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Data-Driven IOS Apps for iPad and iPhone with FileMaker Pro, Bento by FileMaker, and FileMaker Go
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Use FileMaker (R) technologies to create powerful mobile data apps for iPhone (R), iPod (R) touch, and iPad (TM) Apple's FileMaker technologies make it easy to create powerful, data-driven apps for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and any mobile device's web browser. In this book, leading FileMaker and iOS expert Jesse Feiler teaches you all the skills and techniques you'll need, whether you're a developer, knowledge worker, or manager. Feiler thoroughly reviews each strategy for delivering mobile data using FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Server, FileMaker Go, and Bento. You'll learn how mobile data-driven apps are different from traditional desktop-driven apps, and how to create highly usable interfaces for them. Step by step, Feiler demonstrates how to extend existing databases to mobile devices and the web, and how to create and optimize brand-new databases for iPad and iPhone. This book brings together core principles, practical development techniques, and proven tips and shortcuts. You'll discover the best ways to incorporate printing, touch interface elements, and location-based features into your apps; integrate data from multiple FileMaker and non-FileMaker sources; and much more. * Use FileMaker Go apps to access FileMaker databases hosted on FileMaker Server or FileMaker Pro, or databases resident on a mobile device * Move FileMaker Pro databases, scripts, and layouts to mobile environments * Develop easy-to-use interfaces for mobile data apps * Design FileMaker Go solutions for iPhone, iPad, or both * Optimize FileMaker databases for FileMaker Go * Integrate printing and charting features into your mobile database apps * Use Bento to share data and synchronize libraries * Work effectively with Bento records, fields, forms, and tables * Build location-aware database apps for iOS mobile devices * Import/export data from Bento, FileMaker, spreadsheets, and other sources * Move FileMaker databases to the web with IWP, CWP, and FileMaker Server Jesse Feiler is a developer, web designer, trainer, and author. He has worked with Apple mobile devices from Newton through iPad and has worked with FileMaker technologies since 1984. Feiler created ChamplainArts.com's powerful iPad meeting management app MinutesMachine. His books include Using FileMaker Bento,Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours,The Bento Book, andFileMaker Pro 10 in Depth. quepublishing.comnorthcountryconsulting.com
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Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: Data to Go 1 Making Data MobileIntroducing the FileMaker Products for Mobile Computing FileMaker FileMaker Go BentoWhat Mobile Data MeansIntroducing the Reservations Example Entering Events Entering Reservations Processing ReservationsLooking at Reservations on FileMaker ProLooking at Reservations on FileMaker Go FileMaker Go on iPad FileMaker Go on iPhoneLooking at Reservations on Bento Bento on iPad Bento on iPhoneLooking at Reservations on a Mobile BrowserFurther Steps 2 Introducing the FileMaker ArchitectureTalking Databases Using the Relational Database Vocabulary Looking at SQLTalking FileMaker Working with the Interface Tools Working with the GUI Development Tools Talking SecurityWorking with the Interface Tools Using Layout Mode Introducing the Layout Mode ToolsHow to Standardize Layout Objects ScriptsHow to Use a Script to Automatically Switch to a Mobile Layout Working with the GUI Database Development Tools Tables and Fields Relationships GraphPutting Together Layouts, Relationships, and FilesCreating a LayoutHow to Create a Layout with the Layout/Report AssistantStructuring Solutions and Sub-SolutionsFurther Steps 3 Managing Data on the MoveSynchronizing, Copying, and Sharing Data Synchronization Copying SharingManaging FileMaker Pro Accessing Databases Sharing Your DatabasesManaging FileMaker ServerHow to Manage Databases on FileMaker ServerManaging FileMaker Go Accessing Local Databases Accessing Shared DatabasesManaging BentoHow to Set Up Synchronization Between a Mac and an iPad or iPhoneFurther Steps 4 Working with Mobile DevicesWorking with Your FingersWhat to Do Without a KeyboardWhat to Do About Text What to Do About GraphicsIntegrating Without a Visible File System Moving FileMaker Databases to Your Mobile Device Inserting Files and File References into FileMaker Databases Using Signature CaptureUsing Multiple Files in FileMaker SolutionsPrintingHow to Print with a PDF FileHow to Print to a Printer for FileMaker Web PublishingFurther Steps 5 Preparing FileMaker for Mobile UseUnderstanding the Mobile Difference Working with a Limited Keyboard Managing Your New Look-and-FeelHow to Use Autosizing to Change an Object's Size Working Around Menu CommandsData Entry Without Typing Using Auto-Enter Options Working with Value ListsUsing Conditional FormattingUsing Self-Labeling FieldsFurther Steps 6 Introducing FileMaker ServerAbout FileMaker Server The FileMaker Server Product Line FileMaker Server Versus Peer-to-Peer Database Hosting FileMaker Server Capabilities FileMaker Server RequirementsInstalling and Deploying FileMaker Server The Installation Process The Deployment ProcessRunning FileMaker Server Starting and Stopping FileMaker Server Hosting DatabasesUsing Admin Console FileMaker Server Overview Administration ConfigurationAutomatically Updating Plug-Ins Preparing FileMaker Server Preparing FileMaker Pro Performing the Auto Update Putting It All TogetherFurther Steps Part II: FileMaker Go 7 Using FileMaker GoAbout the Examples in This Chapter Inventory ReservationsHosting Reservations on a Mobile DeviceStarting Out by Sharing Inventory Creating the Database Sharing the Database with FileMaker Pro Sharing the Database with FileMaker ServerHow to Install a Database on FileMaker ServerOpening