You can use configuration profiles to automatically install filemaker go and a desktop shortcut to your database. It does not allow you to add a file inside of FMGo though, so you'd still need to provide a download link to your file. But at least it saves your users a few steps.
Facing a similar challenge, I created a short video at the link below to teach potential users of my FMGo solution how to download and install FMGo. Then, I've created additional videos to teach them how to use the solution with FMGo after they've installed it on their devices.
Minimum, there will still be at least a two steps, if not more for your users. They will need to install FileMaker Go from the App store, and then download your file and have it open in FileMaker Go. I'd suggest setting up a webpage that details the steps, and points them to the App Store to install, then downloads the file for them.
You would need a config profile to get a Web Clip link to show on the user's home screen, but that might be something that you present your user at startup, asking them if they would like a shortcut on the home screen, and if they do, take them to a website to download the profile.
After installing Go, provide a link to your file in Dropbox and they can install directly from there.
Or, if the file is small enough, email a copy to them. They can open your message in Mail and download by clicking on a link. Works in gMail but easier in mail. This is probably the easiest since everyone uses email.
They can use iTunes to transfer the file from their computer to IOS.
Thanks Mathew, I guess the answer everyone seems to be providing is not the answer I'd like to hear.
Sounds like my question is perfect material for a FileMaker feature request ;-)
As a follow-up question, is there a scriptable method of programmatically deleting all of the demo files that come preinstalled with FileMaker Go?
To be clear, what I am after is what I am sure many other FM developers are after: the unencumbered ability to pre-load your own solution onto FileMaker Go, with a customized icon/link, and minus all of the accompanying samples.
In other words, developers like myself are looking to deploy FileMaker Go "apps" on iOS in a similar fashion to how we now deploy FM Runtime apps on Windows/OS X, and FM Web solutions on WebDirect/CWP.
FOr first time users who are doing the install by themselfes, I prefer the email method. Send an email with the db - and a short description, point by point, how to do
IF You have access to the iOS device, You can guide them.
There is also a way - if they are on a network with with some bandwith - to send a link that opens a FM db on a server -> there You can have a script that installs a db that is stored in a containerfield
FileMaker Go is a 'runtime' app. It just needs a file...
You can use the following script to delete files
Show All Records
Show Omitted Only
Set Variable [$file; Value:"Assets.fmp12"]
Export Records[no dialog; "$file"] Set file type to tab separated and select one field to export in the export order
Repeat the last two steps as many times as needed to delete all of the files you want to delete.
Thanks. This works as advertised.
I'm using in in conjunction with "Get ( DocumentsPathListing )" to find out which demo files I need to delete and which not.
My script works great, except I can't for the life of me close all of the open "Getting Started.fmp12" windows, and because of that, I can't erase that file!
Any thoughts on how I can get past the "Getting Started" file?
Also, how is it that the "Getting Started" file can auto-launch on FMGo but not my file?