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Can FileMaker Go database read an Excel file on a network drive?

Question asked by farm60 on Nov 19, 2018
Latest reply on Nov 19, 2018 by monkeybreadsoftware

We have a freezer repository containing ~ 200,000 samples.  A hosted FileMaker 16 database tracks sample locations along with associated experimental data. Everything works great on Mac computers. We are planning significant work in this repository (pulling and returning many samples).


Hence, we would like to use an iPad running FileMaker Go so that changes to this database can be made on the fly while working near freezers. In addition, we might enclose the iPad in a protective sleeve to prevent it from becoming contaminated from infectious sample material on protective gloves. The database accesses Excel files on a shared network drive in order to automate the lookup of multiple samples.


We have tested our database on an iPhone running FileMaker Go, but I don't know whether the iOS is capable of allowing FileMaker to read in data from a networked Excel file.  Research indicates some iOS apps allow one to open shared files on a network drive directly, but I don't know if anyone has determined if FileMaker Go can open an Excel file from an iPad using one of these apps to establish the network connection.


Any help/guidance would be greatly appreciated.