FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced

FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced
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Do more in less time
Master-detail layouts
Leverage the new portal enhancements to create common design patterns like master-detail layouts. Save time by eliminating the need to develop self-join relationships and additional scripts.
Redesigned Layout mode
Experience a more sleek environment for creating layouts. The Inspector, Fields tab, and Objects tab are more visible through convenient panes inside the document window. Hide or show panes individually.
Default fields
When adding a new table, fields are automatically created that show record creation information. These fields include primary key, creation date, modification date, and who the field was created or modified by. Default fields can be customised as needed or preconfigured beforehand.
My Apps window
Launch any of your custom apps from one window. Easily navigate to the Recent tab to find recently opened files, and the Create tab to find the new Starter apps.
Multiple email attachment support
Attach multiple files to an email message to have more flexibility while exchanging with your customers or team.
Copy and paste custom menus
Save time by reusing custom menus in other apps you create. Just copy menu sets, menus, and menu items and then paste them into another file.
Group object selection
Easily modify, reposition, or resize an individual object within a group without first needing to ungroup all objects.
Scripting enhancements
Build more reusable code with enhanced script steps. Add a variable in an input field to populate and retrieve text with support for variables in the Show Custom Dialog.
New FileMaker data migration tool
Go from days to hours or hours to minutes when importing large data sets. This new time-saving command-line tool helps you update your deployed custom apps in no time. The data migration tool is available through the FileMaker Developer Subscription.
Do more on the go
Configure Local Notification
Keep your users easily informed by displaying a local notification on iPad or iPhone when FileMaker Go is not running or is in the background. Using a script, send local alerts based such as meeting reminders or detecting a nearby iBeacon.
Enter data faster and with more accuracy in FileMaker Go using auto-complete in text fields. Type a letter or two and instantly see a list of drop down items that match what you’re typing.
Keyboard shortcuts
Be more efficient with keyboard shortcuts now supported on external keyboards for iOS devices, such as the Smart Keyboard.
Drag and drop
Be faster with dragging and dropping of text, photos, and files between apps on iPad running iOS 11.2 (at minimum).
Improved iOS App SDK
Leverage the power of Apple APIs with the improved iOS App SDK. Now you can create iOS apps that connect to iOS technologies such as push notifications, HealthKit, HomeKit, Apple Pay, and more. The iOS App SDK is available through the FileMaker Developer Subcription.
More features
Get more to secure, integrate, and manage your apps
FileMaker Admin API trial
Use this REST API for more flexibility in managing and managing your custom apps. Collect information about the performance of your server and hosted FileMaker apps. Build message and script schedules that can be used across multiple servers. And integrate with third-party applications for custom monitoring and administration functionality.The trial period for the FileMaker Admin API will expire on September 27, 2019. After which, it will cease to operate. Learn more about the API trial.
FileMaker Data API
The improved FileMaker Data API includes powerful new features including support for FileMaker scripts and the ability to upload files to container fields. The FileMaker Data API also has a more patterned API format to make it easier to work with. Connect your FileMaker data to other popular apps and web services with this REST API. View the guide.
Account lockout
Protect your custom apps against brute force and dictionary attacks by temporarily locking an account after a few sign-in attempts.
Work while reconnecting
If you lose your network connection, continue working with files that don’t depend on that host while the connection is being restored.
Start quickly
Create precisely the app you want using the instinctive graphical interface, flexible design tools, built-in Starter apps, and ready-to-use themes.
Import existing data
Bring your existing data into a FileMaker app. Import data types such as .CSV, Tab, XML, ODBC, and Microsoft Excel files.
Built-in reporting tools
Easily make summary reports, colourful charts, and executive dashboards using built-in reporting and charting tools. Save your information in popular Excel and PDF formats.
Out-of-the-box security
Centralise your information and safely access data using proven encryption standards. Administer group or individual user privileges — even for a single field.
Share with your team
Create custom apps that work together seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web. Securely share your app with others using FileMaker Cloud or FileMaker Server. Learn more.
Integrate with other programs
Connect with other popular apps and web services through powerful REST APIs. And create live, 2-way connections with Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and IBM DB2 data sources.
Advanced Features
Script Debugger
Instantly define problem areas in scripts and Script Triggers directly in the Script Workspace. Turn off Script Triggers when debugging to fine tune the troubleshooting process.
Data Viewer
Monitor fields, variables, and calculations while troubleshooting.
Database Encryption
Enable AES 256-bit encryption to protect data on FileMaker Cloud, FileMaker Server, or on a FileMaker client.
Custom Menus
Build, change, or delete specific menu items or entire menu sets.
Custom Functions
Build your own functions and copy, paste, or import them into any FileMaker file.
Database Design Report
Run comprehensive reports on all elements of your database schema.
Kiosk mode
Build applications where all menus are hidden.
File compatibility

Custom apps created using FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced (minimum) and later can be opened and used with FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced.

