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FileMaker Pro is powerful, easy-to-use database software that helps you and your team get any task done faster. Millions of people in business, government, and education use FileMaker Pro to effortlessly manage all their information on Windows, Mac, and the web.

In addition to the more than 30 built-in Starter Solutions that help you manage your important tasks, FileMaker Pro also has more easy-to-use tools to enable you to:

Create custom databases
Create custom databases for your own unique needs. To get started just drag and drop
What's New
Version 13.0.2:
  • Added a “Preserve external container storage” option to skip re-importing external container storage and, instead, reuse existing external contents during records import between FileMaker databases.
  • Extended the functionality of the FMP URL protocol to include:
  • Open Clients.fmp12 from the user’s Documents folder and run the ListClients script. fmp://~/Clients.fmp12?script=ListClients
  • Run the ListClients script from an open file named Clients.fmp12 fmp://$/Clients.fmp12?script=ListClients
  • Windows: Addressed an issue that may occur during application launch and in dialog boxes on Windows 7.
  • Addressed an issue where COUNT ( DISTINCT ... ) used with the ExecuteSQL function could return an incorrect result.
  • Addressed an issue where the Insert From URL script step could return an incorrect result.
  • Addressed an issue where, when switching or re-importing a theme and the source and destination themes both contain custom styles with the same display name, the custom style assignment would have been lost after the theme switch or re-import.
  • OS X: Addressed an issue where some fonts displayed incorrectly in charts.
  • Addressed an issue where characters from condensed and expanded fonts were not being placed in their correct locations.
  • Addressed an issue where copying and pasting from Excel 2011 into FileMaker Pro could insert an extra trailing tab character for each data row.
  • Removed the 2048 character limit from the XML import text fields for the network path of XML and network path of XSLT used for http and httppost requests.
  • OS X: Addressed an issue where data entry could appear slower when a large number of windows were open.
  • The supported ESS data sources are listed incorrectly in FileMaker 13 ODBC and JDBC Guide and FileMaker Pro 13 Help.
Version 13.0.2:
  • Added a “Preserve external container storage” option to skip re-importing external container storage and, instead, reuse existing external contents during records import between FileMaker databases.
  • Extended the functionality of the FMP URL protocol to include:
  • Open Clients.fmp12 from the user’s Documents folder and run the ListClients script. more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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Xco reviewed on 23 Dec 2013
The new Filemaker 13 family is a big step forward, and lays the foundation for yet more improvements in future. I am pleased.
[Version 13.0.1]


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Runtime commented on 04 Dec 2013
Requirements is 10.7 (sadly)
[Version 13.0.1]


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Appledogx commented on 03 Dec 2013
Filemaker started out as an affordable, well designed database on the Mac. Filemaker Pro is now fairly well designed, much more powerful, but no longer affordable for personal use. Filemaker killed Bento and left no good alternatives, and an cross-grade price that is too expensive for the majority of Bento users. I've always found Filemaker to be a bit arrogant in dealing with customers, and I've kept up on their new versions enough to see that they offer a little, buy always cost a lot. Too bad their is no Filemaker personal version or something priced to the individual user as it was in its roots. Not all Filemaker users are bigger businesses, but you'd never know it. They act sort of like the Microsoft of Mac databases.
[Version 13.0.1]


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Pugwash reviewed on 29 Nov 2013
Since Apple/Filemaker have chosen to abandon Bento (why, I wish I knew??), I have been forced to buy Filemaker. Having worked with it for a week or so now I have to say that despite the large price difference between the two, I find Bento to be far and away more stable. While working with FM I'm finding that I get the spinning beach ball on a frustratingly regular basis while working.
While FM may have more under the hood I preferred working with Bento. Another there is no upgrade pricing from Bento to FM. If you're looking for a Bento substitute, don't leap straight into FM.
[Version 12.0.4]


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Xco commented on 21 Aug 2013
Dear Apple,

Is Filemaker Pro effectively dead, or merely in drawn out retirement?

When will the core OSX application be brought up to date, so that we can realize its tremendous potential? While iOS is important to us all, many of us still spend most of our working lives using computers - not iPhones, iPods and iPads - to do our real work.

