The benefits of upgrading to FileMaker 18 Platform – comparison with previous versions

FileMaker 18 has launched with a range of new features that will undoubtedly make developing new custom apps both quicker and more powerful, but what are the benefits of upgrading if you are currently using an older version of the FileMaker platform? 

Using a version of FileMaker older than v15?   In that case there are even more good reasons to upgrade - contact our team to find out more about the benefits from upgrading that you have been missing out on!

Highlighted below are some of the key differences in features were introduced between FileMaker v15, v16, v17 and now v18 releases.

Feature & Benefits FileMaker 
v15
FileMaker 
v16
FileMaker 
v17
FileMaker 
v18
High performance command line tool
for rapid data migration
No No Yes Yes
New layout & design tools Yes Enhanced
Card interface overlays
Enhanced
Card interface overlays, Master detail layouts.
Enhanced
Card interface overlays, Master detail layouts & nudge objects with shift-arrow keys
New Script Workspace Yes Yes Enhanced
Live calculations preview
Enhanced
Live calculations preview
Enhanced Security
Support for OAuth 2.0
No Yes Yes Yes
WebDirect
Breakthrough web technology for data access anywhere.
Yes Enhanced
Supports up to 500 users.
Enhanced
Supports up to 500 users.
Enhanced
Supports up to 500 users.
Build for iPad & iPhone
Additional support for native iOS behaviours.
Yes Enhanced
App interface transitions
Enhanced
App interface transitions, Sensor support, Configure Local Notification, Auto-complete, Keyboard shortcuts, Drag & drop.
Enhanced
App interface transitions, Sensor support, Configure Local Notification, Auto-complete, Keyboard shortcuts, Drag & drop. New SDK for latest iOS support.
FM Cloud
Access solutions hosted on FM Cloud
Yes Yes Yes Yes/Updated (FileMaker Cloud for AWS 1.18)
FileMaker Data API No Trial only (expires 27th Sept 2018) Yes Yes