Design gets shareable themes, drag-and-drop data
Having leaked it yesterday, today Apple-owned FileMaker has formally announced FileMaker 13, the next major edition of its database creation software. One of the major additions is WebDirect, an HTML5-based method of publishing databases to the web without special programming. When developing iOS frontends, users can now generate them in a single step, and add things like slide controls, popovers, gesture controls, custom keyboards, and barcode capture functions.
Feature additions go unmentioned
Various editions of FileMaker Pro 13 have gone on sale at Apple's UK online store ahead of an anticipated official announcement. The listings don't make mention of specific feature upgrades, but in screenshots the OS X release appears to have a new "Share" button, while the companion iOS app - FileMaker Go -- has been given a visual overhaul for iOS 7. Still missing is a matching FileMaker Server update.
Twitter's Conversations layout redesigned
Twitter released Version 5.1 of its iOS app today. The app lets users of the prominent social networking site connect to their Twitter account to get real-time stories, pictures, videos, and conversations on one's own 'timeline.' The latest update includes a redesigned Conversations segment, including a blue line indicating a conversation between people you follow, and the first Tweet in a thread now appears above the most recent reply. The new release also includes various other improvements, including new notification settings and bug fixes. Twitter 5.1 can be downloaded for free from iTunes for devices running iOS5 or later.
Software likely defeated by other notetaking, calendar, contacts apps
Apple-owned FileMaker has announced plans to discontinue Bento, its personal database software for OS X and iOS. The final release, Bento 4, will remain at the FileMaker Store and the Mac and iOS App Stores until the end of September. People wanting to continue using FileMaker software can upgrade to FileMaker Pro for $120.
Native Instruments outs new Maschine expansion
Helios Ray, a new Maschine Expansion featuring sounds and beats drawn from London's broken beat scene and LA's abstract beat producers has been released. Containing three different styles of drum kits, as well as unique Melodic Kits and new Massive presents, Helios Ray is available as a $50 purchase online. The Vinyl Kits includes a variety of vinyl kicks, finger snaps, and snares, while the Digital Kits feature Brazilian and Latin percussion and the Analog Kits offer gritty drums provided by classic hardware units. Additionally, a compact version is also available as a $1 purchase through the iMaschine iOS app.
Event scheduled for August 12-15
Apple-owned FileMaker has announced some schedule highlights for the 2013 FileMaker Developer Conference, scheduled for August 12th through the 15th at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. Participants will get to see demonstrations by FileMaker and other exhibitors, and network with fellow users of the software. This year FileMaker has added a new Design track with 11 sessions, plus a Business track with nine sessions.
Restrictions push users to buy full apps
Apple-owned FileMaker has announced iOS Demo Solutions, a new section on its website. The page gathers together a variety of iPad and iPhone database tools created using FileMaker. In keeping with its name, each app in the section is limited either in terms of time or features, in a bid to get people to pay for full products.
Deadline is June 18th
Apple-owned FileMaker has opened up Early Bird registrations for the 2013 FileMaker Developer Conference. Registering between now and June 18th will knock $300 off the regular price of admission, pushing it down to $1,295. The Early Bird Gold package costs $1,895, and grants access to perks like pre-conference sessions. All attendees will get a copy of FileMaker Pro Advanced.
XEffects Transitions pack for FCP X
FileMaker Technical Network members can now access a new Training Series Sampler Kit that features three self-paced training modules. The modules include Working with Layouts, FileMaker Go, and FileMaker Server, each featuring its own exercises, demo files, and videos. Working With Layouts teaches techniques for creating a variety of layouts, while FileMaker Go includes tips on building mobile apps for the iPhone and iPad. Finally, FileMaker server includes information on setting up and maintaining FileMaker Server.
