Filemaker 13: The database is in your browser | PCWorld


Filemaker 13: The database is in your browser

A database is useless if your users can’t access it, so on Tuesday, FileMaker revealed a major update to its FileMaker database platform that allows users to access FileMaker databases through a browser.

FileMaker 13 WebDirect
FileMaker 13 lets users access databases through an HTML5-compliant browser.

The marquee feature of the new FileMaker 13 is FileMaker WebDirect, which allows FileMaker to be used through an HTML5-compliant browser. Databases accessed via the Web use an interface that mirrors that used in the desktop app. Changes made through the Web are updated to the FileMaker database in real time, so you can see up-to-date information regardless of which client was used to make the updates. At the time of the release, FileMaker 13 supports desktop browsers, with support for mobile browsers coming at a later date.

In version 12, FileMaker introduced themes, a set of templates with distinct colors, buttons, fonts, and borders. FileMaker offers over 50 themes, all of them customizable. To help you give the database a uniform look, FileMaker is introducing styles, which let you change the look of objects all at once. You can create custom styles and use them later.

FileMaker 13 Styles
With styles, you can give the elements of your database a consistent appearancet.

On the iOS front, FileMaker Go incorporates more iOS behaviors, including popovers, slide controls, and gesture support. The built-in cameras in the iPhone and iPad can now be used to scan bar codes, and FileMaker Go supports seven different keyboard types, so you get the appropriate keyboard based on the type of data being entered.

Other new features include AES 256-bit encryption, and an HTML5 administrative console in FileMaker Server 13. FileMaker also has several new features specific to database developers.More…Filemaker 13: The database is in your browser | PCWorld.

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