New FileMaker Pro 11 Delivers Eye-Catching Charts, Easy Reporting and Improved Productivity Features

Macworld Australia Staff
5 July, 2010
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Press Release

Innovative new ways to create, share and visualise databases now available in FileMaker Pro 11

SYDNEY, Australia – 10 March 2010 – FileMaker, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of FileMaker Pro 11. Packed with new and innovative features led by charting, “on the fly” reporting, a new Quick Find capability, and a host of productivity tools for easier database creation, FileMaker Pro 11 makes using databases easier and quicker than ever.
For advanced FileMaker users and developers, FileMaker Pro 11 delivers many new features for creating professional solutions in record time.

Also available today with new features is the entire FileMaker 11 product line, which includes FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced, FileMaker Server 11 and FileMaker Server 11.

“FileMaker Pro 11 is designed for solving real-world business problems, such as the need for interpreting business data,” said Steve McManus, Regional Manager – Asia Pacific, FileMaker, Inc. “With easy-to-use integrated charting, we bring dynamic visual reporting to FileMaker Pro 11 users. We also provide new tools to boost all users’ productivity, helping novice and expert users alike build, share and publish better databases.”

David Head of uLearnIT – Certified FileMaker Developer and Authorised FileMaker Trainer – added, “FileMaker Pro 11 has something for new users and experienced developers alike. QuickFind makes searching for data as easy as using Google. Quick reports will see novice users slicing and dicing data. And enhancements to scripting, the use of variables and portal filtering will make development faster and more flexible.”

FileMaker charts and reports

FileMaker Pro 11 offers a selection of dynamic professional-quality charts (pie, bar, area, and line), empowering users to visualise, evaluate and report on data within a new or existing layout. For example, users can add a pie chart tab within a FileMaker Pro layout to see their sales depicted graphically any way they chose – weekly, monthly, regionally and more. FileMaker Charts can also be published to the web using FileMaker Pro Instant Web Publishing. FileMaker Pro 11 users can now easily create “on the fly” Quick Reports in a familiar spreadsheet-like format to easily set up subtotals and totals similar to pivot tables in spreadsheets. A new streamlined Layout/Report Assistant guides users through the process of setting up reports with grouped data.

Easier ways to build and use databases

FileMaker Pro 11 provides a variety of new tools to help boost productivity and enable users to build and use databases more easily. New FileMaker Pro 11 productivity features include:

  • Innovative Quick Find with iTunes style that searches across all fields within a layout
  • Inspector, a master tool palette that controls layout objects and properties in one convenient place
  • Object Badges to visually identify scripted fields in layouts with color-coded icons
  • A new Invoices Starter Solution, one of more than 30 built-in solutions, designed to track product and customer details and create, manage and print customised invoices for every order
  • An improved Quick Start Screen to help users create new databases, manage favourite files and find helpful resources
  • Text highlighting to emphasise key words or numbers in fields

For more experienced database developers, FileMaker Pro 11 offers script creation and editing enhancements, portal filtering that specifies related records based on calculations and layout folders that help organise layouts in folders via a simple drag-and-drop operation

New ways to collaborate

FileMaker Pro 11 also delivers innovative new ways to collaborate with its unique Snapshot Link that flags a specific set of records at a point in time, preserving the same layout, view and sort order. Any changes made to the file are automatically updated in the database. The Snapshot Link file can be emailed to anyone who has FileMaker Pro 11 for easy collaboration. FileMaker Pro 11 also introduces Recurring Import, a new feature that allows users to establish an automatic import from Excel, CSV or TAB, the perfect solution for insuring that data is always accurate within a FileMaker record.

FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced delivers greater customisation and more

The new FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced, which offers all of the features of FileMaker Pro 11 plus a suite of advanced development and customisation tools, provides a new streamlined, intuitive interface for creating customised menus; the ability to copy, paste and import custom functions into databases without having to re-key information; and an Improved Script Debugger that lets users debug scripts attached to buttons and Custom Menus along with all the scripts on a layout.

New FileMaker Server 11 products give new insights into workgroup databases

New in FileMaker Server 11 is an Enhanced Statistics View that provides detailed visibility into FileMaker Pro clients to help diagnose potential issues. The new Backup File Clone allows administrators to save an empty version of any database to help preserve the schema and architecture of a file while troubleshooting.

FileMaker Server 11 Advanced no longer limits the number of users that can simultaneously access files over the network and allows managers to securely assign access privileges to groups of users.

