FMP 13, FPMAdv 13, and FMP Server 13 share hosted databases.
FMP Go accesses shared databases or runs them standalone.
You'll need to keep the file on the computer. FileMaker Pro can host the DB for access by FM GO clients, but the reverse will not work.
The alternative is to keep separate copies on each machine and then "synch" the files and then redistribute the synched copy back to the iPad, but this is a much more complex operation if your are making changes on both systems to both copies between "synchs". There are third party produced tools for this process and you may be able to create your own Synch system...
Thanks to both for your help. Can you tell me where the shared database is stored? Is it on my Macbook hard disk or on some network mount point? Again, when I close the shared database the file seems to vanish and all I have left is the original DB without any changes.
Data is in that file that You double-clicked to open the database on the MacBook. Make sure that You didn't enter data into the local file on the iOS device - using the 'open recent files' on the iOS device isn't very clear - when one is in a hurry...
The file could be "stored" on either device as you can copy the file to you iPad and open it. But if you host the file from the computer, you are using the file stored on that device.
, so you're saying to always host and therefore open the file from this host Macbook, but I can make changes at either end, and then close the file on iPad and Macbook, correct?
PhilModJunk, okay I am using the host file on Macbook. So if I make changes to the open DB file on the iPad (hosted from Macbook),
changes made on either the iPad or Macbook will BOTH be stored in the original hosted file, correct?
TO ALL, my remaining confusion is this ...
After I make changes to the hosted file on either ipad or macbook and close the file on both ends, where are the actual edits (to the records) physically located? In which file? Where is that file?
Because when I reopen the original DB file that the changes were made on (which I closed after those changes were made prior to reopening it on the Macbbok), the file does NOT have the changes in it. How to I get the changes into my original DB?
I've searched my Macbook for another file that would have the changes in it but cannot find one anywhere. So again, how do I get the changes into my original DB?
(Sorry for the rambling just trying to completely clarify things).
Thanks again to both of you (and any other folks),
From what you have stated you have two files one on the MacBook and another on the iPad. This is not sharing but using two separate copies of the same file.
You will have to enable sharing on the database on the MacBook then from the iPad you would use open remote to open the shared database.
No I am sharing the same file. Not seeing changes after closing the same file.
You should have only one file on your Mac. The Mac needs to be on and FM needs to be running with the file open for your iPad to access it and provide live changes to the database. The computer and the iPad need to be on the same network (not really but I think this is what you are looking for). This is a pretty easy network share and finding the file in Go is easy when you turn the sharing on.
If you are not seeing the changes, you either are accessing a file stored on your iOS device or you have more than one copy of your file on your computer and are not checking the correct copy when you look for the changes made via the iOS client session.
Either that or you modified a field with global storage specified as changes made to a global field by a client session are not retained.
Just for clarification, if you copied the file to the iOS device then you are using a second copy of the file. If you copied the file to the device, then delete the file from the iPad. FileMaker Go automatically list recent files, you will have to click the Device icon at the bottom of the screen to list the files on the device, then delete from this list. Click the Hosts icon at the bottom of the screen to connect to the Host computer running the shared database on the Mac.
Sorry for the late response I very much appreciate all of the fast responses I received. I think I have things working. I was obviously not sharing the file properly.
Thanks to you all!!!