FileMaker Pro 18 Advanced Features Description
New user interface for importing data More easily map imported source data to FileMaker fields using the new Import Field Mapping dialog box.
Open specific app at launch Provide better app discoverability for your users. Open a specific custom app when opening FileMaker Pro Advanced.
File version comparison Use a preview release script step to save a copy of a FileMaker file in XML format. Use the XML file to more easily compare changes between file versions.
File-based script steps Create scripts that read, write, and manage external data files to write log files or export data in a custom format.
Script Error Logging More easily debug your workflow automation. Use a preview script step to write information about script errors to a log file.
While calculation function Repeats logic while the condition is true, then returns the result; replacing the need for some recursive custom functions.
SetRecursion calculation function Sets the maximum number of iterations for recursion and loops within an expression. The default limit is 50,000 iterations, which can be lowered or raised using this function.
New managed security access New privilege allows developers to offload account access management to other team members without needing to provide full access to any other parts of the file.
New Manage Security dialog box The streamlined Manage Security dialog box makes managing access to your custom apps more efficient.
Plug-in security enhancements Using the Plug-in SDK, developers can digitally sign plug-ins. Notifications warn users before loading an unsigned plug-in.
Default file access protection Prevent other FileMaker files from accessing the data and schema in your custom app. The "Require full access privileges to use references to this file" is now enabled by default in newly created files.
FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced Features Description
Master-detail layouts Leverage the new portal enhancements to create common design patterns like master-detail layouts. Eliminate the need to create self-join relationships and additional scripts.
Group object selection Easily modify, reposition, or resize an individual object within a group without first needing to ungroup all objects.
Redesigned Layout mode The Inspector, Fields tab, and Objects tab are more discoverable through convenient panes inside the document window. Hide or show panes individually.
Starter apps Get started more quickly by choosing one of the 6 new Starter apps. Add more functionality by connecting an Add-on Table to the app.
My Apps window Launch any of your custom apps from one convenient window. Easily navigate to the Create tab to find the new Starter apps.
Default fields When creating a new table, fields are automatically created that display record creation information.
Multiple email attachment support Attach multiple files to an email message to have more flexible communication.
FileMaker Pro 16 Features Description
Layout Objects window View a hierarchical list of all objects on a layout. Select, hide, and name objects, as well as change the stacking order.
Cards Create windows that are automatically sized and placed appropriately on the main screen. Open other windows or files without having to first close the card.
New FileMaker Pro interface on Windows OS Get a more native Windows OS experience with a brand-new user interface.
Copy and paste value lists Use standard keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste value lists.
Variables in FileMaker data source references Dynamically open hosted FileMaker files by specifying a variable when choosing a file path.
Enhanced cURL options Easily exchange data with other web services and applications.
JSON functions Use predefined functions to simplify parsing and generating JSON data requested from other data sources.
External script steps Extend the capabilities of third-party plug-ins with support for external script steps in the FileMaker Plug-in SDK.
Clickable security lock icons Click the lock icon to get more details about the security of your network connection.
OAuth 2.0 support for accounts Use Amazon, Google, or Microsoft Azure account credentials to log in to your FileMaker apps.
Field-level text encryption Ability to encrypt text in a field.
FileMaker Pro 15 Features Description
In-product updates Instantly download and install the latest updates for FileMaker Pro right from within the product.
Undo scripting Recover your scripting work with multiple undo. Redo and undo your work as many times as needed.
Highlighted script errors Red highlighted text helps you easily identify problem areas in the Script Workspace.
ESS Adapter Connect to even more External SQL Data Sources, including PostgreSQL and IBM DB2.
Web-based Help Get faster results when searching for FileMaker information using the new web-based Help.
Concealed edit box Hide sensitive information from being displayed such as passwords or credit card numbers. Data is masked with a “•” symbol.
Portal in-line progress bar Continue to use your app while filtering and sorting data. The progress bar indicates when the process is complete.
