It would be great to have Filemaker Go App for the new Apple TV.
For example you could use it as narrowcasting system or dashboard for businesses.
Yes, didn't think of that possibility yet, but definitely a Yes.. With Container Fields etc. everything is in place to make a good presentation ad display or whatever system. Maybe just cooking recipes.
We ran a successful intranet news/ticker/dashboard which was a continuous broadcast throughout the company using a Mac Mini and a video distribution system.
The rapid development, access to live data, and WebKit based web viewers make FileMaker a very good platform for solutions like this. The option to attach an AppleTV behind each corporate flat screen would be even more compelling because dedicated presentations could be configured for each display.
I'm sure other people have done similar things before, and I'm sure there will be many other clever uses for FileMaker Go on Apple TV. I just wanted to point this one untapped opportunity.
Having live department data on a large screen would be great! The interaction with the app would be interesting, but very doable. Running a mac mini with Air Play to an apple tv is too costly for this kind of situation even for me. A cheaper iPod touch with AirPlay has its limits as well. If it was native to the Aplle TV I would use it.
With the right setup you can control the TV display with FMGo on iPhone or iPad and could use this for display or any records. Patient records, specific client records, how many orders left to ship for the day, expected wait time for clients, just about anything.
Think DEVCON preso...
Yes adding this feature would be nice because for our company we do weeb abatement and do vacant property maintenance which is over 4000 jobs and it would be cool to see a map on tv screen with all the current jobs pin and currently where we are located with our equipment
I just had another client specifically ask me about getting FM Data into AppleTVs.
While this could possibly have some applications, it's way more convenient to put the app on an iPad and mirror it to an Apple TV. That would allow you to interact with the contents of the display as well, something that is hard to do with an Apple TV with the current state of controllers.
I think this one's a non-starter. Clients may ask for it, but only because they haven't thought it through.
I'll accept that the market for this may not be very large.
However, I can think of many situations where mirroring from an iPad is not ideal: WiFi/radio congestion, device theft, user lockout, etc. For non-interactive video display environment, such as trade shows, unstaffed company lobbies, industrial or elevated warehouse reporting, the idea of needing an iPad or Laptop to drive the screen has several downsides.
For these type of applications the only interaction you really need is just a way to navigate to open a local or remote file.
Network traffic is the biggest issue with mirroring an iOS device.
The better solution is a MacMini using the tv as a display. Cost and usability are not so good this way.
Just came to my mind as an "input" to Product Management who read all these ideas...
Probably making a "Public" Apple TV App out of FileMaker Go isn't the way to go, because it brings a tool into some peoples hands who don't really get all the aspects - and from reading all the comments, all applications seem to be special use cases..
Why not simple allow the iOS SDK (*) to be able to build Apple TV Apps. This way only knowledgeable people have access to the tool and know what they are doing with X-Code.
* maybe this can already be done...
Correct. A tvOS SDK would be the better idea.
The tools exist to build a tvOS app that gets data from FM already.
It would be interesting to see if layout xml could be processed with TVML. Hmmm.
You can already of course build a tvOS app and grab data from FMS as needed like getting FM data into an iOS app used to be.
There are some different human interface guidelines for tvOS that FM cannot handle like horizontal scrolling and parallax images, but if it is a private corporate deployment those rules do not really apply.
Yep a FM tvOS sdk would a significant advantage.
I have successful deployed FM Dashboards and Welcome screens using Apple TV, but using WebKit based xcode project and WebDirect from FM WPE. It works but it’s clunky. Oh and WebKit is not officially supported by Apple on current tvOS
Its a better soloution than using a smart tv web browser, as you can package fonts and custom media with the app bundle - but still it’s not very elegant.
A FM tvOS sdk would only really have to display layouts utilising existing animations and run scripts. Obviously these layouts would have to be optimised for use with the Apple TV and user input in these situations would be unlikely, but if needed it could support cursor activity via the physical remote and any text input could be handled by the iPhone Apple TV remote if required.
An FM tvOS sdk would only have to be a subset of the existing FM iOS SDK in terms of feature set. Surely the hard work has already been done...
Ultimately I think FMGo for Apple TV would be overkill but a limited FM tvOS SDK would be a massive boon and a real advantage to FileMaker’s platform USP.
It could potentially open up a whole new market, especially when used with Apple DEP Apple TV and MDM.
tvOS is a different animal and I would say it is a little easier to work with than iOS.
If FMI gets the Data API figures out it would be excellent for tvOS.
Agreed, the FM REST is super fast and would be ideal candidate for Custom tvOS apps. We are currently using it for QLIK real(ish) time dashboards.
My point is really, although I can get FileMaker talking to pretty much anything, its down to me to make it happen. What so nice about the FM iOS SDK and FMGo is that I can just build the solution, not the platform as well.
A FMGo or FM tvOS SDK version, albeit a limited one, would be a great addition to the toolkit, making it a lot more accessible.
I’m all for it.
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