FileMaker Pro 14 is now about 3 months old and is good to go and clearly better than FileMaker Pro 13 and quite a bit better than FileMaker Pro 12. We have not as yet gotten requests to back track a little and make Studio Manager 14 also run on FileMaker Pro 13, so we are taking that as a sign.
FileMaker Pro 12 and beyond is a big architectural leap forward for FileMaker Inc.. As technology goes more mobile and cloud-based, technology-based software has to adapt in big ways. FileMaker is owned by Apple, so when it comes to iOS, they are going to have strong support and a strong foundation.
When you change the foundation fairly radically like was done in FileMaker 12 and beyond, you need time to fully build out the new features. FileMaker 14 is a very strong and improved step in that process and we aren’t eager to take a step backwards. We need to move forwards and will do so in our subsequent releases.
We recommend FileMaker 14. It is required by Studio Manager 14. On Mac, you need OS X 10.9 Mavericks to play. If you aren’t ready for Mavericks we have Studio Manager 13.1 for you — a very solid release and well worth your while if you need a jump up with your Studio Manager software or, heaven forbid, haven’t joined our band wagon. Please direct all calls or emails to chief Studio Manager architect, Janet Tokerud, at 415 272-8563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated 11:20 pm July 8 — See below.
Editing manuals in Pages is not my idea of fun but we have the Studio Manager 14 Demo for you and it includes a Demo Manual and a Demo Readme. Go to Demo download page.
For now we recommend that you run it on FileMaker Pro 14, not FileMaker Pro 13. There’s a free trial version of FileMaker 14 if you need it. We are looking at the places where we use FileMaker Pro 14 technologies that are problematic in 13 to see if we can find some simple workarounds. More information to follow on this.
FileMaker Go 14 for your iPhone 4 to 6 Plus and iPads is free but does require iOS 8.1 or higher.
Although most of our customers are glued to big screens during their work day and use Studio Manager there, there are options. If you want to have some fun and you are on your iPhone or iPad right now, you can download and run the demo from your iDevice. I used iCab Mobile just now and have the demo running on my iPhone 6 Plus as we speak.
Update: We’ve begun testing with FileMaker Pro and Go 13 to see if we can find some workarounds. We’ll make an assessment in detail tomorrow and have more information for you. Please contact Janet if you want to weigh in. We may simply have 2 versions — one of which will be called Studio Manager 13.5.
The Studio Manager 14 software is done, tested and refined. Now we come to completing edits to our documentation so that these are usable. Hoping to have the demo up tonight. Yay! We will be updating you as things progress from here. Screenshots are coming to our tour and iOS tabs.
We plan to release Studio Manager 14 this Tuesday, July 7. In the meantime we will be working on release details including this website with new screenshots, documentation and an email announcement. And, yeah, we can take your order if you want to get the ball rolling now.
The 2 new features in this release are FileMaker Pro 14 compatibility in full and a more modern appearance.
Easily Customizable User Interface
Keep in mind that you will be able to use FileMaker 14’s Database CSS to quickly adjust the look of screens and reports to your liking.
Studio Manager 14 Demo Monday Night
The demo is a big project in itself because we have to lock it down enough to protect our intellectual property and still have it work in full. It is a full function demo in most regards and has value in itself. That’s next.
We have been in communication with FileMaker Inc. to get some pointers on how to best handle the iPhone layout formatting issues appearing in FileMaker 14 that did not present issues in FileMaker 13.
2 Release Targets
Studio Manager 14.0. The first release of Studio Manager 14 will be more of an Update to Studio Manager 13 so that it runs well on FileMaker 14 and has a flatter UI more consistent with FileMaker 14, Yosemite and iOS 8. We’ll spend a month running Studio Manager 14 and tweaking it to handle any issues we find. We expect that this first version will work well in FileMaker 13 as well. If you like the idea of starting with FileMaker 14 and you want to start July 1 or thereabouts, this is the right version for you to target.
Studio Manager 14.5. After we get Studio Manager 14 released, we will begin work on a more ambitious update to Studio Manager 14. Here we will take advantage of more of FileMaker 14’s new features. This update may be called Studio Manager 14.1 or Studio Manager 14.5 based on the significance and value of the features we add.
As usual please call or email Studio Manager architect, Janet Tokerud, if you have any questions for us.
Most of our design clients are using big screened Macs when running Studio Manager and are doing so using FileMaker Pro. FileMaker Pro 14 has a lot of great new development features that will be especially valuable if you want to customize Studio Manager. We are finding one minor issue with the iPhone to report when running FileMaker Go 14.
The padding is off compared to FileMaker 13. It looks like it will take about a 6 hours to tweak our iPhone layouts to make them work as well in FileMaker Go 14 as they do in FileMaker Go 13. We hope to have the issue resolved by the end of the week.
If you are a Studio Manager 13 customer and using Studio Manager on an iPhone, you will need to tweak your iPhone layouts as we are doing if you upgrade to FileMaker 14 now. It is possible that FileMaker will fix this glitch on their end soon, but I would rather take care of the tweaking now for our brand new Studio Manager customers.
If you are in this situation, I would advise waiting a month to see if FileMaker handles this on their end. I wouldn’t hold my breath though. We started building iPhone layouts in 2011 when FileMaker Go first came out and it may be that leftovers from the very first versions we built have come back to haunt us a little bit. This is a tiny price to pay for the massive improvements we’ve seen in FileMaker Go since then.
Please feel free to email, phone or text me to get any questions answered on either FileMaker 14 or Studio Manager 13-14.