FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary, provides an innovative platform to easily create custom FileMaker solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the world’s largest organizations, use the FileMaker Platform to streamline their business processes, manage information and boost overall productivity. MetaSys has a large team of experienced and certified FileMaker developers, with experience in FileMaker 5 to FileMaker 17. Our FileMaker team has garnered high customer satisfaction over large customer base in the last 20 years. Our FileMaker development experience includes project management systems, e-commerce shopping sites, cruise booking systems and more.
FileMaker is a cross-platform database application development software from Claris International, which is a subsidiary of Apple Inc. FileMaker Pro Advanced is used to develop as well as modify any custom application. One can quickly build the User Interface screens using FileMaker’s Drag and Drop controls.
FileMaker Server is used to host the files developed in FileMaker Pro . This allows multiple users located at the same or different locations to work on the same database. Solutions hosted by FileMaker server are reliable and secure. The Scheduler function within FileMaker Server can schedule database backups at regular intervals .
FileMaker solutions can be accessed via browsers using FileMaker WebDirect or FileMaker Data API. It requires the solution to be hosted on FileMaker Server. FileMaker allows integration with third-party softwares like MySql, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle.
On August 2019, FileMaker, Inc. was renamed as Claris international, Inc. The purpose was Claris would expand further in the ‘Next Generation’ platform. The expanded product vision of Claris will focus on building modern, AI-driven apps. FileMaker will be a part of the multi-service offering, under the umbrella brand – Claris.
MetaSys Software is proud to be associated with Claris as the FileMaker Business Alliance Partner.
How FileMaker Works?
Custom Software Applications – FileMaker allows us to make really simple solutions with little or no programming, to complex multi-user client-server solutions. For simple point solutions being used by a small number of users, the FileMaker desktop client is usually adequate to create simple business solutions.
For web functionality (content management, e-commerce functionality etc.), PHP scripting is required on the webserver to interact directly with the FileMaker server. Our Certified FileMaker developers have built several solutions for clients all along this spectrum from simple to complex. Some of the features our system can include are:
This will be same as there on our website only change FileMaker version to FileMaker 19 Dealing with legacy FileMaker systems can be challenging. These include dealing with older FileMaker versions that need to be upgraded to the current version (FileMaker 19); consolidating multiple files into a single one to facilitate easier development and maintenance. Our certified FileMaker developers have extensive experience in many versions of FileMaker going back to FileMaker 5 and have many hours of experience in implementing File Consolidations in an efficient manner.
Web solutions with FileMaker and PHP using PHP API
Custom web applications can be created using FileMaker as a backend and PHP or any other front end technology like React , as a frontend using the FileMaker Data API. This technology allows for the rapid development of business functionality with FileMaker and the easy integration with web functionality. It supports features such as payment gateway integration, multi-user scenarios and responsive UI design. FileMaker database can be hosted on FileMaker Server or FileMaker Cloud. Older versions of FileMaker used FileMaker PHP API to extend the desktop application to the web. This has been deprecated now. Using FileMaker PHP API we had built a a cruise booking and reservation system for a popular river cruise company in Myanmar. Going forward MetaSys would develop Web solutions using FileMaker Data API.
FileMaker Go applications for iPhone and iPad
FileMaker Go is an iOS application that allows for integration with a FileMaker application. This can be done in one of the two ways:
Access the FileMaker application that is hosted on a FileMaker Server via FileMaker Go and directly work on the live version of the application.
Access a local copy of the FileMaker application on the iPhone/ iPad, and then sync with the master application on the FileMaker server. In this case, a separate synchronization utility is required. The latter is useful in situations where internet access is not always available.
FileMaker Pro Advanced is used to develop as well as modify custom applications. One can quickly build the User Interface screens using FileMaker’s Drag and Drop controls.
FileMaker Go allows accessing the hosted FileMaker Pro file/s via iOS devices like iPhone or iPad.
FileMaker Server is used to host the files developed in FileMaker Pro. This allows multiple users located at the same or different locations to work on the same database. Solutions hosted by FileMaker server are reliable and secure. The Scheduler function within FileMaker Server can schedule database backups at regular intervals.
FileMaker Cloud allows creating as well as hosting FileMaker applications in the Cloud.
Applications developed using FileMaker Pro can be accessed via web-browser using WebDirect. WebDirect acts as a client and is useful when you wish to grant limited data access to a large population via the internet.
FileMaker Data API uses REST architecture. This allows web services or external applications to access databases hosted by FileMaker Server or FileMaker cloud.
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