FileMaker 12 released; FileMaker Go now free on iOS

FileMaker 12 released; FileMaker Go now free on iOS

Summary: FileMaker is the equivalent of Microsoft Access on the Mac and it's been revved to version 12. In addition to a number of new templates the companion iOS apps are now free.


FileMaker 12 family - Jason O'Grady

The best database program for the Mac, FileMaker, was upgraded to version 12 today with new features that make it easy to create custom database apps for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web.

“Databases only boost productivity if people genuinely enjoy using them,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker, Inc. “Everyone wants a great database, but not everyone is a great designer. Let FileMaker 12 handle the design and you’ll create dazzling databases that are incredibly easy to use, on iPad, iPhone, desktop and the web.”

FileMaker Pro 12's ($299/$179 upgrade) beautiful new themes and Starter Solutions will get you up-and-running quickly. Example databases for most common business applications (including contacts, inventory and assets) are included and they're easy to customize to suit your needs. The included database templates are designed to look great on all platforms, including on the iPad and iPhone.

As you'd expect, FileMaker has beefed up its design tools with portable devices in mind. You can easily customize any FM12 database with custom screen stencils for iPad and iPhone screens and add gradients, image slicing, dynamic alignment guides, and configurable grids.

In addition to the 40 new themes and 16 pre-built starter solutions, the company made its companion FileMaker Go app for iOS devices (iPad, iPhone) completely free this go-around (but you'll need FileMaker 12 to take advantage of them). The company still offers FileMaker Go 11 for iPad ($39.99, App Store) and iPhone ($19.99, App Store) to support previous versions of the software.

Here's the demo video:

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  • mobile phone

    Thanks allot provide good services and latest news
  • Cross-platform

    We use FileMaker Server & FileMaker Pro on our small business PC & Macs.

    It's an insult to FileMaker to compare it to Access. I've employed FMP here in the office and at home since version 3.0 by Apple subsidiary Claris.

    We had functionable real-life databases rolled out on FMP in the time it took to read through the Access Northwinds tutorial.

    JJ Brannon
  • "equivalent of Access" and "for Mac" - seriously?

    Wow, Jason, ZDNet must cater only to the worst blindfolded Wintel-only crowd. Many Windows businesses run FileMaker - it's the best database program, period.
    That description of FileMaker only makes sense if your audience is the Microsoft-all-the-time IT crowd. Wow.
    Well, good luck trying to gently nudge them in a direction that will improve their efficiency and generally make their lives better. FileMaker can make your business software extremely nimble and flexible.
  • Filemaker 12 is a LOT SLOWER than 11

    All those improvments are nullified to all who are using list and table view, they're 3 to 5 times slower. Which makes every solution using list view / table view unusable (yes even with fully flat indexed data). The new drawing engine is terribly slow.

    Please voice your concern here :

    To me that render 12 useless, and cast doubts on the future of Filemaker at my place,this speed issue seems deeply entrenched in new rendering engine.

    So please don't be quiet, voice your concern.