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Studio Manager 17 Mobile for iOS

Studio Manager 17 is nearing release. Most of the content and screenshots below are due for replacement or at least editing. Your ability to use Studio Manager on an iPhone or iPad is better than ever, because FileMaker Go 17 is free, sports a flatter UI and is super fast. SVG graphics draw incredibly fast. The icons used on all iPhone and iPad layouts match the computer version, making jumping back and forth between computer and mobile devices more intuitive than ever.

It’s handy to have your mission-critical data available from an iPhone or iPad. It’s a little like having an extra seat of FileMaker without paying, because time and tasks can be updated from an iPhone or iPad. That may be all some of your staff need to do in Studio Manager. Of course, you still need enough seats of Studio Manager to support all concurrent users. Below shows off our new portrait version of the employee dashboard with today’s timesheet on board. Rotation is in on SM17 for iPad. Had to do it.

iPad. For Studio Manager, we see the iPad as a second screen, and a great mobile work device. So, we’ve delivered maybe 30% of the Mac functionality to the iPad with an emphasis on the essential and most used information. iPad layouts really get going in Jobs with lots of access to what is going on. Estimates and Invoices show the details. Timesheets is full function, of course. And the Dashboard gives you a chance to manage your task list and enter time.

We’ve implemented support for all iPad sizes in 17 from the iPad mini up to the Pro 12.9″. Plus we support iPad rotation which means when you rotate to Portrait, Studio Manager moves seamlessly to a Portrait-optimized version of your layout. When you rotate to landscape or are operating your iPad in landscape when you open Studio Manager, you get landscape-optimized layouts.

iPhone. This always with you device, needs to be able to help you out when nothing bigger is available. Some women take their iPads everywhere and use them a little like iPhones without the phone, but most of us use iPhones or other smartphones. If you have an iPhone, Studio Manager will be your friend in a pinch or because it is the computer in your hand or pocket. By the way, we want to deliver something on the Apple Watch when it makes sense. Meanwhile, the iPhone version is designed primarily for time and task updates plus looking up contacts for any user. Then a step up into sales, account management and executive use, we have 10 core reports you can get showing you what’s up. Since the new iPhones are so powerful, we are running out of excuses for not putting even more of Studio Manager at your fingertips on the iPhone.

We haven’t strayed to the Android side to date partly due to our distaste for the lesser security and data privacy we’ve seen there. Also, there is no FileMaker Go for Android, so we would have to deliver a more limited version of Studio Manager access that is web based. We still prefer the ease of use and ability to easily maintain, extend and change Studio Manager as a FileMaker-based product.

Once you step out the door without your computer, iOS rules. Studio Manager on an iPhone or iPad keeps you in in the flow.

With Studio Manager, you can access your business data inside your office, on the road or at home. Create and edit data and run reports (including estimates and invoices) that can be sent anywhere via email as PDFs.

If you aren’t viewing this webpage on an iPad or iPhone right now, you may want to return to it using your iOS device and tap some of the iOS screenshots to see them for yourself in actual size. Check out the Studio Manager 15 or 16 demo from your mobile gadget to get an even better idea of what the screens look like. The try out the demo to see for yourself to see just how well Studio Manager works on the tiny screen.


Studio Manager Mobile for iOS is integrated into the Studio Manager product. It doesn’t recreate the full feature set of Studio Manager. Rather, it offers you access to the most essential features of Studio Manager.

Studio Manager 16 Mobile received a gorgeous facelift, gained new features and takes advantage of the faster current version of FileMaker Go 16.

By including mobile access from either an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or iPad mini, Studio Manager has become a leader in the development of time and expense management solutions based on FileMaker. This distinction is recognized at the source, FileMaker Inc, where our page proudly displays the Studio Manager Badge: “Optimized for iPad / iPhone.”

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Mobile Challenges

On a mobile device, the screens are smaller while the pointing device (most often, your fingertip) is larger. This means that the relative space between objects on the screen must also be larger. The mobile layouts are not just simplified. They are the result of carefully modifying screens one at a time by removing non-essentials and improving clarity to maximize the power of these smaller devices. For Studio Manager, this means that there are separate layouts for the 2 primary types of iOS devices: iPad and iPhone, as well as for different sizes of iPhones.

iPhone layouts are grouped in the middle of the Layouts menu. FileMaker Go 16 doesn’t support all older models. Therefore, the iPhone layouts are only intended for use with iPhone 5/SE through 8, 8 plus and X. iPhone layout names begin with a “◊” or diamond shape. iPhone 5 and 7/8 Plus layout names end with the suffix “5” or “7+”. iPhone 7/8/X is the default (no number follows the layout name). The iPhone 6, 7, 8 and X use these same layouts. (If you are lucky enough to have an iPhone X you may notice a little extra space on the edges.) iPhone 6 plus, 7 plus and 8 plus all use the 7+ layouts.

Because these are especially small devices, the screens look quite different than those on the computer or iPad. But if all you have is what’s in your pocket, it will still help you get the job done. We are surprised at what the iPhone version can do and how quickly, especially with a fast wi-fi connection.

iPad layout names start with the special character “” which you will recognize as the solid Apple logo. These layouts are grouped together below the iPhone layouts on the Layouts menu. Screens on the iPad look more similar to those on a computer. The iPad mini has such sharp resolution, that regular iPad layouts are used despite the smaller form-factor. We had both devices while developing the iPad version and tested to make sure the mini could do the job. We figure people who have trouble with smaller screens will buy an iPad Air or Pro and those who like it a little smaller will already have the iPad mini. By the way, the retina mini is super fast. We can hardly imagine the speeds that will be attained in the next versions of iPads. Soon we’ll be adding layouts for the iPad Pro. Until that upgrade is available, iPad Pro screens use iPad layouts.

FileMaker Go is capable of recognizing the type of mobile device you are using. So Studio Manager 16 Mobile always shows you the correct screen layouts. This allows you to seamlessly move between Apple devices. For the time being, FileMaker  Go only supports iOS and FileMaker, Inc. has not indicated any inclination to extend that support to Android or any other mobile operating system. The buzz is “don’t hold your breath.”

Here’s What You Need: 

  • FileMaker Go 16 installed on your iOS device (download free from the App Store).
  • A multi-user version of Studio Manager 16 installed and running as the network host file.
  • Access to Wi-Fi.
  • A sufficient number of seats (purchased for Studio Manager) to cover all access nodes, mobile as well as computer.
  • FileMaker Pro (up to 5 devices) or FileMaker Server or FileMaker Cloued.

Here’s What You Get:

  • Remote access to your Studio Manager data in real time, from down the hall to across the world.
From an iPhone
  • Create: Timesheets
  • Edit: Contacts, Jobs, Tasks, Timesheets
  • View: Calendar, Contacts, Jobs, Tasks and Timesheets
  • Generate reports and send them to yourself or others as PDF documents via email
From an iPad
  • Create: Contacts, Jobs, Estimates, Timesheets, Tasks and Invoices
  • Edit: Contacts, Jobs, Estimates, Timesheets, Tasks and Invoices
  • View: Calendar, Contacts, Jobs, Estimates, Job Costs, Invoices, Tasks and Timesheets
  • Generate reports and send them to yourself or others as PDF documents via email

Employee Dashboard iPad showing Today’s timesheet – click to enlarge.

Each employee or freelancer timesheet and task list is available in his or her dashboard. Time and tasks are updated live. Here’s the Tasks tab:

Employee Dashboard on iPad showing Tasks – click on image to enlarge

Check out the free full-function demo. Free Demo.

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