You can't save a Database hosted by FileMaker server (or by a FileMaker Pro client that shares the files) from a client to a local disk...
- download a copy of the database from FileMaker Server (using the Admin-Tools of FileMaker server) or close the database on FileMaker Pro
- use iTunes to copy the database-files to the iOS device (other options available to transfer, ie email, etc.)
Even if you could do what you want, you need to think through the process of how you would keep the two databases in sync with each other. FileMaker Go does not automatically sync two copies of the same databases. You will need to use a third party syncing solution or create your own syncing routine to accomplish this.
I am new to Filemaker, so please my ignorance. I also wish to have a copy of my database (actually, about 6). I don't edit in the field, but I do need access to the information when traveling. Not always able to connect via network, so syncing not an issue. What I would like is to have a copy on my iPad and my iPod. When I tried to copy the file onto my iPod, kept giving me the message I did not have access to the file. What am I doing wrong?
How are you copying the files to your iPod? Is FileMaker Go installed on your iPod?
I have FMP Pro on my iMac, Go on both my iPad and iPod. (I am a recent transfer from Windows where my previous database was Palm OS-LOVED it!) I am still learning the Apple way of doing things, so I'm sure the problem is me. I was able to finally copy the db onto the iPad, but was a fluke, and don't know how I did it. I tried importing through iTunes on both portables, and that's how I keep getting the 'Not authorized' message. There is one large database, and 5 very small dbs. I don't want to have to keep all those files open on my desktop while I'm in the field. By the way, I am the only user.
"Not authoized" is an ongoing irritations with iTunes. You have to enter your passcode on your iOS device before iTunes will let you copy files. Since your iOS device may be set to sleep fairly frequently, you have to keep checking the screen and re-entering your passcode each time.
I frequently use Drop Box to copy files onto my iPhone. I could probably use iCloud as well, but since drop box works well, I haven't bothered to try that option.
On my computer, I put a copy of the database in a folder inside drop box. I have the drop box app installed on my iPhone. When I want to copy a Filemaker file into FM Go, I first launch FM GO and delete the current copy. I then open Drop box and try to open the file in Drop Box. When I get an error message that the file cannot be opened, I then use the "open with" option to open it with FM GO. This action copies the file from drop box into the FM GO work area and opens it.
To wirelessly send a copy back to my computer, I save a copy and email it to myself.
That sounds like what I did for the copy on the iPad. Thanks so much, I will try it and post the results.