On that note, does anybody know of a way to manually add a bookmark to the home screen on the iPhone / iPad
Using the URL fmp7://ip/filename will open up a database,
Adding a bookmark in the regular way doesnt work because safari does not stay open allowing you to click the + icon.
Better yet, a runtime version that would be an iPad/iPhone app all on its own!
Something for the next release of FM Pro developer (here's hoping)
James / pdh
This was asked on Techtalk, the answer to which is :
"Unfortunately, Apple's iOS application development policies do not support this model at this time."
One of our Support Technicians found a way to put a bookmark to the home screen on the iPhone/iPad.
Create an HTML file with a redirect to the file, and save that to the Home Screen. That is, include the following meta tag in the Head of the HTML file:
<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0;url=fmp7://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/untitled">
Thanks TSGal, Ill give that a go. Its more of a convenience thing than anything.
Runtime version of Filemaker Go would sell huge! The guys at FMTouch.com are doing it. Why can't Filemaker, Inc.?
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A runtime version is not needed and in one sense FIlemaker Go is a runtime version except for the linking.
What would satisfy everyone is if Filemaker and Apple could get together, since they are related, and create a simple method creating an icon app that when clicked would perform an action that has been part of Filemaker for decades, Apple System software for decades and was a part of Hypercard:
Tell Application Filemaker Go to Open Database $$_file.
Now, Filemaker Go has hooks in it to pass information to other applicaitons and receive information from other applications.
So, all that is needed is an application that can store one filename that is on the IOS device. Or, have a default file name so we can name a file with it. Better of course would be to be able to use our own icon and to select the filename.
This concept is clean, simple and cheap and requires no changes in FIlemaker Go.
The clicker could open a file that serves as a menu file to open other files on Go or remote.
I hereby patent this idea and copyright it....
I created the html file and have it saved on my laptop drive. How do I get it to the iPhone home screen?
I bet the answer is I have to open it on a web site and then book mark it?
is there anyone who made it, can you please send me the HTML file sample, and let me know how to transfer it from Mac machine to iPAD, thanks so much
"I bet the answer is I have to open it on a web site and then book mark it?"
Yep, that is how I got it to work for me :)
- used DW to create a new, empty HTML page and added the above noted META tag
- used the URL to a test file I have on Triple8 hosting; the path they provide and the full filename with fp7 extension
- for the heck of it, added a large (almost full page) graphic to the body (a logo)
- saved the file, uploaded file and image to one of my hosting accounts
- browsed to the page in Safari on the iPad 2 and as the page was loading, it flipped over to the File Open / Login Screen on FM GO (the test file is protected)
- back to Safari, clicked the "right-pointing-arrow-in-a-box-thingy", click Add to Home Screen, give it a name (you can now see the logo graphic that was added) and click Add
- there is the icon on the Home Screen ... complete with logo :) .. tap it to go to the Login Screen for the FM Go file
Some playing around with the graphic size/location/background should give a workable icon with not much effort. I will have to try it on an unprotected file to see if it will go directly to it; it should. Would be nice to be able to include the login credentials in the HTML file somehow ... that sort of thing is not my "cup 'o tea" though :)
Here is the complete file for those who want to try:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
<title>FileMaker GO Icon Test</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0;url=fmp7://fm21.888.net/ART_ej_demo_01.fp7">
<p><img src="logo.png" width="800" height="600"></p>
NOTE: delete the line between <body> and </body> if you don't want a graphic; you'll just get a generic "white" icon
Here's a screenshot of the app iloveicons ($.99) which will create an icon of your choice and so far I have created one that opened Filemaker Go on my Touch but didn't find the file. Perhaps we can all try and discover how to make the settings. Unfortunately it has a nasty pre-launch screen. But there is an icon.
I show how to fill in the blanks to make it work: http://wp.me/1AmGx