The Benefits of Upgrading to FileMaker 14

The FileMaker 14 Family

FileMaker 14 was announced today with a plethora of new features that streamline developing new solutions, but what are the benefits of upgrading if you are currently using an older version of FileMaker?  

If you are upgrading from a previous version of FileMaker then there are many more potential benefits than may be obvious by looking at the new features highlighted in FileMaker 14.  Below we highlight some of the key differences in features introduced between FileMaker 12, 13 and now 14.  

Still using FileMaker 11 or earlier?  The list is way too long to summarise in a page!  Why not give us a call to discuss how we can help you upgrade? 

 


Featured & Benefits FileMaker
v12
FileMaker
v13
FileMaker
v14
New layout & design tools
Enhancements have been made to: Button bar, Button icons/glyphs, Colour picker, Inline field, Placeholder text and Navigation parts – allowing for higher quality interfaces to be made more efficiently.
No No NEW
New Script Workspace
Streamline script editing workflow to speed process automation.
No No NEW
Launch Center
A consistent launch pad across all platforms. Custom solution icons are now allowed to enhance the branding of the solution.
No No NEW
Quick Reconnect
FileMaker Pro will now reconnect to a server that is briefly unavailable without having to re-launch the database and losing your working context. This makes solution more robust where network performances is intermittent (i.e. when using roaming 3G/4G connections).
No No NEW
Standby Server
A standby server can be added to your infrastructure to provide additional robustness by allowing quick recovery after failure of primary server.
No No NEW
Enhanced Security
Support for 256-bit AES encryption.
No Yes Yes
WebDirect
Breakthrough web technology for data access anywhere. No web development skills are required. WebDirect behaves in a browser as FileMaker does on the desktop. Data is updated live and there is no need to refresh your browser.
No Yes Yes/
Enhanced*
Custom Themes
Customise existing themes, then save and reuse them across multiple layouts. Themes now include styles, which are sets of attributes, like colours, fonts and text size. Create your own styles or customise existing styles.
No Yes Yes/
Enhanced*
Build solutions for iPad and iPhone even faster than before
Additional support for native iOS behaviours such as optimized for iPad and iPhone, Slide controls, Popovers and new iOS keyboards.
No Yes Yes/
Enhanced*
Container field storage
FileMaker Server now supports container file management directly in either open or encrypted format.
Yes Yes Yes

FileMaker 14 Desktop Gallery

The kinds of layouts shown below are now much more easily achieved


FileMaker 14 iPhone Gallery

The new tools in FileMaker 14 make working with different sized layouts much simpler