iPad… iPhone… FileMaker… I make that Pimms o’clock!

So it’s here. At last! FileMaker Pro has hit the various iThings! We’ve been looking forward to this for sometime now and we’ve finally got our hands on a copy of FileMaker Go. In typical fashion we’ve also already started developing on it for a client as well as the guys in the office playing with it for themselves!

Now, I can’t tell you much about it from a technical or development point of view, but I can tell you a bit about what it’s going to do for your business.

I do need to start with a few slightly technical details. The very basics. FileMaker Go will run most .fp7 files without any modification and layout, portals, ect.. should look the same and most scripts and calculations will run fine. Apparently.

It all sounds quite cool, but there are some limitations already. Certain scripts wont work or may behave in an unusual way. Quite vague… We have also been told that plug-ins wont work and external calculation functions and ODBC drivers aren’t supported.

So there you have it. Good technical things and bad technical things. One of the developers will flesh all of those out once they’ve had a proper play I have no doubt!

The thing I’m looking forward to seeing is how much it can be used within business. I’ve used the iPad as a sales tool but not with FileMaker on it. I think it will be useful for stock control, there has been some interest in using it for various hospitals and anyone working in a large warehouse or a shop floor.

We’re going to be putting together a case study very soon for one of our first FileMaker Go development projects I’ll be keeping you all posted as I find out more!

Steve Payne

Steve Payne

In January 2009 Steve Payne joined Linear Blue as the Head of Business Development. Having previously worked as the Managing Director for Berkshire based Insite Design, Steve brings with him his knowledge of web design, consultancy, marketing and SEO to assist Linear Blue in their drive forward into 2009 and beyond.

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