Filemaker Pro 14, Cox Cable's cap testing, Xbox bricking, and more
Episode 15 of The MacNN Podcast is on the air! Regular shenanigans ensue, even if not perpetrated by the regular crowd. This week, we talk about Microsoft up to its old tricks with six versions of Windows 10 at retail, Xbox consoles bricked by Microsoft (or not), Cox Cable's cap testing, and much more!
Excellent update to a superb but not flawless tool
Here's the thing. FileMaker Pro is a quietly spectacular app: it's for creating databases but for three decades now it has also created careers. There are people whose entire working lives have been devoted to creating databases in FileMaker Pro and they do it for lone freelancers, corner shop businesses and even corporations. Now a new FileMaker Pro 14 has been released for the app's 30th anniversary and, with one caveat, it is hugely recommended. Check our full review to see what we liked, and what we didn't.
Solid database app with good templates
Back in January, and during a review of the poor iDatabase, we lamented how database users have been abandoned by FileMaker's Bento app, and how we were struggling to replace it. Readers and developers alike chimed in with alternatives, and Tap Forms is a particularly strong one.
MacNN and Electronista deals for October 17, 2014
Its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check before buying. Check back frequently over the weekend, we like to add stuff!
KitSound Escape travel speaker released, designed for Lightning devices
Kitsound has released its new travel speaker for Lightning-connected iOS devices, the KitSound Escape. Featuring twin drivers and dual passive radiators, the Escape is portable, holding a charge for up to twenty hours. The device measures 60mm in height (2.36 inches), 150mm (six inches) in width and 82mm (3.23 inches) in depth, and is capable for folding flat to accommodate packing.
Mailit 6 e-mail plug-in now available for FileMaker 10 through 13
Dacons Limited has announced the immediate availability of Mailit 6, an email plug-in for FileMaker. Integrating full email capability into FileMaker 10 through 13, Mailit v6.0 adds background receiving of email to the existing set of functions that already allow background sending. Messages are now retrieved in the background while FileMaker is otherwise responsive. Priced at $70 for a single user license, a full line of developer and network licenses are also available.
Time tracking app TaskTime 4 updated, includes bug fixes
ToThePoint Software's TaskTime4 has received an update, offering various bug fixes. A time tacking and billing software, TaskTime4 allows users to track clients and projects for each, create invoices, and more. TaskTime4 v5.1.6 includes fixes for an upgrading bug, as well as a bug that prevents the Stop button and the occasionally missing Preference file. Requiring OS X 10.7 or later, TaskTime 4 is priced at $20.
NewerTech releases 5TB+5TB Guardian Maximus external storage with mirrored drives, multiple interfac
Newer Technology has announced a new 5TB+5TB capacity for its Guardian Maximus line of dual-bay external storage, adding storage capacity and throughput to any Mac or PC with USB 3.0 eSATA, FireWire 800, or FireWire 400. Plug and Play ready in RAID-1 mode for "mirrored" data across two drives, if one drive fails, the other drive holds all data intact and allows the system to remain functioning. Upon replacing the failed drive, the new one automatically mirrors to provide data redundancy. The 5TB+5TB model of the Guardian Maximus is priced at $780.
FileMaker announces FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced 'buy one give one' promotion
FileMaker today announced a limited-time promotion for those purchasing FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, allowing new users to receive a second free copy. The Apple-owned company's offer aims to assist organizations and consultants who may want to provide a copy of FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced to new staff members. The bundle includes everything in FileMakerPro 13, plus a suite of additional development and customization tools that can run on iOS and OS X, as well as Windows and the Web. The offer applies only to the Advanced version of FileMaker Pro, and is limited to one gift request per person between now and June 10.
