Matt O’Dell of FileMaker Inc. presented this past Tuesday at the Philly FileMaker User Group, providing an overview of HTML5 and possible applications in FileMaker Go.
We’re happy to share that Matt has graciously provided his complete demo files and presentation slide deck for download!
Included are some pretty slick iPad geolocation demos, graphical seat assignment, canvas drawing and charting, web chat, and more! All in all fun stuff.
While this was probably clearer during the presentation, some of the code in Matt’s DevCon 2011 offering should be credited to Todd Geist of Geist Interactive who shared his expertise with Matt for this portion of demo. Todd has coincidentally released – today – a packaged tool for performing canvas drawing in FileMaker Go, so if any of this has whetted your appetite for this kind of thing, you’re in luck.
It’s called GoDraw. It looks pretty slick, the lite version is free, and the full version offers editing saved drawings, Save as PDF and more.
Filemaker just released a new update to Filemaker Go this morning, and it’s big!
A particularly huge item that seemed to slip through the cracks of the new features list is:
iOS app developers may take advantage of the newly enhanced URL protocol from FileMaker for calling FileMaker Go. Using the URL protocol, developers can now specify a FileMaker Pro script and script parameters. This allows developers of commercial and in-house iOS applications to extend FileMaker Go databases and provide a wide spectrum of useful solutions such as bar code scanning.
This means that you can write applications for iOS and call scripts in Filemaker using parameters. You can’t even do this in Filemaker Pro! Who needs to to use plugins on iOS, just use iOS apps, communication can go both ways by registering a url scheme for your own app that Filemaker can call to trigger actions.
Filemaker Go Update
- Take photos, add them to the database, and email as an attachment
- Convert records to PDF and email file from the database
- Save a copy of a database and email it as an attachment
- Import records from FileMaker Pro databases to FileMaker Go via scripts
- Be able to require users to re-log onto FileMaker Go after iPhone hibernates
- Solves compatibility issues running on iPhone
I think these have got to be some of the biggest requests on my list. I’m downloading as we speak.
Greetings FileMaker Enthusiasts,
Our next Philadelphia FileMaker User Group meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 28th 2010 at 6:00 PM.
The meeting will be held at the IT Solutions Fort Washington Office:
+ 414 Commerce Dr., Suite 150, Fort Washington, PA 19034
+ Google Map: http://bit.ly/d7L05o
As always, pizza and soft drinks will be provided.
Please RSVP here if you are planning to attend this meeting:
INTRODUCING FILEMAKER GO!
[late breaking: FileMaker Go 1.1 is out! Details here; if you weren’t planning on coming before, you might want to do a rethink.]
Introducing FileMaker Go With Matt O’Dell, Systems Engineer, FileMaker Inc.
FileMaker Go allows you to view, edit, and search your FileMaker Pro records on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Your existing FileMaker Pro layouts look amazing on the large iPad display screen – no modification is necessary for many solutions. FileMaker Go easily connects to databases hosted on FileMaker Server or FileMaker Pro via a local wireless network or over the Internet using Wi-Fi or 3G. Continue reading ‘Please Join us September 28: FileMaker Go! For iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch’
FMPug is offering discounted memberships at a LOCKED in rate, in perpetuity. As of this moment, the rate is $50.00 US, which I believe is half the usual annual fee. There are only a limited number of discounted rates available, after which a lesser discount tier becomes available. When those get used up, it’s back to to the regular rate.
Here’s how it works:
“Your locked in rate is based on the number of COMPLETED transactions. To avoid losing the current promotional rate” (ed: currently $50), “we urge you to complete this transaction sooner rather than later. Wait too long and it could be gone!
** YOU’RE LOCKED-IN FOR LIFE! ** Here’s where things get really exciting! By signing-up now, the promotional price is your rate for life! That’s right, providing your membership never lapses, the promotional price will be your annual FMPug renewal rate for life! Whether you’re a new member or a renewing member, you won’t pay a penny more. It’s just that simple.”
Is it worth it? You bet. But if you need more than the product discounts, mailing lists and so on, here’s an extra perk:
The all new iPad!
Er…wait, I mean this:
I meant THIS iPad.
Yeah, that’s it.
FMPug will be giving away four iPads to FMPug members – two at the FileMaker Developer Convention in August, and two to FMPug members who couldn’t attend DevCon. I hear there’s some kind of FileMaker GO thingy that runs on iPads now too.