Custom App Starter Bundle builds iOS-ready apps
FileMaker has announced the availability of its new iOS Custom App Starter Bundle, which allows users to develop and deploy custom iPad and iPhone business apps. The bundle includes a number of FileMaker tools aimed at allowing users to develop professional-looking apps aimed at solving issues specific to their own businesses. It requires no custom libraries, and its iOS-based solution framework provides built-in themes, stencils, starter solutions, and ways to integrate data views, data validation, and other aspects of data management without the need for extensive developer experience.
24u FileMaker plug-in updates
24U Software has released updated for SimpleDialog and SimpleFile, two of its FileMarker Pro plug-ins. The SimpleDialog plug-in provides a number of tools for creating custom dialogs with an unlimited amount of text and buttons. The latest release adds extended support for styled text in dialogs, and improves compatibility with both MAc OS X Lion and FileMaker Pro 12. A single user license sells for $39, however, existing version 4.0 customers are entitled to a free upgrade. In addition, customers running version 3 can upgrade at the discounted cost of $29.
FileMaker updates iPad version of Bento with key changes
A confession up front before we get into the review: I have never handled a personal database app before, much less Bento for iPad specifically. I've used database software in the past, of course, but always something designed for the office world. My own life is simple enough that I can keep track of things with lists and notes; a database, however streamlined, typically feels like extra work. Bento has always had a strange appeal though, so after some coaxing, I decided to try the latest update for the iPad, Bento 4.
Bento 4.1 for Mac, Bento 1.2.1 for iPhone allow sync
Apple-owned FileMaker has released Bento 4 for iPad, a new version of its personal database software. Among the core changes is the ability to create personal apps customized for different tasks; elements can be dragged and dropped into place. Bento 4 also has access to a new selection of free iPad templates on the Bento Template Exchange, and 40 new themes, all of which are compatible with the third-generation iPad's Retina display. Accordingly, the rest of the app has also been scaled to Retina graphics for the first time.
PluralEyes 3 beta for FCP
The latest addition to the FileMaker Training Series has been released and can be purchased online. The latest training focuses on intermediate and advanced content and features 13 different modules that cover data modeling, security, web publishing, and more. The self-paced training course is priced at $40 and includes an 800-page manual and a DVD with demo files, exercises, and videos. Alternatively, customers can purchased a fully digital version of the course for $20.
FileMaker Go 12 passes 100,000 downloads
In response to the threat of the Flashback trojan, Norton has launched a free scan-and-removal tool. The utility follows remedies from both Kaspersky Labs and Apple, both which released their removal tools earlier this week. Apple's solution, which was released via Software Update, consisted of a Java update that was said to find and remove the "most common variants" of the trojan. The free utility weighs in at 0.6MB and can be downloaded from Norton's website.
Suite places extra emphasis on iOS
Apple-owned FileMaker has released a new set of database offerings, beginning with the flagship FileMaker Pro 12. The software brings a variety of changes, many of them with an iOS focus. It for instance includes 16 new Starter Solutions, which also have iPad- and iPhone-optimized screens; among 40 new themes are ones that are specially designed with iOS formatting in mind. When customizing a database, iOS screen stencils can be used.
iPhone, iPad apps a major focus
Apple-owned FileMaker has formally announced details of the 2012 FileMaker Development Conference. The event is scheduled for July 16th through the 19th at the Fontainebleau Hotel, in Miami, Florida. A variety of sessions will be on offer, including topics like security, scripting, location technology, web data, and server configuration.
Helps identify, overcome bottlenecks in code
FileMaker-based solution developers have often debugged and optimized their products mainly by intuition -- looking at a bit of code and trying out alternative ways to accomplish the same thing until it works better, particularly when they are revising solutions that have been developed for clients over several years. A new product by 24U called FM Bench promises to introduce optimization through code analysis and bottleneck identification, saving time.
MediaDevil to launch keyboard covers
On February 14 FileMaker will be hosting a web seminar designed to teach participants how to use their current database in a mobile setting. The session will focus on both user interaction and system architecture, and will show how screen design, lightweight schema and hybrid development techniques can be used to improve productivity. Two one hour sessions have been scheduled, the first will take place at 11am EDT and the second at 2pm EDT. Registration is open for both and can be completed online.
