Runtime and FMP Server
Question: Will a compiled runtime solution made in FMP 11 Advanced still communicate with FMP Server like normal?
This is a built in limitation of runtimes. You can host a runtime file from the server and then Filemaker Pro clients can link to it, but runtime copies cannot access networked files.
BAH! Please tell me FMP intends to change that. That really puts a damper on our software sales issue... and I don't want to have to go to developing this in Java. LOL
It's been that way from the first release of FileMaker runtimes.
While I'm not privy to any policy discussions at FileMaker Inc., I've always assumed that FileMaker sees building this limitation into runtimes keeps the runtimes from being a damper on their software sales as otherwise, developers could avoid purchasing FileMaker Pro clients for a networked solution by releasing runtime clients instead.
eh true, I can see your point.
Know of any way I can protect our FM solution if I have to release it without compiling to runtime?
You can use the developer utilities to strip out the admin/full access account. This makes it very difficult if not impossible to access the design elements of your solution in the copies you deliver to your customers.
I believe that some developers have even been able to set up an installer to add an entry to the registry which a script in the file looks for on startup. No "license key" in the registry, and the file closes.
Some good ideas. I have a utility for my PHP applications that encrypts the PHP code to make it unreadable by us, but still works fine in design. Thanks for the suggestions! =)
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