Thank you for your post.
When you return to the office, connect your iPad to the Mac and launch iTunes. Select the iPad under "DEVICES" on the left side of the iTunes window. On the right side, click the Apps tab, and at the bottom under "File Sharing", click the App "FileMaker Go". On the right side, under Documents, you will see all database files that exist on your iPad. Simply drag that file onto the Desktop and let go. The file will then be copied to your Desktop.
Let me know if you run into any difficulty.
Thanks for the reply. I must say I'm pretty disappointed that an iPad app at this price point can't sync automatically. I'm aware of the option you presented and that's more of a manual file copy than a sync. If Bento can sync, why can't Filemaker? Other apps in the Filemaker Go price range like Omnifocus can cloud sync with Mobile Me. It would seem there needs to be some effort put in to the sync part of the "Go" product if that's the best you can offer.
Sorry for the misunderstanding. Your original post said " I would like to save the updated databases back to my Mac (overwrite is OK)."
Bento syncs because there is no Sharing option over Wi-Fi. FileMaker Go allows you to share files over Wi-Fi and 3G. Sharing allows you to keep your databases updated in real-time.
I would encourage you to enter a sync suggestion into our Feature Requests web form at:
These web entries are read by our Development and Product Management departments where they are discussed and considered for a future release. Although I could copy your post and paste it into the web form, there are some questions asked that only you can answer.
There is going to be a lot of talk on this at DevCon, with one session in particular devoted to Sync strategies for FileMaker Go: I'd definitely get over there if you can: http://www.filemaker.com/developers/devcon/
We've also built a framework for pushing offline changes back to hosted databases. It may be overkill if it's just you, but if you have multiple folks working offline you might check it out: http://www.seedcode.com/gozync
Hope that helps,
I have the same problem as Keith. Has there been any progress on this? To be clear, we are talking about syncing a shared file -- i.e. the database file.
Unfortunately, I think this is an Apple/iTunes issue, not a FM issue. That is, the File Sharing mechanism is generic to all apps. If that's the case, then I hope that FM engineers are in tight with Apple, pushing for this kind of sync. I should think it would be useful in lots of cases and not just for FM.