FileMaker Pro Advanced
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FileMaker Pro Advanced includes all the features of FileMaker Pro 12 plus a suite of advanced development and customization tools.

If you design databases for yourself or your group and want to build more powerful and more flexible database applications, then FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced is for you.

If you have FileMaker Pro 13, 12, 11, or 10 or FileMaker Pro 12 ,11, 10 Advanced, you are eligible for upgrade pricing on FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced. Upgrade eligibility for version 10 ends September 27, 2014. The upgrade price is $299.00.
What's New
Version 13.0.3:
  • Includes OpenSSL 1.0.1g, which is not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.
  • In addition, the TLS heartbeat in OpenSSL is disabled, which removes the attack method used by the Heartbleed bug.
Requirements
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced 13.0.1 or later





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Spank-Me-Baby reviewed on 23 Apr 2014
Something worth noting for would be FileMaker Advanced users/developers and experienced developers alike:

If you intend to store and manipulate financial data or anything that requires the use of the GetNthRecord function in a field for displaying numbers or text from the previous record in a list of records, you will notice after the 79th record how the function turns up its toes and decides to show a "?" (would have been amusing if the application showed WTF before the question mark). This anomaly does not exist in FileMaker Pro 12.0 or earlier, but did exist in an early version of FileMaker Go before it was fixed in FileMaker Go 13. Since porting a number of features from the Go package into FileMaker Pro Advanced 13, it seems FileMaker, Inc. has kind of overlooked the error (quality control has been a bit flaky in recent times I have to admit).

FileMaker Inc. has been notified in writing to a customer service representative (name withheld for privacy reasons), but whether the email actually reached the software development division of the company is another question altogether. Since sending in the bug report in January 2014, the updates for FileMaker Pro 13 (up to 13.0.3) have not yet addressed the issue (yawn!).

And given how quick the OpenSSL security bug has been fixed (I estimate about a week), the Data Viewer bug that allows non-admin account users to peek at the fields in able tables and view their unencrypted data (used to be greyed out to prevent this in FileMaker Pro Advanced 10 and earlier) still remains. Also mentioned in writing to the company by previous FileMaker developers (including myself, including another one in writing in April 2014), it seems to be a security bug considered too difficult to fix by the company.

I am also checking to see if those unexpected quits of the application on startup and while assigning scripts to lots of buttons and other things persist (hoopefully not too bad for other FileMaker users - probably have to be on Mavericks to enjoy the benefits of a more stable application). I'll let you know how it goes under Mountain Lion.

Although I don't believe in superstition, but given the more bugs I have noticed with version 13 compared to any previous version, one can't help wonder whether FileMaker Pro Advanced 13 is unlucky for the wrong reasons. Perhaps FileMaker Pro Advanced 14 would be the better way to go when it eventually comes out (Zzzzz....).

The rating I show here is rather generous only because the features provided are reasonable (but still hoping for more if only Apple isn't so protective about its own contacts.app, iTunes.app etc in OSX and the possibility that some FileMaker Pro developers might provide alternative contacts, MP3 player and other solutions at a very low cost or free...)
[Version 13.0.3]


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Uli Graser reviewed on 10 Apr 2014
this version really is a major leap forward. strongly recommend.
it is still 32 bit and not 64 bit as most major applications for mavericks but it works amazingly well!
[Version 13.0.2]

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Spank-Me-Baby replied on 23 Apr 2014
No unexpected quits or any other bug? Amazing. You must be doing extremely well for yourself there. Or perhaps the secret to greater stability of FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced is to upgrade the OS to "Mavericks"? Don't know. But until a new machine is purchased to make the latest OS even vaguely responsive and useful to me, I will have to take your word for it. Hmmm, I wish I can have what you have right now.

NOTE: Even on Mountain Lion it is pretty unstable at version 13.0.2.
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Spank-Me-Baby reviewed on 03 Jan 2014
During my time of developing databases since version 2.x (this is going back some years now), I have found FileMaker Pro to be an excellent application primarily for the ease in which databases can be created and the flexibility and useful features it provided.

However, since FileMaker Pro 10, I have noticed certain unwelcomed changes. For a start, there are instability issues. We have lost Instant Web Publishing (IWP) in FileMaker Pro 13. And the security of data in fields of any table is now compromised due to a security hole placed into the Data Viewer feature since version 10.

Of greatest concern are the following issues I have noted with FileMaker Pro 13 and confirmed by other developers:

1. FileMaker Support pages show a question from a developer titled "FileMaker Go - Calculations involving GetNthRecord fail after 29 records" and a response suggesting FileMaker Inc is aware of the issue since 10 April 2013. Whether the issue has been fixed in FileMaker Go 12, I observe in FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced that the issue remains and actually fails to show the calculation result from the 79th record onwards. This is a major problem for my clients in terms of financial information they need to work with in the databases. So, on checking this with FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced I see the issue does not exist. It is only FileMaker Pro 13 that has introduced the bug since the last version (perhaps the bug was ported over from FileMaker Go 11), Since April 2013, the issue has not been fixed properly across the full FileMaker Pro 13 product range by checking that the GetNthRecord function works properly.

2. I note from the FileMaker Forum a developer wrote in February 2012 under the title "SECURITY ISSUE: Can't Hide Data Viewer from User's..." how the data viewer allows any user with a copy of Advanced app to view data in any field of any table in any non-admin/developer login account. Prior to FileMaker 10 the data viewer button for selecting fields to view data would be greyed out (unless you are actually logged into the developer account to modify the database). This is no longer the case and, in fact, FileMaker's recommendation is to request that users do not use the FileMaker Pro Advanced app. Unfortunately I cannot monitor this with my clients and, therefore, consider this a major security flaw in the product. I concur with the other developer. And now I see the issue has not been fixed since I mentioned this with FileMaker Inc in December 2012 (in writing). All that FileMaker Inc will do is force developers to use the new database file encryption option. However this new feature places an unnecessary burden on my clients by introducing another level of authentication and to further compromise the intellectual property of my solutions when I cannot remove the admin account with Runtime solutions just to satisfy the encryption requirements.

