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Today we announced an exciting new report, the "Workplace Innovation Report: First Edition." This report is based on findings from a customer survey launched in January to uncover the challenges faced by businesses and to reveal the tangible benefits of implementing a Workplace Innovation Platform.


Key findings include:


Prior to adoption of a Workplace Innovation Platform

  • 96 percent of business users struggled with business processes.
  • 72 percent grappled with problems with file sharing.
  • 94 percent had challenges with existing apps and software.
  • 85 percent reported that they wrestled with information living in disparate sources.


After adopting a Workplace Innovation Platform

  • 85 percent of business users saved time and money.
  • 77 percent created more efficient processes for their mobile workforce.
  • 67 percent reported increased employee satisfaction.
  • 41 percent reported increased customer satisfaction.


Please download the report today and share with your colleagues.


FileMaker Business Alliance partners can download the report and additional resources in the Business Resource Center.

At FileMaker, we have more than two decades of experience in helping people work better by making powerful technologies accessible to workplaces of all sizes. And now I’m thrilled to accelerate this mission in my new role as CEO.


Dominique Goupil has led this company for twenty years. As he steps down into retirement, he leaves a legacy of high product quality and impeccable integrity. I’m grateful to everything Dominique has done for the company, and I’m looking forward to building on this foundation.


It’s an exciting time for FileMaker. We’re seeing top and bottom-line growth. Last year, we introduced the Workplace Innovation Platform category. We are accelerating our strategy and will continue to invest in our brand to drive this forward, including considering potential acquisitions. As the ways and places people work change, we’re evolving our technology as well as our core organizational system – all with the goal of fostering innovation and accelerating successful outcomes for our customers and partners.


At FileMaker, we believe strongly in Stanford University Professor Jennifer Aaker’s concept that "employees want to be valued members of a winning team on an inspired mission" and I feel privileged to be a part of such a team. As part of our community, you are an essential component of our mission; our strong ecosystem has always differentiated us.  We have in you a robust community of developers who enable us to provide customers with the solutions they need to do their best work. We also have an outstanding network of FileMaker Business Alliance partners we intend to nurture.


I’m particularly proud of the work we’ve done in the past few years to offer more education resources for learning, from the launch of our Custom App Academy to the work we do with our 42 Silicon Valley internship program. Enabling the next wave of workplace innovators is core to our mission.


As I step into the role of CEO, I look forward to hearing more from our community and working closely with our partners and customers. We have a great journey ahead of us.



Brad Freitag

Today, FileMaker released the final episode in our new film series, Innovation Without the Hype.


With the company’s best people tied up in spreadsheets, our Problem Solver suggests the obvious solution: a custom app built on FileMaker’s Workplace Innovation Platform. But could the solution for doing more actually involve thinking less?


We invite you to watch all the episodes here:


Workplace Innovation Platform - Films and Ads


We also invite you to join us in promoting the FileMaker Platform by sharing the video and promoting the using the hashtags.





Today, FileMaker released the latest episode in our new film series, Innovation Without the Hype.


Today’s episode of Innovation Without the Hype features another crisis at the company. Orders are backed up, and our Problem Solver realizes that a custom app tailored to the needs of the business could help them manage inventory better. But what if inventory and all its problems are really just an illusion?


We invite you to watch all the episodes here:


Workplace Innovation Platform - Films and Ads


We also invite you to join us in promoting the FileMaker Platform by sharing the video and promoting the using the hashtags.





Would you like to be empowered to own your innovation through a modular approach?  As a problem solver, would you appreciate a solid foundation or starting point for your FileMaker app development?  Does the thought of moving from a set of manual processes to a focused and automated workflow excite you?


If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you are ready to check out FileMaker Templates:


FileMaker Templates are simplified custom apps that empower the DIY Problem Solvers among us to solve for their work rut.  The initial phase of FileMaker Templates are fully customizable FileMaker apps, pre-built with essential workflows for three common use cases:


  • Job Tracking - Manage your organization’s jobs, see how staff is allocated, and track the amount of time spent on tasks.  Plus, view relevant milestones and dates.
  • Memberships - Create and manage fundraising campaigns, maintain member activity, track donation history, and run reports.
  • Event Management - From tracking attendees and sessions to managing registrations, this template is ready to help manage your events.


FileMaker Templates consist of several elements.

Core file                                                      A core file is a functional base file with key elements, concepts, and functionality that a majority of the problem solvers among us will need.  Each core file incorporates industry design standards and a clean and consistent appearance.

A set of easy to follow DIY directions that add desired features and workflows to a core file.  Build-ons can be added at any time and in any order.  Each of the three Core files has eight (8) unique build-ons associated with it.




The individual build-ons introduce different features and functionality.  For example, one build-on might focus on charting, while another highlights integrating with an email client.  There is likely a build-on for everyone and everyone’s workflow or app.

End state fileA separate, downloadable version of the Core file with all the build-ons pre-built.  The End State File can also be referred to as "Completed App"


FileMaker Templates are designed to bridge the gap in resources between the Starter applications and Sample Application that ship with FileMaker Pro Advanced today.  But the reality is, FileMaker Templates are designed to appeal to all facet of FileMaker customer.  New customers to the FileMaker Platform are provided ready to use business solutions to help them immediately solve specific issues within their organization.  Existing customers benefit from well-documented scripts and consistent design practices along with the potential to learn about new features and techniques when extending a core file using build-ons.


Start your journey using FileMaker Templates by checking out the videos that are available for each one.  An animated overview video kicks things off by introducing you to the overall concept and purpose of a template while a more in-depth demo video walks you through the different screens and possible workflows of a template.


In the end, the first phase of FileMaker Templates is only limited by your imagination.


