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New FileMaker 12 Delivers Breakthrough Design Features for Creating Stunning Databases for iPad, iPhone, Windows and Mac

FileMaker Go 12 apps for iPad and iPhone are now free, making it easy to run iOS apps created by FileMaker Pro 12 (April 04, 2012)
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UNITED KINGDOM - 4th April 2012 - FileMaker, Inc. today released the FileMaker 12 database software line. FileMaker 12 launches a new era for databases, empowering users to create stunning custom database apps for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web.

The entire line of new FileMaker 12 software is available today.

FileMaker Pro 12 features beautiful new themes and Starter Solutions, powerful iPad, iPhone and desktop design tools, and superior file management for today’s media-intensive applications. FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced adds additional development and management tools.

The FileMaker Go 12 for iPad and iPhone apps are available free on the App Store. The free download of FileMaker Go 12 makes it amazingly easy for everyone to run iOS database apps created by FileMaker Pro 12.

The new 64-bit versions of FileMaker Server 12 and FileMaker 12 Server Advanced improve performance on wide area networks, enhance support for large databases, and add fast file and multimedia-content streaming.

“Databases only boost productivity if people genuinely enjoy using them,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker, Inc. “Everyone wants a great database, but not everyone is a great designer. Let FileMaker 12 handle the design and you’ll create dazzling databases that are incredibly easy to use, on iPad, iPhone, desktop and the web.”

Breakthrough design features boost usability on iPad, iPhone and desktop 
FileMaker Pro 12 lets anyone create stunning databases. Sixteen beautiful new Starter Solutions speed creation of databases for managing contacts, projects, digital content, inventory and more essential business tasks. Starter solutions include ready-to-use screens optimised for iPad and iPhone.

Users can instantly change the look of solutions with 40 new professionally designed themes. Themes can be used with the Starter Solutions or applied to existing databases for a fresh new look. Special touch themes are tailored for iPad and iPhone with fonts, colours, buttons and other iOS design elements.

Users can rely entirely on the included themes, or can customise every detail with new design tools such as gradients, image slicing, dynamic alignment guides, and configurable grids. Custom screen stencils make it easy to arrange information for iPad and iPhone screens.

FileMaker Pro 12 also features new Quick Charts to create eye-catching, on-the-fly graphs, and five attractive new chart styles: bubble, scatter, positive/negative, stacked bar and stacked column charts.

A better way to handle documents and multimedia files
The FileMaker 12 product line helps teams and individuals manage the growing avalanche of digital content - especially multimedia files. 

Enhanced container fields in FileMaker Pro 12 support drag-and-drop to store, many file types such as PDFs, video, photos, audio, and documents. Files can be stored in the database or linked. Managing linked files just got easier as FileMaker 12 now automatically organises files on disk and can even encrypt them for extra security.

Access to large files is faster as FileMaker 12 will now automatically generate thumbnails, and, when using FileMaker Server, will stream media files to connected clients. When running on the iPad or iPhone users can now record video and audio directly into container fields, and can stream out content using AirPlay.

FileMaker Server 12 products offer faster, more reliable data serving
The new 64-bit versions of FileMaker Server 12 and FileMaker Server 12 Advanced are built for speed and productivity. Access to more memory can boost performance for larger databases, while enhanced WAN performance assists remotely connected users, especially those using iOS devices. A re-architected web publishing engine improves speed and stability when integrating custom web pages with FileMaker databases, while progressive backups ease server administration and improve solution reliability.

What beta users are saying about FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Go 12 for iPad and iPhone

“New tools make pixel-accurate layout creation so much faster that I don’t know how I managed before” said Christopher Manton, Director Babelfix Ltd. “Not having to go into a graphics app to make gradients or custom shapes is wonderful. What’s more, the new CSS-based layout themes open up a host of opportunities - we’re already building customisation tools that will dramatically change the way we approach interface design. The new “Insert from URL” script step is going to change things big time too, allowing us to get things back from the web so easily. And what about scripted plug in installation without a restart or the wonderful new container options that will make the secure management of documents and media a snap? A whole new world of amazing possibilities just opened up.”

Paul de Hallé, Director, Linear Blue commented “FileMaker 12’s new layout functionality is a game changer in database user interface design. With FileMaker Server 12’s new 64-bit core engine and advanced backup functionality, it offers unparalleled performance in serving your FileMaker solution. Moreover, the new chart wizard within FileMaker 12 offers end-users unprecedented ability to visualise their data.”

Pricing and availability
All FileMaker 12 products are immediately available. FileMaker Pro 12 is £219 /£131 upgrade, FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced is £329 / £197 upgrade, FileMaker Server 12 is £699 / £419 upgrade, and FileMaker Server 12 Advanced is £2199 / £1319 upgrade. FileMaker Go 12 for iPad and FileMaker Go 12 for iPhone are free from the App Store. Additional pricing and upgrade information is available at

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