Unclear as to how this is done. Would like to know what costs are going to be once app is completed and ready for use. Is every machine going to have to have FMP installed? I know the FM Go is a free app, but what about using the app on desktop?
Depends on what you are doing. Runtimes cannot be networked. No shared data. Each user would have their own data and. No one else would know about it.
There are few options for deploying a custom app for each client.
Plan, create, and deploy custom apps | FileMaker
The basic gist of it is if everyone needs to be able to access the same custom app then FileMaker Server is needed to host the file. Everyone needs FileMaker Pro client on their desktop top to access it, or they can access it via Web Direct.
There's licensing options for teams, so the cost isn't awful.
Check out the information above and let me know if you have further questions.
Hey, Jeremy. Yes I have been looking/reading up some more after posting question. So if I develop an app for a colleague to use on his desktop/laptop at the office, he will have to purchase FMP. And if he is the only one that will be using it, I can just load the files (database) on his computer and he's set to go. However, if others in the office need access, (less than 5) it would be a one time charge. Don't get this part. Also, each one of the "less than 5" users have to also purchase a copy of FMP?
Sorry about my lack of clarity in this.
Howdy. No worries. I'm here to help.
1. If you develop an app using FileMaker Pro and give it to one other person to use, then yes, that person needs FileMaker.
2. All users who access an app will need FileMaker Pro.
You can develop the app and then email it to someone else and he can open it with his copy of FileMaker Pro.
The FileMaker Licensing for Teams is an option. You get a license for 5 people to use FileMaker Pro and a server license. The server allows you to host the app and allows people to connect to it. This is about $888 per year for the five licenses (you can only get them in multiples of 5) and the server.
Occasionally FileMaker has a 2 for 1 sale. You buy a single copy of FileMaker Pro and get a 2nd one free.
You might want to talk to a sales person regarding your needs if it gets into that 'more-than-one' person stage.
Ok. So let's say they will only use their iPad to connect to database file. Does that mean they don't have to purchase anything, just install FileMaker Go and connect to the database file?
You can deploy a custom app to an iPad thru email or dropbox or some other method, and that file will sit on the device and will be available in FileMaker Go. There's nothing else for your friend to purchase.
But that is just a local connection; every time an update is made to the app, a new version has to be sent to the device and the previous data could be lost.
There are ways to deal update a new app with data from the old one.
Ok. Thanks Jeremy. I'm sure I'll get in to the updating stuff a little further down the road.
If you had Filemaker Advance you can create Runtimes, They do not require FM Pro nor FMA to run in local desktops. And the runtime can also be used in FM Go.
Had completely forgotten about the runtime. Am intending to get FMP Advanced (working with trial version right now.) That makes complete sense. Thanks for reminding me of that.
You might study this for the difference:
"Differences between the runtime application and FileMaker Pro (FileMaker Pro Advanced)"
& this for comparing Go with Pro:
"Differences between FileMaker Go and FileMaker Pro"
& this for information about Web Direct:
Thanks so much, Beverly. Feel like I'm getting information overload.
Read at your convenience!
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Update process is something you really want to have figured out sooner rather than later. Especially with FMGo.
You can share the file from FMP throughout the office to up to 5 people using peer to peer sharing. It is not advised though and ultimately is more expensive that a 5 user FLT package with FM Server included.
Why would peer to peer end up being more expensive?
If you do it properly you need FMPx6 where one copy acts only as a host. Traditional purchase is about $2000 and then about $1200 for each version upgrade. VLA would be similar up front and $390/yr for maintenance. AVLA would be $648.
FLT is $888/yr and includes all the advantages of FMS and FMGo/WebDirect access.
Also consider that peer to peer in FM16 is advised for testing only. You might not count on long term support for peer to peer for that reason.
Not saying that this is the way I would do it, but if I deployed a runtime of the database, then wouldn't need those copies of FMP. Isn't this correct?
Ok. Did not know that. Thanks for pointing it out.
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