FileMaker Pro 14 Features Description
Script Workspace Create, edit and view your scripts all in one streamlined workspace.
New Specify Calculation dialog box Increase your productivity with auto-complete and search for calculation functions.
App icons Choose from 29 pre-designed icons to represent your apps or use custom icons.
Button bar Create groups of buttons you can use for navigation or as custom toolbars.
Button icons Get 140 professionally designed icons that cover a wide variety of tasks to use in your buttons. Or use custom button icons.
Top and bottom navigation parts These new layout parts remain static on your layout so as you scroll, the navigation is always visible.
In-field labels Simplify your layouts by adding placeholder text or instructions inside a field. This text disappears when you type.
Color selection The color palette displays colors that coordinate with your current theme so it’s easy to create attractive layouts.
Object component styles Select the color of icons and radio buttons in control styles such as pop-up menus, drop-down lists, portal rows, and more.
FileMaker Pro 13 Features Description
Custom themes Modify and save changes to existing layout themes to match your exact business needs. Reuse your themes across other apps, and share with your colleagues.
Styles Themes now include styles, which are sets of attributes, like colors, fonts and text size. Create your own styles or customize existing styles.
More Inspector attributes Control additional design attribute including inner/outer shadows, padding, text baseline, and layout backgrounds.
Fields tab Create new fields and drag and drop multiple fields onto the form directly from Layout mode.
Database encryption Use powerful AES 256-bit encryption, available in FileMaker Pro Advanced, to protect your data where it lives – whether it’s on a FileMaker client or hosted on FileMaker Server.
Slide control Use multi-panel slide controls to manage images and other data in separate slide panels all within the same layout.
Popovers Group fields, links and other information without having to move to separate layouts or windows with iOS popovers.
Control object visibility Control whether or not an object appears on your layout based on the results of a calculation.
Calculated tab control titles and dialog button titles Use the power of the calculation engine to specify the title of your tabs and custom dialog buttons.
FileMaker Pro 12 Features Description
Eye-catching layout themes Apply one of many stunning new themes to instantly change the look of your custom app.
More design layout tools Use new gradients, image slicing, and alignment guides to get the design precision you need.
Redesigned sample apps Manage projects, content, resources, estimates and much more with all-new, professionally designed templates.
Enhanced container fields Drag and drop files into your app, render images faster, and securely store and manage data externally.
Quick Charts Create and modify charts in a snap with the new integrated set-up window.
iOS design and development tools Get design tools, themes, scripts and calculation functions to specifically help you quickly build apps for iPad and iPhone.
Window styles Format a window as a modal dialog or floating "palette-type" window.
Insert from URL Download content from a URL via scripting.
Execute SQL calculation function Perform SQL queries against your FileMaker app.
ESS relinking Repoint your ESS connection to a different SQL database for development and testing needs.
FMP URL protocol Open a shared or local file using a URL. Plus, run scripts and exchange data with other applications by passing parameters to the file using a URL.
FileMaker Pro 11 Features Description
FileMaker Charts Create eye-catching reports using bar, line, area, and pie charts.
Quick Reports Make reports in a spreadsheet-like format. Group and summarize data on the fly.
Recurring Import Automatically import Microsoft® Excel and text files every time you open your custom app.
Snapshot Link Save a specific set of records at a point in time. Preserve the same layout, view, and sort order.
Quick Find Search for information just as you would in a web browser.
Inspector Manage your layout tools all in one convenient place.
Layout Folders Organize all your layouts in folders - just drag and drop.
Portal filtering Specify related records based on calculations.
External file protection Prevent unauthorized access to tables, scripts and value lists.
Variables in Find Requests and Merge Fields Use variables in scripted finds and merge fields to simplify your app schema.
FileMaker Pro 10 Features Description
Status Toolbar Put commonly used features at your fingertips with the redesigned interface.
Script Triggers Create and run scripts prompted by user actions for increased productivity.
