Chris Knight - Acutus Trading Ltd.
Apple Says Yes to FMTouch
August 7, 2008 in FileMaker
[prMac.com] Richmond, VA - FMWebschool Inc., announced the availability of FMTouch. FMTouch enables you to deploy FileMaker Pro on your iPhone or your iPod Touch. FMTouch runs locally on your iPhone and does not require internet connection. FMTouch is available in the Business section of the App Store.
In the Olympics, steroids are definitely a bad idea. However when used in the context of an incredible software application we think that enhanced performance is what everyone needs. FMTouch replaces an old athlete (FileMaker Mobile) that as of last year was retired by FileMaker Inc. FileMaker Mobile could only handle a single non relational flat file. You could say that it had problems with relationships and in today's world relational data is key. This is where the power house FMTouch stepped in to more than fill its predecessor's shoes.
For those of you that have never heard of FileMaker Mobile, you may be wondering just what is it that FMTouch can do for me? I applaud your curiosity. If you use FileMaker Pro and you have an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch you can transfer that fully relational database to your iPhone or iPod. Yes you can run FileMaker locally on your iPhone.
FMTouch supports multiple databases. Imagine having your contacts database, your inventory database, all with you on your iPhone. You can access your data anywhere and never have to worry about internet connections. While everyone else is suffering from the "no bars" crisis, you can be the hero by having all of your FileMaker data running locally on your iPhone. If you add, edit or delete records from your FMTouch database, you can easily sync to your main FileMaker database on your local or served file with our secure sync plug-in. FMTouch works equally well on both Macintosh and Windows.
The great thing is you never have to worry about not having your FileMaker data with you. It's like having FileMaker in your pocket. FMTouch includes a beautiful design interface and is rich with features only available on the iPhone or iTouch. Simply tapping a phone number in a field and it automatically dials the phone, or tapping an email address and you are instantly presented with your email application.
FMTouch supports multiple related tables, layouts, portals and value lists. You can add records, edit records, delete records, delete found sets, sort records, edit portal rows, search, find all records and even use FileMaker generated runtimes.
FMTouch requires FileMaker 8 or FileMaker 9. FileMaker Advanced is needed to generate a one-time report to transfer the layout objects and table data to the iPhone. If you don't have FileMaker Advanced, don't worry! FMWebschool is providing an automated way to upload your database files and generate the DDR for you.
If you want the ability to harvest the power of FileMaker from anywhere in the world in an instant, then FMTouch is what you need. You can rely on FMTouch to help you win gold in the FileMaker Arena.
FMWebschool is a team of creative developers specializing in innovative PHP and FileMaker web solutions since 1999. FMWebschool focuses on progressive FileMaker integrated turnkey solutions, training, books, hosting and learning resources to facilitate FileMaker web publishing. FMWebschool has a solid track record and reputation for outstanding customer support and has just won the "Mad Dog Award" from FileMaker Inc.