Now try to run a sync. With the database open and your handheld in its cradle, press the HotSync button. If all goes well, you should now be able to go to the FileMaker Mobile application icon from the Applications area of your handheld. You’ll get a screen that looks like this:
Note that the Company.fp5 database is now in the list. Also note that these are black and white Palm OS screenshots. (Your screen may look slightly different if your handheld device has a color screen or if you’re using the Pocket PC OS.)
Let’s look at a couple of quick features here: If you click the menu button (the lower left icon around the Graffiti area), you’ll get two menus at the top of the application. The Database menu allows you to delete databases off the handheld as well as get size and record number values of the currently loaded databases.
The Options menu lets you set which font to use in the FileMaker Mobile application.
Go ahead and click the Company.fp5 database on the handheld. You’ll then get this view:
This is a sort of miniature list view. Each record is its own line, there are column headers, showing the field names, and there’s a bunch of buttons that help you navigate around. Here’s a key showing what all the buttons and things on this screen do:
You can also manipulate the display of records on the list view. For instance, to sort the records by a certain field, just click the field heading. Click it again to reverse sort. To move a field right or left, tap and hold the field heading and drag it where you want it. You can also resize a field column by tap-holding the line between two fields and dragging the column larger or smaller.
There are several menus and options in list view. Press your handheld’s menu button, and you’ll see the following:
Here are a few preferences you can set for the FileMaker Mobile application:
Now click any record to see it in detail view. It looks like so:
Play around with editing some fields and using the value lists and Notes field. Add a few records, too, so you see how that works when you re-sync with your desktop. The detail view has some of its own unique menu items in addition to the ones that appear from list view. Here’s what they do:
The Edit menu contains all the standard Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Select All commands you’ve come to expect from an Edit menu. It also contains a handy link to a list of Graffiti strokes for those of you who have yet to memorize them all.
Here are the items in this menu unique to detail view:
Once you’re done fiddling around with creating and editing some records, hit the HotSync button again (don’t play with FileMaker Pro while a sync is in process), wait for it to complete, and then take a look at the records in Company.fp5 on your PC again. Note that all of the records on the PC side have been updated, deleted, or added. Cool, eh?
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