Today is the release of FileMaker 16 with many welcome new features. We’ve had a chance to preview the software and we’re very excited about all the new changes and many that we’ve been waiting for with anticipation for a long time.

FileMaker 16 Makes Apps Faster and More Powerful!

First, here is a summary of FileMaker 16 new features as described by FileMaker:

  • Mobility: Animations and transitions, enhanced signature capture, region-monitoring script. custom paper sizes
  • Development: Layout Objects windows, cards, PDF support in FileMaker Server and WebDirect, new UI on Windows OS, copy/paste value lists, variables in FileMaker data source references, enhanced Data Viewer
  • Integration: Enhanced cURL options, JSON functions, FileMaker Data API trial, Tableau Web Data Connector for FileMaker, external script steps
  • Security: OAuth 2.0 support for accounts, clickable security lock icons, field-level text encryption
  • Scalability: FileMaker WebDirect up to 500 users

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As we see it at LuminFire, here are some of the biggest wins in FileMaker 16:

  1. For Windows users…FileMaker 16 makes it possible to really use multiple windows!
  2. Native integration ability with JSON and cURL support making it possible to more easily connect FileMaker to other applications
  3. New print/PDF engine that works on WebDirect
  4. Security enhancements to keep FileMaker data well protected
  5. iOS mobile enhancements to give FileMaker Go more capabilities on the iPhone or iPad
  6. Layout objects window so a developer can more easily access and edit any item on a layout
  7. WebDirect scalability up to 500 users
  8. New Plugin architecture allows adding script steps and use on FileMaker Go
  9. FileMaker Data API (trial) – The future of connecting to FileMaker from the outside world

We are going to have a series of blog posts detailing many of the new features of FileMaker 16 in the next few weeks so stay tuned to this channel! If you can’t wait and want to get started right away, we’ve consolidated some of the best resources (articles, white papers, and videos) from around the interwebs regarding FileMaker 16 right here.

Over the next few months we will be upgrading our clients to FileMaker 16, including clients and servers as we test each solution carefully for compatibility. Although there is not a native file format change with FileMaker 16, our recommendations are to test your apps where there are a lot of changes…especially on the Windows platform and with printing, since the entire print engine was rewritten in this version. Once you verify that your app works better than ever with FileMaker 16, or you make any changes necessary to make sure it does, then you can plan your upgrade. Waiting a month or two will also allow time for any quick bug fixes to be released.

We look forward to seeing many of you at DevCon this year in Phoenix. Our team will be there to answer any of your questions about FileMaker 16 at our booth as well as demonstrate exciting new ways to connect FileMaker to other apps at our Brilliant FileMaker Integration Solutions session on Wednesday, July 26 at 9 am in the Grand Canyon 4 room.

FileMaker 16 Resources

First, check out the FileMaker News for the latest updated articles on FileMaker.

Summary of RCC’s FileMaker 16 Top 10 New Features:

  1. No need to convert old files as FileMaker 16 still uses .fmp12 file format
  2. Windows version FileMaker 16 in no longer constrained to one Window
  3. The layout object window – Find any object on a layout no matter where it is buried or hidden
  4. PDF generation from FileMaker Server for WebDirect and Go users
  5. Card Style Windows
  6. Data Viewer live interaction as you change your formula
  7. Variables can be targets for insert script steps and as source for external data source
  8. REST API connectivity – Allow your database interact with other services
  9. OAuth authorization from Google, Amazon Web Services, and Azure
  10. Improvements to FileMaker Go: Signature Handling, Layout transitions and animations, iBeacon/Geofence support, AV player support

General FileMaker 16 announcement posts…

LuminFire FileMaker 16 Sample Files:

Tim Cimbura – CEO and Software Engineer

Tim is an expert in creating custom business solutions that make businesses more effective, productive, and profitable. He specializes in rapid application development with the Claris platform including FileMaker and WordPress. He also knows Apple macOS technology inside and out.