Thank you for your post!
Moving from version 12 to version 14 would be a software upgrade, which may be a new purchase. Minor updates like 12v5 would be of no charge.
FileMaker 12 and newer are in the .fmp12 format. There would be no trouble opening a file from FileMaker Pro 12 in FileMaker Pro 14.
FileMaker, Inc. generally sells the latest version of the software. FileMaker 15 is available through the site. Where your company/organization already has a volume license of 12, I would recommend calling our Volume Licensing Department. You can reach Sales for Volume Licensing at 800-725-2747. Let them know what you all are hoping to achieve and they will be able to provide the best purchasing options to move forward.
Hello, I actually have a similar question. Although I have been using FMP for quite a few years now, I am sadly only trained for the work I need to do, so please accept my apologies in advance and I thank you for your patience.
We are on FMP12 for Mac, and share a server running FM Server 12 with another office. Our computer's operating systems are all over the place (v10.6 - v10.10), and I am in charge of trying to get everyone on the same OS (or as close to) as possible.
Which brings me to the FMP issue. According to my IT advisor, if we update our OS, we would need to update our FMP to v15. At this time, we can't update the server software as it is shared and I have not been able to get a clear response as to what the other office's plans are. Would we be able to use the features we currently use on FMP12 using FMP15 with a FM Server 12?
Is the 12 installation patched with the latest updates?
The office uses 12.0.v5 - I am not sure how up to date that is. I am not sure if the server has had it's software updated other than what was originally purchased.
Does that help?
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You should be okay if you're up to date. There was a change in the SSL that you will need to connect 15 to Server 12. So make sure the server is patched.
And move in the direction of 15 as soon as you can. 12 goes out of support later this month.
Thank you so much for your help! I will hopefully know what's going on with the server soon - knowing that 12 is due to go out of support might help me get a faster response, too!
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Mike_Mitchell may be right on that, but I would test with a copy of FileMaker Pro 15 connecting to the Server 12 before you deploy on every machine. FileMaker Server 12 is not included under Host Compatibility in System Requirements for FileMaker Pro 15 and FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced, so FileMaker Pro 15 may not connect at all.
I hope this helps!
Thanks! I'll make sure we download a trial version to test out.
Yes, by all means, double check me before converting everyone over! :-)
You're asking several questions:
- - is upgrading a new purchase?: in the sense that you cannot get the upgrade price anymore from FileMaker 12, yes. But you can (should, I would say), switch to an annual model, rather that the purchase (perpetual model). Perpetual model comes with an -optional, but highly recommended- annual 'maintenance' fee, that make it cheaper than the annual model after only 6 or 7 years, with less flexibility if you want to add/remove seats.
- - want to upgrade to 14 and not 15. I guess this is for OS compatibility. 14 is not available for purchase, but you can ask FileMaker for a downgrade license key (with which you can install FileMaker 14 even if you have a 15 license)
- - Are the data files from version 12 compatible with 14 (and 15, for that matter)? Yes, but... you have FileMaker Server Advanced, which can be for 2 reasons: the use of ODBC -now included in FileMaker Server, so no problem-, or Instant Web Publishing -which disappeared in 13, replaced by WebDirect, which is totally different and targets a completely different audience. So you should check that you're not using IWP anymore before upgrading.