing for FileMaker Go
- Understanding session management
- Communicating with other iOS apps