What’s New in the FileMaker 16 Platform?



Create apps for iPad, iPhone, and the web that are sure to delight

Animations and transitions with scripts— Provide visual transitions to help orient users as they navigate through their custom apps on FileMaker Go. For example, use script steps to animate the transition from a list of contacts to a contact’s details.

Enhanced signature capture
— Sign documents on your iPad or iPhone just as you would on a paper form. In addition to full screen, display the signature capture screen as an overlay or embedded in a layout. Users can now see what they are signing on the same screen.


Region-monitoring script step
— Automate business workflows based on the location of your iOS device. Now you can automatically perform an action when an iOS device detects a nearby, predefined iBeacon. Or automatically pull up location-based information when entering a predefined geofence.

Custom paper sizes
— Pick the right paper size for your needs. Add user-defined paper sizes and reorder existing paper sizes when printing in FileMaker Go.



Build powerful custom apps in less time

Layout Objects window
— Save time when working with layouts. The new Layout Objects window provides a hierarchical list of all objects on your layout. Simply select an object and instantly make a change without having to ungroup the set. Plus, easily find stacked or hidden objects on your layout.


— In one easy step, create windows that are automatically sized and placed appropriately on the main screen. Cards allow for a more controlled user experience guiding users to take action before returning to the main window, without impacting any interaction with other windows or files.


PDF support
— Print PDFs of invoices, labels, badges, and more in FileMaker WebDirect. Run automated reports and save other information as PDFs, using scripts performed on FileMaker Server.


New FileMaker Pro interface on Windows OS
— Get a more native Windows OS experience on FileMaker Pro with the brand-new user interface. Maximize screen real estate and use multiple monitors when working with your custom apps.

Copy and paste value lists
—Save valuable development time with the ability to copy and paste value lists in FileMaker Pro.

Variables in FileMaker data source references
— Dynamically open hosted FileMaker files by specifying a variable when choosing a file path.

Enhanced Data Viewer
— Increase your productivity with auto-complete for function names in the Data Viewer, available in FileMaker Pro Advanced. Plus, automatically evaluate results for functions and resize the Edit Expression window to easily view all results.



Connect to other data sources and get even more from your FileMaker apps

Enhanced cURL options
— With more than 90 cURL options to choose from, easily create detailed HTTP/HTTPS network calls to request JSON data from other applications via REST APIs.

JSON functions
— Use predefined functions to simplify parsing and generating JSON data requested from other data sources.


External script steps
— Extend the capabilities of third-party plug-ins with support for external script steps in the FileMaker Plug-in SDK. This new functionality also works with iOS apps created using the iOS App SDK. Easily connect your FileMaker-based apps to other applications and technologies your business regularly uses.



Get new tools to secure your custom apps

OAuth 2.0 support for accounts
—Simplify credential management with OAuth 2.0 using third-party authentication providers. Use your existing Amazon, Google, or Microsoft Azure account credentials to log in to your FileMaker-based custom apps.

Clickable security lock icons
— Get more details about the security of your network connection in FileMaker Pro. You’ll find information about SSL certificates, related details, and certificate validity.



Share data with even more users via a web browser

FileMaker WebDirect scalability
— Connect even more members of your team simultaneously over a web browser. FileMaker WebDirect now supports up to XXX users at the same time. [icon]


If you would like to learn more about any of these features or even get your own private demonstration, please contact us and we would be happy to share with your what we have learned during our access to the 16 platform during the pre-release program.

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