7 FileMaker 19 features you should start using now.

Discover 7 game-changing Claris FileMaker 19 features you should start using now to work faster and smarter.
8 February 2023 • 3 min

For more than 30 years, Claris FileMaker has been pushing the limits of low code. With FileMaker 19, the platform’s first open release, users can rapidly build modern custom apps with the most robust features on the market.

As long-time Claris developer Todd Geist put it, “This is the biggest release in 15 years.”

Here are 7 game-changing Claris FileMaker 19 features you should start using now. Read to the end to learn how they can help a business work faster and smarter.

1. Enhance your custom apps with JavaScript.

Add modular components to your app by embedding JavaScript packages from readily-available free or paid libraries. Now you can embed animated graphics, data visualization, maps, calendars and more in minutes by using one of millions of existing packages from the world’s most popular coding language.

Feeling more ambitious? Use JavaScript to create the next great feature or add-on yourself.

With FileMaker, enhance your custom apps with JavaScript

2. Build and leverage drag and drop add-ons.

Even without deep application development skills you now can snap together robust apps with drag and drop add-ons. Add-ons like kanban boards, photo galleries, barcode generators, activity timelines, progress bars, editors, and much more are available at Claris Marketplace.

You can also create add-ons with JavaScript, web services or native FileMaker programming. Or sell them on Claris Marketplace and use them yourself for unlimited possibilities in FileMaker apps.

3. Create smarter apps with Siri Shortcuts and Apple’s Core ML.

Add Siri Shortcuts to your custom app to enable voice commands that can run automations, update inventory, or kick off a process.

Use Apple’s Core ML to incorporate machine learning into your custom apps for rapid sentiment analysis, image classification, object detection, face detection, text prediction, speaker identification, and more. Integrate machine learning models directly in iOS and macOS applications by leveraging the device’s CPU and GPU.

Just starting? Leverage a pre-trained machine learning model from GitHub to drag and drop your model into a desired container field.

Thanks to FileMaker 19, small businesses can access affordable machine learning. #PowerToTheProblemSolvers

4. Use Near Field Communications (NFC) tag reading.

Create apps with NFC tag readers to streamline event access, manage payments, or kick off a new workflow. NFC tags can be programed with almost any information and then used at your business’ physical location or embedded in products. The tags allow smartphones or NFC-capable devices to to read key information when they are close to the tag.

Use Near Field Communications (NFC) tag reading in FileMaker

5. Host where you want.

Now you can host your apps on Linux, an industry standard open source operating system. Linux is one of the cheapest and best options for small businesses to host servers. It’s secure, easy to use, versatile and fast. It’s also a platform your IT department trusts and knows well. 

6. Start in the cloud, stay in the cloud.

Push apps directly to the cloud with zero configuration and deployment by creating new apps directly in Claris FileMaker Cloud* from Claris FileMaker Pro in a one-step process. This approach circumvents the multi-step configuration and upload process. Apps become instantly available to share with your team. 

Imagine how quickly you could fix the manual or paper-based processes that need to be moved to digital now that your colleagues are working from home.

*FileMaker Cloud is available in the following countries: Bahrain, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Lithuania, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania.

7. “Stop. Answer THIS first.” Yes, Cards are here.

Long-time developers of FileMaker have loved card capabilities that came with FileMaker 16. The latest release brings this UI capability to FileMaker WebDirect, satisfying one of the top feature requests from the Claris Community. Cards require less scripting than a modal popover allowing you to build apps quicker, display data from other tables easily, and act as a simple tool for pickers / selectors. 

Cards in FileMaker