Sharing has to be on so you get access the database from your iPad. If you want to copy the database to the iPad then you use iTunes or service such as Sugarsync or Dropbox.
To Transfer using iTunes :
1 ) Hook up iPad with usb cable.
2 ) After starting iTunes , select the iPad icon in the upper right hand corner.
3 ) Select Apps
4 ) Select Filemaker Go under File Sharing
5 ) Select Add
6 ) Select Your database
To Access your shared database on filemaker from local network
1 ) Open database
2 ) Turn on network sharing
3 ) Select the all users or select specify user
4 ) Click Ok
The database must be open and running in filemaker
1 ) Start Filemaker Go
2 ) On the right side next to Remote Files and Hosts select the icon with the magnifying glass.
3 ) Select the host computer
4 ) Select the database
If you are connecting from an outside network see this post. Cannot remotely connect to FMP 12 from iPad or iPhone
Here is a link to troubleshooting
I have followed all of those steps but still can't transfer anything to the iPad.
You will have to give more details than those steps. I give steps for 3 different options. iTunes or a file sharing service such as dropbox is the only way to transfer your database to a iPad.
You are not clear if you want to transfer your database or access your database on your mac.
I want to access my database on my Macbook with my iPad. I have Filemaker Pro 12 on Macbook, and FM Go 12 on iPad. On the Macbook I open Filemaker and click on Equipment Inventory, it opens and I select file menu select sharing, turn sharing on, click on equipment inventory, select all users and click ok. On the iPad I click the FM Go icon and open it, then select the host computer "My Macbook", when it opens the Enter Filename window I click on it and enter Equipment Inventory and click open. Then in a few seconds I get an error message that says, "The file Equipment Inventory.fmp12 could not be opened. Either the host is not available, or the file is not available on that host".
I thought the problem might be that my router was not allowing access because port 5003 was blocked but I opened the router setup and configured it to allow filemaker to use port 5003.
Still no luck getting files onto the iPad. Have had this same problem before just don't remember how I solved it. This is why I use bento instead of Filemaker Pro. Filemaker is just to difficult for the average user, (non professional user, or developer).
Port 5003 only has to be open and port forwarding setup if your are connecting from an outside network, such as network at another location or 3g/4g. That being said is your Mac and iPad on the same network?
One thing puzzles me: You don't have to type in the filename - after selecting the host in FMGo, all the files from that host must appear in the window !You tap on the left icon for hosts (not the one with the plus), select the host, then a window appears with the files.If neither a host nor files appear, You are not in the same network (or anything else is not OK, network-specific)
But on the other hand, your original post stated:
Then on the iPad I've selected the Host and enter the file name, but I keep getting an error message that says,
"The file could not be opened. Either the host is not available, or the file is not available on that host".
This should allow you to connect to a file on your computer with your iOS device as a client of that database. This should allow you to connect to the hosted database, see the layouts and interact with them to both view and modify data, but the database file, as S Chamblee has stated has not been transferred to your iOS device, the data remains stored on your computer.
What you describe sounds correct for that process and if you can see the file listed on your screen, you should be able to open it. This is how I open files that I am developing for iPhone as a quick way to test the interface without having to copy the file over. The method only works if you have WiFi access to the same network that your computer has access to and the file must be open in FileMaker Pro on your computer.
'Enter the filename'.. There is nothing to enter - just to select.. That was the thing that puzzeled me (-:
There is an option to enter the filename. The First option is enter filename, then the files are listed under that.
Here is more information about connecting to host.
That's the problem, no files show up. So I tried typing the file name in but that obviously didn't work either.
The problem is that no files show up once the host is selected. In system preferences under security, in firewall options filemaker is mark to block incoming connections and I don't know how to change that. When I click on filemaker it doesn't offer any other option, when I click on a different program it offers Allow incoming or block in coming.
Click SystemPreferences, Select Security & Privacy, Click the Lock in bottom left hand corner, Login, Click Firewall Options, Select FileMaker, Click the - tab to remove it from the list, It should automatically add it self back when you start filemaker with sharing turned on.
Mine says no files available
That worked but I still get no files available