Thank you for your post.
FileMaker Go for iPad takes advantage of the larger screen size.
FileMaker Pro does give you the ability to share a file over the network, so if your iPHone and iPad have internet access, then you can connect to the file hosted on your MacBook Pro and make changes in real-time. In FileMaker Pro, open the file, pull down the File menu and select "Sharing -> FileMaker Network...". Turn on "Network Sharing", and an IP Address will appear. In the lower left half of that screen, click on your file, and on the right side, turn on "All users" for network access. Click OK. At this point, launch FileMaker Go, at the top right next to "Remote Files and Hosts" are two icons. Tap the left icon to show all the Local Network Hosts. Click the one for your Mac, and you'll be able to access the file as a guest and make changes in real-time.
You can transfer the file back and forth through iTunes, but if you have it on the iPhone and iPad and both make changes, how do you know which one should be the master. You would need to write a script to evaluate the changes, but after reading your post, this may be a bit more complex and challenging, so sharing the data (described in the previous paragraph) would be the way to go.
Let me know if you need additional clarification.
I realized I forgot to mention a couple of resources that you may find helpful.
The FileMaker Go Development Guide provides a lot of information about FileMaker Go. You can find it online at:
The other resource is the FileMaker Go Tech Brief at:
This provides a lot more information including layout sizes for each device.
I posted the following a few days ago because I was in your same position. I bet the two programs are similar and this is step by step.
Linking of Database on
the iPad to the Mac Mini in the Home Office
External IP Address: Write this down it will be
This can be found by going to
google.com and typing in the search line…”What is my external IP address”. It will appear at the top of the Google
Internal IP Address: Write this down it MAY be
This can be found by going to
google.com and typing in the search line…”What is my internal IP address”. It will appear at the top of the Google
Open Port 5003 on the host computer.
Call the ISP (Internet Service Provider) of your home
computer network and ask them to walk you through how to “port forward
5003”. Port 5003 is the port that FileMaker
uses. Having this port open in the fire wall is an important component to
making this work. Yes, there is risk
having ports open to your fire wall, but no more risk than surfing the internet
which opens ports with every connection.
How to Make the
FileMaker Pro should be installed on the Mac Mini and FileMaker
Go should be installed on the iPad per the software developer’s directions.
Settings for the Mac Mini:
Perform the following to get the Mac Mini Ready:
Click on the apple in the upper left corner
Click on System Preferences: Under Internet & Wireless Choose
A screen will come up that Shows the Computer Name. In the middle of that screen choose options
and click all boxes that are applicable.
Same screen Click "Share files and folders using AFP"
and Share files and folders using SMB (Windows).
Same screen Click the User Accounts that are to be shared.
Same screen On the left side I have all services checked for
Then Exit this screen.
Settings for FileMaker Pro:
Open FileMaker Pro and DATABASE on the Mac Mini
Click File: Sharing: and FileMaker Network Settings. A screen will
pop up that says FileMaker Network Settings. Under "Network Sharing"
Below that you will see Internal IP addresses. Just confirm at least one is the same as you
found when you Googled.
Same screen on the left side should be "Currently Open
Files" (you may have to open all the DATABASE files to get a listing).
Click on each file listed and make sure the box to the right is set for
Return to the main FileMaker Pro and select, File, Sharing, and
ODBC/JDBC. A screen will pop up that
says FileMaker ODBC/JDBC Settings. Under
"ODBC/JDBC Settings" click "on"
Below that you will see Internal IP addresses. Just confirm at
least one is the same as you found when you Googled.
On the left side of the same screen you should see "Currently
Open Files". Click on each file listed and make sure the box to the right
is set for "All users".
Setting up the
Open FileMaker Go:
The FileMaker Go screen is divided into 2
columns. The left column is “Files on
the Device”. The right column is “Remote Files and Hosts”.
Next to “Remote Files and Hosts” are 2
icons. Click on the 2nd icon
that looks like 3 discs with a plus sign.
A new screen will open that says “Add Host”
In the first blank for the “Host Address” type
in the External IP Address that you have researched from Google. The address will look something
Hit the “Next” button.
In the next blank space “Host Name” type in “DATABASE”
or whatever you would like to name your Smart Business database.
The iPad will revert back to the 2 column FileMaker
From there hit the corresponding Host Name to
your DATABASE and a list of files will pop up.
(If not then there is something wrong.)
Hit either the invoice file or the contacts file
and you will see DATABASE as you would normally. (If you don’t see DATABASE as
you would normally see it, then there is something wrong.)
"Complex and challenging" is not something I'm up for. I just use this for my home-based business, and don't understand much of the jargon. Thank you for your help, I did get the remote login issue fixed, and am still working on this one. My problem with setting up my Mac as a host is that I travel with my iPad, so I need access to the database to make changes to the data, then come back home and sync. I was trying to find a way to do this without going through iTunes. It looks like that may be my only option without getting into something way too complex for me. I don't use the db on my iPhone, other than just to view something quickly, but I don't use it to edit data, it's just too tiny.