File management plug-in for FileMaker Pro 13 adds 64-bit support
Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 188.8.131.52 beta for FileMaker Pro 13, adding support for 64-bit architecture on FileMaker Server 13 and WebDirect. A tool for accessing information outside the FileMaker Pro database, file and folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the function of the plug-in. Users can create, manipulate and a variety of file types and folders, as well as manage images and movies, read IPTC and EXIF metadata from JPEG, RAW and PNG images, and more.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems Menu plug-in update for FileMaker Pro
Comm-Unity Networking Systems (CNS) has announced an update to its CNS Menu plug-in for FileMaker Pro 12 and later. CNS Menu allows users to place hierarchical menus anywhere on a FileMaker Pro layout. When a menu item is selected, the script of the user's choice is performed. New to v.1.1.14 includes fixed issues with displaying menus on layouts when web views under Filemaker PRo 13 on Mac, and menu placement sissies for layouts with web view under FileMarker Pro 12+ on Windows. Additionally included is the new ability to specify absolute coordinates instead of layout coordinates, with the appending of an exclamation mark to the end of coordinates. The latest version of CNS Menu is available online as a free upgrade for existing users, and $65 per 1-User License for new customers.
FileMaker Go rides on recent FileMaker 13 update
Apple-owned FileMaker announced today that its database software for iOS devices, FileMaker Go, has surpassed one million downloads from the App Store. The company recently updated the overall FileMaker platform, offering expanded support for native iOS behaviors and new features that increase the speed of data capture on iPads and iPhones. FileMaker Go 13 is a free download that requires iOS 6 or later.
Event to be held July 28th through 31st
Apple-owned FileMaker has opened up registrations for the 2014 FileMaker Developer Conference. The event is scheduled for July 28th through the 31st at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort in Texas. Beginning today through June 3rd, attendees can pick up "early bird" passes, costing $1,295 for a regular one or $1,895 for a Gold pass, which includes three pre-conference sessions on the 28th. Both options include a free copy of FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced. After June 3rd the price of a regular pass will be hiked by $300.
FileMaker releases FileMaker Training Series: Basics
FileMaker has announced its release of an all-new free training series for its recently-premiered FileMaker 13 Platform. FileMaker Training Series: Basics assists with learning how to build professional custom business applications and solutions that run on iOS, Windows and Mac OS X, and the web. New users can learn the fundamentals of FileMaker, and then progress quickly to create what they need for business and professional use.
Design gets shareable themes, drag-and-drop data
Having leaked it yesterday, today Apple-owned FileMaker has formally announced FileMaker 13, the next major edition of its database creation software. One of the major additions is WebDirect, an HTML5-based method of publishing databases to the web without special programming. When developing iOS frontends, users can now generate them in a single step, and add things like slide controls, popovers, gesture controls, custom keyboards, and barcode capture functions.
Feature additions go unmentioned
Various editions of FileMaker Pro 13 have gone on sale at Apple's UK online store ahead of an anticipated official announcement. The listings don't make mention of specific feature upgrades, but in screenshots the OS X release appears to have a new "Share" button, while the companion iOS app - FileMaker Go -- has been given a visual overhaul for iOS 7. Still missing is a matching FileMaker Server update.
Twitter's Conversations layout redesigned
Twitter released Version 5.1 of its iOS app today. The app lets users of the prominent social networking site connect to their Twitter account to get real-time stories, pictures, videos, and conversations on one's own 'timeline.' The latest update includes a redesigned Conversations segment, including a blue line indicating a conversation between people you follow, and the first Tweet in a thread now appears above the most recent reply. The new release also includes various other improvements, including new notification settings and bug fixes. Twitter 5.1 can be downloaded for free from iTunes for devices running iOS5 or later.
Software likely defeated by other notetaking, calendar, contacts apps
Apple-owned FileMaker has announced plans to discontinue Bento, its personal database software for OS X and iOS. The final release, Bento 4, will remain at the FileMaker Store and the Mac and iOS App Stores until the end of September. People wanting to continue using FileMaker software can upgrade to FileMaker Pro for $120.
Native Instruments outs new Maschine expansion
Helios Ray, a new Maschine Expansion featuring sounds and beats drawn from London's broken beat scene and LA's abstract beat producers has been released. Containing three different styles of drum kits, as well as unique Melodic Kits and new Massive presents, Helios Ray is available as a $50 purchase online. The Vinyl Kits includes a variety of vinyl kicks, finger snaps, and snares, while the Digital Kits feature Brazilian and Latin percussion and the Analog Kits offer gritty drums provided by classic hardware units. Additionally, a compact version is also available as a $1 purchase through the iMaschine iOS app.
