7 Replies Latest reply on Feb 8, 2015 7:25 PM by DamianBaker_1

    Open specialised filetypes in FMGO with supported apps

    DamianBaker_1

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      Open specialised filetypes in FMGO with supported apps

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      Hey guys,

      We are currently developing a database solution called Teacher's Companion.  It has a section called Templates, where it allows you to store various filetypes. Using it for say music tuition, you could for example store Guitar Pro files called .gp5 or .gpx files. The problem is on FileMaker Go, when you try to open the file, it opens it in a browser window (Safari on iOS), which incidentally throws a 'Failed to open' error. 

      Why can't it just allow you to make a choice on an installed app that could utilise the filetype - this makes perfect sense.

      Dropbox and various File storage apps do exactly that, by giving you choices to Open In... the app that supports it.

      Hopefully this could be included soon in an future update.

      Regards,

      Damian

        • 1. Re: Open specialised filetypes in FMGO with supported apps
          TSGal

          Damian Baker:

          Thank you for your post.

          At this time, FileMaker Go does not support file types .gp5 or .gpx.

          I recommend you enter this file format suggestion into our Feature Requests web form at:

          http://www.filemaker.com/company/contact/feature_request.html

          These suggestions are put into a database file hosted by Development and Product Management where the suggestions are then discussed and considered for a future release.  Although I could copy your post and paste it into the web form, there are a couple of questions asked that only you can answer.

          TSGal
          FileMaker, Inc.

          • 2. Re: Open specialised filetypes in FMGO with supported apps

            I have my doubts about this working due to the nature of the file system on IOS, but...

            First insert the file in a container field.

            Use export field to save the contents to disk. Works in OSX and Windows but probably not in Go.

            • 3. Re: Open specialised filetypes in FMGO with supported apps
              DamianBaker_1

              Hi all,

              Thank you very much for your comments.

              With Dropbox and Downloader, two file sharing and storage apps available on the Apple App Store, you can export .gp5, .gpx no problems at all.  Dropbox for example will provide some app choices such as the Guitar Pro app since this app can use the file.  Where you said "At this time, FileMaker Go does not support file types .gp5 or .gpx", well Guitar Pro files (.gpx) are not exactly commonplace, so I can't imagine that Dropbox specifically supports this filetype or any uncommon filetypes for that matter - I could be wrong though.  I have managed to try and export an uncommon filetype in Dropbox, and I received a message saying 'No installed apps support opening this file'.  That also tells me that Dropbox has an idea of what apps are installed on the device, and the filetypes that those apps can utilise. 

              Regards,

              Damian

              • 4. Re: Open specialised filetypes in FMGO with supported apps
                DamianBaker_1

                I understand that in Files on iPad (under Device in the Home section) you can tick the checkbox icon and select the file, click the Export icon (near the Delete icon) and it allows you send to AirDrop, Open in Dropbox, and most importantly in my case - Open externally in a third-party iPad app that support the filetype.


                I really would like this functionality BUT in a container field. So when the user clicks the file that is sitting in there, instead of it automatically opening in the FileMaker native browser, it ALLOWS you to SELECT the third-party iPad app that recognises the filetype extension.

                Is there any resolution to this please? 
                It has been nearly three years since I posted this issue.

                Kind Regards,
                Damian

                • 6. Re: Open specialised filetypes in FMGO with supported apps
                  schamblee

                  Appears you need to make a feature request http://www.filemaker.com/company/contact/feature_request.html

                  When you export a file from a container, the file is put in Filemaker File Storage area.  You can select the Icon that looks like a piece of paper with the corner folded down, then select the file then select the icon with the up arrow (open-in icon).  This will let you Open In another app, but this list is very limited. (This is where Filemaker could update Go to include the correct apps.)  You can select dropbox, then use dropbox to send it to the correct app. 

                  Drawn out work around but it does get the file there.  

                  PS.   I don't have the file formats you mention in your post above, I tested with an audio file from Garage Band. 

                  • 7. Re: Open specialised filetypes in FMGO with supported apps
                    DamianBaker_1

                    Hi S Chamblee,

                    Thank you very much for taking the time to write. I sincerely appreciate that.
                    I have sent a feature request via that link, so hopefully it will be considered.

                    I will also try your suggestions. Many thanks.

                    Kind Regards,
                    Damian Baker
                    Wipeout Media (developers of Teacher's Companion & CSS & JavaScript Toolbox)