Join Cris Ippolite for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know, part of Learn FileMaker Go 15: The Basics.
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- [Voiceover] Up and Running with FileMaker Go 15 assumes that you've already built your FileMaker custom apps. In this course I cover how you can work with those apps on your iOS devices. So if you're not comfortable with the concepts behind building the databases, please take a moment, go back and watch FileMaker 15 Essential Training. For those of you that have used FileMaker Go before, I've included a couple movies at the end of this course that showcase some really cool techniques that I've never shown on Lynda.com before, so make sure to take the time to visit that section as you browse through this course.
The first thing that you should know about FileMaker Go is that it's a free app, so on your device, whether it's an iPhone or an iPad, you can go to the iTunes store and search for FileMaker Go 15, then click on that app, download it to your device. You don't have to pay for the device, so it's easy to be able to experiment with it. When you first open it up you'll be taken to some getting started files, and you can either tour those to get familiar with FileMaker Go, or you can dismiss them and leave them off your app. Once you have a copy of FileMaker Go 15 on your device, you can either use a custom app that's stored on the device or you can connect to a custom app that's hosted on FileMaker's server.
If you choose to connect to a custom app that's hosted on FileMaker's server, that copy of FileMaker server will require enough connections to support your device. Connections are purchased as part of the FileMaker server license. You can contact FileMaker sales if you want to increase connections on your existing license. Knowing how users will connect to your custom app will help you determine whether or not you need to buy connections, and even how many you should buy. Users with web browsers accessing custom solutions using WebDirect, or users running FileMaker Go on iPad or iPhone will require paid connections to the FileMaker server.
These are what are referred to as concurrent connections. For example, let's say you have a team that has several members, and they all connect to FileMaker's server using an iPad or iPhone throughout the course of the day. You see in this graphic, we've got 11 rows, each one of them representing a user, and you can see in the diagram that the purple lines indicate the different times or the sessions in which they're connected to the server. The key with figuring out how many concurrent connections you need is you have to find out the peak, how many total connections, the height of the connections throughout the course of the day, how many do you have, and in this case we see that there's eight of them, so right around the middle of the day, eight of the 11 users are all connected to the server at the same time, so that means that you would need a FileMaker server license that would accommodate up to eight concurrent connections, not 11, but just the eight that are connected at any one time.
Once you've got FileMaker Go installed on your devices, you can work with either locally stored custom apps or you can connect to hosted custom apps as long as you have available connections on your FileMaker server license.
- Getting files on the device
- Navigating in FileMaker Go
- Working with data
- Performing finds
- Using container fields
- AV controls
- Signature capture
- Barcode scanning
- Creating layouts optimized for FileMaker Go
- Detecting user gestures
- Communicating with other apps via URL schemes
- Securing your custom apps with Touch ID
- Connecting with iBeacon