Updated 10-29-15 with the latest info
FileMaker originally announced “FileMaker Go” for the iPhone and iPad on July 20, 2010. It was one of the most exciting recent developments for the FileMaker community opening the world of mobile devices to FileMaker.
FileMaker Go is a new application available via Apple’s App Store that lets users work with FileMaker Pro databases directly on the iPhone/iPod Touch or iPad. Both applications are free on the client end. You pay for them via concurrent licensing on FileMaker server for each device that is connected. Now development for the iPhone is much more cost effective and your FileMaker solutions to go places they could never go before without a much more significant investment.
FileMaker Go allows you to view, edit, and search records. Access your existing databases with minimal changes through the internet with Wi-Fi, 3G, or LTE. All changes are instantly updated on the hosted file. You may also copy solutions onto your mobile device for single user solutions via iTunes, e-mail, or the web when you don’t have access to the internet. With a syncing tool like Seedcode’s GoZync, fmEasySync, 360Works MirrorSync, or a custom programmed solution you can build an app with FileMaker Go that will work offline with no internet connection and send the revisions and get updates later when you connect to the internet again.
Note: FileMaker Go is not available for the Android platform for a couple of reasons. First off, FileMaker is a subsidiary of Apple, Inc. so they want to encourage the use of iOS devices. Having FileMaker available exclusively for iOS increases the likelihood that they will sell more devices. It’s a big advantage. Also, the iOS platform is generally more predictable and supportable. FileMaker knows how much memory and processor is available in iOS devices as well as what web browser kit is standard so it is easier to develop the consistent solution for iOS. Deployment options to Android include a custom web site or app that talks to FileMaker as the backend or WebDirect.
If you’re interested in bringing your business information with you on the iPhone or iPad, Cimbura.com can schedule a demo presentation to show how FileMaker Go works with your current FileMaker solution or our flagship product fmIgnite. Contact us to see this technology in action.