FileMaker 13 is Available


FileMaker Inc released FileMaker 13 today! From the press release...

FileMaker 13 includes more than 50 new features. Chief among them are:

  • FileMaker WebDirect, an entirely new, HTML5 browser-based technology that allows teams to create and deploy desktop-style solutions in a web browser with no programming skills required.
  • Tools to create amazing iPad and iPhone solutions that support even more iOS behaviors, including slide controls, popovers and the ability to scan records using gestures. iPad and iPhone layouts can now be created in one step; and iOS solutions can include single-click capture of bar codes using on-device cameras and custom keyboards that speed data entry.
  • Major improvements to design capabilities, including support for shareable custom themes and styles, and the ability to drag and drop data fields onto design layouts.
  • More robust security, with AES 256-bit encryption that locks down data no matter where it lives – on iPad, iPhone, desktop or server. FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced is used to enable encryption.
  • Dozens of new enhancements for solution developers, from the ability to hide or display objects on a screen based on business logic to easier integration with web applications.
  • Simplified server administration, including an entirely new HTML5 administrative console in FileMaker Server 13 for managing business solutions from anywhere.

What does this mean to you? Well, if you already have FileMaker 12, you definitely want to upgrade but not today or next week. I'd highly suggest purchasing the upgrade soon, unless it's a free upgrade for you. I'd wait to upgrade for a month. It might be a good to install around the New Year break, if we don't hear any bad reports...

FileMaker 13 might just change how you use FileMaker with the new WebDirect feature. With WebDirect, you can install FileMaker Server and EVERYONE, except those developing, can use a web browser or an iPad/iPhone to access the database. That means you won't need FileMaker Pro installed. It's going to change a lot. We'll be working with this quite a bit very soon with our FMSB Foundation as we've been working on a web/iOS interface for portions of FMSB.

The costs of FileMaker are changing too. I'll probably come back and edit this again when we hear more about the pricing...