5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 5, 2013 10:21 AM by philmodjunk

    Opening URL links in Safari iOS - not FM Web Viewer

    DamianBaker_1

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      Opening URL links in Safari iOS - not FM Web Viewer

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      Hi esteemed FileMaker Go engineers,

      Ok, I posted a question regarding the opening of specialised filetypes in iOS apps that support them - see here to recap: Open specialised filetypes in FMGO with supported apps and I have also sent two feature requests. I still am yet to hear from anyone at FileMaker so I have another feature question for you hoping this could be considered. 

      I would like to have a choice to open a file or link in the external Safari iOS instead of the one within FileMaker. Safari iOS does recognise specialised filetypes and allows you to choose the app installed on your device that could open it.

      I am not sure if this can be done programatically (for the link field as an example), but if not, I think that implementing such a feature would be of great benefit - not only because Safari iOS recognises such filetypes, but also allows you to have multiple browser tabs open for easy window swapping. Of course 1st generation iPhones would not keep the FMGO app open when it tries to open Safari iOS, but the newer iPhones and all iPads will not have a problem for users to double-click the home button to switch between apps.

      Look forward to any comments regarding this.

      Kind Regards,

      Damian

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        • 1. Re: Opening URL links in Safari iOS - not FM Web Viewer
          philmodjunk

          Try using the Open URL script step.

          • 2. Re: Opening URL links in Safari iOS - not FM Web Viewer
            tomtek

                 I double vote Safari as web viewer.  The FM web viewer seriously breaks many IOS features.

                 The OpenURL script step is what we need to open Safari not an answer.

            • 3. Re: Opening URL links in Safari iOS - not FM Web Viewer
              philmodjunk

                   Since this thread was first created, I've acquired an iPhone 4S. As a means of learning FM GO, I took the Known Bugs LIst Database that I created and maintain for the forum community and created a set of iPhone friendly layouts. Several of these layouts include URLs in fields with either a script trigger or a button that uses Open URL to open Safari to the specified URL.

                   None were modified to work with iOS. I didn't need to. They all successfully open Safari to the desired web page. You are welcome to download and examine this database in both FileMaker Go and Pro.

                   If, on the other hand, you want to view web pages on the iPhone via the FM Webviewer and it fails to work the way you need, that's a different issue. Specific failures in that regard should be posted to Report an Issue to make sure that the TS personnel that monitor that section know about the issue.

                   PS. the iPhone layouts only exist in the FileMaker 12 version of this database file.

              • 4. Re: Opening URL links in Safari iOS - not FM Web Viewer
                tomtek

                     That is great your iPhone 4S works.   But that is in fact not the case on all iOS platforms.  It worked in earlier versions of fm go but it currently does not

                     An unmodified URL with http: opened via the openurl script step opens a full screen fm web viewer window not iOS safari on an iPad.  I currently have iOS 5 and 6. iPhone 4,4s,5 iPad 1-retina to test with.  The only work around is to know the file type and hope you have a program that registers a custom URL type with iOS.  This creates a scripting nightmare that requires all file types to modify the URL and on specific platforms. Bug maybe not a lacking functionality definitely.  

                     Before you could let safari open the file and then use the safari open with button to choose the program.  Tips functionality is now gone due to FM Go iPad not using safari any more.  

                     I would like to see a super container URL on an fm go 12.0.7 iPad opened in safari via the openurl script step.   If you can do it please share

                      

                      

                • 5. Re: Opening URL links in Safari iOS - not FM Web Viewer
                  philmodjunk

                       I stand corrected. What I thought was Safari is as you describe a full page web viewer, not Safari. (either that or it's Safari with most of the features blocked--which makes no difference here in the results.