FileMaker 14 has been out for a few weeks now and there are lots of discussions going on about all the new developer tools, but what does the new version of FileMaker offer the end user?
FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced are now available as 64 bit applications, allowing you to take advantage of more of the processing power and memory of modern computers.
WebDirect now works on mobile browsers, although limited to Safari 8.x on iOS 8.1(and above) and Chrome 38 or later on Android 4.4.x. This means deploying a remote FileMaker solution is not just limited to iOS devices, even if there are a few limitations like container fields being view only.
WebDirect has also had a bit of a speed increase. Optimisation has made it 25% faster compared to FileMaker 13 server and doubled the number of concurrent users possible.
The way FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go connect to the server has also been revised allowing you to stay connected even when the network drops out. In previous versions, if the wireless network (WAN or LAN) dropped out you would be told that the connection to server has been lost and so have any changes. However now as soon as the network comes back FileMaker will reconnect without any user interaction or data loss, you just carry on working.
One of the coolest features is the new standby server. This allows the server admin to have an exact replica of the database on a separate machine so it the worst should happen, a couple of command line commands and you are back up and running on a new server.
FileMaker Go can now scan barcodes directly into a field so no need for third party apps or scanners.
Enhanced signature capture allows both portrait and landscape capture with the ability to add more information on the screen at the same time.
So along with these new enhancements FileMaker is now more stable over all types of wiresless network and has crash recovery built in making it more robust and future proof.
So in summary whilst FileMaker 14 has delivered a lot for the developer, the user will not be disappointed.