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FileMaker 15 review: Evolutionary release with a new licensing program

William Porter | May 18, 2016
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Bottom line

FileMaker 15 release will matter more to some groups of users than to others. If you’re a single user or a very small office just looking to manage your data, you might not need FileMaker at all: Airtable might be a better fit. If you’ve been using FileMaker Pro 14 (or earlier) with old-fashioned perpetual licenses and if you’re happy with what you have now, then the case for upgrading to 15 is not compelling.

I’d recommend especially that small-office users currently hosting files through a service like FileMaker Hosting Pros or Point in Space delay upgrading until all the implications of the new licensing terms for FileMaker Server become clear. But if you’re already on a subscription plan with FileMaker, and especially if you wish to take advantage of the improvements on mobile devices, I urge you to take advantage of your option to upgrade without delay.


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