Join Cris Ippolite for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing the new FileMaker Go interface, part of FileMaker 13 New Features.
Before we dive into a tour of the new FileMaker Go 13 interface, I just wanted to stop for a moment and tell you a couple of things that might be just a little bit different from previous versions of the FileMaker Go app. First I should let you know that in this chapter we're not going to be doing the comprehensive tour of all the features and functionality in FileMaker Go, if you are interested in that you can go on to the lynda.com on-line training library and check out the, Up and Running with FileMaker Go title. Which has everything you need to know about working with FileMaker Go. However in this movie I want to give you a little bit of a preview of the things that have changed just a little bit.
First off what hasn't changed is that FileMaker Go is still available for download via iTunes. However it's now been combined into a single universal app. So you've got FileMaker Go 13 for both iPad and iPhone. So with one single download, you can install on your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, or iPod touch. Your devices will require iOS 6 or iOS 7 or later. The FileMaker Go 13 app still remains free, like its predecessor FileMaker Go 12. There may be charges associated with concurrent connections to the database that's hosted with FileMaker Server 13.
So you can have as many databases as you want stored locally on your device, but if you want to connect to a server, that server needs to make sure that you have something that's called a connection available. Connections are new in FileMaker 13. Knowing how users will connect to your solution will help you determine whether or not you need to actually purchase a connection. Users with paid licenses of FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Pro Advance on Windows or Mac operating system, can connect to FileMaker Server 13 for no additional connection cost.
But users with web browsers, who want to use web direct, or users running file maker go on the iPad, or any iOS device, will require paid connections to FileMake Server. These are called, concurrent connections. The user with the iPad doesn't pay, but you make this purchase by buying a block of connections when you purchase FileMaker Server. You want to be able to determine how many connections you'll need. The best way to do that is to figure out the maximum number of people connected at any one time, using an iPad, iPhone, or web browser, to your FileMaker Server.
So the best way to determine this is take a look throughout the course of the day, how many different people connect to your server, regardless of which databases they're connected to. And at that peak time determine what the, the highest number of connected users are, and that's the number of connections that you need. You can make that purchase when you buy FileMaker Server 13, or you can add on connections after the fact. As long as you have available connections, you can connect to hosted FileMaker files, or you can even access the local files with no connection needed. FileMaker Pro 13 comes with 16 starter solutions.
Some of these starter solutions, the four that you see here, contacts, assets, contact management, and invoices, have all been completely redesigned for FileMaker Pro 13. They've also been designed with you iOS devices in mind. For example, You'll see that all of them have iPad and iPhone layouts already created for them. They also have some of the container functionality already built in and even some of them ship with barcode scanning options. They also have scripts like for example, the trigger on first window open. That use some of the new functions to be able to detect devices, and then once those devices are detected it takes them to specialized layouts.
So as you can see only a little bit has changed from FileMaker Go 13 from its previous versions. And the good news is it's free, so that you can take a tour, without adding any additional costs.
- An overview of the new FileMaker 13 platform
- Working with Object States
- Defining custom styles
- Creating new themes
- Object visibility
- Applying Active state to portal rows and lists
- Outer and inner shadow and padding
- Working with popovers
- FileMaker Server 13 Admin Console
- Uploading files to FileMaker Server 13
- Performing scripts on the server
- New FileMaker script triggers
- Base64 encoding and decoding
- The new Get functions
- Introducing WebDirect
- The new FileMaker Go 13
- Custom iOS keyboard types
- Barcode scanning