AFC gains new color options
MonkeyBread Software has launched a new version of MBS FileMaker Plugin, its collection of tools for FileMaker Pro. Version 2.5 now contains 765 different functions, including new CURL functions to enhance upload and download capabilities. Additionally, the update includes new CUPS functions for querying printers and print jobs, canceling print jobs, and sending data to a printer. A free trial can be downloaded from the company's website, while licenses start at $150.
Virtual Programming seeks beta game testers
Until March 22nd, customers who purchase FileMaker Go for the iPhone or iPad will qualify for a 50 percent discount on the retail price of FileMaker Pro. To receive the discount, customers must complete an online proof of purchase form within 30 days of downloading FileMaker Go. The promotion is limited to one discounted purchase, and only applies to a full download license of FileMaker 11. FileMaker Go for the iPhone and iPad can be purchased through the App Store for $20 and $40 respectively.
Software on sale since 2008
Apple-owned FileMaker is announcing that Bento, one of its database apps, has topped 1 million in sales. The figure represents a combined tally for all three editions of the software, including the Mac, iPhone, and iPad releases. The first version of Bento was launched for the Mac in January 2008.
MacPractice software adds Lion support
FileMaker has release The Bento Christmas Kit, a free tool for organizing Christmas plans. Included in the kit is a 30-day trial of Bento 4, as well as Cards and Labels, Party Planning and Gift List templates. Together the templates allow users to organize a number of items, including mailing addresses, gift budgeting, party lists, and more. In addition, the three templates provide full support for both iPhone and iPad versions of the Bento databasing software.
Alien Skin outs Blow Up 3
FileMaker is currently running a special two for one promotion on all purchases of FileMaker Pro 11. The offer will remain available until December 15th and applies to Full, Education and Non-Profit versions of the software. The promotion is also being extended to retail purchases, allowing customers to receive a free second license by filling out a mail-in rebate. A free trial can be download through the company's website, while a full license retails for $300.
Fixed unexpected server-close errors, more
Stellar Data Recovery is expanding their lineup of data-recovery tools with the Stellar Phoenix FileMaker Recovery repair utility, a program for Macs that promises to repair and recover otherwise-inaccessible data from corrupted FileMaker databases. The program can recover files corrupted by the unexpected closure of a server, the deletion of auto-enter calculation fields or operating system issues.
Glass extension released for Safari
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has announced the launch of CNS Image 1.5, an updated version of its FileMaker tool for working with images stored in container fields or on a hard drive. The plug-in allows users to perform custom imports and exports, change image formats, apply filters, and more. Version 1.5 is a complete rewrite of the plug-in, which fixes several issues and adds a Server Edition for use with FileMaker Server. The update also removes the plug-ins dependence on QuickTime, and has replaced original convert function with a new one featuring simplified width and height parameters. Version 1.5 is a free update for anyone with a 1.x.x license, while a new single user license for the client versions costs $65. Alternatively, a 10-user license for the server edition can be purchased for $319.
Deal expires with WWDC
Apple's FileMaker division is offering a temporary discount on upgrades to FileMaker Pro 11. Under the terms of the deal, owners of the company's Bento personal database software can upgrade to Pro 11 for $149, or 50 percent off the software's normal price. Pro differs with more control over aspects like appearance, automation and connectivity.
Objectify development tool released
FileMaker has announced that the early bird registration discount for the 2011 FileMaker Developers Conference will end on June 17. The conference, which is set to take place at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel between August 2nd and 5th, will feature more than 60 FileMaker sessions, as well as a new FileMaker Go track. Conference attendees will learn how to build professional databases, extend solutions to the web, and deploy custom solutions for iOS devices. Early Bird registration for the event costs $1,595 for a regular pass, while the Gold Package featuring an all-inclusive 4-day pass runs for $1,949.
