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You’re invited to an exclusive FileMaker Product Preview webinar. The FileMaker Product Management Team will speak about the future of the FileMaker Platform and show features of the next version.


Join us for a 60-minute webinar lead by Rick Kalman, Director of Product Management and Design. The presentation will include a Q&A session.


Registration is limited so please register for ONLY one web seminar.


Note: this presentation will be in English only.


Date:  Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Times:  8:00AM PDT, 11:00AM EDT, 3:00PM GMT


Date:  Thursday, March 22, 2018

Times:  4:00PM PDT, 7:00PM EDT, (March 23) 8:00AM JST, 10:00AM AEDT

Are you so busy that you can’t keep up? A junior developer might be right for you.


This ebook is based on the presentation given by Molly Connelly of Thorsen Consulting at the FileMaker Developer Conference 2017, How To Train a Junior Developer.




This ebook covers these topics:

  • Is a junior developer right for you?
  • Training a junior developer
  • Implementing structured training
  • Assigning technical tasks
  • Next steps


Download this ebook.


Watch the session video.

FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker Pro 16.0.5 and FileMaker Pro 16.0.5 Advanced. This update addresses an issue where scrolling could cause FileMaker Pro to close unexpectedly. This bug affects only macOS High Sierra 10.13.


Learn more:


Download update:

Under the in-product Help menu select Check for Updates or visit:

Join 1500 developers, just like you, at the FileMaker Developer Conference 2018.


It's the must-attend event to learn everything and anything about FileMaker custom app development. After this information-packed week, you'll leave an even better developer than when you arrived.


More information about the conference and program >


Register now >

Creating a positive customer experience is crucial for your continued success and growth.


This ebook is based on the Scott Howard's session Beyond Damage Control: Reversing Bad Client Experiences and serves as a guide to creating happy clients.



DEVCON 2017-Happy Clients-COVER-EN.jpg


This ebook covers these topics:


  • Why worry?
  • Five steps to recovering from bad customer experiences
  • When to fire a client
  • Next steps


Download this ebook.


Watch the session video.

FileMaker, Inc. has created a dedicated web page highlighting upcoming in-person and virtual events submitted by FileMaker partners and enthusiasts around the world. Upcoming workshops, trainings, user group meetups, trade shows, and webinars can all be found in this new area in the Learn section of FileMaker’s website.


See upcoming events in your area and submit your own event by going to


Additionally, we will send out event notification emails periodically to help drive attendance. Manage your FileMaker email subscription here >

Updated February 7, 2018 with additional information.


FileMaker, Inc. has released an update to the FileMaker 16 Platform:

  • FileMaker Pro 16.0.4 and FileMaker Pro 16.0.4 Advanced include general bug fixes.
  • FileMaker Go 16.0.4 addresses fixes bugs and iPhone X and iOS 11 compatibility issues.
  • FileMaker Server 16.0.4 includes bug fixes and updates to third-party components.
    Note: OS X El Capitan 10.11 is no longer supported. Update your operating system before updating FileMaker Server 16.


Learn more

FileMaker Pro 16.0.4 and FileMaker Pro 16.0.4 Advanced

FileMaker Go 16.0.4

FileMaker Server 16.0.4


Download the updates

FileMaker Pro 16.0.4 and FileMaker Pro 16.0.4 Advanced:

Under the in-product Help menu select Check for Updates or visit:


FileMaker Go 16.0.4:


FileMaker Server 16.0.4:


Additional information about removal of OS X El Capitan 10.11 support

OS X El Capitan 10.11 is not blocked. We could not certify against this OS because of an issue with Custom Web Publishing (CWP) that affects all current supported versions of FileMaker Server. See FileMaker announces end of support for OS x El Capitan 10.11 with FileMaker Server 16, 15, or 14 in the FileMaker Knowledge Base.


For all versions of FileMaker Server on OS X 10.11, if you deploy CWP or redeploy (which includes running an updater), deployment will not finish and CWP will not work.