Dynamic Reports Make changes to grouped data on the fly for easier customization.
Saved Finds Save a set of find requests and then perform them in a single click for quicker searches.
Send Mail via SMTP Send email directly through an SMTP server for faster direct distribution; no email client needed.
Set field by name script step Specify the target field by name with a calculation.
Insert Tab Order Insert a new tab and your other tabs automatically re-number.
IPv6 Support Complies with Internet Protocol Version 6 standards.
Tooltips Add text or calculations to fields or other objects that display when you mouse over them.
FileMaker Pro 9 Features Description
Connect to External SQL Data Sources Create live, 2-way connections with external SQL data sources including the latest versions of Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and MySQL.
Conditional formatting Visually format fields and objects based on conditions you decide.
Send Mail Email the contents of virtually any field, including images, documents, Excel files, and more from within FileMaker Pro.
Script grouping Group related scripts for faster access. Collapse and expand groups to make the list more manageable.
Send Link (of hosted database) Automatically create an email with a hyperlink. When clicked, the link opens your file.
Auto re-size Control how objects resize and move when the window size changes.
Append to PDF Combine multiple reports into one PDF for easier distribution.
FileMaker Pro 8, 8.5 Features Description
FileMaker Web Viewer Display information from live websites based on data in your custom app.
FileMaker Resources Get helpful resources such as videos, guides and other training materials to help you get the most out of FileMaker Pro.
PDF Maker Create Adobe® PDF files directly from within your FileMaker app for easy sharing.
Excel Maker Create Excel spreadsheets from your FileMaker data in a single click for easier reporting.
Fast Send Automatically open or email newly created Excel or PDF documents.
Fast Match Find matching records with a right click or control click of your mouse without entering Find mode.
Table import Automatically add a new table to your custom app structure by simply importing new data.
Tab control Build a layout with multiple tabs in a single step rather than having multiple layouts - each with their own tabs.
Calendar drop-down Enter dates quickly and more accurately by adding a simple point and click calendar to any field.
Auto complete Fill in field content automatically based on previous entries or Value Lists.
Visual spell check Automatically underlines misspelled words and allows you to edit and correct on the fly.
Layout alignment tools Select the objects you want to align and click on the toolbar to align left, right, or center.
Object functions & scripts Assign names to objects, navigate to named objects with scripts and get information about objects via object functions.
FileMaker Pro 7 Features Description
Store/Import/Export any file in a Container Field Manage all your music, images, videos and documents in Container Fields.
Relationships Graph Create one-to-one or one-to-many relationships with your data in an easy-to-use visual graph.
Multiple windows Display multiple windows or layouts at the same time.
Increased database capacity (8 terabytes) Store up to 8 terabytes of data (limit may vary based on hardware). Fields can hold 2 GB of data.
Multiple table support Store multiple tables in the same file.
Account-based security Assign access privileges for each user right down to the field level.
Save and revert changes to Layout/Record Save or undo changes to your layouts.
FileMaker Pro 6 and Pre-6 Features Description
XML import Share data between applications with Extensible Markup Language (XML) support.
Import folder of files Import more than one file at a time by importing a folder of files.
Constrain and extend found set Narrow or expand your set of found records based on specific criteria.
Value Lists Define frequently used text, numbers, or dates, for faster and more accurate data entry.
Complete cross-platform support Use FileMaker Pro on both Windows and Mac OS.
Scripting Create scripts to automate tasks or operations in FileMaker Pro.
Field formatting Select font, size, style and color of your fields.
Layout/Report Assistant Get step-by-step help to quickly design custom layouts, labels and reports.
Table View Display multiple records in a tabular format similar to a spreadsheet.
Direct import of Excel files Drag and drop Excel files directly into FileMaker Pro.
ODBC support FileMaker Pro uses ODBC drivers to share data and to interact with data from other applications.
Relational support Create one-to-one or one-to-many relationships with your data.