3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 13, 2010 5:22 AM by Steve Wright

    Newbie question re runtime apps in FM 9

    JeffP

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      Newbie question re runtime apps in FM 9

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      I'm creating an application that I want to turn into a runtime application and provide over the internet.

      1. What is the best method for providing updates to customers given that FM combines data, process and interface? Do I have to create a method by which the data from the customers old database is copied into the new one?

       

      2. I'm using an Intel Mac. I have a Dell PC running Windows 2000. My understanding is that for my app to run on the windows machine I have copy the files from the Mac to the Windows machine and make (bind) the application there.

      a. Does that mean I have to buy a Windows version of FM Pro Advanced to do this?

      b. Also do I have to make the application on each of Windows XP and Windows Vista and Windows 7?

      c. Or do I make the application on one Windows platform and it covers all the rest? If so which windows platform?

       

      3. Are their any features that can be in my FM Pro Advanced database that are lost when I create the runtime application from my database?

       

      Thanks

      Jeff

       

       

        • 1. Re: Newbie question re runtime apps in FM 9
          philmodjunk

          "...given that FM combines data, process and interface?"

          Actually, you can separate your solution into an interface and a data file for your run time to make updates easier. (Changes to the interface file can simply be replaced with a new copy.) Look up "Data separation model" in this or other Filemaker Forums for details.

           

          You can also write scripts that automatically import all records from the original data file into each of the tables of the updated file and also update serial number settings as well.

           

          "Does that mean I have to buy a Windows version of FM Pro Advanced to do this? "

          Check with customer service. I didn't get Filemaker adv 9, but versions 10 and 11 came with installers for both systems. I would guess that was also true for version 9 as well.

          "b. Also do I have to make the application on each of Windows XP and Windows Vista and Windows 7?"

          No, you can bind the files on any one of the three and you should be able to get the run time to work on all of them.

          • 2. Re: Newbie question re runtime apps in FM 9
            JeffP

            Thanks heaps Phil

             

            Cheers

            Jeff

            • 3. Re: Newbie question re runtime apps in FM 9
              Steve Wright

              FM9 does come with both Windows and Mac version.  As I understand it (at least with V10 & 11) you can install FMP advanced on two computers as long as you are only using one copy at a time.  I believe the idea behind this is exactly for the purpose you require.. to create cross platform solutions / runtimes.

               

              On windows, you only have to bind the runtime files one version of the OS, no need to re-bind it on multiple versions.

               

              Features you will lose are all networking / web sharing / external data sources and save as PDF...was PDF even in 9, cant remember