I'm using Filemaker Pro 11 for Mac and need to upgrade. What version can I upgrade to without purchasing a full version? I'm now running High Sierra.
If you're on v11, you would have had to have an annual license you would keep in force each year, then the upgrade would have been included. Since you didn't mention that, you most likely own a perpetual license, which doesn't qualify for a free upgrade. You would need to purchase a full version in that case. Since 11 came out ten years ago, you could consider the cost of a new version as a long term investment. Is this just a single license, something you use personally or for a business?
The current version is 17. The upgrade discount is only available to anyone with version 14 or newer.
You will need to pay full price for version 17.
I must have what you call a perpetual license. I honestly wasn't aware that Filemaker did the annual license to upgrade (must be what Quicken does?) What I have is a single license for my small business. I've been using Filemaker for many years, starting with 6 I believe and really only upgraded as my operating system wouldn't run it. I'm at that point now. Thanks for your input
Most software companies have gone to some kind of subscription model, and it usually makes sense. With hardware, OS, and software, and security changes, there is an argument for staying on top of all of this, but it can have a substantial IT and financial impact on smaller businesses. You need to practice secure processes and run the version of whatever that will support that security. Over time, older operating systems, software, and hardware get left behind. I tend to think there is benefit to prudent hesitation when something new comes out (production systems should avoid the 'bleeding edge'), but I do recommend to my clients that they adopt a 3-5 year view where hardware and software (including OSs) are upgrading purposefully, and only when everything is in sync. Software typically requires anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks to catch up to a new operating system. Hardware is a little more resilient, but again, a 3-5 program should rotate out older hardware to less demanding purposes and then removed from any production environment within that time period.
Since you've upgraded your OS, you can download a trial of FileMaker to continue running your business. That will buy you some time to decide how to best move forward. If a single copy will meet your businesses needs, then buy the single, perpetual license.
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