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Getting Started With FileMaker Go

Getting Started With FileMaker Go

If you are running a business and need to organize your data effectively and easily you have probably searched the internet for a product that not only meets these requirements but is also good value for money. But if you are constantly on the move and want the product to extend to your mobile devices, the choice may be somewhat limited. However, there is one particular piece of software that allows you to access your database both from your office and your mobile device.

With FileMaker Pro you are able to organize the creation, management and design of your databases from your desktop and laptop and with FileMaker Go you can gain access to those databases on the iPhone and iPod touch or on FileMaker Go for the iPad.

In this article, after an analysis of the FileMaker Pro application, we will provide a summary of some of the uses to which FileMaker Go can be put.

What Is FileMaker Pro?

In simple terms, FileMaker Pro is a database application program that permits its users to organize their data into screens, layouts or forms. In addition, it allows the management of the user’s contacts and projects. Users can create easily customizable databases to meet their own unique needs. Easy to employ reporting tools help to generate email reports in PDF form or Excel. The data can also be published on the web and shared with Mac and Windows users. All of these features can be fully accessed on a desktop or laptop computer.

All the features of the FileMaker Pro application can be accessed from your desktop or laptop

Originally, FileMaker Pro was designed for working solely with Apple computers, but it subsequently became available to Windows users and is now a genuine cross-platform application.

One of the reasons for the success of the application is that the user is not required to have any programming ability. Easy-to-follow software permits the user to create fields, forms and layouts from predefined templates once the application is started. Integrated into the application are over thirty separate starter solutions, making FileMaker Pro relatively easy to use, even for the novice.

Data can be imported by FileMaker Pro using an import command. Alternatively, the user can add data manually via the keyboard. There are also sort, search, reports and automation functions and the database(s) can be shared either over a local network or through publication on the web.

FileMaker Go

FileMaker Go 11 was released in July 2010 and was followed by FileMaker Go 12, which was released in April 2012.

As we have pointed out, FileMaker Go is the mobile version of FileMaker Pro but it does not have all of its capabilities.

Whilst FileMaker Go can connect to databases hosted on either the FileMaker server or on FileMaker Pro and can also open a hosted file, it cannot host files itself. Furthermore, FileMaker Go does not have the capability to create a new database or modify a database schema or layout. Finally, it does not permit the creation or modification of scripts.

What FileMaker Go can do is can locate, make additions to and organize your database records. It also has the capability to permit you to perform scripts. Most importantly, it allows you to access your databases wherever you are located.

FileMaker Go lets you access your database from mobile devices like the iPad


FileMaker Pro is an application for those who wish to create and maintain an easily manageable database without having to learn the art of programming. If you have created a database using FileMaker Pro you can also invest in FileMaker Go to allow you to access the database and locate information within it that you need to obtain whilst you are on the move.

Although there are limitations on the tasks that you can perform with FileMaker Go compared to FileMaker Pro, it is, nevertheless, a valuable tool for accessing your stored data whilst you are out of the office.

Written by Nathan Griffiths who enjoys using FileMaker Go.  He is interested also in web design in reading.

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