Event scheduled for August 12-15
Apple-owned FileMaker has announced some schedule highlights for the 2013 FileMaker Developer Conference, scheduled for August 12th through the 15th at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. Participants will get to see demonstrations by FileMaker and other exhibitors, and network with fellow users of the software. This year FileMaker has added a new Design track with 11 sessions, plus a Business track with nine sessions.
Restrictions push users to buy full apps
Apple-owned FileMaker has announced iOS Demo Solutions, a new section on its website. The page gathers together a variety of iPad and iPhone database tools created using FileMaker. In keeping with its name, each app in the section is limited either in terms of time or features, in a bid to get people to pay for full products.
Deadline is June 18th
Apple-owned FileMaker has opened up Early Bird registrations for the 2013 FileMaker Developer Conference. Registering between now and June 18th will knock $300 off the regular price of admission, pushing it down to $1,295. The Early Bird Gold package costs $1,895, and grants access to perks like pre-conference sessions. All attendees will get a copy of FileMaker Pro Advanced.
XEffects Transitions pack for FCP X
FileMaker Technical Network members can now access a new Training Series Sampler Kit that features three self-paced training modules. The modules include Working with Layouts, FileMaker Go, and FileMaker Server, each featuring its own exercises, demo files, and videos. Working With Layouts teaches techniques for creating a variety of layouts, while FileMaker Go includes tips on building mobile apps for the iPhone and iPad. Finally, FileMaker server includes information on setting up and maintaining FileMaker Server.
Custom App Starter Bundle builds iOS-ready apps
FileMaker has announced the availability of its new iOS Custom App Starter Bundle, which allows users to develop and deploy custom iPad and iPhone business apps. The bundle includes a number of FileMaker tools aimed at allowing users to develop professional-looking apps aimed at solving issues specific to their own businesses. It requires no custom libraries, and its iOS-based solution framework provides built-in themes, stencils, starter solutions, and ways to integrate data views, data validation, and other aspects of data management without the need for extensive developer experience.
24u FileMaker plug-in updates
24U Software has released updated for SimpleDialog and SimpleFile, two of its FileMarker Pro plug-ins. The SimpleDialog plug-in provides a number of tools for creating custom dialogs with an unlimited amount of text and buttons. The latest release adds extended support for styled text in dialogs, and improves compatibility with both MAc OS X Lion and FileMaker Pro 12. A single user license sells for $39, however, existing version 4.0 customers are entitled to a free upgrade. In addition, customers running version 3 can upgrade at the discounted cost of $29.
FileMaker updates iPad version of Bento with key changes
A confession up front before we get into the review: I have never handled a personal database app before, much less Bento for iPad specifically. I've used database software in the past, of course, but always something designed for the office world. My own life is simple enough that I can keep track of things with lists and notes; a database, however streamlined, typically feels like extra work. Bento has always had a strange appeal though, so after some coaxing, I decided to try the latest update for the iPad, Bento 4.
Bento 4.1 for Mac, Bento 1.2.1 for iPhone allow sync
Apple-owned FileMaker has released Bento 4 for iPad, a new version of its personal database software. Among the core changes is the ability to create personal apps customized for different tasks; elements can be dragged and dropped into place. Bento 4 also has access to a new selection of free iPad templates on the Bento Template Exchange, and 40 new themes, all of which are compatible with the third-generation iPad's Retina display. Accordingly, the rest of the app has also been scaled to Retina graphics for the first time.
PluralEyes 3 beta for FCP
The latest addition to the FileMaker Training Series has been released and can be purchased online. The latest training focuses on intermediate and advanced content and features 13 different modules that cover data modeling, security, web publishing, and more. The self-paced training course is priced at $40 and includes an 800-page manual and a DVD with demo files, exercises, and videos. Alternatively, customers can purchased a fully digital version of the course for $20.
FileMaker Go 12 passes 100,000 downloads
In response to the threat of the Flashback trojan, Norton has launched a free scan-and-removal tool. The utility follows remedies from both Kaspersky Labs and Apple, both which released their removal tools earlier this week. Apple's solution, which was released via Software Update, consisted of a Java update that was said to find and remove the "most common variants" of the trojan. The free utility weighs in at 0.6MB and can be downloaded from Norton's website.
