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Following a brief premature appearance in Apple's online store over the weekend, FileMaker Pro 13 officially launches today with a number of enhancements including a new FileMaker WebDirect feature that offers access to databases through the Web. Other features include enhanced tools for iOS, new design options, and improved security.

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FileMaker 13 includes more than 50 new features. Chief among them are:

- FileMaker WebDirect, 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.

- Tools to create amazing iPad and iPhone solutions that support even more iOS behaviors, including 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.

- Major improvements to design capabilities, including support for shareable 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 Pro 13 is available through traditional licensing methods starting at $329 new or $179 upgrade, while volume licensing is available starting as $9/month for FileMaker Pro, $15/month for FileMaker Pro Advanced, and $29/month for FileMaker Server.

FileMaker Go 13 is a free universal app for iPhone and iPad available in the App Store. [Direct Link]

Article Link: FileMaker Pro 13 Launches with Web Access, Enhanced Tools for IOS
 

dumastudetto

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I can't wait to play with this tonight. FileMaker Pro is one of the most remarkable software products from Apple. I highly recommend everyone give it a go.
 
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unplugme71

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... Why so? What kind of stuff can a normal consumer do with it?

Consumers won't use this. Most of what consumers would want out of something like this they can get in Numbers or Excel.

This is for business use or for power users who need more functionality.
 
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Rafterman

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... Why so? What kind of stuff can a normal consumer do with it?

Its a database app, so "database" type stuff, like creating a DB of collections of stuff you own, like movies or whatever. Businesses can use it for keeping track of inventory and such. Its probably overkill for most people.
 
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Thunderhawks

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Its a database app, so "database" type stuff, like creating a DB of collections of stuff you own, like movies or whatever. Businesses can use it for keeping track of inventory and such. Its probably overkill for most people.

Yes, it is excellent for business at a great price compared to other database programs.

It actually does more than just being a database.

But, not for consumers
 
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MentalFloss

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Consumers won't use this. Most of what consumers would want out of something like this they can get in Numbers or Excel.

Really? I can't quite imagine having my recipe collection in Numbers.

Not that I need Filemaker Pro for my recipe collection. There are much lighter/cheaper solutions. But Numbers most definitely can't handle it.
 
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Isn't it amazing? Truly a miracle product. The Pope uses it himself. It's that good.

I can't wait to play with this tonight. FileMaker Pro is one of the most remarkable software products from Apple. I highly recommend everyone give it a go.
 
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furi0usbee

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Its probably overkill for most people.

It is, which is why I did like the idea of Bento. I don't need all the PRO stuff in the full FileMaker, but it was nice to have a database app that could work simply. I wish Apple would include a database app in iWork. Remember Microsoft Works back in the day? In 1994, they gave you a database! Come on Apple, get with the times!

Right now I just rely on ugly MySQL to keep track of stuff since they killed Bento.
 
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Gidfd79

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Excellent news, sounds like a solid update, the new html5 server and the replacement for the IWP interface are very exciting news.
 
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davidness

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Cool, I guess, for people who actually use this.

I am the lead FileMaker developer at a 100 user company that uses FileMaker for all business systems; customer & product tracking, underwriting, document imaging, and FileMaker is the database back end for our data driven web applications. FileMaker is a tool that can do just about anything as long as the developer behind it knows what they are doing. Also, FileMaker has a developers convention each year to instruct all levels of users with advanced techniques. Plus, certified developers can make great money in just about any part of the county or the world. Go FileMaker!
 
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8281

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My boss has asked me in the past about replacing his ACT database. Is this something that could do that and be compatible on PCs and Macs?
 
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DamFu

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What is a good, low priced, consumer alternative since Bento is no longer around?
 
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phr0ze

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Its too expensive. Business costs are $2000+ because to get the great HTML5 features you need a server with seat licenses.

I have a friend who has a small 2 man plumbing buisiness. He needs a good database solution but can't see value in $2000.
 
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jyroflux

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Why can't Apple/Filemaker make a simpler database app for the average consumer? Most of us have no use for Filemaker because the price is too high. Filemaker Elements anyone?
 
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citi

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What is a good, low priced, consumer alternative since Bento is no longer around?

3 things:

FileMaker came first and is their flagship app/moneymaker. FileMaker is not a consumer driven product. Clearly, people weren't purchasing Bento at a high enough rate to sustain itself.
 
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ejb190

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Well darn. I just upgraded to FMP Advanced 12. No money for the 13 upgrade at this point. FileMaker does what I need it to do, but it is terribly expensive when you are trying to keep up four computers for a non-profit on a shoestring budget.

Have to take a look at the new features and see if they are worth it.
 
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Geekzter

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Well darn. I just upgraded to FMP Advanced 12. No money for the 13 upgrade at this point. FileMaker does what I need it to do, but it is terribly expensive when you are trying to keep up four computers for a non-profit on a shoestring budget.

Have to take a look at the new features and see if they are worth it.

You may be eligible for a free update

http://info.filemaker.com/US_en_US_fm13_NRSO_lp.html
 
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