FileMaker 19 Macintosh

FileMaker 19 on Big Sur

M1 MacBook Air Dec 7

Lucky me, Claris released FileMaker Pro 19.2 about a week ago and tweaked it to work even better on Big Sur than it did on 19.1. I am careful on these things, so have opened anything precious over the network on my current FileMaker Server 18 running Mac mini 2018. It has worked flawlessly on 19.2. And, I also do run “old” not mission critical things – like backup copies directly on my M1 Air. And they’ve been working great on 19.2 and Big Sur 11.1.

MacOS Version Support

Now, just like usual, Claris supports 2-3 MacOS versions at a time. Until Big Sur came out, FileMaker 19 was certified by Claris to run on two: MacOS 10.14 Mojave and MacOS 10.15 Catalina. But now that FileMaker is getting more version point releases, Claris and FileMaker were ready for Big Sur. So we have MacOS Big Sur 11.1. Always get those little point releases on a new MacOS.

Big Sur and FileMaker Pro 19.2

It’s running well and this is on my several Macs in addition to my new M1 MacBook Air. FileMaker 19 is the winner vs. 18. You don’t need to wait. That is unless you aren’t running at least Mojave.

FileMaker 19 Technical Specs19

This is the link for you:

FileMaker 19 Documentation

OK, this is ALL of Claris’ Documentation in one page, just click FileMaker 19 once you get there. This is the rest of Claris’ documentation on FileMaker 19 to answer any other questions you may have. Definitely check this out too.

FileMaker Go 19 Speed

My new baby: iPad Air 4

This is an extra. In case you weren’t using an iPad to access your FileMaker files over a network, you may be blown away by the speed in a local area network situation. Way, way faster. It’s possible your mileage will vary, but I doubt it! FileMaker Go 19 is really smooth.

P.S. I do tend to acquire new iPads from time to time and the speed of the iPad Air 4 is a new high. But, I also have the 2018 iPad Pro 11 which gives it a run for its money speed wise plus even better graphics. You could say I wasted my money on the iPad Air 4, but its a pandemic and I love the green!

FileMaker 14 FileMaker 15 FileMaker Facts Macintosh macOS Sierra Windows

FileMaker Pro OSX and Windows Operating System Requirements by Version


Recently I discovered this great page on the FileMaker Inc. site that I thought would be useful to many. The above screenshot is just the top part of this long table on the FileMaker Site that goes back to FileMaker Pro 5.5 amazingly enough.

Since individuals and firms often have Macs and PCs of different vintages, it might take some time to figure out if any computers need to be replaced or updated to accommodate a particular version of FileMaker Pro. In my case most of my clients are Mac-based, but lots of the firms I work with have at least one PC somewhere and they want to use it too.

Since I need this information, I copied and formatted the information into an Apple note in my FileMaker folder, so I could always have access to it. I hope you find this table helpful too. You could always just stash the URL above somewhere handy like I did at the top of my Apple Note.

FileMaker Apps Macintosh

Mail to FileMaker Importer Rocks

If you have a need to get some or all of your email into FileMaker, Mail to FileMaker Importer is your application. I’m using their latest version 1.1 for FileMaker 7. It is simple, well-documented and does its job beautifully.

Mail to FileMaker Importer is made and published by by Automated Workflows, LLC . They describe themselves as:

a leader in professional AppleScript and workflow automation and software integration services and technology

If this app is any indication, I believe them.

You can meet Benjamin S. Waldie, president of Automated Workflows at the Apple Consultants Network booth on the Macworld Expo show floor on Tuesday, January 11th, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. He will be available to answer AppleScript-related questions. Mr. Waldie writes the Applescript Essentials column for Mac Tech Magazine.

If you are reading this, I have no doubt that you think getting your email into FileMaker is a really good idea. Besides a cool place to archive email, sometimes you may want to process data that you get from web apps that send you email into your database.

When someone downloads my Studio Manager demo off the web, the fill out a little contact information form and a little PHP script sends me an email with lines something like this:

Name: John Doe
Company: ABC Inc.

With Mail to FileMaker Importer (MFI), I highlight the new download emails every so often in Apple Mail and then push the button in MFI to import that mail into my Email Archive database. That gives me all the usual fields including the Body with all the contact information.

I then run a looping script that parses the data into separate filemaker fields. It’s that simple! I love it.