2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 18, 2014 11:59 AM by jbrown

    Questions regarding upgrades

    planteg

      Hi all,

       

      I own a license for FileMaker Pro Advanced 12. I don't do use it for developing, at this time I learn it in spare times. The price for the upgrade to 13 will increase on Sept. 26th, this is an incentive from FileMaker to buy promptly.

       

      I thought that could mean 14 would be released soon after, but is seems that time before releases vary.

       

      So my 1st question is should I wait till 14 is released to upgrade ? It looks like the upgrade from 12 to 14 would cost the same as upgrading from 12 to 13 the saving some money, is that right ?

       

      Thanks

        • 1. Re: Questions regarding upgrades
          mark_scott

          Hi planteg,

           

          While I have no inside info re future upgrade costs or timing (and would be under NDA if I did), I can offer an observation and an opinion that may be of help.

           

          First, as to when FM14 is likely to hit:  From FileMaker 7 through, roughly, FileMaker 11, they seemed to be on a 15-18 month cycle. The last couple of versions, however, have been closer to 2 years apart. As FileMaker 13 was released last December, that precedent puts FileMaker 14 at least half a year out and more likely closer to a year away.

           

          Second, I think FileMaker 13 has so many improvements over 12—custom themes and styles, PSoS, encryption at rest, to name a few—that the upgrade cost is absolutely worth the gains in productivity, performance, security, etc., that you'll be able to enjoy between now and the eventual release of 14.

           

          hth,

           

          Mark

           

          P.S.  OTOH, on rereading your post, I note that you said you're not doing actual development at this time, so my advice may not be entirely applicable to you.  Hopefully helpful, nonetheless, in some small way.

          • 2. Re: Questions regarding upgrades
            jbrown

            If you are learning it in your spare time, it is worth upgrading so that you'll have a chance to review the new features of FileMaker before any newer versions come out. As the above post stated, there is a lot of new exciting and game-changing features in FM 13. If you don't have those down going to the next version will be a bigger jump.

            It comes down to your willingness to invest money in your learning if you do decide to come onboard the FM development bus.