If you are not currently running CWP on OS X 10.11, although not certified, FileMaker Server 16.0.4 may work as expected.



More than half of business teams of all sizes are seeing productivity gains of over 40 percent, according to the findings of a new report from FileMaker, Inc. The company's third annual State of the Custom App Report, released on January 30, 2018, examines how businesses are harnessing digital transformation and reducing inefficiencies with custom apps.




The global report sheds light on the ways custom apps are driving better, stronger end-results while improving the process of work. The report found that custom apps are being used in a wide variety of ways to help teams accomplish their business goals by streamlining workloads. These tools don't require prior coding experience and provide users with the flexibility and customizability that pre-packaged software typically lacks.


Share the State of the Custom App report on Twitter


Key findings of the report include:

  • Custom apps are quick to build - 72 percent of businesses had their apps up and running in under six months
  • 93 percent saw a reduction in inefficient tasks
  • 91 percent saw increase in team productivity
    • 51 percent saw an increase of over 40 percent
  • 77 percent saw reduction in manual data entry
  • 76 percent reported a return on investment (ROI)


Download the 2018 FileMaker State of the Custom App Report below.


Ann Monroe, vice president of worldwide marketing and customer success, FileMaker, Inc., said: "Prior to adopting custom apps, businesses reported struggling with paper processes, scattered sources of information, complex spreadsheets and significant manual data entry. This report showcases the benefits that business teams of all sizes are reaping from using custom apps to solve their day-to-day process challenges. FileMaker enables organizations to overcome operations issues so they can focus on delivering great service and growing their businesses."

As you may have noticed, FileMaker launched an advertising campaign this month. Help us spread the word by sharing the video.


Last year we partnered with a new creative agency to execute a big vision: start a national conversation about FileMaker. As many in FileMaker Community have pointed out, we’re well-loved by our customers, but relatively unknown overall.


Since we launched the campaign early last week, more than 2 million people have viewed the video, more than 4 million people have seen campaign-related content, and more than 150,000 people have engaged through sharing, liking, or commenting.


To get this conversation started we hired three recognizable actors, placed them on a fictitious root vegetable farm, and imagined how their characters’ lives might be made easier with a custom app built on the FileMaker Platform.


The resulting video is funny and quirky – words that you may not normally associate with a company in the B2B software space.


We chose to break through the noise by doing something different for three reasons.


1. Increase brand awareness

FileMaker Community members like you are brand loyalists and evangelists. You share your enthusiasm and expertise to help others achieve their goals for their custom apps.


But many people don’t know about FileMaker. And in recent years, the demand for custom mobile apps has far exceeded resources available to code apps. This has meant that departments in large enterprises and small businesses often are stuck duct-taping together email, spreadsheets and different apps to get their work done.


It was time to put FileMaker on the map. If the 70 pieces of early press coverage (see below for a small sampling) are any indication, we’ve done just that.



We knew that our actors’ familiar faces would start a big conversation and bridge the affinity gap between new customers and our platform.


We’re glad to see that it’s started a healthy conversation here in the FileMaker Community too.


2. Recruit new developers

Everyday problem solvers thrive upon meeting the FileMaker Platform. We want to connect with more of them. These problem solvers may be professional developers, business managers, or tech-curious people looking for better ways for their teams to work.


First-time custom app creators – many with little to no tech experience – use our platform to increase efficiency, reduce scattered information, and modernize processes in daily business operations.


In a bid to connect with the next generation of developers, we chose a diverse cast of actors and allowed them to riff from the script and perform in ways that felt natural. We also embraced influencer marketing. The result? Something pretty magical.


3. Help with framing

Keyword searches reveal that the people looking for our brand often find us by searching for a database. Thirty years ago, FileMaker Pro began as a database management software, but today it is a much more than that.


