Douglas Alder walks us through setting up a iPod touch with FileMaker Go and integrating it with an existing database for use in a shipping receiving yard:
Recently I was asked to take over another developer’s project. The customer, who runs a shop building things, had been happy with the other fellows work, but the developer had taken a full time job, leaving the customer with FileMaker development to do and no one to do it. They connected with me and we discussed building a component of their solution specifically for the Shipper/Receiver. The Shipper is out in the shop yard all day assembling things to ship out and receiving inbound materials. The requirement was fairly straightforward:
- A Home Screen:
- View inbound Purchase Orders,
- Outbound Shipping Requests
- Alerts about the changing status of these two categories of records.
- 2 Detail Screens:
- Purchase Orders
- Shipping Requirements
FileMaker makes building custom screens for iOS devices very easy. The customer had a few more complexities to add, they also wanted the ability to:
- View scanned PDFs
- Capture signatures on the outbound shipping documents
- Take photos of outbound shipments.
It worked out nice in that no synching was required (it was connected live via wi-fi). All in all, an inexpensive way to get a mobile user into the 21st century.
FileMaker Go running on an iPod Touch | HomeBase Software.