That is so awesome. Check out the vid!! Can't wait for more at DevCon.
Oh...the possibilities. Yum.
on 2012-05-10 13:26 BruceRobertson wrote
Link to article:
i read the first FileMaker patent in some detail (all the claims, skimmed the
rest); this is a patent for integrating database search with text and metadata
search of related documents; on the face of it it seems like many software
patents these days — it's more than a little obvious, it's unlikely the patent
office will be effective in searching for prior art, and it can make things
incredibly hard for small developers
Nice find Bruce!
Interesting stuff regarding the Browser-Based Database Manipulation patent (20120117121). Sounds like FMI is looking to build a full-featured FileMaker Pro client in the browser, layout mode and all. Check it:
 These and other implementations can be utilized to achieve one or more of the following advantages. A database layout or a schema can be edited in a browser environment, anywhere and anytime. A user can use a browser as an integrated environment for data browsing and database design. For example, the user browsing database data with a browser can change the way in which the data are laid out on the fly. In addition, the browser-based database manipulation can enable a collaborative work environment, where multiple people can work on a same layout or database schema.
Well - to give proper credit - nice find Agnes Riley. Then I noticed her tweet about it and posted more info here.
Just because they have a patent for it doesn't mean they intend to do it, though I hope they do. Users with browser-based design features don't have to buy seats of FileMaker Pro, they just need a server, which could reduce revenue for FileMaker. They could be hoping to stop competitors from trying to do it.