It's finally here! FileMaker 14 has been launched and contains more updates than I have seen in many years of looking at new versions of FileMaker. Overall I have to admit I'm pretty excited!
There are changes present all over the platform and I can tell you that during a recent FileMaker Business Partner briefing, it took over 5 hours to go through the complete list of changes!
Firstly, there are major improvements to Web Direct performance which is good news as performance is one of the first things I look for when software is updated. There is also a reassuring new solution launch screen which goes some way to addressing one of my crusades - simpler access for the end user. For the programmers, there is a completely re-imagined script editor which will help those who are used to setting up and coding in alternate development platforms.
The biggest overall benefit comes from the speed at which new solutions and layouts can be built. New layout features such as glyphs (icons to you and me) and navigation bars make good looking layouts far simpler to produce which translates to less time spent on designing layouts (better value for clients) and better looking results.
I am really looking forward to seeing our first 'pure' FileMaker 14 solutions and we will be talking to our customers over the coming weeks about how to make the most of this upgrade.
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