FileMaker Databases on the iPad and iPhone by Arthur Evans
FileMaker Databases on the iPad and iPhoneby Arthur Evans
Arthur Evans, from the on site FileMaker training specialists AWE Consultancy,explains two current methods by which iPad and iPhone users can access aFileMaker database on an Apple mobile device and manage records held withina FileMaker file
The new iPad from Apple, with its 9.7-inch high-resolution screen,
and theforthcoming iPhone 4, with its 3.5 inch screen, are ideal devices for mobile databaserecord management. The ability to view and edit records held within a FileMakerdatabase on a device that is so much more portable than a laptop holds great potentialfor mobile workers. Doctors wishing to refer to patient notes while undertaking wardrounds, portable appliance testers, market researchers, and sales teams are all goodexamples of where an iPad or iPhone would be a far more discreet and practicalplatform for accessing a FileMaker file, in comparison with having to break off eyecontact with a patient, interviewee, or customer, to unpack and switch on a laptop.This article demonstrates two current methods by which FileMaker records can bedisplayed and edited on an iPad or iPhone.The first method makes use of the iPad/iPhone’s built in Safari Web browser to accessremotely hosted FileMaker files, where the file sharing settings have been modifiedfor Instant Web Publishing and the file layout design optimised for the smallerscreens within the mobile devices.The second method involves local storage of FileMaker records on the mobile device,using the FMTouch application, which is available to purchase from the Apple AppStore.