2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 23, 2012 1:23 PM by TSGal

    Accessing realm protected content through FM Go's webviewer



      Accessing realm protected content through FM Go's webviewer


      Hi All, 

      A client of ours has a need to access sensitive data on a Mac OS X server via http through a webviewer tab on FM Go on their iPads.

      We've set up a site in OS X Web server that operates on a non-standard port and also has a realm in place to add a level of protection by insisting that users authenticate before viewing the protected data. This all works as it should on a desktop browser.

      Testing the site by keying in the full URL (http://website.com:1234/) in mobile Safari on the iPad also works fine, the password dialog appears, they log in and all is well - they can view and navigate to the data they need to see.  However, when they try and access the information in FM Go's webviewer, it won't pop up the authentication dialog and therefore doesn't reveal the data they need to see.

      Turning the realm off makes the webviewer links in FM Go work just fine, so it's obviously content with the non-standard port, but as soon as we re-enable the realm, it fails - the auth dialog fails to appear.  Any suggestions on workarounds for getting FM Go to play well with realms or does the webviewer browser just not support it?

      Alternatively, does anyone have any other suggestions for accessing protected data via http on FM Go? The developer added a button which should allow the page to open in Safari, but we can't get seemthat to work either...

      Many thanks in advance.

        • 1. Re: Accessing realm protected content through FM Go's webviewer

          From reading the info it seems that if you use a browser it works but if you use the web viewer on an ipad it doesn't. I think the reason is that IOS does not use Java which is driving your authenticatin behind the scenes and so it probably won't work on IOS.

          You can test this by NOT using the web viewer but by using an OPEN URL which should open Safari on IOS and see what happens. Start by creating a button with the OPEN URL and your http and see what happens. Hopefully when Safari opens it will work.

          I've had the web viewer not respond in many instances in both Pro and Go where my regular browser on my laptop did and I think it is due to Java not running inside Filemaker Web Viewer, just a guess.

          I also am guessing about Filemaker relying on Explorer for the browing although it might be Safari. Too lazy to remove all of my browsers to test this.

          • 2. Re: Accessing realm protected content through FM Go's webviewer

            John Connolly:

            Thank you for your post.

            Most of what "Jack Rodgers" has said is correct (Thank you!).  To clear up any confusion, FileMaker Pro's Web Viewer is not a full web browser.  FileMaker Pro uses the OS web kit to display web pages.  Under Microsoft Windows, the web kit is modeled after Microsoft Internet Explorer, and under Apple's Mac OS, the web kit is modeled after Apple Safari.  As "Jack Rodgers" suggested, use OPEN URL script step to launch the default web browser.

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