Today, we’re a powerful, scalable custom app development platform. Users can create a single app and deploy it immediately and seamlessly across computers and mobile devices. On each platform, it acts like a native application, connecting critical data and providing team members real-time information.


We want to encourage people to learn about all the amazing things we’re doing, and we know good stories are key to sparking curiosity.


Please share your comments below. We also invite you to join us in promoting the campaign by sharing the video and promoting using the hashtags #FarmTime and #FileMaker

Accurate estimates can improve customer relationships and help grow your business.


This ebook is based on Deborah Zempel's session Estimating & Storyboarding with Accuracy and offers tips to improve your project estimates.




This ebook covers these topics:


  • Why storyboard?
  • Ways to storyboard

Estimating Basics

  • Discovery: Initial questions to ask
  • Discovery: Evaluate and Investigate
  • Discovery: Detailed Requirement Analysis
  • Create the recipe
  • Create the recipe: Is the estimate logical?
  • Ongoing Project Management

Next Steps


The ebook is attached below.


Watch the session video.

FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker Cloud 1.16.1. This upgrade includes improvements to downloading databases and addresses general bug fixes. FileMaker Cloud 1.16.1 is available in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australia.


To download this software upgrade, visit the FileMaker Cloud Admin Console.


Note: Any previously released software patches must be applied before updating to FileMaker Cloud 1.16.1. Only FileMaker 16 clients are compatible with FileMaker Cloud 1.16.1.


Deprecation notice: Support for t2.small in conjunction with BYOL and the 5-user license has been deprecated and will be removed in a future release of FileMaker Cloud.


Learn more:

FileMaker Cloud Release Notes

The Single-Purpose App is the second DevCon 2017 ebook. It is based on Ronnie Rios's session Less is More: The Single-Purpose App and explores the pros and cons of creating single-purpose apps.




For years, developers, systems architects, industry experts and others have been debating the right approach to building custom apps for mobile platforms.


This ebook covers these topics:

  • Bundle or unbundle?
  • Why users favor single-purpose apps


The ebook is attached below.


Watch the session video.

Speak at DevCon to increase your exposure. You'll meet potential customers and demonstrate your expertise. Speakers receive complimentary admission to DevCon and a five night stay at the host hotel. Now is your time to inspire your peers and teach the next generation of FileMaker users and developers. We're looking for technical, business, and FileMaker in Action (case study) session proposals.


Download the request for proposals >

Check out some session suggestions >


You just need to be:

  • Certified for FileMaker 16 (except for Business and FileMaker in Action sessions)
  • Prepared to speak on a topic that you believe will draw an enthusiastic audience


DevCon events take place from Monday, August 6 to Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.


All proposals are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2017.


We look forward to your submissions!

Discover how FileMaker Cloud helps you share your app with your users.  Before you begin, here's an overview of the lessons in this tutorial and the video durations.


  • Lesson 1  About FileMaker Cloud: A look at how FileMaker Cloud works (7 min)
  • Lesson 2  FileMaker Cloud Setup: Learn about the AWS and FileMaker Cloud setup process (7 min)
  • Lesson 3  Loading Your App to the Cloud: Learn how to host your app to the cloud and verify account setting (12 min)
  • Lesson 4  The FileMaker Cloud Admin Console: An extended look at the features of the FileMaker Cloud Admin Console (8 min)


The entire tutorial will take about 35-40 minutes to complete. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll not only have a better grasp of how deployment works, you’ll actually have your own cloud instance up and running. Your app will be hosted on FileMaker Cloud, and users can access it from FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go and FileMaker WebDirect.


Start tutorial »

Over the next few months, FileMaker, Inc., will release selected DevCon 2017 sessions as eBooks. The first in the series based on marthazink's session Get the Right Answers from Users - UI Tips and Tricks is available now.




This ebook covers these topics:

  • Why does good UI matter?
  • Questions to ask
  • Soft skills for better UI
  • Hard skills for better UI
  • Tips and tricks


Download Small changes. Big results.


Watch the session video