Apple subsidiary FileMaker today announced FileMaker 14, a new version of its database development platform for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Windows-based PCs and the web. FileMaker 14 contains several new features for developers, including a new Script Workspace for faster automation of common business processes, a redesigned FileMaker WebDirect, new app-like Launch Center interface, an enhanced iOS experience and more.

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The new Script Workspace for the desktop consolidates the creation, editing and viewing of scripts and calculations into one streamlined interface, with features such as auto-complete, favorites, in-line editing, shortcuts, script step descriptions with in-line help, automated command-lookup and more to help speed up development. The new workspace also has point-and-click simplicity and contextual guidance for non-developers.

A redesigned FileMaker WebDirect and Launch Center further enhance the desktop experience on Mac, Windows and the web:

  • A redesigned FileMaker WebDirect makes it easy to deliver desktop-style interactivity to mobile browsers on tablets. FileMaker WebDirect now supports FileMaker solutions running on the latest tablets. Business users can deliver a next-generation mobile browser experience. The redesigned toolbar automatically adapts to the screen size of users’ browsers on desktops or tablets, with larger tap targets, slide-in menus that dynamically optimize screen real estate, and menus that collapse and expand into logical groups as the screen size changes or the user rotates the device.
  • A Launch Center brings an app-like interface with big, bold icons (no more dialog boxes and pull-down menus) that allow users to visually organize all solutions at a glance. Users can choose from 29 pre-built icons or design custom icons to give solutions a personalized look. The Launch Center works across the entire FileMaker 14 Platform, providing a consistent experience on Windows and Mac with FileMaker Pro, on iPad and iPhone with FileMaker Go, and in a browser with FileMaker WebDirect.

  • FileMaker users on iPhone and iPad benefit from an enhanced iOS experience that includes new scripts and an iOS 8-style redesign. Developers can now make solutions full screen, lock in portrait or landscape views using the new set-screen orientation, enable touch keyboards, enable richer text formatting, use new video and audio playback controls and more. FileMaker Go 14 is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

    Top Rated Comments

    SMGreenfield Avatar
    83 months ago
    FM 14 Deprecating FileMaker Pro Runtime

    Tucked away in the release notes is a comment about FileMaker Pro Runtime being DEPRECATED in the future. Ostensibly, this would be so FileMaker could sell more FileMaker clients. But, it could also kill anyone using FileMaker as a general developer platform.

    Just sayin'....
    Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
    numlock Avatar
    83 months ago
    Here is another option called Airtable that looks promising and it also has an API!

    https://airtable.com (https://airtable.com)

    Here is a blog post comparing it to Filemaker. Maybe using both Filemaker and Airtable would be fun also!

    http://timdietrich.me/blog/airtable-the-database-reimagined/ (http://timdietrich.me/blog/airtable-the-database-reimagined/)

    its amazing seeing these apps and how fast and smoothly they handle both building and executing these queries.

    i worked for years with a software called navision (owned by microsoft) and that costs thousands of dollars per year and while its powerful its a mess compared to these two.

    im looking to have a little web app built and had pretty much decided on using one of admin templates as a base but seeing filemaker and these two kinda make me wonder. a visual calendar though is a requirement (fullcalendar) so maybe airtable and fieldbookapp arent quite up to the task.
    Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
    numlock Avatar
    83 months ago
    Try www.fieldbook.com.
    you mean www.fieldbookapp.com (fieldbookapp.com) ?
    Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
    v3rlon Avatar
    83 months ago
    If you have to have a training video to explain your licensing structure, you have failed, IMHO.

    I will look at ANYTHING else first. Never mind paying the excessive cost.
    Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
    Peabody Avatar
    83 months ago
    FileMaker 14 looks impressive but I am confused! :confused:

    Is FileMaker Platform 14 a hosted solution with a per user monthly fee as seen in the link below?

    http://www.filemaker.com/products/pricing.html

    That is the annual licensing model. If you stop paying, you forfeit the license and can't use the product anymore. Upgrading to new versions is free as long as your license is in good standing.

    (Server product is the software only, bring your own hardware to host solutions for FileMaker clients)

    Or is it a standalone individual downloadable version as seen in the link below here?

    http://store.filemaker.com/US/ENG/RTL/product/purchase/

    Or is it both? :eek:

    ...and this is the perpetual licensing (traditional boxed product) model. You buy it, you own it forever. Upgrading to new versions will cost you, but less than another full license purchase.
    Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
    MacBH928 Avatar
    83 months ago
    What are real-life uses of FileMaker Pro?

    My understanding is that small business only need office (Access?), and bigger organisations use Oracle or SalesForce. Where does Filemaker fit in?
    Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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