Claris released FileMaker 19.1 a few days ago and while an incremental update may not have been newsworthy in the past, this release definitely warrants a look. (Technically this is version 19.1.2, and 19.1.1 was an internal, not-released version.)
It’s important to appreciate that Claris has shifted from the large 12 or 18-month release cycles of the past to now more frequent, smaller releases. The result for all of us is not having to wait a year or more for a significant feature – each release should be impactive in its own right.
19.1 is a perfect case in point. Claris’ primary feature in this release is the new inclusion of Add-ons, tied to the Claris Marketplace and shipping with nine included objects.
FileMaker 19.1 Release — Our New Favorite
More Exciting Features
Another favorite: the activity timeline. With it you can display events on a vertical timeline and easily see a progression of operations, a sales pipeline, milestone dates, and so on.
As much as these nine add-ons are wonderful, we’re very much inspired to create some of our own and look forward to seeing what the Claris community creates as well.
Other features include a new Apex Blue theme well-suited for contemporary web and FileMaker apps, support for Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (a form of single sign-on authentication), and two new functions that provide details on a current file or server’s location (time zone, as one example).
Ready to Get Started?
If you haven’t explored FileMaker 19 yet – and 19.1 – we encourage you to do so.
For our clients, we’ll be rolling out an update to our popular Genesis Accounting and Business Metrics product to support FileMaker 19 shortly. (We tend to wait for “dot releases”, given that finance teams, quite sensibly, favor stable software over new features!)
We’re glad to see Claris busy at work bringing the FileMaker platform steadily forward. We look forward to 19.2!
Scott is an expert in FileMaker and other technologies, with decades of software development and a lifelong love for inventing new apps. Deeply passionate about both project management and design. His family has deep roots in Colorado, he loves spending time in the mountains, and is an enthusiastic cook.