Suite places extra emphasis on iOS
Apple-owned FileMaker has released a new set of database offerings, beginning with the flagship FileMaker Pro 12. The software brings a variety of changes, many of them with an iOS focus. It for instance includes 16 new Starter Solutions, which also have iPad- and iPhone-optimized screens; among 40 new themes are ones that are specially designed with iOS formatting in mind. When customizing a database, iOS screen stencils can be used.
iPhone, iPad apps a major focus
Apple-owned FileMaker has formally announced details of the 2012 FileMaker Development Conference. The event is scheduled for July 16th through the 19th at the Fontainebleau Hotel, in Miami, Florida. A variety of sessions will be on offer, including topics like security, scripting, location technology, web data, and server configuration.
Helps identify, overcome bottlenecks in code
FileMaker-based solution developers have often debugged and optimized their products mainly by intuition -- looking at a bit of code and trying out alternative ways to accomplish the same thing until it works better, particularly when they are revising solutions that have been developed for clients over several years. A new product by 24U called FM Bench promises to introduce optimization through code analysis and bottleneck identification, saving time.
MediaDevil to launch keyboard covers
On February 14 FileMaker will be hosting a web seminar designed to teach participants how to use their current database in a mobile setting. The session will focus on both user interaction and system architecture, and will show how screen design, lightweight schema and hybrid development techniques can be used to improve productivity. Two one hour sessions have been scheduled, the first will take place at 11am EDT and the second at 2pm EDT. Registration is open for both and can be completed online.
AFC gains new color options
MonkeyBread Software has launched a new version of MBS FileMaker Plugin, its collection of tools for FileMaker Pro. Version 2.5 now contains 765 different functions, including new CURL functions to enhance upload and download capabilities. Additionally, the update includes new CUPS functions for querying printers and print jobs, canceling print jobs, and sending data to a printer. A free trial can be downloaded from the company's website, while licenses start at $150.
Virtual Programming seeks beta game testers
Until March 22nd, customers who purchase FileMaker Go for the iPhone or iPad will qualify for a 50 percent discount on the retail price of FileMaker Pro. To receive the discount, customers must complete an online proof of purchase form within 30 days of downloading FileMaker Go. The promotion is limited to one discounted purchase, and only applies to a full download license of FileMaker 11. FileMaker Go for the iPhone and iPad can be purchased through the App Store for $20 and $40 respectively.
Software on sale since 2008
Apple-owned FileMaker is announcing that Bento, one of its database apps, has topped 1 million in sales. The figure represents a combined tally for all three editions of the software, including the Mac, iPhone, and iPad releases. The first version of Bento was launched for the Mac in January 2008.
MacPractice software adds Lion support
FileMaker has release The Bento Christmas Kit, a free tool for organizing Christmas plans. Included in the kit is a 30-day trial of Bento 4, as well as Cards and Labels, Party Planning and Gift List templates. Together the templates allow users to organize a number of items, including mailing addresses, gift budgeting, party lists, and more. In addition, the three templates provide full support for both iPhone and iPad versions of the Bento databasing software.
Alien Skin outs Blow Up 3
FileMaker is currently running a special two for one promotion on all purchases of FileMaker Pro 11. The offer will remain available until December 15th and applies to Full, Education and Non-Profit versions of the software. The promotion is also being extended to retail purchases, allowing customers to receive a free second license by filling out a mail-in rebate. A free trial can be download through the company's website, while a full license retails for $300.
Fixed unexpected server-close errors, more
Stellar Data Recovery is expanding their lineup of data-recovery tools with the Stellar Phoenix FileMaker Recovery repair utility, a program for Macs that promises to repair and recover otherwise-inaccessible data from corrupted FileMaker databases. The program can recover files corrupted by the unexpected closure of a server, the deletion of auto-enter calculation fields or operating system issues.
