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Why Should I Choose FileMaker?

FileMaker 14 Platform

Answering the question: Why Should I choose FileMaker? — For iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web – 


FileMaker13 Pro DenverFileMaker Pro 14
What is it:
FileMaker Pro 14 is powerful, easy-to-use software for creating custom business solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web.
Who uses it: Individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and departmental teams.
What is it used for: Use FileMaker Pro to manage and share information with your team. Build your own solution or use one of the many built-in Starter Solutions to help you with:

-Event Management
-Content Management
-Product Catalog


FileMaker Pro 13 AdvancedFileMaker Pro 14 Advanced
What is it: FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced includes all the features of FileMaker Pro 14 plus a suite of advanced development and customization tools.
Who uses it: People who want more tools to help them design and maintain customized database solutions for themselves or their team.
What it is used for: FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced is used to build more powerful and customized solutions faster with ease:

Design and develop solutions faster and easier with Custom Menus, Custom Functions, and more.
Monitor more efficiently using the interactive Script Debugger and powerful Data Viewer.
Modify and maintain databases with ease using the advanced Database Design Report and Multiple Table Import.


FileMaker Go 13 ColoradoFileMaker Go 14 
What is it: FileMaker Go is a free app that runs your FileMaker solutions on iPad and iPhone so you can connect to your data anywhere.
Who uses it: Anyone that wants to get more done while on the go and easily share information with their team.
What is it used for: Use FileMaker Go to collaborate with mobile team members for tasks such as checking inventory in the warehouse, updating patient medical records while making rounds, creating invoices during client visits, or organizing research notes in the field.



FileMaker Server 13FileMaker Server 14
What is it: FileMaker Server 14 is the newest version of the fast, reliable, easy-to-use server software for groups of FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go and FileMaker WebDirect users over a network or on the web.
What does it do: FileMaker Server 14 lets you centrally  share your databases with unrivaled availability, security, and performance.
When should you use it: When you want secure, reliable sharing for groups of FileMaker users — large and small. FileMaker Server does not restrict the number of networked FileMaker clients*.

Easy installation and 24/7 availability — Basic installations take just 20 minutes or less. Get anytime access to your data.
Industry-standard security — Authentication via Active Directory/Open Directory and use SSL encryption for secure data transfer.
Web technology — Use FileMaker WebDirect, a new, breakthrough web technology, to run interactive database solutions in a web browser. Or use Custom Web Publishing to create custom, data-driven websites with PHP or XML.
ODCB/JDBC Support — Share data with other applications via server-based ODBC/JDBC support.


What’s New

Top New Features in FileMaker Pro 14 and FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced

Get new features to help you create stunning databases for iPad, iPhone, Windows, and Mac like never before.

Why Should I Choose FileMaker?New! Custom themes — Modify and save changes to existing layout themes to match your exact business needs. Reuse or share these themes with your team.

New! Styles — Themes now have styles (sets of attributes like colors, fonts and text sizes applied to objects such as buttons, fields, and backgrounds) to give your solutions a consistent and professional look. Choose from predefined styles or create your own. Modify a style once and it changes everywhere.

New! Improved Starter Solutions — The Contacts, Assets, Content Management and Invoices Starter Solutions have been entirely re- designed with a fresh look.

New! Field Picker — Drag and drop fields directly onto your layout with the new Field Picker. Includes convenient options for controlling field and label placement.

New! Control Object Visibility — Make your layouts more interactive by hiding or displaying objects, such as fields and buttons, based on a condition or calculation.


New in FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced

New! Use FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced to enable AES 256-bit database encryption so that your data is protected whether it’s hosted on FileMaker Server 14 or on a local FileMaker client.

Learn more: http://www.filemaker.com/products/fmp/features.html


Top New Features in FileMaker Go 14 for iPad and iPhone

Get new features for an ideal iPad and iPhone experience.

Top Features FileMaker GoNew! Bar code scanner — Automatically scan bar codes using your iPad and iPhone with FileMaker Go – no plug-ins required.

New! More iOS keyboards — Choose one of 7 new keyboards to match the type of data you want to collect including URL, number, email, phone, and more.

New! Slide control — Manage images and other data in separate slide panels all within the same layout. Just swipe to change panels.

New! Popovers — Use iOS-style popovers on iPad, iPhone and desktop to group fields, links and other information without changing layouts or windows.

Learn more: www.filemaker.com/fmgo/features.html


Top New Features in FileMaker Server 14

Get new features to help you manage and share information in a web browser.

Why FileMaker?New! FileMaker WebDirect — Breakthrough web technology that runs custom business solutions directly in a web browser on a desktop or laptop.

New! All-new Admin Console — Re-written in HTML5 for instant, secure access from any web browser. New user interface prominently displays important alerts for easier administration.

New! Database encryption — Use powerful AES 256-bit encryption to secure databases hosted on FileMaker Server 14.

New! Encryption state indicator —Visual indicator appears when securely connecting to FileMaker Server 14 from FileMaker Pro 14.

New! Improved SSL certificate management — When using a single machine installation, just one SSL certificate is needed to support all clients.

Learn more: www.filemaker.com/products/fms/features.html


Sytem Requirements

FileMaker Pro Minimum Requirements

Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 (SP1) Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 or newer, 1GB RAM, 2GB recommended, 1024×768 or higher resolution video adapter and display, DVD drive.

OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Lion† Intel-based Mac, 2GB RAM, 4GB RAM recommended, 1024×768 or higher resolution video adapter and display, DVD drive.
For detailed technical specifications, visit: www.filemaker.com/protechspecs

FileMaker Go Minimum Requirements

FileMaker Go 14 is designed for both iPad and iPhone.

Compatible with iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 6 or iOS 7.

Requires iTunes 10.x.

FileMaker Server Minimum Requirements


  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 7 Pro SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1


  • OS X Mavericks v10.9
  • OS X Mtn. Lion Server v10.8
  • OS X Mtn. Lion v10.8
  • All operating systems are 64-bit only.

For detailed technical specifications, visit: www.filemaker.com/servertechspecs

See the full detailed FileMaker 14 Platform PDF here!

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