We live and breath in an eco-system in which the Macintosh (or PC) remains at the center. That PC sales are declining reflects not the declining absolute importance of the PC. Rather it reflects a market saturated with powerful devices that readily outpace the needs of the software that generally runs on them: ie, hardware innovation outpaces commercial software innovation by a country mile.

Could Filemaker be a much better, more effective product? Sure it could, with a little bit of imagination and investment.

Would I pay for it: yes, no doubt.

Would others do the same: I have no clue ... (everyone wants software for free these days or at nominal prices)

There in lies the problem I suppose ...

I do hope Apple does move Filemaker's development along ... unfortunately there are no real alternative products to replace it.

Well perhaps 4D?

Kind regards ...

- a 30-year Mac veteran
[Version 12.0.4]

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Krioni replied on 04 Nov 2013
Do you even use FileMaker? There is a LOT going on and their business is still growing. I do work full-time in FileMaker, and there's nothing nearly as good for getting things built quickly with good interfaces and able to deploy to Mac, Windows, and iOS. It's an amazing product, and FileMaker is continuing to get better. They've made some serious changes over the last two versions that lay the groundwork for even more advances going forward.
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Xco commented on 09 Aug 2013
Dear Apple,

iWork is a terrific package: Keynote, Pages and Numbers.

( Filemaker mentioned below, too )

Yes these have almost fully replaced MS-Office in my work.

But, as so often occurs with Apple, the package progresses little. I am a power-user. So I am less concerned about iWork apps on iOS or the web. I am also an older user. So I recall when MacWrite, MacDraw and MacProject led the field in software innovation. I also recall how Apple let these great products in their time languish and die. Apple was in its heart, after all, a hardware company. The software had done its job. Finito.

And what about Filemaker Pro ( a package with great potential but in need of an overhaul ) which languishes even more?

Will the same fate best the iWorks apps?

If so, who will take up the slack?

The problem is, no investor with $$$ will take up the slack.

Only small under-resourced developers are left. The web-based SAS model, still in so many ways flawed (not to mention inherently insecure), has driven investors out of the desktop application space. And who wants to compete against the likes of Google, Yahoo, SalesForce, Apple, etc in that space?

We live in a world where software development is all too often driven by a mass market, lowest common denominator mentality. Those of us who are power users find our needs are met less and less. There is just not enough net revenue after the less power-needy users are taken care of. So it seems.

I do hope I am proved wrong, and a significant iWorks apps feature upgrade appears this fall. But I am skeptical.

Yours sincerely ...
[Version 12.0.4]


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+4

+72

JasonE reviewed on 26 Apr 2013
Terrible upgrade policy for those that purchase FileMakerPro Advanced. Every time you want to upgrade, you pay the exact same as if you are upgrading to Advanced from Regular. In other words, Regular FileMaker Pro users pay less for more features and Advanced users get suckered into upgrading to get their bugs fixed.

FIleMakerPro has a lot of potential, but I agree with others here. They have rested while everything else advances and they still have serious usability issues. Screens are getting wider, yet they moved to the top control bar that wastes the entire top of the screen. They also have a mess for their hot-keys. Only Filemaker goes against what is common place for many keyboard shortcuts.

Also, server is WAY, WAY, WAY overpriced for what it does.

All in all, A+ opportunity, D effort, F Customer service and respect towards developers.
[Version 12.0.4]


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Xco commented on 01 Jan 2013
Gosh, if only Apple took Filemaker seriously.

Imagine that, we'd have a fully modern relation database creation tool for the "rest of us." The current iPad app does not fit the bill.

We need something on the Mac that also ports readily to the iPad.

There are few choices these days. The fact is, the undue preoccupation with creating web applications (and marketing tools) has decimated investment in useful ad hoc development tools such as Filemaker. It's a real shame, for all of us.
[Version 12.0.3]


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Simonm reviewed on 30 Oct 2012
I waited a while for Filemaker 12 but now that it's out I just don't think they're doing enough to remain competitive or relevant. There haven't been any major changes for a number of years and even Filemaker themselves claim that one of the major new features of Filemaker Pro 12 is...new themes!

