FileMaker 19 Updates - Features and Details

December 22, 2020 - Newsletter Highlights

FileMaker Platform Updates - Version 19.2.1

Claris released the 19.2.1 updates last week for FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Server, and FileMaker Cloud. Have a look at our overview video and the highlights below.

FileMaker Pro 19.2.1

The FileMaker Pro 19.2.1 update adds new and changed features, and addresses some issues:

  • Ability to control plug-in access between files
  • Enhancements to the quick start experience (macOS)
  • Fixes for running macOS Big Sur 11
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FileMaker Server 19.2.1

The release of FileMaker Server 19.2.1 adds new features and some bug fixes:

  • Ability to cancel finds in hosted files
  • Redesigned setup wizard for Windows
  • Supports HTTP/2 for faster web performance

FileMaker Cloud

The release of FileMaker Cloud 2.19.2 gives you the ability to create apps directly in your browser without using FileMaker Pro.  As a reminder, you can purchase FileMaker Cloud directly through Productive Computing - click here to get started.

This release also offers a number of improvements in performance, stability, and reliability. Such as:

  • Team managers can now create custom apps directly from Claris Customer Console
  • Upload large files faster using the new API
  • Option to upgrade your instance type for improved performance and greater value

FileMaker Release Notes 

For more details on these updates, have a look at the release notes for each version:

If you need FileMaker licensing, we can help! Call 760-510-1200 or email us at

For additional details on FileMaker 19 releases, have a look at the initial release and the updates for 19.1.2/19.1.3.

Now is a good time to get certified!

We've been busy updating the FileMaker Certification Preparation course available at Productive Computing University.

We updated the content for FileMaker 18 in various sections and we have started making plans for the FileMaker 19 lessons. We also recently removed the lessons specific to the FileMaker 17 version since that test is no longer available.

The recent updates include new lessons on technical specifications, data integration with ESS, deploying custom apps, and more. We now have a downloadable practice file for lessons on advanced relationships to help you study for the test.

Stay tuned for more updates - especially as we anticipate adding content for the latest versions of FileMaker.

The FileMaker Certification Preparation course is available for purchase as a stand-alone course or as part of the University Bundle. Existing course and University Bundle subscribers have immediate access to these new lessons.

Additional videos for FileMaker JavaScript-enabled add-ons series & more!

Using the Photo Gallery add-on
This video provides a quick summary of the new photo gallery add-on. Showing you the features, installation, and configuration. Learn how you can easily display your images (and even animated GIFs) in a responsive gallery layout.


Using the new Activity Timeline in FileMaker
Learn how you can display your FileMaker data in a chronologically ordered format similar to a Twitter feed.

Using the Simple Chart add-on
Learn to use one or all of the five chart options to create charts for a dashboard layout or status indicator.


FileMaker Layout Tip - View Image Detail and Zoom
A simple tip for zooming into an image using only native FileMaker functionality. This can also be used to display animated .gifs and other file types that don't display in container fields.

New Fireside FileMaker Podcast

Going Vertical!

In this episode of the Fireside FileMaker podcast, Michael Rocharde & Marc Larochelle, both of whom have developed successful vertical market solutions, talk with John Mark Osborne about all the different things that have to be taken into consideration when developing a vertical solution. They cover case studies, methods of deployment, finding the right market, and discuss the importance of strategic partnerships.

Listen here.

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