Download a template and start expanding your FileMaker Platform knowledge today.  FileMaker, Inc. is excited for you to get your hands on these latest offerings and look forward to your feedback and comments.

Today, FileMaker released the latest episode in our new film series, Innovation Without the Hype.


In our newest episode, sales are tanking and our Problem Solver recommends a Workplace Innovation Platform to help the company manage sales opportunities better. But is better really good enough? The Extreme Innovator suggests an unusual route to becoming the best.


We invite you to watch all the episodes here:


Workplace Innovation Platform - Films and Ads


We also invite you to join us in promoting the FileMaker Platform by sharing the video and promoting the using the hashtags.





Today, FileMaker released the latest episode in our new film series, Innovation Without the Hype.


Last quarter, we launched a new ad campaign, Innovation Without the Hype. The films have received more than 20 million views.


Today, we released a new episode where our Problem Solver recommends the FileMaker Platform to help the company track deliveries and improve customer satisfaction. However, the Extreme Innovator wonders if a wardrobe change might be the better bet.


We invite you to watch all the episodes here:


We also invite you to join us in promoting the FileMaker Platform by sharing the video and promoting the films using the hashtags.




FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker Pro 17.0.4 Advanced and FileMaker Go 17.0.5. These updates addressed an issue where ODBC connections were not closed properly after certain operations were performed.


Important: To ensure that you don't encounter the issue above, you must update all clients to FileMaker Pro 17.0.4 Advanced and FileMaker Go 17.0.5.


Learn more:


FileMaker Pro 17.0.4 Advanced >


FileMaker Go 17.0.5 >

FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker Go 17.0.4. This update supports 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro screen resolution.


iOS App SDK has also been updated to support this release. Access requires a FileMaker Developer Subscription or FileMaker Business Alliance membership.


Download FileMaker Go 17.0.4 on the App Store



I'd like to know how you are using FileMaker Server, so I am inviting you to share your insights with us through a quick survey. I will use your answers to help us improve the FileMaker Workplace Innovation Platform. The questions are specifically about the use of FileMaker Server, so if you are someone who sets up and/or administers FileMaker Server in your organization, please join in!


The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and as a thank you for your time, we will enter your name in a drawing for one of three $50 iTunes Gift Cards.


Please follow the link below to begin the survey:

FileMaker Server 2018 Survey


Thank you.


Neil Wright

Product Manager

FileMaker, Inc. - An Apple Subsidiary

FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker Pro 17.0.3 Advanced and the FileMaker Server installer with support for macOS Mojave.


FileMaker Pro 17.0.3 Advanced includes bug fixes and compatibility updates for macOS Mojave 10.14.


The FileMaker Server installer has been updated and includes all the updates from FileMaker Server 17.0.2 and compatibility updates for macOS Mojave 10.14. Because this is a full installer, download the installation disk image and license certificate file from your software download page.


Updates have also been made to the FileMaker data migration tool. Access requires a FileMaker Developer Subscription or FileMaker Business Alliance membership.


Learn more:

FileMaker Pro 17.0.3 Advanced

FileMaker Server installer


Robotics webinar

Posted by RosemaryTietge Dec 3, 2018



Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:00AM PST / 1:00PM EST


Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things—the future is here and the workplace is constantly evolving in response to business needs. These emerging technologies can be harnessed and implemented today through the rich APIs available in the FileMaker Platform.


Join us for an exciting 45-minute presentation with the FileMaker Product Management Team and featured guest speaker BonnieWalker, FileMaker developer and president of dbVisionWorks and FunDaLogic Robotics. Learn how Bonnie rolled up her sleeves and developed a custom app to interface with NAO humanoid robots and assist in the learning and teaching of young students with autism in New Jersey.


December 12, 2018 Update

Webinar recording: Future of work:  Assisted Learning Through Robotics and a Workplace Innovation Platform

The FileMaker Product Roadmap has been updated with the information shared during this week's FileMaker Product Roadmap Webinar 2019.


FileMaker will not share any additional information about the roadmap or answer any questions. Please limit discussion of the roadmap to what is published. Any speculation about FileMaker decisions will be deleted, per the Community Use Agreement.


Please use the Product Ideas space for feature requests.

To answer the question taylorsharpe asked a few weeks ago (October 2018 Anticipations!), the 2018 FileMaker Product Roadmap webinars will be broadcast on Wednesday, November 14 (US Pacific time). The times and registration links are below.


In this webinar, the FileMaker Product Management Team will walk you through their vision of the future of the FileMaker Platform and share their insights on the key investments and technology explorations. As a reminder, the information shared in the webinar is intended to provide directions we are exploring and are not necessarily attached to a particular product release.


This 60 minute webinar will be led by Rick Kalman, Director of Product Management and Design. There will be time set aside for Q&A at the end of the presentation.


The content will be the same in both of these presentations. Please register for one session only.


Note: this presentation will be in English only.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

8:00 AM PST, 11:00 AM EST, 4:00 PM GMT, 17:00 CET

Register for the US morning session


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

4:00 PM PST, 7:00 PM EST, (Thursday, November 15, 2018) 11:00 AM AEDT

Register for the US afternoon / APAC morning session

Today we launch Celebrity, the fifth episode of Innovation Without the Hype. In this episode, the company finds themselves increasingly frustrated with their work rut. They must choose whether to heed the Problem Solver’s suggestion (use the FileMaker Platform) or give in to the distraction of a surprise celebrity guest.


The campaign has received press coverage from Media Post.


Celebrity is the last episode of Innovation Without the Hype for 2018. Look for a continuation of the series next January.


We invite you to watch the first five episodes here:


We also invite you to join us in promoting the FileMaker Platform by sharing the video and promoting the using the hashtags.