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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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Introduction Part I: Data to Go 1 Making Data Mobile Introducing the FileMaker Products for Mobile Computing FileMaker FileMaker Go Bento What Mobile Data Means Introducing the Reservations Example Entering Events Entering Reservations Processing Reservations Looking at Reservations on FileMaker Pro Looking at Reservations on FileMaker Go FileMaker Go on iPad FileMaker Go on iPhone Looking at Reservations on Bento Bento on iPad Bento on iPhone Looking at Reservations on a Mobile Browser Further Steps 2 Introducing the FileMaker Architecture Talking Databases Using the Relational Database Vocabulary Looking at SQL Talking FileMaker Working with the Interface Tools Working with the GUI Development Tools Talking Security Working with the Interface Tools Using Layout Mode Introducing the Layout Mode Tools How to Standardize Layout Objects Scripts How to Use a Script to Automatically Switch to a Mobile Layout Working with the GUI Database Development Tools Tables and Fields Relationships Graph Putting Together Layouts, Relationships, and Files Creating a Layout How to Create a Layout with the Layout/Report Assistant Structuring Solutions and Sub-Solutions Further Steps 3 Managing Data on the Move Synchronizing, Copying, and Sharing Data Synchronization Copying Sharing Managing FileMaker Pro Accessing Databases Sharing Your Databases Managing FileMaker Server How to Manage Databases on FileMaker Server Managing FileMaker Go Accessing Local Databases Accessing Shared Databases Managing Bento How to Set Up Synchronization Between a Mac and an iPad or iPhone Further Steps 4 Working with Mobile Devices Working with Your Fingers What to Do Without a Keyboard What to Do About Text What to Do About Graphics Integrating Without a Visible File System Moving FileMaker Databases to Your Mobile Device Inserting Files and File References into FileMaker Databases Using Signature Capture Using Multiple Files in FileMaker Solutions Printing How to Print with a PDF File How to Print to a Printer for FileMaker Web Publishing Further Steps 5 Preparing FileMaker for Mobile Use Understanding the Mobile Difference Working with a Limited Keyboard Managing Your New Look-and-Feel How to Use Autosizing to Change an Object's Size Working Around Menu Commands Data Entry Without Typing Using Auto-Enter Options Working with Value Lists Using Conditional Formatting Using Self-Labeling Fields Further Steps 6 Introducing FileMaker Server About FileMaker Server The FileMaker Server Product Line FileMaker Server Versus Peer-to-Peer Database Hosting FileMaker Server Capabilities FileMaker Server Requirements Installing and Deploying FileMaker Server The Installation Process The Deployment Process Running FileMaker Server Starting and Stopping FileMaker Server Hosting Databases Using Admin Console FileMaker Server Overview Administration Configuration Automatically Updating Plug-Ins Preparing FileMaker Server Preparing FileMaker Pro Performing the Auto Update Putting It All Together Further Steps Part II: FileMaker Go 7 Using FileMaker Go About the Examples in This Chapter Inventory Reservations Hosting Reservations on a Mobile Device Starting Out by Sharing Inventory Creating the Database Sharing the Database with FileMaker Pro Sharing the Database with FileMaker Server How to Install a Database on FileMaker Server Opening and Closing Files Opening Files on iPhone Opening Files on iPad Reviewing FileMaker Go Settings Using FileMaker Go Help Working with a FileMaker Go Database Working with Views Working with Additional Commands Working with Records Navigating Through the Database Managing and Editing Records Adding a Photo to a Database Searching for Data Using Quick Find Using Find Mode Sorting Data Further Steps 8 Optimizing FileMaker Databases for FileMaker Go Understanding the Relationship Between FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go Dealing with Old-Version Issues Starting from Scratch for FileMaker Go Refining Your Database Field Types Reviewing Calculations Get ( SystemPlatform ) Get ( ApplicationVersion ) Working with Preview Mode Using Dynamic Subsummary Reporting on FileMaker Go How to Convert a Preview Mode Layout to a Dynamic Reporting Layout Working with Custom Menus Reviewing the Existing Menu Commands Customizing Menus How to Customize a Menu Command for FileMaker Go Managing Script Issues Get ( LastError ) Allow User Abort On/Off Set Error Capture On/Off Further Steps 9 Designing a FileMaker Go Solution Introducing the Handheld Estimator and the Catalog Introducing the Estimator Introducing the Catalog Building a Handheld Estimator for iPhone Creating the Database How to Set Up the Database Building the Front Layout How to Create a Basic iPhone Layout Building the Back Layout Implementing the Info Button Setting Up Security and Default Behavior How to Implement Customized Security Testing and Revising the Project Building a Catalog for iPad Working with an Existing Database Building the Layout Header Part How to Create a Common Header Part Building the List Layout Building the Form Layout Testing and Revising Further Steps 10 Using Printing and Charting with FileMaker Go Adding More Features to Reservations How to Add a Joins Table to Reservations How to Build an Event (or Attendee) List Implementing Printing Features How to Hide Interactive Elements How to Set Moving and Sliding Adding Charting to Your Database Further Steps Part III: FileMaker by Bento 11 Using Bento and Bento Libraries Working with a Personal Database Talking Bento Database Libraries Records Fields Collections Smart Collections Working with the Bento Window on Mac Working with Bento on iPhone Working with Bento on iPad Working with Libraries Working with Libraries on Mac OS X Working with Libraries on iPhone Working with Libraries on iPad Further Steps 12 Using Bento Records, Fields, Forms, and Tables Taking Advantage of Bento's Built-In Tools for Mobility Looking at Fields Using Bento Field Types Editing Fields on Mac OS X Editing Fields on iPad Editing Fields on iPhone How to Add a New Field with Bento for iPhone Introducing the View Types on Mac OS X Using Table Views Using Grid Views Using Form Views Using Split Views Working with Views on Bento for iPhone Working with Views on Bento for iPad Working with Related Data Further Steps 13 Working with Location and Media Fields Introducing 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 iPhone Looking at Media Fields Further Steps 14 Importing and Exporting Bento and FileMaker Data Sharing Data with FileMaker and Bento Importing and Exporting Records in Bento and FileMaker How To Import Data into Bento Exporting Data from Bento for Mac How to Export Data from Bento Importing Data into FileMaker Pro How To Import Data into FileMaker Pro How to Export Data from FileMaker Pro Importing and Exporting Data with Bento Templates with Bento for Mac Further Steps Part IV: FileMaker Web Publishing: Instant Web Publishing (IWP) and Custom Web Publishing (CWP) 15 Deploying FileMaker/IWP with FileMaker Server Advanced An Overview of Instant Web Publishing The IWP Story So Far Getting Started with IWP Enabling and Configuring IWP Configuring FileMaker Pro for IWP Configuring FileMaker Server Advanced for IWP Sharing and Securing Files via IWP Designing for IWP Deployment on iPad Constraints of IWP Scripting for IWP Layout Design Container Fields Application Flow Using an IWP Solution Browse Mode Edit Mode Find Mode Further Steps 16 Deploying FileMaker/CWP with FileMaker Server Preparing 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 Server Using the PHP Site Assistant Building the Site with the PHP Site Assistant Further Steps A Using a Wireless Keyboard Pairing and Connecting Bluetooth Devices FileMaker Go External Keyboard Conventions Pairing a Bluetooth Keyboard with an iOS Device Unpairing 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 `09 For 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 A native of Washington, DC, he has lived in New York City and currently lives in Plattsburgh, NY. He can be reached at

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