Comparing FileMaker WebDirect to Instant Web Publishing | FileMaker

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FileMaker WebDirect is a FileMaker client that enables users to interact with your solutions on the web.  You create solutions using FileMaker Pro and then host, manage, and configure your solutions on FileMaker Server.  Web users do not need to install additional software – anyone with a compatible web browser and access to the Internet or an intranet can connect to your FileMaker WebDirect solution to view, edit, sort, or search records, if you give them access privileges.  With FileMaker WebDirect, edits made in the web browser are automatically saved on the server, and the server automatically pushes updates to the web browser.

FileMaker WebDirect brings many FileMaker Pro features to your solutions on the web, including:

  • Implicit record commits
  • Data entry validation
  • Conditional formatting
  • Modern layout themes
  • Script triggers
  • Quick find

In order to provide a rich web experience and many of the features of FileMaker Pro to the web, FileMaker WebDirect uses these standard web technologies:

  • HTML5 to define the structure of the page
  • CSS3 to control the appearance of the page
  • JavaScript to enable interactions (for example, clicking a button or switching from one tab to another)
  • HTTP/HTTPS as the request and response protocol to communicate between the web browser and the web server.

Even though FileMaker WebDirect runs in a web browser, you do not need to be a web expert to make your solution work well in FileMaker WebDirect.  If you plan to extend an existing FileMaker solution for web users, you should expect to make changes to your solution for the best possible experience.  If you are designing a solution that will be accessed by both FileMaker WebDirect and FileMaker Pro network clients, design with web users in mind to ensure compatibility across both technologies.

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