What’s New in FileMaker 18 Platform
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 set 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.
Start quickly - Create precisely the app you want using the intuitive graphical interface, flexible design tools, built-in Starter apps, and ready-to-use themes.
Import existing data - Bring your existing data into a FileMaker app. Import data types such as .CSV, Tab, XML, ODBC, and Microsoft Excel files.
Built-in reporting tools - Easily make summary reports, colorful charts, and executive dashboards using built-in reporting and charting tools. Save your information in popular Excel and PDF formats.
Out-of-the-box security - Centralize your information and safely access data using proven encryption standards. Manage group or individual user privileges — even for a single field.
Share with your team - Create custom apps that work together seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web. Securely share your app with others using FileMaker Cloud for AWS or FileMaker Server.
Integrate with other programs - Connect with other popular apps and web services through powerful REST APIs. And create live, 2-way connections with Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and IBM DB2 data sources.
Script Debugger - Instantly pinpoint problem areas in scripts and Script Triggers directly in the Script Workspace. Turn off Script Triggers when debugging to fine tune the troubleshooting process.
Data Viewer - Monitor fields, variables, and calculations while troubleshooting.
Database Encryption - Enable AES 256-bit encryption to protect data on FileMaker Cloud for AWS, FileMaker Server, or on a FileMaker client.
Custom Menus - Create, change, or delete specific menu items or entire menu sets.
Custom Functions - Build your own functions and copy, paste, or import them into any FileMaker file.
Database Design Report - Run comprehensive reports on all elements of your database schema.
Kiosk mode - Build applications where all menus are hidden.