I have a client who is still using FileMaker Pro 10 from 2008. Can someone please let me know what are the major features he's missing by not upgrading to the current version of FileMaker Pro?
This page has the various versions & comparisons (FM6-FM15!)
In addition to comparing features, there's also "version longevity". The older your version of FileMaker (or any other app), in theory, the shorter the time until new hardware being released comes with an OS not compatible with your older software.
It's not supported on any OS now and I'd say it is likely bugs are there on modern OS's.
under OSX, there are some issues with FileMaker 10
- kanji-characters in some date fields (when month is displayed with month-name and the month-name has 'Umlaut' characters)
- Exporting to Excel might crash
- some issues when printing/pdf
- maybe more
We have some customers still working with FM10 and partly on new Mac's. We support those solutiions using FileMaker 11, the latest version for .fp7 - files works quite fine under sierra (better than under Yosemite..)
the main new feature with FileMaker IMHO (beginning with FM12) is SQL (the other essential feature is the 'list'-function, introduced with FileMaker 8.5) - there are a lot of new methods in the newer versions, mostly interface stuff (what is cool and usefull as well!)
To that list I would emphasize:
Popovers--a major "game changer" in your UI design as it allows more complex value selection methods to be used without taking up any more layout space than the basic drop down list or pop up menu. A popover is often also a better alternative to show custom dialog as you can use nearly any FileMaker layout object in it unlike a custom dialog.
Hide Object When--provides better/more efficient interface flexibility than is possible with conditional formatting alone.
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