Task manager, contact statuses, bug fixes
Filemaker-based photography business software Light Blue has announced a free upgrade for existing customers to version 3.1, which features significantly improved handling of calendars and calendar data, contact status flags, a new task manager, custom workflows that can be attached to orders automatically, better exporting, picture thumbnails and improved scheduling intelligence with regards to rescheduling and order invoicing, among other improvements and fixes.
Also adds AirPrint, PDF options
Apple-owned FileMaker has released major updates of its FileMaker Go apps for the iPhone and iPad, bringing them up to v1.2. In both cases the apps now support FileMaker charts, which can assume bar, line, area or pie form. Chart data can be pulled from FileMaker Pro, or else through SQL. Reports created with FileMaker Pro 11 can be viewed and edited in Go.
TeleNav hybrid navigation tech
TeleNav has launched a new hybrid navigation technology that can allow users to navigate using either real-time data sent over a wireless network or through data cached on a device. Applications that incorporate this new technology will be capable of automatically switching between the two methods, which will help to ensure users always have access. While over-the-network navigation will provide additional features and real-time data, on-device navigation will still offer turn-by-turn directions to business, local landmarks, and addresses. TeleNav will first be made available through the AT&T Navigator app for the iPhone, with other select applications set to gain the technology in the near future.
Geotagging added to field options
FileMaker has announced Bento 4, an update of the company's personal-level database software. Several significant upgrades have been made, most notably the ability to export data alongside templates, meaning that pre-populated databases can finally be loaded by other Bento users. When creating a database, people can now assign geotagging to data through a location field type.
Combination personal and financial organizer
SoftTech Solutions UK and Application Systems have announced the release of a North American version of myLifeOrganiser, a Filemaker-based organizational program that combines personal information like an address book and calendar along with basic financial recordkeeping and calculations, medical and health record storage, pet information, vehicle records and a document organizer that handles scanned documents like warranties, insurance records, tax files and other documents, all in one program.
Deal expires in late June
Apple-owned FileMaker has launched a special promotional offer for its database software. Beginning today, people buying FileMaker Go can get FileMaker Pro for $149, roughly half the the latter's normal $299 pricetag. The deal applies equally to the iPhone and iPad versions of Go, which cost $20 and $40 respectively.
Add-on gives Layout Mode a visual design makeover
ISO Productions has released Theme Studio for FileMaker Pro, allowing users and developers a more visual way to design FM layouts, incorporating Filemaker's own options into a design program stocked with common UI elements for Mac, Windows and iPhone layouts. The software is a successor to the company's previous Theme Library and represents both a new approach and new distribution model for additional design resources.
Available for Mac, iPad, iPhone, PC
Geist Interactive have released what they believe to be the first commercial in-app extension to the new FileMaker Go for iOS devices, GoSign. The add-on does not require any internet connection, other application or server to work, capturing signatures using a finger or stylus in any FileMaker Go workflow.
Teaches pushing databases to and from Go
Apple's FileMaker division has added FileMaker Go training to the official Technical Resource Kit. The new module teaches people how to optimize FileMaker Pro databases for use and viewing on iOS devices. Some specific topics covered include calculations and scripts, as well as sharing Go data with other mobile apps.
3D and 2D charts, runtime option for FM7 and up
Dacons has released ChartFire, a FileMaker plug-in for Mac and Windows that brings full chart-making capabilities to the database program for the first time. Users can produce 3D and 2D pie, bar and line charts from an unlimited number of data series and adjust charts dynamically. Finished charts are created as PNG or JPEG images which can be stored within a container field or exported.
iOS to be important component
Apple-owned FileMaker has opened up registrations for the 2011 FileMaker Developer Conference. The event is scheduled to run from August 2nd to the 5th, and will take place at a new venue, the Hilton San Diego BayFront hotel in downtown San Diego. FileMaker is expecting an audience of at least 1,000 people to attend, split between corporate and independent developers.
