Writing on iPad and iPhone: Stylus Tips

Now that FileMaker Go 1.2 makes it easy to capture signatures on mobile devices, here are a few notes from adventures in the world of styli (yes, that's the plural--pretentious, but plural).

Note: In the context of FileMaker Go we're talking about signature capture, but nothing prevents you from capturing doodles, sketches or anything else you draw on the mobile device.

FileMaker Go 1.2 Released along with Jesse's Book and His Signature Capture How To

FileMaker has just released FileMaker Go 1.2 for iPad and iPhone. And in the next day or two, you'll find copies of Jesse Feiler's Data-Driven iOS Apps for iPad and iPhone with FileMaker Pro, Bento by FileMaker, and FileMaker Go in bookstores or online (You can order it now.)

FileMaker Go 1.2 How To: Signature Capture and AirPrint Change the Way You Do Business

Today (April 20, 2011), FileMaker released version 1.2 of FileMaker Go. It's a free upgrade for current users of FileMaker Go (on iPhone or iPad); for others you can buy it through the App Store ($19.95/iPhone; $39.95/iPad. FileMaker Go lets you use FileMaker databases that you (or someone else) has developed using the standard FileMaker Pro product (or FileMaker Pro Advanced) on you iOS mobile device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch).

The combination of signature capture and AirPrint in FileMaker Go 1.2 brings an entire new world of solutions to the iOS mobile devices. What's amazing is that this major paradigm shift for mobile solutions is so simple: FIleMaker has done the work. You don't need scripts or special programming or major new investments. All you need is:


  • . FileMaker Pro (or FileMaker Pro Advanced) -- but you already have that, don't you?
  • . FileMaker Go 1.2 
  • . A stylus to let you write on the screen. You can use your finger, but with styli available in many electronics stores (Best Buy, for example) for prices usually in the $10-20 range, you'll be happier with a stylus.

What that gives you is the ability to build a form for project estimates and contracts, memorandum agreements ... anything that needs a signature and a bit of text.


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