Early testers praise FileMaker Pro 11 innovations

“The feature that I am most excited about is Quick Find. Our FileMaker files contain all the signage for our stores. With large files covering tons of products and ingredients, it has been a hassle in the past using scripts to search multiple fields for the same criteria. With this new feature, we have one universal place in every file that we can use to find whatever we need.”

Bryce Bartley,

Programming Analyst

Whole Foods

Austin, Texas

“Charting in FileMaker Pro 11 adds a whole new dimension to our company project management reports and allows us to visually communicate projected resource needs to better manage labor. Even user statistics for our IT systems are more meaningful when rendered in chart form using FileMaker Pro 11. Certain data calls out for record-by-record comparison, but other data sets are just a blur until placed into the visual context made possible with a chart.”

Ken Grindall,

Director, Information Technology

Scientific Applications & Research Associates (SARA), Inc

Cypress, California

“We genuinely appreciate the new Inspector feature in FileMaker Pro 11. It is easy to use and puts all the tools we need to refine layout objects and properties right at our fingertips.”

Robert LiPuma, Ph.D.,

Director of Assessment and Technology/District CIO

Lockport City School District

Lockport, New York

Pricing and availability

All FileMaker 11 products are immediately available. FileMaker Pro 11 is $499/$299 upgrade (AUD suggested list price) and FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced is $799/$495 upgrade (AUD suggested list price). FileMaker Server 11 is $1,645/$990 upgrade (AUD suggested list price) and FileMaker Server 11 Advanced is $5,150/$3,090 upgrade (AUD suggested list price). Additional pricing and upgrade information is available at

For a limited time, FileMaker extends upgrade pricing to licensed users of FileMaker 8 and 8.5 products. This offer expires 24 Sept. 2010, and details are at

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker Inc. is the leader in easy-to-use database software. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the world’s largest companies, rely on FileMaker software to manage, analyse and share essential information. The company’s products are the FileMaker Pro line –- versatile database software for teams and organisations, for Windows, Mac and the Web –- and Bento, the personal database for Mac, iPhone and iPod touch. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple.

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Resource Centre

  1. Introducing layout themes and styles in FileMaker Pro 13

    FileMaker Pro, help, inspector, macworld australiaIf you are reading this, you are most likely aware of the benefits offered by FileMaker Pro 13, from streamlining your business’ data to organising projects, but how do you make your FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go database solutions look the part?

    This is where layout themes and styles come in.

    Would you like the layout to show your business logo when your employees are entering data into the database? Would you like to create conformity across all pages, maybe with a colour theme that matches your business?

    In order to increase usability for your database, a well-designed layout will make the solution both appealing to look at, but also more efficient – as those entering or viewing data will be able to easily navigate the fields in front of them.

    What is a style?

    In FileMaker Pro, a style is the way a layout object, layout part and the database’s background appear. This encompasses the colour or transparency of objects and backgrounds, the style of line used within the layout, the borders of objects and parts, the shape of objects, the shadows outside or inside an object’s border, and the display state of an object.

    For example, when your draw a square on your layout, the initial appearance of the square will be determined by the theme currently being used by the layout. The colour of the square, the lines that define it and any shadow that appears are all differing styles that add up to make a theme.

    The initial theme is called the default and ensures that all objects added to the layout carry a similar look. So, if you add a second square to the layout, it will have the same colour and borders. Though this does not have to be the case if you would like to differentiate them.

    And a theme?

    A theme is the collection of a number of styles used in a layout. Themes are the full picture of how your layout or report appears, and encompass all of the individual styles applied to objects, parts and the background. The theme does not affect the way a layout functions, but when you apply a theme to a layout it will alter the way it looks and feels.

    Making alterations

    Adjusting a style in a theme is very simple. If you click on the object, layout part or background you would like to alter, open the Inspector and head to the Appearances tab, you will see the Style label field at the top. This indicates the current style.  If no changes have been made, it will likely read as ‘Default’.

    Alter the style of the object, layout part or background by editing the property settings on the Appearance tab of the Inspector. Once you have made your layout look the way you would like, select the red arrow that will have appeared as you were making your changes and click ‘Save As New Style’.

    Type in a new name for your style and press OK. Continue to create as many additional styles as you would like in your layout. If you would like to apply a style to multiple objects or modify a style slightly between two objects, your previous styles will be available in the Styles list on the Style tab of the Inspector.

    Once you have made all of the changes you would like, you have the option of creating a new theme or saving the changes to the current theme.

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