Build-On Tutorial:

iPad Attachments

Job Tracking Template: iPad Attachments

Overview

Tutorial summary

In this Build-On you will extend your app so mobile users can log in from an iPad and easily add attachments to tasks, so they can better document the work they're doing on-site. You'll build them an interface to help choose the task they're working on, then make the most of native iOS functionality to add photos, videos, or even signatures to the task. You'll also add to the desktop side, so all of your users can see the attachments, and even add their own.

What to expect

When you’re done with this Build-On, your team will be able to:

  • Open the app from the iPad
  • Select their current task from a list, filtering based on job and task
  • Use their iPad to take photos or videos, or capture a signature, then attach that to the task they’re working on
  • Attach other documents to tasks
  • See, download, and add attachments from the desktop

Getting started

You will need a few elements before you begin this tutorial.

1. FileMaker Pro Advanced

You will use FileMaker Pro Advanced on your desktop to do all of the work in these tutorials. This is used both for development and to access your FileMaker app on the desktop.

If you don’t have a copy, you can download a free trial.

Download FileMaker Pro Advanced

2. Job Tracking Template core file

Before you begin, download the Job Tracking template core file. If you have already made adjustments to it, either on your own or from another Build-On, make sure to save a copy as a back-up before beginning this tutorial.

When you’re ready to begin, open the file on your desktop with FileMaker Pro Advanced, then you can walk through each lesson, step by step.

Download core file

3. FileMaker Go

This Build-On includes mobile features, which you will want to test as you build them. Download FileMaker Go from the App Store onto your mobile device, so you can access your app from your iPhone or iPad.

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