Monday, March 15, 2010


FileMaker iPhone with FileMaker 11

FileMaker iPhone with FileMaker 11

A few days ago FileMaker Inc., announced FileMaker 11. FMWebschool has released a new plug-in that allows everyone to use FileMaker 11 with FMTouch.

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FileMaker iPhone - click above image

If you will be working with FileMaker 11 and FMTouch please make sure you download the new plug-in at FileMaker made some changes to the DDR that affects imbedded images, and this plug-in is an update to accomodate the changes.

We are extremely excited about this new release, and plan on adding many new exciting features to FMTouch.

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Monday, October 26, 2009


iPhone 3.0 Breaks Syncing - Apple Bug on iPhone

Bug in Apple iPhone 3.0 Causing Syncing Issues

A number of FMTouch users are reporting problems with syncing.

Unfortunately this is a well documented bug in the Apple iPhone OS 3.0 upgrade. Essentially when you upgrade an iPhone to 3.0 (or sometimes even to just 3.0.1) and choose to "Restore from Backup" the wifi becomes unstable.

One workaround at this time (apart from completely reinstalling iPhone OS on the phone) is to put it into airplane mode during syncing - that will keep the wifi connection stable enough to sync.

There are other apps that are affected by the issue, such as Skype, since it also requires a non-interrupted connection to work.

Hopefully Apple will resolve this quickly.

In Kindness
Stephen Knight

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009


FMTouch Developer Version - Test Submitted to Apple

If you have been following along, FMWebschool has been working on a developer version of FMTouch that will allow FileMaker developers to create FileMaker / FMTouch bundled solutions and then sell them (yourselves) on the iTunes store.

Pretty radical! This means you don't have to know any code - you will just create your FileMaker solution - bundle it with FMTouch and then we will compile it so it meets Apples guidelines - and then you submit it to Apple to be sold on the Apple App store.

We are testing this theory now with an application we have submitted named: FMGolf

If Apple approves our trial run - then we will sell a developer version of FMTouch that will allow for rapid development of iPhone Applications for FileMaker developers.

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Friday, June 5, 2009


FMTouch Developer License - Publish your solution to iTunes

FMWebschool is working on a solution that allows you to publish your FileMaker application to the iTunes App store. We are working on the documentation that will tell you exactly what you need to do.

What will the developer version do?

The developer version of FMTouch will enable you to bundle your solution with FMTouch and sell it at whatever price point you desire. Your customer will NOT need to buy FMTouch separately.

* You will need to apply for an Apple developers license (usually takes about 24 hours)
* You will have to submit your application to Apple and go through the same approval process that everyone else goes through.
* FMWebschool is going to create a couple basic solutions bundled with FMTouch and submit them to the App store to see if there are any gotchas. This will help us with documentation and improve our bundling process.
* Customers buying your product will not have to have FileMaker Pro - but if you provide a desktop version - they will be able to sync to that version.

Price Points Open to discussion
(Please don't just say "Too high or Too Low" we need a good discussion)

We would like to discuss price points with everyone as this will enable everyone to bundle their solutions and sell them to all Apple iTunes visitors. Remember this puts your App online, worldwide without you having to write or learn any code.

You could create a FileMaker solution, bundle it with FMTouch and then sell it on the Apple App store for $4.99

Developing such a license will affect our sales of FMTouch as we will lose a lot of Enterprise sales where companies buy 50-100 copies of FMTouch at a time.

So these are the price points that we are considering.

Basic Development License $297 - This will enable you to bundle once FileMaker application with FMTouch and sell it on the iTunes store.

Pro Development License $497 - Allows you to bundle up to 5 FileMaker solutions with FMTouch and sell on the iTunes store.

Unlimited Development License $997 - Allows you to bundle as many apps as you like with FMTouch and sell on the iTunes store.

Further Explanation

You would basically be able to create a FileMaker application, bundle it with FMTouch and sell it as your own application without having to learn Objective C, X-Code etc...

All profits would be yours paid to you by Apple, Inc., and you would pay no royalties to FMWebschool.

Further help with Apple Developer License - App Submission Etc...

For developers that would like help with the process of getting their Apple developers license and submitting an application for the first time (as well as help with bundling) we will offer a service where we will do this for you for $197.

We've built several applications, FMTouch, a Battleship App, and a game called WaitAndPlay" so we know our way around the App store and what is required.

Please, we would like your comments on the pricing, and we will let you know how our bundling testing and Apple approval goes.

In Kindness
The team at FMWebschool

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Sunday, May 31, 2009


New FMTouch Installer Package for the Mac

If you use a Mac, here is a simple way to install the FileMaker plug-in for FMTouch!

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Friday, December 19, 2008


How to take a screen shot with the iPhone

I've received a lot of emails asking how to do screen capture on the iPhone. Screen capture is amazingly simple.

How to take a screen shot on your iPhone.

Step 1.

While holding the "home" button (The large circular button) press the sleep/awake button on the top of the iPhone.

Step 2.

The screen will flash, and the picture will be saved to your camera roll. You can access the camera roll by pressing this button.

Step 3.

You can then grab your images in your camera roll.

Let me know if you have any questions. This is a very simple technique.

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