Will Kelly first published this last Aug and because of the FileMaker iOS Craze here it is again. FileMaker Pro 14 is the latest release of the venerable FileMaker application. FileMaker has grown from its flat file database roots to become a platform including FileMaker Pro 14, an application development tool; FileMaker Web Direct, web technology for running FileMaker apps in a web browser (even mobile); and FileMaker Server, a Windows or Mac-based server for running FileMaker applications.
FileMaker Pro 14 could be the start of the first real do it yourself (DIY) mobile app war of our time. While exciting things are happening with Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) and other application programming interface tools for mobile app development, FileMaker serves the needs of a knowledge worker (non-programmer) who wants to develop their own mobile apps.
Recently, FileMaker granted me a license to FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced and FileMaker Server 14 for the purposes of writing this article. I'll address FileMaker Server 14 in an upcoming TechRepublic article.
FileMaker Go takes FileMaker apps mobile
FileMaker Go is a free iOS app that you distribute to your mobile users. It includes some definite improvements over previous versions of the app. The first thing you notice in the iOS app is its new user interface that aligns it with iOS 8. It's a crisper, more minimalist interface than previous versions.
The FileMaker PR literature also mentions a new FileMaker Go Android app. FileMaker recommends that you run the app on an Android device with the following specifications:
- 3GB or greater memory
- 2.3GHz quad-core or greater CPU
- 10.1 inches or greater screen size
The Launch Center has a fresh and new feel to it compared to previous versions of FileMaker Go. You can pin solutions, so they stay at the top of the iPad screen. It's minimalist while being visual at the same time, I give credit to FileMaker for this design. Figure A shows an example of the Launch Center: