What's new with FileMaker?

As the FileMaker platform evolves it can be challenging to keep track of what's new, understand what's changed, and determine how new features can be applied to your solution or your development work. We have these same questions and create videos on our YouTube channel to discuss the new and relevant features for each version. Since it can be nice to have all this information in one place, we created this course. 

In addition to the FileMaker version updates, we have gathered a selection of FileMaker tips and tricks videos that offer a free fully unlocked FileMaker file for you to get started with your own development projects.

FileMaker Add-ons

FileMaker's ability to incorporate JavaScript add-ons opens up many opportunities for improving your FileMaker development and enhancing your FileMaker solution. We created a series of videos covering the fundamentals and discussing each add-on available with your FileMaker license. You will learn how to install, configure, set up sample data, and more.

FileMaker 19

Perhaps the biggest feature of FileMaker 19 is the JavaScript add-on capability (as mentioned above). In addition, FileMaker 19 greatly enhances your ability to send and receive JavaScript calls to the FileMaker web viewer. For Mac users, there is now support for Core ML, dark mode, and a modern drag and drop installer.

FileMaker 18

FileMaker Pro 18 Advanced introduces a series of new features including a new user interface for importing data, the ability to open an app at launch, script steps to write log files, a brand new "while" function to streamline your loops, and new and improved security features. 

FileMaker 17

The FileMaker 17 release brought a number of new features for FileMaker Pro including the Master Detail layout, Add-on Tables, Group Object selection, and more. FileMaker Go functionality became more powerful and versatile with the release of Configure Local Notifications, FileMaker Go Sensors, and Text Notifications for Field Personnel.

Free FileMaker Resources

See a variety of tips, tricks, and sample files to help you with your FileMaker development.

Using the Weather API with FileMaker

How do you add weather info to FileMaker? For many businesses or industries, having access to up-to-date weather conditions is critical to business operations.

If you are brand new to the world of APIs, this is the perfect video and sample file for you to get started. You will learn how to provide a location and in return get the current weather along with daily and hourly forecasts. 

The file includes several pieces of weather information including temperature, humidity, the chance of precipitation, wind, and an icon representing the weather status. And if you want to learn more about APIs, sign up for our API Fundamentals course.

Dynamic Quick Find and Portal Filter

YouTube and Google have spoiled users with instant adaptive results with every character typed. FileMaker users can have that same kind of experience with just a few simple script steps. In this video and sample file, we demonstrate a simple way to have a dynamic quick find or portal filter with a keystroke script trigger in FileMaker.


Course Curriculum

  1. 1
    • Overview

    • About PCI and Marc

    • How To Use This Course

    • Course Version History

  2. 2
    • Fundamentals for using FileMaker JavaScript Add-ons

    • Using a Kanban board

    • Using the Calendar

    • Using the Barcode Generator

    • Using the Rich Text Editor

    • Using the Calendar Heatmap

    • Using the Photo Gallery

    • Using the Activity Timeline

    • Using Simple Charts

    • Working with the Timer

    • Measure Your FileMaker Server Latency Speeds

    • Extend the FileMaker Kanban Add-on: Learn how to Add and Delete Cards

    • Extending the Functionality of the Calendar Add-on

    • Extending Barcode Add-ons

    • Using Barcode Add-ons for New Records with Unique Serial Numbers

  3. 3
    • PRO: New Features

    • PRO: FileMaker Pro 19.1.2 Update Overview

    • PRO: FileMaker Pro 19.1.3 Update Overview

    • PRO: FileMaker Pro 19.2.1 Update Overview

    • PRO: App Launcher - Custom Desktop Shortcut

  4. 4
    • PRO: New Features in under 7 minutes

    • PRO: Technical Specifications

    • PRO: Deprecated Items

    • PRO: Import Dialog Interface

    • PRO: Save a Copy as XML

    • PRO: Set Error Logging

    • PRO: While Function

    • PRO: SetRecursion Function

    • PRO: Crypt and Get Functions

    • PRO: Server Enhancements, Updates, and New Features

    • PRO: Hidden Features

    • GO: New Features

    • PRO: File Based Script Steps

    • PRO: New/Changed Script Steps

    • PRO: FM Server Manager for the FileMaker Server Admin API

    • PRO: Security Enhancements

    • FileMaker Hosting - Comparing FileMaker Cloud and FileMaker Server

    • FileMaker Server: Install and Configure OpenJDK

  5. 5
    • PRO: Add-On Tables

    • PRO: Add-On Tables More Details

    • PRO: Field and Objects Tab and Inspector Window

    • PRO: Send Email with Multiple Attachments

    • PRO: Master-Detail Layout (portal, self-join)

    • PRO: Group Object Selection

    • PRO: FileMaker Admin API tool

    • PRO: FM Data Migration Assistant for the FileMaker Data Migration Tool

    • GO: Auto-Complete Dropdown Lists, Auto Enter

    • GO: Configure Local Notifications (push notifications, reminders)

    • GO: Get Sensor Functions (GetSensor)

    • GO: Text Notifications - Alerts and Reminders for field Personnel and Technicians

    • PRO: Data Migration Tool & Tips

    • GO: Auto-Complete Drop Down List

  6. 6
    • Connect FileMaker to the Weather (Weather API)

    • Dynamic Quick Find and Portal Filter

  7. 7
    • FM Data Migration Assistant

    • FM Server Manager

  8. 8
    • Thank You!

    • Productive Computing Products and Services

FileMaker Features

Review our list of FileMaker features for each FileMaker version.