What's New with FileMaker 18

Watch our series of videos for details on the newest features


FileMaker is a Workplace Innovation Platform that allows you to quickly solve unique technological or workflow problems for large or small teams. Using the power of FileMaker Pro Advanced, FileMaker Server,  FileMaker Go and FileMaker WebDirect you can easily provide your team with access to important client data from any location and on any device.

Each year FileMaker provides a new version with more and more features to help developers create, share and integrate their FileMaker apps. And this year’s FileMaker 18 release is no exception! 

FileMaker 18 Platform

This new version of FileMaker Pro Advanced offers many new or enhanced functions, script steps and tools to use with your FileMaker app. Have a look at our videos to dive into the details, such as: 

  • Improvements to the Import Dialog Interface

  • Updated XML tool (Save a copy as XML)

  • Hidden features or enhancements (i.e., Layout updates and Open file using URL)

  • New & Changed Functions  (i.e., CryptGenerateSignature and CryptVerifySignature)

  • New Calculation Functions (While and SetRecursion) 

  • New & Updated Script Steps (i.e., Set Error Logging, Get File Exists and Create Data File)


The power of the FileMaker Go mobile app keeps improving to provide you and your users greater security and features. We cover the following updates:

  • Ability to open specific version of FileMaker at launch

  • Updated functionality for Append to existing PDF

  • Enhanced barcode support


Server stability and security is important us all and the updates to FileMaker Server 18 takes things up a notch. We discuss the following:

  • Enhancements to the FileMaker Server Admin Console

  • Ability to restore your files at startup

  • Updates to the FileMaker Admin API.  See the FM Server Manager course for more details and updates to our free FM Server Manager tool.


If you need to purchase FileMaker 18, please visit the Productive Computing website or email us at sales@productivecomputing.com.



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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • Overview
    • About PCI and Marc
    • About Stuart Hite / Productive Computing
    • How To Use This Course
    • Advanced Tools Setting
  • 2

    General 18 Platform Considerations

    • Technical Specifications
    • Deprecated Items
    • Certification
    • FM Data Migration Assistant
  • 3

    FileMaker Pro Advanced 18 Related

    • Import Dialog Interface
    • FileMaker Go: Append to Existing PDF, Enhanced Barcode Support, Open specific App at launch
    • Save a Copy as XML
    • Hidden Features: Layout update, Open file using URL, and Open Specific app at launch with Assisted install.txt file in installer
  • 4

    Functions

    • New & Changed Functions: CryptGenerateSignature, CryptVerifySignature, Get(AccountType), Get(OpenDataFileInfo), Get(LastExternalErrorDetails), GetLayoutObjectAttribute
    • While
    • SetRecursion
  • 5

    Script Steps

    • Set Error Logging
    • Get File Exists, Get File Size, Create Data File, Open Data FIle, Write to Data File, Get Data File Position, Close Data File, Delete File, Create Folder, and Rename File
    • Script Step Changes: Convert File, Open Help, Upload to FileMaker Host, Open My Apps, Insert from URL
  • 6

    Security

    • Manage Security Dialog and Plug-In Security Enhancements
  • 7

    FileMaker Server 18

    • FileMaker Server Enhancements
    • FM Server Manager
  • 8

    What's Next?

    • Thank You!
    • Productive Computing Products and Services

Your Instructor

Stuart Hite

Instructional Design Specialist

Stuart Hite

Stuart has been developing software for over 30 years, starting long before earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science in 1992. For over 14 years, he was the primary in-house FileMaker developer and the top nationwide instructor for a large education organization. He has been featured in hundreds of live and online courses on many different topics. He now gets to combine his passion for teaching and love of software development into one. “I love breaking down complex projects into simple tangible concepts in fun way. Knowing that the student is going to be able to accomplish so much more in less time after my course brings a lot of fulfillment.” - Stuart Hite, Instructional Design Specialist, Productive Computing, Inc.

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