I hope you're a lot younger than us!
We also investigated other platforms as a result of the changes introduced in v15. However, now officially entrenched in middle age, we came to the conclusion that it would just take too much time to recreate what we have come to expect as standard within FileMaker. Particularly with the thousands of hours we've already invested in our products.
I know there has been some negativity posted regarding the v15 upgrade, but we're pretty pleased to pick up a new product and, so far, it already feels a nicer product to use than v14, with a tangible increase in productivity.
Good luck with whichever direction you choose.
I'm puzzled by this:
...how is a developer going to make back any profit if you want to make a vertical market application.
We do quite well with our vertical market solution built on FileMaker. I can tell you that if you can price your SaaS based FileMaker vertical market solution anywhere around $49/month/user, you will do quite well financially. We charge less and provide access via Pro, Go & WebDirect. At $99/month/user...well, that's wonderful if you can sell that!
Our WebDirect users can generate PDFs and print reports. No, it's not a 100% native feature, but it only took us a day of work to add it. In my opinion, if your solution relies on runtimes to stay profitable, you probably shouldn't be offering it in the first place. Keep in mind that the Solution Bundle Agreement (SBA) program is specially designed to handle the pricing issues you're raising here. As such, your pricing calculations are way too high.
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Without FileMaker, I wouldn't have a business and wouldn't be able to compete. We use other platforms too, but we rely the most heavily on FileMaker because of its truly unique combination of features, rapid development, and ease of deployment.
Eric Miller, CEO