and Closing Files Opening Files on iPhone Opening Files on iPadReviewing FileMaker Go SettingsUsing FileMaker Go HelpWorking with a FileMaker Go Database Working with Views Working with Additional CommandsWorking with Records Navigating Through the Database Managing and Editing RecordsAdding a Photo to a DatabaseSearching for Data Using Quick Find Using Find ModeSorting DataFurther Steps 8 Optimizing FileMaker Databases for FileMaker GoUnderstanding the Relationship Between FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go Dealing with Old-Version Issues Starting from Scratch for FileMaker GoRefining Your Database Field TypesReviewing Calculations Get ( SystemPlatform ) Get ( ApplicationVersion )Working with Preview ModeUsing Dynamic Subsummary Reporting on FileMaker GoHow to Convert a Preview Mode Layout to a DynamicReporting LayoutWorking with Custom Menus Reviewing the Existing Menu Commands Customizing MenusHow to Customize a Menu Command for FileMaker GoManaging Script Issues Get ( LastError ) Allow User Abort On/Off Set Error Capture On/OffFurther Steps 9 Designing a FileMaker Go SolutionIntroducing the Handheld Estimator and the Catalog Introducing the Estimator Introducing the CatalogBuilding a Handheld Estimator for iPhone Creating the DatabaseHow to Set Up the Database Building the Front LayoutHow to Create a Basic iPhone Layout Building the Back Layout Implementing the Info Button Setting Up Security and Default BehaviorHow to Implement Customized Security Testing and Revising the ProjectBuilding a Catalog for iPad Working with an Existing Database Building the Layout Header PartHow to Create a Common Header Part Building the List Layout Building the Form Layout Testing and RevisingFurther Steps 10 Using Printing and Charting with FileMaker GoAdding More Features to ReservationsHow to Add a Joins Table to ReservationsHow to Build an Event (or Attendee) ListImplementing Printing FeaturesHow to Hide Interactive ElementsHow to Set Moving and SlidingAdding Charting to Your DatabaseFurther Steps Part III: FileMaker by Bento 11 Using Bento and Bento LibrariesWorking with a Personal DatabaseTalking Bento Database Libraries Records Fields Collections Smart CollectionsWorking with the Bento Window on MacWorking with Bento on iPhoneWorking with Bento on iPadWorking with Libraries Working with Libraries on Mac OS X Working with Libraries on iPhone Working with Libraries on iPadFurther Steps 12 Using Bento Records, Fields, Forms, and TablesTaking Advantage of Bento's Built-In Tools for MobilityLooking at Fields Using Bento Field Types Editing Fields on Mac OS X Editing Fields on iPad Editing Fields on iPhoneHow to Add a New Field with Bento for iPhoneIntroducing the View Types on Mac OS X Using Table Views Using Grid Views Using Form Views Using Split ViewsWorking with Views on Bento for iPhoneWorking with Views on Bento for iPadWorking with Related DataFurther Steps 13 Working with Location and Media FieldsIntroducing Location Fields Reviewing Geolocation Basics Finding Your Location: The Operating System Side Creating Location Fields Using Location Fields Working with Location Fields in Forms,Tables, and Grid Views on Mac OS X Working with Location Fields with Bento for iPad or iPhoneLooking at Media FieldsFurther Steps 14 Importing and Exporting Bento and FileMaker DataSharing Data with FileMaker and BentoImporting and Exporting Records in Bento and FileMakerHow To Import Data into Bento Exporting Data from Bento for MacHow to Export Data from Bento Importing Data into FileMaker ProHow To Import Data into FileMaker ProHow to Export Data from FileMaker ProImporting and Exporting Data with Bento Templates with Bento for MacFurther Steps Part IV: FileMaker Web Publishing: Instant Web Publishing (IWP) and Custom WebPublishing (CWP) 15 Deploying FileMaker/IWP with FileMaker Server AdvancedAn Overview of Instant Web PublishingThe IWP Story So Far Getting Started with IWPEnabling and Configuring IWP Configuring FileMaker Pro for IWP Configuring FileMaker Server Advanced for IWP Sharing and Securing Files via IWPDesigning for IWP Deployment on iPad Constraints of IWP Scripting for IWP Layout Design Container Fields Application FlowUsing an IWP Solution Browse Mode Edit Mode Find ModeFurther Steps 16 Deploying FileMaker/CWP with FileMaker ServerPreparing for Custom Web Publishing (CWP) with PHP Getting Your Databases Ready for Custom Web Publishing with PHP Getting FileMaker Server Ready for Custom Web Publishing with PHP Placing Files on the Web ServerUsing the PHP Site Assistant Building the Site with the PHP Site AssistantFurther Steps A Using a Wireless KeyboardPairing and Connecting Bluetooth DevicesFileMaker Go External Keyboard ConventionsPairing a Bluetooth Keyboard with an iOS DeviceUnpairing a Bluetooth Keyboard from a Computer Index

About the Author

Jesse Feiler is a developer,web designer, trainer, and author.He has worked with mobile devices starting with Apple's Newton and continuing with the iOS products (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad). His books include Using FileMaker Bento (Sams/Pearson), Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours (Sams/Pearson), Get Rich with Apps! Your Guide to Reaching More Customers and Making Money NOW (McGraw-Hill), Database-Driven Web Sites (Harcourt), How to Do Everything with Web 2.0 Mashups (McGraw-Hill), iWork `09For Dummies (Wiley), The Bento Book (Sams/Pearson), and FileMaker Pro in Depth (Sams/Pearson). He has developed software on a range of platforms ranging from Mac OS X, iOS,Windows, and mainframe computers. His clients represent a variety of organizations, including nonprofits and governments, production management, publishing, and banking. He is the author of MinutesMachine, the meeting management software for iPad.There are more details at champlainarts.com. A native of Washington, DC, he has lived in New York City and currently lives in Plattsburgh, NY. He can be reached at northcountryconsulting.com.

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