FileMaker 15 Features Poll


When FileMaker 14 was released developers were given a bunch of new features to advance their FileMaker solutions. Features such as the Script Workspace, mobile advancements, performance improvements, updated designs, button icons and much more.

The FileMaker 14 platform has been around for over a year now and developers are starting to ask the question ‘What will be released with FileMaker 15?’.

I’m sure that most FileMaker developers have thought about possible features that could be included in the new release of FileMaker. So I have decided to host a poll to collect people’s ideas and thoughts about the next FileMaker platform.

If the features you’d like to select aren’t listed below, enter them in the comments section below and I will add them to the poll.

Which feature would you like to see most in FileMaker 15?

  • Push Notifications for iOS and OS X (44%, 102 Votes)
  • Improved ExecuteSQL (37%, 86 Votes)
  • FileMaker Server Remote App for iPhone/iPad (18%, 43 Votes)
  • None of the Above (18%, 42 Votes)
  • Force Touch Triggers for iOS (15%, 34 Votes)
  • Apple Watch App (12%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 233

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Thank you for taking the time to read this article and for voicing your opinion about features for the next generation of FileMaker products.

The truth is that it is unlikely FileMaker, Inc will include these features in the next release of FileMaker. However perhaps they will consider the features for FileMaker 16?

Maybe someone from FileMaker, Inc will see the results?

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    • Hi J, an answer ‘None of the Above’ has been added to the poll. If you have any other thoughts on what features should be in FileMaker 15; please leave a comment below!

  1. Improve ExecuteSql, so it will recognize incorrect table/field names and is able to create new records.
    Sure all can be done differently, but knowledge of sql queries is also usable for things outside of Filemaker, so I’d rather invest time in using/learning widly adopted standards.

    • Hi Henry, an answer ‘Improved ExecuteSQL’ has been added to the poll. Two people have already voted for your answer! If you have any other thoughts on what features should be in FileMaker 15; please leave a comment below!

  2. I agree with Henry. In a foreign solution could exists a lot of Script Triggers in Layouts so that it would be useful, to have improved SQL-Capacities e.g. for creating Log-Records within just a single Formula. And another thing is an improved Scriptstep «Go To Field» like the really good Step «Go To Layout». There are some another Field-Scriptsteps to enhance in the same generic manner. I really wonder why these Steps are still in the beginning of the 90ties-Style. And as Programmer in PHP, JavaScript/Jquery, Bash/Shell, Windows-Batch, XML/XLS and AppleScript I really miss a really good Editor with Indents-Capacities, Search-/Replace-Functions and a really effective Syntax-Highlighting in Scriptstep-Lines. Why not an enhanced Programming-Interface in the Advanced Version? A lot of Programmers (Java, C# et al.) i know think FM-Developers uses a legacy system. In a way they are right, see above. To avoid this should be also a feature request.

  3. #1 Printing from WebDirect; Improvements in indirection in formulas, especially around where “SELF” can be used, making code more portable (e.g. the to field in a calculation as a indirect, rather than an explicit reference; improvements to Script Workspace around revision history, and code-to-object traceability; collapsable (folding) code.

  4. I would love for them to clean-up one thing in particular.

    The lock setting in the position tab of the inspector should lock the position ONLY.

    I’m only at risk of accidentally moving objects when I select them. I’m not going to accidentally edit the “hide when” property, but when an object is locked and I don’t realize it, and I modify the formula, FileMaker says oops you can’t do that- the object is locked.

    Most other IDEs only lock the position.

    It’s fumbly and clunky the way it is now.

  5. I would like to see models, for the database. Ex: be able to create the field phone with mask, and use it in whatever table i want to use, if i modify the phone model, automatically reflect in all databases used.

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