What’s New in the FileMaker 18 Platform?

Great new features for developers to create, secure, and share custom apps. Check out the summaries of the new features below and click on the image thumbnails for video explanations from #FileMaker trainer, Cris Ippolite. You can also find these same videos fron Cris Ippolite on the FileMaker.com page.

FileMaker Pro Advanced

New user interface for importing data — More easily map imported source data to FileMaker fields using the new Import Field Mapping dialog box. Use type ahead instead of drag and drop for greater efficiency. And specify custom delimiters when importing certain file types.

FileMaker 18’s new import mapping dialog

Open specific app at launch — Provide better app discoverability for your users. Open a specific custom app when launching FileMaker Pro Advanced.

File version comparison — Use a preview release script step to save a copy of a FileMaker file as XML. Use the XML file to more easily compare changes and updates to your custom app.

File-based script steps — Create scripts that read, write, and manage external data files to support external logging and data export in a custom format. Replaces the need for many file-based plug-ins.

Script Error Logging — Now you can more easily debug your workflow automation. Use a preview script step to write information about script errors to a log file.

FIleMaker 18’s new FIle based script steps and Script Error Logging

While calculation function — This calculation function repeats logic while the condition is true, then returns the result, replacing the need for some recursive custom functions.

SetRecursion calculation function — Set the maximum number of iterations for recursion and loops within an expression. The default limit is 50,000 iterations to more easily stop a recursion or loop from running indefinitely. The limit can be lowered or raised using this function.

Recursion functions within caluclations and SetRecursion control

New managed security access — This new privilege set allows developers to offload managing account access to other team members without needing to provide full access to any other parts of the file.

Manage Security dialog box — The streamlined Manage Security dialog box allows you to be more efficient in managing access to your custom apps.

FileMaker Go

FileMaker Go: Open specific app at launch — Provide better app discoverability for your users. Open a specific custom app when launching FileMaker Go. Set up this capability through mobile device management (MDM).

FileMaker Go: Append to existing PDF — FileMaker Go can append additional data to a specified PDF file using a script step.

FileMaker Go:Enhanced barcode support — FileMaker Go supports 4 additional barcode types: PDF417, ITF-14, Aztec, and Data Matrix

FileMaker Server

Startup restoration — FileMaker files are now automatically recoverable after a hardware or software crash. The restoration log in FileMaker Server validates database entries when a file is first opened, before client access, and if the file had not been properly closed.

FileMaker Server Admin Console enhancements — The FileMaker Server Admin Console includes new improvements such as: change default backup time using the CLI; view script schedule success/failure; show clearer database status indication; and show when the Admin Console was last started.

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