A webinar with Africa Software Solutions

Africa Software Solutions, our partner in Ghana, is hosting its first webinar on the power of technology and FileMaker solutions in emerging markets. One participant will be awarded 1000$ worth of consulting services, register today to secure a chance to win!

Date : Friday, May 14th, 2021

Time: 4:00pm (GMT)

Duration : 40min (including a Q&A session)

What you will learn

The discussion will revolve around the endless opportunities of the Claris Platform including what Claris FileMaker and Claris Connect have to offer to companies that want to expand their business to meet specific needs in their respective industries. With the help of their speakers and special guest, you will concretely learn about the benefits of digital tools and custom solutions and how they are superior in comparison to the other solutions in the market.

During this 40-minute live webinar, you will benefit from valuable feedbacks about the challenges, opportunities, and solutions for African businesses in emerging markets.

· Register for free ·

About Africa Software Solutions

Africa Software Solutions Ltd. (ASSL) is a 100% African-owned and operated software consulting firm that specializes in building software solutions for businesses, organizations, and governments across Africa.

ASSL recently partnered with Claris Inc., making them the first and only trusted Claris Partner in Sub-Saharan Africa, and allowing them to leverage some exclusive resources to meet the growing needs of the continent.

FileMaker 17 has launched!

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 15, 2018 – Today FileMaker, Inc. announced the release of the FileMaker 17 Platform, the latest version of its widely used custom app platform. The release features starter apps and master-details layouts to make app development even easier. It also includes a redesigned FileMaker Server Admin Console and new FileMaker Admin API to help streamline custom app management.

Companies of all types, from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms, use the FileMaker Platform to quickly and easily create custom apps that solve their unique challenges and meet their business goals. The FileMaker 17 Platform release focuses on innovative updates for mobility and development to make custom apps even more versatile and easier to create. Apps can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud.

Learn more about the FileMaker 17 Platform.

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Updates include:


  • Starter apps: Get started more quickly by choosing one of six new starter apps. Add more functionality to an app by connecting an add-on table.
  • Master-detail layouts: Leverage the new portal enhancements to create common design patterns like master-detail layouts.
  • Redesigned layout mode: Create custom apps more easily with layout tools that are more discoverable through convenient panes inside the document window.


  • Sensor support: Using a new calculation function, mobile apps can capture information from iOS sensors in iPad or iPhone devices.
  • Configure local notification: Display a local notification on an iPad or iPhone device when FileMaker Go is not running or is in the background.
  • Drag and drop:  Go faster with drag and drop of text, photos, and files between apps on iPad devices running iOS 11.2.

Administration and Integration:

  • FileMaker Server Admin Console: Redesigned to be more lightweight with a streamlined user interface.
  • FileMaker Admin API trial: Get REST API access to manage and administer FileMaker Server. Trial expires Sept. 27, 2019.
  • FileMaker Data API: This improved REST API includes support for FileMaker Server scripts, the ability to upload files to container fields, and a more standardized API format.

Ann Monroe, vice president of worldwide marketing and customer success, FileMaker, Inc., said: “With the FileMaker 17 Platform, not only can users do more in less time, but they also can do more on the go. Business teams of all sizes are looking to improve productivity, and this launch builds on FileMaker’s track record of providing a unified tool for quickly creating and deploying custom apps.”

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary, delivers a unified platform for easily creating custom apps that work seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web. Business teams use the FileMaker Platform to streamline their operational processes, boosting overall productivity.

Welcome to our new website

We’re glad to announce that our new and refreshed website is now live. We have modernized the design of our website as well as included changes in the navigation to improve the user experience. You might notice a whole new visual image – even the logo of WinSoft has changed by the launch of the new website.

Some of the changes include :

  • Customer account – From now on, you can keep a track on your previous purchases through the customer account.
  • New partner pages –  You can find updated information of all our partners. Find a partner by country, industry or activity or scroll through the presentations to find a partner to help you with your FileMaker project. If you would like to become a partner yourself, feel free to contact us.
  • More options for FileMaker Licensing for Teams  – You can now purchase all the versions on our webstore. Choose between 5-100 users and between an Annual or a Perpetual contract.
  • The FileMaker Starter Kit – We have launched a new service to help you get the most out of FileMaker software. Read more on the product page.
  • Blog and Business Cases – Read our latest news and find out how other companies are using our software.

We hope you enjoy the new website and if you have any feedback feel free to contact us.

What is new with FileMaker 17

A new and exiting version of FileMaker launched in May. Now that the localised versions for Central Europe and Middle East are finally out, let’s have a look at some of the new functionalities in this version 17.

The FileMaker Data Migration Tool

One of the most significant changes with FileMaker 17 is the Data Migration Tool. The tool isn’t strictly a version 17 feature, but a stand-alone command line app  that chan ben downloaded with the FileMaker Developer Subscription.  The idea is very simple, the tool takes data out of one file and inserts it into a clone file. The biggest advantage of the tool is that you can move data much faster than you could with scripted imports and that you are able to predict your timetable better. Other advantages are that you can migrate all data at once, instead of importing it from each table separately. The data migration tool also maps fields between source and target tables automatically.  Finally you can now also migrate user accounts, custom value lists and serial numbers.

Learn more about the new FileMaker Data Migration tool here and here.

Email attachments

It has been possible to send email messages with the Send Mail script set with FileMaker for a while now. However it has not been possible to send emails with multiple attachments. This has now changed with the release of version 17. You can read more on how to implement this new functionality here.

Master-detail layouts

The new FileMaker 17 platform spares us the master-detail layout aggravation with the new “Current Table” option in the Portal Setup dialog. By selecting “Current Table” within the “Show records from” field, you instruct the portal to display the records in the found set directly in the portal, just like a list view. So instead of having to create a relationship based on some complex set of fields, you can automatically display the records you just found.
Read more on Master-detail layouts here.

Button Setup Window

One simple future in FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced will make you save some precious development time: the Optional Script Parameter field in the Button Setup window.  By having the script parameter available right at the Button Setup makes it faster to change and add a parameter when needed. In previous versions you had to click on the button next to the script name, then click on the Edit button in the resulting window, now you can just click n the script parameter field in the Button Setup window and you’re at the Specify Calculation editor.

Read more on how to take out all of the new Button Setup Window here.

New Layout Window

In previous versions of FileMaker, while switching screens, one had to find all the control pallets and then rearrange them to work within a smaller screen. With FileMaker 17, the new Layout Mode configuration docks the Object Viewer, Inspector and Field Picker tools right to your Layout window, so that they are always visible even when working on a smaller screen. Read more here.

New within Licensing

With the launch of FileMaker 17 Platform, the new FileMaker User Licensing program was introduced. This new program enables you to get the entire FileMaker platform (FM Server, Web, Desktops and FM Go users). The Volume Licensing Customers have been automatically transitioned to this program in May and June 2018. You can read more about the new licensing model here. If you have any questions concerning the new licensing model, feel free to contact our Sales Team.

To try out all the new functionalities of FileMaker 17 download a free trial!

You can purchase your localised version of FileMaker 17 here.