The FileMaker 15 platform continues to be the leader in creating powerful custom applications rapidly for organizations all around the world while working seamlessly across Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and the web.
FileMaker WebDirect has been redesigned to be compatible with mobile phones. In the previous release, FileMaker added support for tablet browsers. FileMaker 15 takes it a step further by providing support for mobile phones. Although you could access WebDirect with a phone before, it was not officially supported, mainly due to dialogs being too small for user interaction.
FileMaker 15 provides us with the ability to interact with iBeacon devices using FileMaker Go. This means we can associate data in our FileMaker solution with physical locations and have our iOS devices access them via the iBeacon technology.
FileMaker changes the licensing landscape again by adding FileMaker Licensing for Teams, or FLT for short. FLT brings simplicity to the FileMaker licensing platform by pricing per user instead of the concurrency model which they are phasing out.
With the release of FileMaker Server 15 comes the ability to track the heaviest client usage periods. This new feature, named the Top Call Statistics Log, gives server and group administrators the ability to pinpoint the client requests that take the longest, allowing them to investigate any slowdowns in their systems much more quickly and efficiently.
FileMaker has made it easier than ever to share data with other apps. With the introduction of app extensions for FileMaker Go we now have the ability to download images, word documents, spreadsheets and even a FileMaker database itself. App Extensions are a way to extend your app, providing users an easy way to exchange files with other iOS apps.
The Portal In-Line Progress Bar, one of FileMaker 15's new performance based features, brings with it the separation of a layout's non-portal and portal rendering tasks. This means users are no longer forced to wait for cumbersome portals to load before being able to interact with a window's content.
The FileMaker platform is a constantly evolving and improving ecosystem. The latest version of FileMaker has overhauled the user interface in a number of ways. The FileMaker application UI is extremely important because it is the backdrop of every FileMaker app. This round of updates increases the user experience with visual clarity, less text and visual noise on screen, more intuitive icons, and greater consistency of color.
FileMaker 15 introduced a much welcomed improvement to the updating process: you can now upgrade your FileMaker Pro directly in Pro itself. Not only does this new feature align with FileMaker Inc's continued focus on security, by making it easier for users to get on the latest version, but it also lays the foundation for FMI to release minor updates more frequently. A win-win for everyone.