FileMaker, Inc. today (December 3, 2013) unveiled the next-generation platform for business productivity: FileMaker 13. The new software makes it even faster and easier than ever for teams to create tailored business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web that deliver significant productivity gains.
“With FileMaker 13, any team can quickly create custom solutions that streamline their business processes while minimizing design time,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc. “The FileMaker 13 Platform gives organizations even more options for delivering powerful but easy-to-use solutions, including breakthrough web technology, along with impressive new design tools for iOS and desktops.”
Although many folks consider FileMaker to be a database management system, and it is that, it is also a development platform that can be used to quickly build visually appealing and robust cross-platform applications. The ability to seamlessly generate applications not just for Windows and Mac desktops, but also for tablets and smart phones is an important distinction because iOS devices are gaining traction in the enterprise – whether by fate (BYOD) or fiat (corporate policy).
If you’ve been using FileMaker already, there is a lot of new capability in FileMaker 13. And if you haven’t used it already, the new WebDirect feature may cause you to reconsider. FileMaker WebDirect is 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. The WebDirect feature is built into FileMaker Server as a feature.
But that is not the only new thing. Overall, FileMaker 13 boasts more than 50 new features. Some of the highlights include:
- Tools to create iPad and iPhone solutions that support iOS behaviors like 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.
- Significant improvements to design capabilities, including support for sharable 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.
FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary. The company has shipped over 20 million copies of FileMaker worldwide, and 800,000 downloads of FileMaker Go, its iPad/iPhone app that integrates with FileMaker Pro.
If a field-tested, production-ready, web capable database system and application development environment rolled into one sounds like a good idea to you, take a look at the new FileMaker 13. There is a lot there to simplify your development efforts, especially in a multi-device development world.