I suggest you read chapter 2 of the Development Guide. It's not long. Help>Product Documentation>Development Guide
If your friend is using Windows on a PC, you will have to create the runtime on that platform instead of your Mac.
This is called a "runtime" database.
Look up "Preparing files for a runtime solution" in the help system for more information on how to create a runtime solution.
Thank you Jade and Phil, Just reading it and looks well over my head, thought it'll been simple to do but looks rather long winded for a novice like me. I will have to stick with emails until I have time to read it all properly and decide if its something i'll be able to do.
Thank you both for your comments and suggestions.
It's really much simpler to do than it appears.
You can pretty much just select "developer utilities" from the tools menu, click the add button to select your file(s) and then click the specify buttons to choose your options. Since the process copies your file into a new folder and leaves your original file untouched, it's a pretty safe thing to experiment with.
Wow thanks Phil, I started reading the Help information at work and thought it was too long winded to do. Since reading your thread I gave it a go and I think i've done it. All I need to do is check see if it work on my friends computer.
Thank you very much for your advice Phil, much appreciated.
WoW thanks Phil, it works! Now I am guessing once I have changed it into a standalone file I cant's change it back into my Filemaker Pro to alter or change anything? I'm guessing once its like that then everything added in the stand alone file stays there and cant be moved or synced with my master file?
You'll find the process copied your file into the designated project folder. You can still open this file with filemaker pro in order to update it. You can also modify your original file and repeat the binding steps you've just done and use the same "bind key" as before. Then you can simply replace this one file on your friend's computer to update it. (Any data he's entered will have to be imported first into your new copy.)
WoW Phil, i'm very impressed. Its a shame i'm not a little more clued up on FileMaker but i'll learn slowly and one day will have the Database I can be proud off.
I have done what you said BUT saved the files on a Memory Stick. I have then opened them directly off the Memory Stick and reopened them using FileMaker and it seems to work. I'm thinking if I do this then I can still edit the database while my friend and I use it and without the need to import and export! :-)
I now need to work out a way to add a Calendar and a tasks section that opens a window on open of the application for upcoming tasks.
Thank you Phil and Jade for your help. I'm glad I upgraded to FileMaker from Bento3 and hope that I can continue to learn more about this program to create the ultimate database.
I have just followed the instructions above and tried to make a standalone Mac version and failed.
I get as far as FileMaker Pro 11 starting to make the application but it gives an error message when making Info.plist. The error from the log is very informative15/05/2010 10:01 Log Started...15/05/2010 10:01:05 429496729515/05/2010 10:01:22 ...Ending Log.
The standalone version then fails to run.
Using Mac OSX 10.6.3 and FileMaker Pro 11.
Any help most welcome.