FileMaker Tech Specs
If you are to serve several FMGo I would by FIleMaker Server the first thing. So many benefits of having a FileMaker Server. If you do not want to host yourself you have FileMaker Cloud or you can ask a hosting provider to help you out.
FMP is limited to 5 concurrent users including the FMGo clients. If you need more then FMS will be required.
OK thanks to you both. So with the iMac, the Macbook, 2 iPhones and an iPad, that should be ok and will be ok for us. I am quite happy to host myself and I presume hosting on iCloud Drive will work. I will try again as I have a suspicion what was wrong.
and I presume hosting on iCloud Drive will work.
Never ever put a live FM file in any kind of shared folder or online folder. The FM host (regular FMP or FMS) needs exclusive access to the file. Nothing else can touch it and certainly not any other kind of sharing process.
No, iCloud drive (same with dropbox) should only be used to copy files to / from your devices.
Hosting can be done with FMP or FMS. There are hosting services available, if you prefer not to do your own hosting.
Internet search Filemaker hosting.
If the users will not have internet service, then you will place a standalone copy on the device and then you would sync back to the main database when the user has internet and or a network connection. Syncing is not built-in.
FMEasySync: A FileMaker Sync Framework is free. The developer of the solution, no longer provides support.
Seedcode and 360works are a couple of companies that have sync solution available. Internet search Filemaker syncing.
So how is that unsecure? Are you saying that my iCloud files are in danger? I doubt if Apple would agree.
I am (and my wife) are the ONLY users and if we do not have an Internet service we can wait a day or two - done that and it is not too traumatic.
Seedcode sell their products on the back of Filemaker. They seem great products but all I want is a DB that does the job for me. I am not a big company and cant afford large monthly bills.
FM server minimum is £750 per year!
Perhaps Filemaker doesn't want single users like me. Sad.
It has nothing to do with security but with integrity of the file. OS-level and other types of sharing on a live open FM file is the #1 cause for file and data corruption.
So if I am not careful the file may become corrupted. What are the sort of circumstances of how this could happen and why?
What you can do is open the file with FileMaker Pro on a computer and use Open Remote to access the file from other devices. This requires setting up port forwarding to access the file from outside your local network, but it can be done. The connection lacks SSL encryption so this is less secure, caveat emptor.
Filemaker is the only software that should open a Filemaker database. The main issue with iCloud drive and other similar software is that it makes copies of the file then you end up with multiple copies with inaccurate data. iCloud does not do a true sync, it copies the newest copy of the file (by timestamp of the file) to the icloud server, which may not be the newest data. The timestamp is updated when the file closes.
FMS is only required if you have more than 5 concurrent users. Note the hosting computer is consider one of the users.
You can use iCloud to copy the file from your computer to your device. You then can copy this database back to your computer using iCloud, in a different location, then import the new records into your main database. If you have an internet connection you can connect to the hosted database. You will need to setup port forwarding to access the hosted databases.
seedcode has a free version of GoZync that will sync will database.
Thanks for your reply. That clears things up.
I'll try Seedcode's gozync.