How It Works
An overview of GoMaps
GoMaps is a FileMaker Go app for iPad and iPhone that lets you visualize your data on an interactive Google map. Customers use GoMaps as the basis for their own mobile solutions, adding new fields and new tables to the unlocked GoMaps file. Such files are ideal for...
Inspecting Properties Visiting Customers Making Deliveries Any Service-based mobile business.
Watch an overview of GoMaps in action.
GoMaps works offline and can sync data with your hosted FileMaker database. GoMaps ships with a sample hosted file, and instructions for pointing the sync at *your* hosted file instead. The sync in GoMaps is done using GoZync which is already wired into GoMaps.
The purchased GoMaps download is comprised of the following files:
The Host folder - Files for your Host or Server
The Local folder: Files for your iPad
(For more on how this setup works to sync your files, see this map of sync.)
Getting Started: on the desktop
You can open GoMaps.fmp12 on your desktop or laptop and play with "most" of GoMap's features. Navigate to the map, filter the list of properties, and click on a point on the map to see details.
If you open all the files (every file in the Host and Local folders) you can even see how the sync works: change a few properties in GoMapsHosted and then navigate to the home screen in GoMaps and click the "pull" icon to bring those changes down to the GoMaps file (that would normally be on your iPad).
The make some changes to a property in GoMaps and use the "push" icon to send those changes to GoMapsHosted. You can customize this sync later, creating "round trip" syncs or syncing just individual records, but by default, GoMaps pushes or pulls anything changed since the last sync.
Getting Started: on your iPad
You can also play with GoMaps on your iPad. Email the file to yourself or drag it to your iPad using iTunes. (Eventually, you'll use GoZync to distribute new mobile files to your users.)
To play with the sync you'll want to put GoZyncMobile on your iPad also, but before you do you'll need to tell it where the hosted copy of GoZyncHosted lives.
Once the "host" files are hosted, and the "local" files are on your iPad, you can play with all the GoMaps features and start to think about how your mobile users will want their data set up.