Now that you have developed a great custom app and deployed to a FileMaker Server or FileMaker Cloud, you are ready to share it with colleagues. Or maybe you have built it for another organization, and now you need to give the end users access
 
How will you do that ?

You could explain to the end users, how to open FileMaker Pro Advanced and create a new favourite host – by entering the Fully Qualified Domain Name… and then instruct them to enter credentials, so they can see the file(s) they can add to their favourite apps in the FileMaker Launch Center – and then they can open that file and enter credentials once again… 
Sounds like a bit of a hassle – especially if you have many endusers.
We have advocated for a long time, that we got an ability to customise the FileMaker Launch Center and be able to setup links to custom apps for end users. However, this is a delicate balance for FileMaker Inc. since they need to balance the needs of both the professional and citizen developers as well as end users.

So they came up with something even better !

For years we have been able to fill out some options and license information into the Assisted Install.txt file, that sits next to the FileMaker Installer. This is a great way to make the installation process nice and smooth for end users, so they don’t have to input license information etc.

With FileMaker 18, there is now a new option in this file; AI_LAUNCH_CUSTOMAPP setting. You can now fill in the path (local or hosted) to a launch file of your own. That means that you can design a Launch Center for your end users in a FileMaker file, which can open your custom app. In other words, you can now create a nice looking – with your brand and your information – Launch Center experience for end users, where they don’t need to worry about anything other than using your custom app.

The best thing is that when the end user have installed FileMaker Pro Advanced 18 with the Assisted
Install.txt – every time they open FileMaker, it will open your custom launch app.
– or you could also just enter the path to the main custom app, so it will open directly.

While you can just go and fill out the information in this Assisted Install.txt file, we created a small, free and completely open FM App, where you can set the different options and create these setup files from. If you have more than one customer, you are able to use the file as database with Assisted Install options. We also included a custom launch app example for you to get inspired by.

We hope you like this new feature and find the video and tools helpful.

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