Learn more about converting your pre-12 FileMaker apps.

Host compatibility

FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced can connect to the following hosts:

  • FileMaker Server 17, 16 and 15
  • FileMaker Pro 17, 16 and 15 Advanced
  • FileMaker Pro 16 and 15
  • FileMaker Cloud 1.17 and 1.16

The latest updates must be applied to the above software before hosting FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced apps.

System requirements

Note that OS X El Capitan 10.11 is no longer supported. Be sure to update your operating system before upgrading to FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced.

Windows 10 Pro Edition32-bit and 64-bit
Fall Creators Update
Windows 10
Enterprise Edition
32-bit and 64-bit
Fall Creators Update
Windows 8.1 Standard EditionSystem updates 2919355 and 2999226
Windows 8.1 Pro EditionSystem updates 2919355 and 2999226
Windows 7 SP1 Professional EditionSystem update 2999226
Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate EditionSystem update 2999226
macOS High Sierra 10.13
MacOS Sierra 10.12

*Version stated is the minimum requirement. FileMaker Pro Advanced may also work with later operating systems certified by FileMaker, Inc. Operating systems not listed in the table above have not been tested and are not supported.

Hardware requirements

 Minimum RequirementsRecommended Requirements
WindowsCPU: 1 GHz or faster x86- or x64-bit processor

CPU: 1 GHz or faster x86- or x64-bit processor

RAM: 2 GB or more
MacRAM: 2 GBRAM: 4 GB or more

Remote Desktop Services and Citrix XenApp

Windows Remote Desktop Services and Citrix XenApp 7.14 supported on:

  • Windows Server 2016 (with Desktop Experience)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

Remote Desktop Services clients supported on:

  • Windows: Remote Desktop Services Client
  • OS X: Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0

Citrix ICA client minimum requirements*:

  • Windows: Receiver for Windows 4.8
  • macOS: Receiver for Mac 12.6

*At this time, only the above clients are supported by FileMaker, Inc. Other clients may work as expected but they have not been tested for use with FileMaker Pro Advanced and are not currently supported.

Additional requirements

NetworkingPeer-to-peer sharing is limited to 5 simultaneous client connections in addition to the host; each client requires a licensed copy of the software. Use FileMaker Cloud or FileMaker Server for increased security options and sharing capability.
Microsoft .NETFor Windows, FileMaker Pro Advanced and runtime solutions require Microsoft .NET framework version 4.6 or later.
ODBC and JDBC Client DriversLearn more about installing drivers to enable ODBC and JDBC clients to access FileMaker Pro Advanced data.
Supported email applicationsFileMaker Pro Advanced can Send Mail via an email client application. To do so, you must have a supported email application installed and configured properly on your computer. See a list of supported email applications.

FileMaker, Inc. continually invests in the latest technology in order to keep making improvements to the FileMaker Platform. As a result, some features and operating systems are deprecated and will be removed in future versions of FileMaker software. See a list of deprecated technologies.

Your language fully enabled in FileMaker

The specific editions of FileMaker for Central Europe offer a full support of your language:

  • localised versions in Czech, Polish, Russian and Turkish (user interface and templates).
  • sorting to better manage your data (in Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Estonian, Greek, Greek Mix, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Turkish and Ukrainian)
  • spell checking with the support of Hunspell tool to enhance your writing & avoid typos
  • Web Direct in Czech, Polish,Turkish and Russian to easily publish your database on the Web

FileMaker is fully enabled to work efficiently in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Indian. The specific editions of FileMaker for the Middle East and India offer a full support of your language with enhanced features to handle properly your language characteristics:

  • text direction to manage efficiently RTL texts
  • right-to-left layout options to tune your layouts one at a time or to switch in 1 click to a full RTL layout
  • sorting to better manage your data (in Arabic,Hebrew, Farsi, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Panjabi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Thai and Vietnamese)
  • spell checking with the support of Hunspell tool to enhance your writing & avoid typos
They trust us
Within only 6 weeks the FileMaker platform helped 24U and SYNELOGIS to develop and deploy a custom app for managing freight transportation that completely replaced paper waybills and allowed truck drivers to share data with dispatchers in real time. From paper to modern freight transportation with data sharing and cost and profit information in real time Developed in partnership between 24U s.r.o. and SYNELOGIS s.r.o.