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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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Part I: Data to Go

1 Making Data Mobile

Introducing the FileMaker Products for Mobile Computing


FileMaker Go


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


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




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


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



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



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






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


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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