3. A serious bug existed when working in scripts causing sudden and unexpected quits (especially in FileMaker Pro 12). While I lived with this problem (the essential scripts were in place and I can minimise the crashes if I don't do too much work in modifying scripts), I see the latest FileMaker Pro 13 may have addressed this issue. However, the bug seems to have been moved over to the launch sequence when starting up a database. It doesn't happen all the time (so far about a dozen times for myself since I purchased FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced). It also occurs when you are in a text field for more than 15 minutes doing changes to the text and you don’t save the text by committing the record. As a result, time is wasted waiting for the FileMaker Pro app to check the integrity of the databases. Furthermore my clients feel concerned about the possibility that such unexpected quits may cause irreversible damage to the databases should the problem persist over a period of time. Prior to FileMaker Pro 12, I have not seen this level of serious bugs crashing the app so easily. Now I understand my clients concerns and feel FileMaker Pro 13 is not up to scratch for prime time use in real world database solution environments.

After noticing these issues and explaining them to FileMaker Inc and requesting these issues by fixed as quickly as possible, the company has agreed instead to provide a refund for FileMaker Pro 13 (i.e. within the 30 days of purchasing the product). I sense the company may not be interested in fixing these issues with the potential that Apple could be trying to drop further development work of FileMaker Pro in the near future. Why? Apple does not like consumers to get free or low-cost FileMaker contacts databases to bypass the company’s own contacts.app for identifying users and sending personal details to the iCloud. FileMaker Pro should only be used for large organisations and not for individual consumer use.

Given how long the company has been notified of the above issues, this appears to be the case.

I do note that numerous FIleMaker developers have complained in the past about how each upgrade of FileMaker under the control of Apple has only provided few extra features, but not substantial enough to be considered good value for money.

I just wonder whether Apple/FileMaker Inc is serious about its commitment to providing a good product to the consumer?

But if this isn’t the case, I strongly recommend you check your FileMaker Pro 13 product very carefully. If it works for you, fine. If it doesn’t, get a refund. The more people who get refunds, the more likely FileMaker Inc will make efforts to fix bugs and provide a quality product to the consumer.
[Version 13.0.1]


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JasonE commented on 03 Dec 2013
I will give them big kudos for keeping the system requirements at 10.6.x. That is huge and greatly appreciated. Thank you Filemaker for that.

Otherwise, they have a terrible upgrade policy for FMP Advanced from Advanced. They charge the same price as going from regular to Advanced as those that paid the premium for Advanced in the first place. It wouldn't be such a big deal if they did not have so many bugs and a more intuitive interface with key combos that actually made sense. They are getting there, but are charging us all full version upgrades for fixing the bugs that should have been fixed years ago.
[Version 13.0.1]

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Dempson replied on 03 Dec 2013
FileMaker Pro 13 and Pro Advanced 13 now require OS X 10.7 or later. MacUpdate has the system requirements wrong. See http://www.filemaker.com/products/filemaker-pro/pro-13-specifications.html
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Uli Graser reviewed on 24 Oct 2012
v3 now is very much improved - speed issues addressed and much faster then fm11. crashes less then fm11 - charts improved - still potential for more improvements - but 12v3 is really a deal maker.
[Version 12.0.2]


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Mac Os X 4ever reviewed on 13 Jul 2012
It's amazing how such a large company can't make a decent updater.
Doesn't work worth a darn.
I had to go in as root, enable mdutil for all volums, then the updater would run, still not find the app, but at least allowed me to point to it(even though it was in the default location), then it updated, and I had to disable mdutil again.
If mdutil is off, then the retard updater should have just let me point to the app as I had to do anyway. There is no reason to force a user to enable it, and they could have at the very least checked the default install location first!
Pretty sloppy!
[Version 12.0.2]


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ritche_m reviewed on 07 May 2012
This is not FMP Advanced!!!
[Version 12.0.1]


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Uli Graser reviewed on 07 Apr 2012
new version slower then predecessor - hope they fix it.
[Version 12.0.1]


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Sw_tester reviewed on 11 Aug 2011
As of 11.04 they still have not fixed all the major bugs.
Plus still not 64bit.
Layout design is still based on OS8 buttons and colors.

Filemaker is still playing the same game, don't add the features people have requested for years, add a feature that is trendy, add a feature only partially programable (charts cannot be fully dynamic) and take away a feature and call it an upgrade.
[Version 11.0.4]


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Aaron-T. rated on 08 Apr 2014

[Version 13.0.2]



gosmond rated on 13 Feb 2013

[Version 12.0.2]



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Monkeyjunkey rated on 02 Mar 2012

[Version 11.0.4]



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Pmason rated on 30 Apr 2011

[Version 11.0.3]


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FileMaker Pro Advanced includes all the features of FileMaker Pro 12 plus a suite of advanced development and customization tools.

If you design databases for yourself or your group and want to build more powerful and more flexible database applications, then FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced is for you.

If you have FileMaker Pro 13, 12, 11, or 10 or FileMaker Pro 12 ,11, 10 Advanced, you are eligible for upgrade pricing on FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced. Upgrade eligibility for version 10 ends September 27, 2014. The upgrade price is $299.00.


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