You could consider creating a FileMaker runtime for your individual users, you can find it in your compy of Advanced under Tools > Utilities...
There are limitations to a runtime, but may be the kind of thing you are looking for.
Open the help option and search for Runtime and you can get more information on it
I hope this helps
"...to view and edit the databases on their own laptops" - er...what are you going to do with their edits?
I don't know of any Go Clients for Pc. Filemaker doesn't make GO for PC because Filemaker wants you to pay for full version of Filemaker to connect clients. Runtimes are not networkable, they are standalone. I agree it would be a good idea for most network clients because they don't need all the features of a full version of Filemaker.
@ Sorbsbuster; i just want people to be able to fill in a survey that i have created using the FileMaker software and email it back to someone. I don't want them to be able to edit the actual document itself, just enter information as you would on a mobile device.
@Orlando & S Chamblee; i'll try this runtime thing you suggested; i had to rush to hospital for my partner this morning, so i havent had a go yet!
Thankyou all for your incredibly fast responses! your help is invaluable to newbies like myself :-)
Home > Using FileMaker Pro Advanced > Using FileMaker Pro Advanced tools > About creating runtime solutions (FileMaker Pro Advanced)
Distributing runtime solutions (FileMaker Pro Advanced) - read this, important.
Did FileMaker just open the door for developers to create databases that will run on Macs, Windows, iPhones and iPads, all for free?
Indepth howto with illustrations
There are some significant limitations to FileMaker Runtimes, this note is from FileMaker’s web site:
FileMaker Pro Advanced features are stripped from runtime applications. None of the commands on the File menu > Manage submenu are available in the runtime application. Runtime applications cannot be shared over a network and do not include the ability to Save/Send Records as Adobe PDF files. ODBC import, the Execute SQL script step, and using ODBC data sources in the relationships graph are not supported in runtime application. For a feature comparison of the runtime application with FileMaker Pro, see the FileMaker Pro Advanced Development Guide. (— A full list of the differences between FileMaker Runtime and FileMaker Pro is in Appendix A.)
"Runtime applications cannot be shared over a network and do not include the ability to Save/Send Records as Adobe PDF files." - note that you could get around that by installing another pdf writer, such as dopdf.
A survey is efectively what we have used runtimes for within our company, the user will answer the questions and then there is a script that performs the Print script step setup to use a Print to PDF application, we use CutePDF, but anything that you know will be on all the machines will work.