FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced includes all of the features of FileMaker Pro 13 plus a suite of advanced development and customization tools.
Customize menus with just the items you want. Plus, get robust analysis capabilities, powerful debugging tools and much more - all designed to help you build more powerful, more flexible and more customized databases faster.
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FileMaker comes in Pro, Advanced, and Server editions. Advanced includes all the features in Pro with the addition of developer tools. Server is for sharing databases over a network and the web.
Installation and Setup
FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced is supported on OS X version 10.7 and up, as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8.
New Features in FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced
Custom Themes and Styles
FileMaker Pro 13 introduces Styles—attributes such as color, font size, etc.—which are applied to database components such as fields, buttons and backgrounds. Custom themes and styles can be saved and then applied across multiple layouts and databases.
More Mobile Support
Of course, as the tech works continues to go mobile, the team at FileMaker provided new ways to make apps more mobile-device friendly, especially with touchscreens. For instance, you can now add features that are common in mobile device apps such as popover buttons on fields. Popovers can provide users with additional information or instructions when they click into a field. To enhance the mobile UI experience, you can also add objects such as slide and tab control buttons.
The best thing about these new capabilities is that you don't need to know how to program to add them. In addition, in-the-box scripts and conditional formatting allow you to control what happens in different fields and forms under actions you specify. Again, rather sophisticated workflows and design can be achieved without knowing need for being a developer.
Improved Starter Solutions
Four templates have been re-designed. They are: Contacts, Assets, Content Management and Invoices. The new Assets template has a fresh, streamlined look. It's also designed to include many images of an item—extending the capability of placing images into Container fields—which was introduced in FileMaker 12.
Templates in FileMaker, including these updated ones, now support the inclusion of scannable bar code fields. It's not intuitive right away about how to create a new bar code field that will take information by scanning a bar code with a camera.
To add a scannable bar code. You can assign bar code fields as one of two data types: as a Text field, which inserts only the text value of the bar code into the field, or as a Container field, which inserts an image of the bar code and stores the text value into the field.
Creating a new field is performed in the Filed Picker menu. Once the field was created, Could simple drag and drop the field (and field label) anywhere onto form in Layout mode.
Next, you have to assign the "Insert as Device" script to the field. You can do this in the Edit Script window, but you have to set the Compatibility mode to iOS to enable the Insert by Device command. The Insert from Device script step is not supported when running in FileMaker Pro so it shows up as disabled by default.
Specified to "Insert from camera" and then specified target field as "Bar Code." It was fairly simple to add that high of a level of functionality to app.
Others Major Updates
A key feature in this latest version of FileMaker is WebDirect. This is supported in FileMaker Server 13. WebDirect allows customers to run their apps directly in a Web browser without requiring Web development skills (as long as FileMaker Server is deployed).
Another useful update is the inclusion of iOS keyboards. You can specify in your apps, which type of keyboard should be used to enter data including URL, Phone, Numeric 10-key and more.
There are over 50 new features in FileMaker Pro 13 (and throughout the FileMaker platform). Of course, it's impossible to review them all. However from testing the new version, it's apparent the team at FileMaker is tailoring the database/app creating software to keep up with the tectonic shift in computing: mobile and cloud.
One criticism is that FileMaker is so iOS and Mac-oriented (which makes sense, since it's an Apple subsidiary) that the company seems to consider the Android and Widows Phone platforms as afterthoughts. I was told that plans to expand mobile support are on the roadmap, however—that's encouraging.
Additional tools included in FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced
Enable Database Encryption
NEW – FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced allows you to set AES 256-bit encryption of your data while it's at rest or static.
Pinpoint problem areas in scripts and Script Triggers. Turn off Script Triggers when debugging to fine tune the troubleshooting process.
Create, change, or delete specific menu items or entire menu sets. Specify certain menus to only display when accessed on an iPad or iPhone.
Monitor fields, variables and calculations while troubleshooting.
Build your own functions and copy, paste, and import them into any FileMaker Pro database.
External Function Plug-in API
Build more robust calculations and extend database capabilities.
Multiple Table Import
Build or modify databases faster by importing multiple tables at once.
Create standalone runtime solutions that don't require FileMaker Pro.
Field & Table Replication
Copy field definitions into different tables or copy table definitions into other files for faster solution development.
Build applications where all menus are hidden. Great for self-serve check-ins and mailing list sign ups.
Database Design Report
Run comprehensive reports on all elements of the database schema.