Adds Applescript, Windows Script support
Monkeybread Software has updated their MBS plug-in for Filemaker to version 2.1, improving webview control on database forms, adding PDF support, porting functions for string editing and allowing users to hide the desktop, allowing for kiosk-style presentations. The software now claims adding a total of 432 functions to Filemaker.
Allow in-app photo capture
Apple's FileMaker division has posted a new version of FileMaker Go for the iPhone and iPad, v1.1. The app lets users update FileMaker Pro and Server databases, locally or remotely, and over Wi-Fi or 3G. New is the ability to generate PDFs of reports, invoices and other documents from within the app, which can then be saved or e-mailed to others.
Dracoventions updates FileMaker plug-in
To celebrate its third anniversary, Readdle has announced a special discount on all of its products. The sale, which technically began August 1st, is set to last for 48 hours in total and reduces the price of every Readdle app, including ReaddleDocs and Calendars, to $1. The company is also giving away three iPads to Twitter followers. To enter the giveaway customers must first download any Readdle title, then follow the company on Twitter and retweet a special message. The contest will remain open until August 7th, after which three random winners will be selected.
Create plug-ins using ScriptMaster modules
360Works has introduced ScriptMaster 4, an update to the FileMaker plug-in. The utility is designed to handle web services and file manipulation, while providing modules for URL or network utilities and event/script triggering. The latest version of ScriptMaster now provides 81 different functions, in addition to major speed and stability improvements, enhanced documentation, and multiple bug fixes. It also adds the ability to load and share modules on the network, or send push notifications to iOS devices.
Provides remote access to FileMaker databases
As hinted on Monday, Apple-owned FileMaker has today released FileMaker Go, in the form of separate iPhone and iPad apps. Users can update FileMaker Pro and Server databases over local or remote networks, using either Wi-Fi or 3G connections. Databases can alternately be transferred using iTunes File Sharing, e-mail or the web, including filesharing sites.
App said to be slated for Tuesday release
File Maker Inc, an Apple subsidiary, is set to launch two mobile apps, both titled FileMaker Go, for the iPad and iPhone platforms, according to an AppleInsider report. The apps will provide tools for remotely viewing, editing, or searching content contained in FileMaker Pro databases.
New iWeb themes from iWeb Themes Park
Troi Automatisering has launched an update to its Troi File plug-in for FileMaker Pro. The plug-in can be used to access information outside the FileMaker Pro database, allowing users to collect data from files or manipulate content. Version 5.0 is now fully compatible with both FileMaker Pro 11 and Windows 7, while also adding support for FileMaker styled paths.
Includes free specialized templates
Apple-owner FileMaker has released a new version of the Business Productivity Kit, a free download, updated for FileMaker Pro 11. The software includes a variety of database templates, covering different aspects of running a business. Incorporated in the Standard Edition of the kit are templates for contacts, products, suppliers and inventory, as well as processing orders and tracking projects.
Takes advantage of space, adds new themes
Although having technically released the app on Thursday, Apple-owned FileMaker has only now formally announced the availability of Bento for iPad. Like the iPhone and Mac apps, the iPad software is used to view and edit personal databases. Included are 15 field types, and 25 templates, for tasks such as recipes and time-based billing.
New additions mostly positive
MacNN has reviewed FileMaker Pro 11, a significant if not major upgrade of the Apple-published database software. New to the program are several features, such as Quick Find and Snapshot Link. The most essential change is the addition of charts and reports, which can be added to layouts or published to the web.
Joined by matching Advanced, Server software
Apple's FileMaker division has launched FileMaker Pro 11, a major update of its Mac and Windows database software. The primary addition is that of charts and reports; the former can be based on pie, bar, area or line designs, and inserted into layouts, and/or published to a website. Quick Reports output "spreadsheet-like" data, according to FileMaker, with calculated totals.