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This release of FileMaker Pro comes with an important compatibility update for Apple Silicon users and a highly requested change to web viewers on the Windows platform.
One common thing we have heard from developers over the years is the challenge Internet Explorer causes when using a web viewer. We are happy to say the latest version of FileMaker now leverages the latest Microsoft Edge browser, which uses the popular Chromium open-source project. This should make for a more pleasant cross-platform development experience all around.
This release includes native support for Mac’s newest chipset, using low-code Universal macOS binaries. This will ensure an optimized experience and performance on all future Apple machines. Not to fret; Intel-based Macs are still being supported and are just as great as ever.
Claris continues to maintain a solid server product line. This version adds many more under-the-hood tweaks to boost performance, flexibility, stability, and security.
The last time the log viewer made an appearance was FileMaker Server 16! We are extremely happy to have it back in the Admin Console. Being able to quickly view, filter, and sort the log is a great time saver. This new incarnation of the log viewer has an Interactive View allowing one to choose multiple logs to view at once.
Being able to run FileMaker Server on Linux has been a welcome addition. Now, Claris has made it even more future-proof by supporting Ubuntu. Linux is known for its enterprise-grade support, reliability, and performance. Ubuntu is one of the most affordable distros available.
Claris Cloud will also benefit from additional feature parity, gaining not only the log viewer, but a schedule manager as well!
Up until now, if you wanted to create a schedule on Claris Cloud, you needed a 3rd-party tool, such as our free FileMaker Cloud Schedule Manager. Now, these can be scheduled directly within the cloud console itself. This welcome change brings the Claris FileMaker Cloud product in line with the dedicated Claris FileMaker Server.
The Claris FileMaker platform continues to solidify its position as a leader in creating innovative workplace custom apps that work seamlessly across desktop, mobile, and web. FileMaker Pro 19.3 is a great release with features both developers and end-users can benefit from.
We look forward to helping you build custom applications using the new functionality available in 19.3. Contact DB Services at any time if you have questions or needs with Claris FileMaker!
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Michael is a FileMaker Certified Developer who joins DB Services with nearly a decade of experience as an Information Technology Manager in the printing industry. Originally from San Diego, he moved to Iowa during his teens and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University.