The entire line of FileMaker database software has been updated today with the release of FileMaker 12, launching a new era for databases that empower users “… to create stunning custom database apps for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web.”
Beautiful new themes and Starter Solutions, powerful iPad, iPhone and desktop design tools, and superior file management are all part of the update. And as you’d expect, FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced adds additional development and management tools.
The new 64-bit versions of FileMaker Server 12 and FileMaker 12 Server Advanced improve performance on wide area networks, enhance support for large databases, and add fast file and multimedia-content streaming.
On the other end of the spectrum, FileMaker Go 12 iPad and iPhone (available free on the App Store) allows everyone to run iOS database apps created by FileMaker Pro 12.
Directly from the press release:
Breakthrough design features boost usability on iPad, iPhone and desktop
FileMaker Pro 12 lets anyone create stunning databases. Sixteeen beautiful new Starter Solutions speed creation of databases for managing contacts, projects, digital content, inventory and more essential business tasks. Starter solutions include ready-to-use screens optimized for iPad and iPhone.
Users can instantly change the look of solutions with 40 new professionally designed themes. Themes can be used with the Starter Solutions or applied to existing databases for a fresh new look. Special touch themes are tailored for iPad and iPhone with fonts, colors, buttons and other iOS design elements.
Users can rely entirely on the included themes, or can customize every detail with new design tools such as gradients, image slicing, dynamic alignment guides, and configurable grids. Custom screen stencils make it easy to arrange information for iPad and iPhone screens.
FileMaker Pro 12 also features new Quick Charts to create eye-catching, on-the-fly graphs, and five attractive new chart styles: bubble, scatter, positive/negative, stacked bar and stacked column charts.
A better way to handle documents and multimedia files
The FileMaker 12 product line helps teams and individuals manage the growing avalanche of digital content — especially multimedia files.
Enhanced container fields in FileMaker Pro 12 support drag-and-drop to store, many file types such as PDFs, video, photos, audio, and documents. Files can be stored in the database or linked. Managing linked files just got easier as FileMaker 12 now automatically organizes files on disk and can even encrypt them for extra security.
Access to large files is faster as FileMaker 12 will now automatically generate thumbnails, and, when using FileMaker Server, will stream media files to connected clients. When running on the iPad or iPhone users can now record video and audio directly into container fields, and can stream out content using AirPlay.
FileMaker Server 12 products offer faster, more reliable data serving
The new 64-bit versions of FileMaker Server 12 and FileMaker Server 12 Advanced are built for speed and productivity. Access to more memory can boost performance for larger databases, while enhanced WAN performance assists remotely connected users, especially those using iOS devices. A re-architected web publishing engine improves speed and stability when integrating custom web pages with FileMaker databases, while progressive backups ease server administration and improve solution reliability.
FileMaker Pro 12 is $299 /$179 upgrade, FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced is $499/$299 upgrade, FileMaker Server 12 is $999/$599 upgrade, and FileMaker Server 12 Advanced is $2,999/$1,799 upgrade (U.S. suggested list prices). All product are now available.
FileMaker Go 12 for iPad and FileMaker Go 12 for iPhone are free from the App Store, and are also available today.