Version 17 of the FileMaker platform was released earlier today (yay!), and I decided to use the announcement as a way to start writing about custom software development using the FileMaker platform. I'm new to the blogging world, but not to the internet or FileMaker, so please feel free to (gently) give me feedback on how I'm doing. If you have suggestions on topics for future articles, let me know via the contact form. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's get to it!

What is FileMaker?

The FileMaker platform is a rapid development toolset created by FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary. The platform allows users to quickly and effectively create custom business database apps that can be used on Mac, Windows, web browsers, and iOS devices.

FileMaker isn't a toolset that students learn in a school classroom as part of a computer science curriculum. Most people stumble across it when they're trying to find a solution to a data management problem that either does not have off-the-shelf packaged software to handle it or has exceeded the confines of packaged software, spreadsheets and other data management tools. More recently, with the proliferation of SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions that can be accessed online from anywhere, the FileMaker platform is also proving useful as an extension to and/or a dashboard to integrate disparate web applications that use a common set of data. 

For more than 30 years (since 1985 to be exact), which is a pretty long life for any software, the FileMaker platform has been used by people in organizations of all sizes to get things done their way. If you've never heard of FileMaker before, the best place to get more information about it and how it's been used in the world is on filemaker.com, the official website for FileMaker, Inc.

New Features in FileMaker 17

You can go to this page on FileMaker's website to get an overview of all the new features in FileMaker 17. We'll be writing more soon about how these features and the platform in general can help you make your workflow less costly and more efficient!