Glass extension released for Safari
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has announced the launch of CNS Image 1.5, an updated version of its FileMaker tool for working with images stored in container fields or on a hard drive. The plug-in allows users to perform custom imports and exports, change image formats, apply filters, and more. Version 1.5 is a complete rewrite of the plug-in, which fixes several issues and adds a Server Edition for use with FileMaker Server. The update also removes the plug-ins dependence on QuickTime, and has replaced original convert function with a new one featuring simplified width and height parameters. Version 1.5 is a free update for anyone with a 1.x.x license, while a new single user license for the client versions costs $65. Alternatively, a 10-user license for the server edition can be purchased for $319.
Deal expires with WWDC
Apple's FileMaker division is offering a temporary discount on upgrades to FileMaker Pro 11. Under the terms of the deal, owners of the company's Bento personal database software can upgrade to Pro 11 for $149, or 50 percent off the software's normal price. Pro differs with more control over aspects like appearance, automation and connectivity.
Objectify development tool released
FileMaker has announced that the early bird registration discount for the 2011 FileMaker Developers Conference will end on June 17. The conference, which is set to take place at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel between August 2nd and 5th, will feature more than 60 FileMaker sessions, as well as a new FileMaker Go track. Conference attendees will learn how to build professional databases, extend solutions to the web, and deploy custom solutions for iOS devices. Early Bird registration for the event costs $1,595 for a regular pass, while the Gold Package featuring an all-inclusive 4-day pass runs for $1,949.
Task manager, contact statuses, bug fixes
Filemaker-based photography business software Light Blue has announced a free upgrade for existing customers to version 3.1, which features significantly improved handling of calendars and calendar data, contact status flags, a new task manager, custom workflows that can be attached to orders automatically, better exporting, picture thumbnails and improved scheduling intelligence with regards to rescheduling and order invoicing, among other improvements and fixes.
Also adds AirPrint, PDF options
Apple-owned FileMaker has released major updates of its FileMaker Go apps for the iPhone and iPad, bringing them up to v1.2. In both cases the apps now support FileMaker charts, which can assume bar, line, area or pie form. Chart data can be pulled from FileMaker Pro, or else through SQL. Reports created with FileMaker Pro 11 can be viewed and edited in Go.
TeleNav hybrid navigation tech
TeleNav has launched a new hybrid navigation technology that can allow users to navigate using either real-time data sent over a wireless network or through data cached on a device. Applications that incorporate this new technology will be capable of automatically switching between the two methods, which will help to ensure users always have access. While over-the-network navigation will provide additional features and real-time data, on-device navigation will still offer turn-by-turn directions to business, local landmarks, and addresses. TeleNav will first be made available through the AT&T Navigator app for the iPhone, with other select applications set to gain the technology in the near future.
Geotagging added to field options
FileMaker has announced Bento 4, an update of the company's personal-level database software. Several significant upgrades have been made, most notably the ability to export data alongside templates, meaning that pre-populated databases can finally be loaded by other Bento users. When creating a database, people can now assign geotagging to data through a location field type.
Combination personal and financial organizer
SoftTech Solutions UK and Application Systems have announced the release of a North American version of myLifeOrganiser, a Filemaker-based organizational program that combines personal information like an address book and calendar along with basic financial recordkeeping and calculations, medical and health record storage, pet information, vehicle records and a document organizer that handles scanned documents like warranties, insurance records, tax files and other documents, all in one program.
Deal expires in late June
Apple-owned FileMaker has launched a special promotional offer for its database software. Beginning today, people buying FileMaker Go can get FileMaker Pro for $149, roughly half the the latter's normal $299 pricetag. The deal applies equally to the iPhone and iPad versions of Go, which cost $20 and $40 respectively.
Add-on gives Layout Mode a visual design makeover
ISO Productions has released Theme Studio for FileMaker Pro, allowing users and developers a more visual way to design FM layouts, incorporating Filemaker's own options into a design program stocked with common UI elements for Mac, Windows and iPhone layouts. The software is a successor to the company's previous Theme Library and represents both a new approach and new distribution model for additional design resources.
Available for Mac, iPad, iPhone, PC
Geist Interactive have released what they believe to be the first commercial in-app extension to the new FileMaker Go for iOS devices, GoSign. The add-on does not require any internet connection, other application or server to work, capturing signatures using a finger or stylus in any FileMaker Go workflow.