FileMaker 12 released; FileMaker Go now free on iOS

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: