With this latest release, FileMaker have sought to broaden their user-base – companies with a need for in-house developed web-applications. Version 12 layouts looked the same on the desktop client as the web - v13 goes one better: layouts now act the same. Almost everything you created for the standard client (Mac, iOS or Windows) works in the web browser too, often without the need for any coding: drag and drop file upload, live data updates (without a manual page refresh), and scripts triggered when field is edited.
Creating layouts is easier: v13 offers reuseable customisable themes, which include cusomisable styles for layout elements that work just like a word-processor. A new pop-up tool offers hidden in-layout sections, and conditional object display means you can show or hide elements based on record data. The free to download iOS client gets some love too - gesture naviagtion, screen-rotation triggers, built-in bar code scanning, and standard iOS keyboards for data input.
Developers get under the bonnet updates as well: in-file database encryption, and new scripting calculations for HTTP posting, Base64 encoding/decoding, hiding/showing the menu bar, and Server admin is finally web based. Perhaps the biggest change is with the pricing. FMI want people to move to a subscription model. iOS software is free, but like web clients requires a concurrent licence to access files on the server: $25/month gets you five licences, which can be shared between iOS and web users.
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|Pros||UI : pop-overs, conditional display, Web UI including Drag & Drop, Script & calculation improvements, non-Java web admin|
|System Requirements||Mac OS X v10.7+, Intel-based Mac, 1 GB Ram 1024x768 resolution or iOS 6 & 7|
|Price||£239 purchase or £6.50/Month|