Did you look up "Runtime" in FileMaker help? That will pull up an article titled: "Binding files into a runtime solution"--which provides a step by step process for creating such a file.
I've read the FM Pro Development Guide. But one of the points I was looking into was securing content (pdf or QT) in a container field. The guide doesn't deal with that level of detail and I wondered if there were any texts that did?
Runtime does not secure your data in a container field. Container have an option for secured storage, which encrypted. Your user security setting can give / prevent access within the database. http://help.filemaker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10098/~/encrypting-data-in-container-fields-that-are-stored-as-a-reference-using
Filemaker runtimes do not compile the database within the runtime. It usually just changes the file extension. The file extension is modifiable, but the database can still be open with a full version of Filemaker and access is only limited by the user login.
To say the same thing but phrased a bit differently, there is no built in feature specific to run time solutions for securing your data. You have the same tools for securing data in your run time as you have for a regular FileMaker file.
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Thank you, I'll work through those. 2 Qs:
I read a couple of reviews on the net but there's not too much info. Does anyone else have an opinion on the usefullness or not of this book?
2. The 2nd weblink: Using FileMaker 12 Runtime FileMaker Go 12 - iPhone, Android, Windows 8, Surface
leads to a dead end: http://filemakerconnect.com/index.php.
Is there an alternative link because it looks a good article.
I don't know anything about the book. The author had posted a link to it on the Filemaker Community Forum a few months ago.
If you have a prime membership you can read the ebook for free (I understand from the link on amazon). You can also get a 30 day trial of prime. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NWRMV9G/ku?ie=UTF8&ref_=ku_lp_rw_dp_pb
Filemaker runtime is not like other software runtimes. In my opinion Filemaker runtime is useless, all it does is keep the user from having to buy filemaker, and give them a limited version of FM. If you licensed the features you lost separately you could pay for FMP. If you get into big volume of selling your apps then you need to join FBA which I understand you can buy FMP around $100 a copy. http://www.filemaker.com/fba/ I'm not a member, this is information that was posted on the Filemaker Community Forum. You have to buy so many copies a year up and above the FBA fee.
You can create a icon on the desktop to run your app and hide everything to make it look like it is not running inside filemaker, and security help prevents users from accessing different parts of your database. This is the same in the runtime version, because the database is not compiled inside the runtime itself. Think of the runtime as a runtime file of just FMP and you can bind it to run only your database. This does not mean the database will not run without the runtime. If the user has FMP then they can run the database based on security settings.
To create a icon on ios device, you will need the App maker database. Filemaker has not updated the database to be compatible with ios8 so, I modified my own version to be compatible with ios8. Modified version of App Maker https://www.dropbox.com/s/kga91scjyo7wejv/App%20Maker.fmp12?dl=0
You need Filemaker Go on the device and then you can send by email the profile created by App Maker to the device, you can also have a download link on a website to download the profile, database, and filemaker Go. Filemaker Go lacks but you can create a workable solution.
The likely buyers won't consider paying anything like the $100 unfortunately, so FMP wouldn't be an option, though lack of charts in RT solutions is a pain!
3rd para: Did this relate to FMP rather than an RT? I got quite confused with this para.
4th para: App maker: I take it this is to move from an FMP to an FM Go solution? I'd understood that with an RT you'd only need to change to .fmp12 file during binding and use that file with FM Go?