What do you like the most in FileMaker 16?
Is there a function that is outstanding?
The Layout Objects palette is great!
The lower status bar is gone.
SDI (on Windows the platform)
That (after only 13 years) the "New Window" step finally incorporates Go to Layout.
For solution functionality: the new JSON functions that allow me to create complex objects and arrays to use internally (even when I am not integrating with a web service).
For development joy: the many places in calcs and script steps where type-ahead is a lot more intuitive, the better partial matching is very nice. You don't notice it very much perhaps but work in 16 for a good stretch and then go back to 15 or 14... you'll know.
TextEncode() changed my life.
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The fact that it didn't crash on me yet and does not slow down after half a day use like 15 did.
that 's great and might improve performance tremendously!
Yeah, except when it replaces OR or AND that are at the end of a line with an entirely different item, usually a function that happens to include those letters in their name. Gets really annoying. You have to type a space to get the suggestion to go away. I would think that OR of AND would be the default option if that is what you typed, but nooooooo, it has to pick some gargantuan function from one of my plugins to replace it with. Really slows down my calculation writing, because I have to go back and fix it.
Hey Beverly. If you could expand on why it changed your life and how you/others might use this function we'd all appreciate the details.
Ability to copy and paste value lists
This article (and the one linked):
I do a lot of calculated text export and this new function is the bees' knees.
JSON functions and the card window. I have just started a new project and these two features alone are fantastic. Cards really help keep the interface clean and have the bonus of not triggering the enter/exit layout script triggers on the parent window. JSON simplifies the passing of variables and help keep my tables narrow. i.e. I can now keep all my user preferences in a single JSON structure in a single field.
Press esc to cancel the type-ahead suggestion.
I like the curl header functions on Insert Url and ability to assign results to variables instead of fields on insert url and some other script steps. It is nice to be able to natively work with web services especially on FileMaker go. I had to use plugins to interact with most web services before and those never worked on FileMaker go but now we can get them to work on Go which is awesome! Card Windows, new Windows window interface and the data viewer updates are awesome and very helpful also.
1. Windows SDI
2. Bottom status bar and scrollbars gone
3. No more record navigation with scroll wheel (wait, that was 15, but still glad)
4. The rest
jfletch wrote: Yeah, except when it replaces OR or AND that are at the end of a line with an entirely different item, usually a function that happens to include those letters in their name. Gets really annoying. You have to type a space to get the suggestion to go away. I would think that OR of AND would be the default option if that is what you typed, but nooooooo, it has to pick some gargantuan function from one of my plugins to replace it with. Really slows down my calculation writing, because I have to go back and fix it.
YES YES. One of my pet peeves about 16 too.
Oh, and I forgot about the totally off-the-wall stuff it finds when I type a parenthesis! Can't it even wait until I type the SECOND character???
Maybe it is machine learning your habits and predicts based on the calc context? We can wish right?
This is imho poorly implemented.
When we do an update at a client, we would like to copy his value lists and substitute the ones in our release.
This is not possible. If you delete the value lists and then paste, all fields that were referencing the lists will report <value list missing>.
If you paste without deleting, you are not asked if you want to substitute - the pasted value lists just get a 2 at the end of their name.
I take your point, but you must admit that what they gave us beats the crap out of having to copy each value out of a custom value list and paste it into a hand-created value list in a different file. And having to do it one at a time, opening and closing the value-list window every time you switch from the source file to the target file.
I use 2 Filemakers to do that, like a Filemaker 13 and a Filemaker 15, with one I open the source and with the other the destination. This way I don't have to close the Manage Value Lists window.
if you are on the mac you can duplicate your FMPA15 folder and use as many copies as you want simultaneously - even with one single user license for advanced or pro ..
This is why I always store user-editable values lists as data and use dynamic value lists. So I can update a solution, import the data and I'm good to go. The only time I need to copy and paste value lists is with new, developer-defined lists that the user has no access to.
OK, I'm adding a new comment to add a new "like most". Well, really I think because I can use it with my beloved "TextEncode".
MY NEW FAVORITE FM16 FUNCTIONALITY
Insert Text [ $variable/table::field ; "any text" ]
• does not need to be on layout (using $variable/$$variable)
• uses plain text dialog to enter the text
• does NOT need to escape anything, like quotes (\"), because it is not the calc engine dialog (is only plain text that is not evaluated)
• the variable(s) can be added to a field for Export Field Contents (for example) going through TextEncode, if necessary.
Kudos to emory_brown (dbServices) for mentioning it in his Webinar!!
I too appreciated the webinar from Emory Brown and DB Services. Among other things, it disabused me of the erroneous notion that, just because I've been using FileMaker Pro for about 25 years, I'm anything remotely resembling an expert (or even an intermediate) user. Probably explains why my favorite new feature is something as simple as being able to copy and paste a bunch of scripts all at once.
I didn't see that webinar. What can "Insert Text" do that "Set Field" cannot do? I do see the value of not having to escape characters like slashes and quotation marks. Is that basically the point?
Thank you both for the shoutout, glad you enjoyed the broadcast.
@Richard, I would recommend importing scripts instead of copy-paste, since FileMaker has really good error checking and even creates a log for you of import errors.
Well, yes! Easy entry of TEXT without the calc dialog. Previously I used a text field (global storage, likely) for this sort of thing. Now it can be a variable!
Thanks for the tip, Emory. And excellent presentation, BTW!
Today was a great day.
A colleague of mine went to a client for an update to our latest version.
It's the first time we install Filemaker Server 16 with FMP 15 clients, instead of FMS 15 + FMP 15 ones.
Because it's a tolerant client who won't pour 130 dB into his phone while having me on the other side if something is not perfect, and as I am already sold on FMP 16 performance, I decided to throw the dice and see.
Over lunch he called me saying "hey, you've gotta see this. Everything is x times faster".
"Oh yeah ?" I replied. Was about to question what he smoked and/or drank, but I went out with a plain "will check that out", because I trust him and he's not an easy-to-impress guy.
So I took the plunge and told everybody to get out of the dev release. Made backups, usual stuff, then I installed FM Server 16 on our dev server, replacing the FM Server 15. An act of faith.
Then I started it. 21 seconds first start, 17 seconds on subsequent starts. Used to be 40 seconds down to 28.
Client is FMPA 16. Solution on start opens and runs starting scripts on 66 database files, updates a progress bar.
I played around the solution a bit. Agenda with 5 min slots starting 7 AM and ending 8 PM. ExecuteSQL's that fill repeating fields. Browsing from day to day: 400 to 600 ms, before was 900 to 1200 ms. Incredible.
Everything is MUCH faster. Thank you, Filemaker. There is a special force in the FMP 16 + FMS 16 tandem, I'm really impressed. Great job.
They posted the webinar:
Tips and tricks using the FileMaker Platform
1. Card Windows
2. Windows SDI
3. PDFs in Web Browsers
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