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Filemaker Go 1.2 Expands iOS Feature Set

Apr 29, 2011 (02:04 PM EDT)

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By building out its mobile platform, the Apple subsidiary could be expanding its footprint beyond loyal Filemaker Pro users to include more small and midsize businesses. To be sure, Filemaker Go isn't a platform-agnostic mobile development tool. You can't use it to build an app and sell it in the App Store, for example. It's not a be-all-end-all solution--nor is it trying to be. Rather, it's an iOS-based version of the Filemaker engine. It is suitable for a range of event management, inventory, sales, and project management uses, especially for mobile SMBs. Indeed, Filemaker VP of marketing and services Ryan Rosenberg notes an increase in the number of new customers interested in Go who are not existing Filemaker Pro customers, but are drawn to the platform for its custom capabilities on iPhone and iPad.

The latest version of Filemaker's mobile application for business users adds Filemaker Charts support, digital signature capture, and the AirPrint wireless printing feature. Two-way data exchange allows for real-time management--update a number or a report in one place, for example, and it's updated everywhere.

This slideshow takes a closer look at Filemaker Go, with a particular focus on the latest features that rolled out with version 1.2. Example use cases are included--sales, marketing, customer service, event, and inventory functions are common--but these just scratch the surface. A large part of Filemaker Go's appeal, particularly to mobile SMBs, is its ability to be customized to specific business needs.

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Filemaker Go now supports charts—including bar, line, area, and pie charts—meaning business users can access data in visual form from anywhere. Example use case: An executive can run and display reports created in Filemaker Pro from their iPad for investors, partners, and key customers.

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Two-way exchange of data with Filemaker Pro database or SQL sources enables instant, multi-user access from anywhere. Example use case: A rep can keep real-time tabs on inventory from their iPhone without having to check in with the home office.

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The AirPrint feature is new to Filemaker Go 1.2 and enables wireless printing from iOS-based devices for reports, forms, receipts, and other outputs. Example use case: An event staffer can sign in participants from an iPhone or iPad and send their nametag to the nearest printer.

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The new digital signature function allows a business to capture signatures on an iPad and store them from anywhere in its database. Example use case: The tablet form factor makes a nice display for delivery receipts and other forms, which are then instantly available to other authorized users.

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The digital signature function allows a business to capture signatures on an iPhone and store them from anywhere in its database. Example use case: A sales executive can close a deal on the road with their iPhone—and the signed document is available immediately at the office.

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