I agree with the comments about the lack of any form of undo. I can't think of any other major database that doesn't have the ability to enter an edit mode that tracks changes and then allows you to publish them when and if you're happy with them. I'm forever nervous when opening a Filemaker file that I'll inadvertently make some change and not ever realise!
[Version 12.0.3]


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+14

Jimmy-D reviewed on 26 Apr 2012
Version 12 has nice theme enhancements, but like most Filemaker upgrades, most of what they upgrade doesn't have value for most common users, as they mostly target enterprise customers. The best value in this upgrade is that it works with their free iOS apps.

Power users need simple usability improvements too, and Bento's complete lack of files is too simple for anyone with slightly complex needs. Bringing improved usability like is found in Bento is sorely needed. My Filemaker suggestions that have been ignored for years:

Undo: It is easy to accidentally hit return and erase data, and there is no way to undo that once return is pressed, apart from using Time Machine. It should be easy for Filemaker to copy and remember the contents of the cell being edited, regardless of Filemaker's excuse that it is a real database that makes changes instantly so undo is impossible. Impossible, really?

Table View: add copying/pasting/deleting and selecting across multiple cells/columns, like you can in a spreadsheet and Bento. There is no way to do this otherwise and it would make working with data lot easier.
[Version 12.0.1]


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X23 had trouble on 30 Jun 2010
tried installing the 11.0v2 update on 2 difference machines so far.

both would get nearly 98% done with the install and then fail saying a valid copy of Filemaker v11 could not be found.

both had valid copies of Filemaker 11.0v1.

the bunk installs don't seem to have 'ruined' the existing install. but i am not ever able to get the actual update.
[Version 11.0.2]

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Tcmeyers replied on 07 Jul 2010
I experienced the same trouble updating from FMP 11.0.1 to 11.0.2... on a Mac with both FMP and FMPA installed (both 11.0.1) I ran the updater and it appeared to work fine, writing numerous files, but right near the end a warning dialog box came up that said "a valid copy of Filemaker 11 could not be found" ...and neither version of the app was updated. Both appear to still work fine, though. Tried several times, redownloaded the updater, etc.

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Runtime rated on 04 Dec 2013

[Version 13.0.1]



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Surfspirit rated on 04 Dec 2013

[Version 13.0.1]



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Christian Bauer rated on 04 Dec 2013

[Version 13.0.1]



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Ashes2Ashes rated on 03 Dec 2013

[Version 13.0.1]



Weston9 rated on 08 Jul 2013

[Version 12.0.4]



bberwers rated on 24 Mar 2013

[Version 12.0.3]



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ProjectBuilders rated on 28 Oct 2012

[Version 12.0.3]



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Simonm rated on 02 Jul 2011

[Version 11.0.3]



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ProjectBuilders rated on 17 Apr 2011

[Version 11.0.3]



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Emrys0821 rated on 01 Mar 2011

[Version 11.0.3]


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FileMaker Pro is powerful, easy-to-use database software that helps you and your team get any task done faster. Millions of people in business, government, and education use FileMaker Pro to effortlessly manage all their information on Windows, Mac, and the web.

In addition to the more than 30 built-in Starter Solutions that help you manage your important tasks, FileMaker Pro also has more easy-to-use tools to enable you to:

Create custom databases
Create custom databases for your own unique needs. To get started just drag and drop Microsoft Excel data into FileMaker Pro.

Produce reports
Get step-by-step reporting tools to help you manage and automate your tasks. Easily create and email reports in Excel or PDF.

Publish data to the web
Securely publish your databases to the Web in a few clicks. Create surveys, registration sites, customer feedback forms, and more.

Share in a couple of clicks
Safely share with both Windows and Mac users. Plus share your databases over a network with up to 9 other users.

If you have FileMaker Pro 12, 11, or 10, you are eligible for upgrade pricing on FileMaker Pro 13. Upgrade eligibility for version 10 ends September 27, 2014. The upgrade price is $179.00.


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