FileMaker announced its newest version today, bringing deeper integration with iOS and snazzier template designs. The iPhone and iPad versions, called FileMaker Go, are now free. This removes a significant barrier that may have prevented wider use as they previously had a pricy tag.
FileMaker, a subsidiary of Apple, makes the hugely popular FileMaker and Bento series of database applications. It has long been the gold standard for handling such large files among small or larger businesses. It also makes a desktop version for both Mac and Windows, allowing for a wide array of adoption methods.
With its newest release, it is clearly seeking higher interconnection with iOS. The FileMaker Go apps are designed to allow for editing and collecting signatures on the fly. Also, several of the desktop themes have a “touch” sibling which makes the interface touch friendly on an iOS device.
Before running to upgrade, users should be aware the new version brings a file change, requiring users to upgrade any older files for the new format. According to FileMaker representatives, it was a necessary change in order to create the new tools.
Using the new version is definitely a smoother experience, as the templates are very elegant and work very quickly. While power users will appreciate the extra refinements, this could especially appeal to those who are new to FileMaker as it is very easy to quickly set up a new database.
We will continue to give FileMaker Pro 12 a full run-through and post a separate review in the coming week.
Following is the pricing breakdown:
- FileMaker Pro 12: $299 ($179 upgrade)
- FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced: $499 ($299 upgrade)
- FileMaker Server 12: $999 (599 upgrade)
- FileMaker Server 12 Advanced: $2999 ($1799 upgrade)
- FileMaker Go for iPad: Free
- FileMaker Go for iPhone: Free