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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.


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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

FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker Cloud 1.16.0. This upgrade includes new features such as FileMaker Data API trial, Tableau Web Data Connector for FileMaker (which uses the FileMaker Data API trial), FileMaker Admin API trial, OAuth 2.0 support for accounts, and PDF support in FileMaker WebDirect. With this release, FileMaker Cloud joins the FileMaker 16 Platform and 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 1.16.0. Only FileMaker 16 clients are compatible with FileMaker Cloud 1.16.0.


Learn more:

FileMaker Cloud Release Notes

You’re invited to an exclusive FileMaker Product Roadmap 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.


We will also be announcing the location and dates of the 2018 FileMaker Developer Conference.


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


Note: this presentation will be in English only.


North America, Latin America, Europe

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

8:00 am - 9:00 am PST, 11:00 am - noon EST, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm GMT, 17:00 - 18:00 CET



North America, North Asia, Asia Pacific

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST, 12:00 am - 1:00 am GMT


FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker Pro 16.0.3, FileMaker Pro 16.0.3 Advanced, FileMaker Go 16.0.3, and FileMaker Server 16.0.3. The FileMaker 16.0.3 Platform includes important bug fixes.


Learn more:


FileMaker Pro:

FileMaker Go:

FileMaker Server:


Download the updates:


FileMaker Pro 16.0.3 and FileMaker Pro 16.0.3 Advanced:

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


FileMaker Go 16.0.3:


FileMaker Server 16.0.3:

FileMaker Pro 16.0.3 and FileMaker Pro 16.0.3 Advanced have been released and are available to download. 


If you are currently running 16.0.1 or 16.0.2, you can use the in-product updater to update to 16.0.3.  If you are not prompted for the update when you launch FileMaker Pro, you can manually check for updates by clicking HELP > CHECK FOR UPDATES... while in the product.


Additional information about the 16.0.3 update, including links to download the update, are available in knowledge base article 16556


Alternately, you will be able to download the update from our website at the following location:


Steve Romig

FileMaker, Inc.

FIleMaker Server 16.0.3 has been released and is available for download.


Additional information about the 16.0.3 update, including links to download the update and specific platform instructions, are available in knowledge base article 16557


In addition, the updates will be placed on the downloads section of the FileMaker, Inc. website here


Steve Romig

FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker Go is now available for download from the App Store.  See knowledge base article 16558 for more information.


I am also in the process of updating the link for the iOS App SDK located here...




Steve Romig

FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker, Inc. has released the newly updated custom app success guides that lay out each stage of the process, helping you get up to speed quickly and shortening your FileMaker learning curve with the help of these guides.


Plan Guide: What to do before you create a custom app

Learn how to plan out what you'll need before you start developing your custom app. This hands-on guide provides a step-by-step approach to identifying and documenting requirements and meeting users’ needs.


Create Guide: Get started creating your custom app

Once you’ve identified your requirements, it’s time to start designing your custom app. This guide walks you through data source mapping, creating relationships, and developing layouts.


Deploy Guide: Learn how to launch your custom app

You've planned and built your custom app, now it's time to use it. Learn best practices for sharing your custom app with your users. This guide will help ensure your custom apps are secure and have high availability.


Download now:

We are already planning for FileMaker Developer Conference 2018. Please send us your ideas to help us start planning the conference program.


We are gathering topic ideas through Friday, October 20, 2017. To submit yours, visit the DevCon space to see the session ideas that have already been posted, vote for those you'd like to see, and add additional suggestions.


Please note that we are looking for topics only, not complete session proposals or speakers. We will issue a formal request for session proposals later this year.


Thanks for your ideas, and we hope to see you at DevCon 2017.

FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker Pro 15.0.4 and FileMaker Pro 15.0.4 Advanced. This update addresses an issue related to the temporary cache.


To download this update, visit the in-product Help menu and select Check for Updates. Or visit:

With the release of macOS High Sierra today, we wanted to update you on the compatibility of the FileMaker platform, and specifically the follow versions:


  • FileMaker Pro 16.0.2
  • FileMaker Pro 16.0.2 Advanced
  • FileMaker Pro 15.0.4
  • FileMaker Pro 15.0.4 Advanced
  • FileMaker Server 16.0.2
  • FileMaker Server 15.0.3


FileMaker Pro 16.0.2, FileMaker Pro 16.0.2 Advanced, FileMaker Pro 15.0.4, and FileMaker Pro 15.0.4 Advanced, have been tested and are certified to be macOS High Sierra compatible with the issues listed in the FileMaker knowledge base article listed below.


FileMaker Server 16.0.2 and FileMaker Server 15.0.3 have been tested and are certified to be High Sierra compatible with no known issues at this time.


For the most part, everything is good and no updates are needed for the FileMaker 15 and FileMaker 16 platform to be compatible with macOS High Sierra.  Other version of FileMaker products have not been tested with macOS High Sierra and are therefore not certified to be compatible.


For more information, see the article entitled "FileMaker platform and macOS High Sierra" in the FileMaker knowledge base.

With the release of iOS 11 today (19SEPT), we wanted to update you on the compatibility of FileMaker Go 14, 15, and 16 with the new version of iOS.  The good news is that FileMaker Go 15 and FileMaker Go 16 are compatible with no major issues reported.


The FileMaker knowledge base has been updated with the following articles that provide additional information about iOS 11 compatibility.


KB 16548 - FileMaker Go and iOS 11 compatibility

KB 16549 - Unable to import / insert content from Dropbox using FileMaker Go after updating to iOS 11


KB 16548 also provides information on 32-bit / 64-bit compatibility.  As many of you know, iOS 11 only supports 64-bit apps now.  FileMaker Go has been a 64-bit app since FileMaker Go 14.  If you happen to be using an older version of FileMaker Go, KB 16548 provides information on how you can transfer your data stored in your pre-14 version of FileMaker Go into a version of FileMaker Go supported by iOS 11.