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    Creating new "apps" with FMG



      Creating new "apps" with FMG


      I was quite excited when I saw FMG on the Filemaker homepage today.  I haven't had much time to try it out, but I have already thought of a suggestion that I would like to see.  I opted to use this forum instead of the submit an idea page as I figured moderators would be on this forum quite a bit during the launch.

      However, my suggestion is that users could create separate icons for the iphone/ipad screen that link to the database.  This way the db's become more of an "app", instead of a feature of another app.  Does this make sense?

      I think potential customers would enjoy having their own app, in a sense.


        • 1. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG
          Steve Wright

          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.

          • 2. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG

            Better yet, a runtime version that would be an iPad/iPhone app all on its own!

            • 3. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG

              Something for the next release of FM Pro developer (here's hoping)


              • 4. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG
                Steve Wright

                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."

                • 5. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG


                  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">

                  FileMaker, Inc.

                  • 6. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG
                    Steve Wright

                    Thanks TSGal, Ill give that a go.  Its more of a convenience thing than anything.

                    • 7. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG

                      Runtime version of Filemaker Go would sell huge!  The guys at FMTouch.com are doing it.  Why can't Filemaker, Inc.?

                      • 8. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG

                        daryl hansen:

                        Thank you for your comments.

                        Please be sure to enter this suggestion into our Feature Requests web form at:


                        The entries into this web form are monitored and read by our Development and Product Management departments.  Although I could copy your post and paste it into the web form, there are some questions asked that only you can answer.  Also, entries tend to carry more weight when it submitted directly from a customer.

                        FileMaker, Inc.

                        • 9. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG

                          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:

                          When clicked:

                          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....

                          • 10. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG

                            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?

                            • 11. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG

                              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

                              • 12. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG


                                "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 :)


                                • 13. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG

                                  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

                                  • 14. Re: Creating new "apps" with FMG

                                    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

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