FileMaker 13 WebDirect – What is it?

Posted by Justin Hesser on March 5, 2014

In December of last year, FileMaker introduced version 13 for iOS 7 and Mac OS X Mavericks. It improved on the older model in several different ways, while also introducing a number of new features. One of the most intriguing is FileMaker WebDirect.

According to the company, WebDirect is a "breakthrough for web technology that runs custom business solutions directly in a web browser on a desktop or laptop." This is done without the requirement of web development skills and offers a full blown FileMaker experience.

So if you are a business looking to create robust web content, you no longer need to be familiar with custom coding tools like PHP, HTML5, CSS or JavaScript. All you need are the existing FileMaker skills to create access to your database through a web browser with just a few clicks.

Through this solution, companies also gain access to other features that include: desktop-style interaction with themes, styles, charts, menus and even the ability to drag and drop files into container field, real-time updates to data without refreshing the browser and automated processes that enable scripts, calculations and conditional formatting to validate data and streamline workflow.

FileMaker WebDirect can also be accessed through concurrent connections in FileMaker Server 13. One connection comes packed with the server at the time of purchase and can be purchased in groups of 5 up to 50 connections, which the service was tested for to ensure proper support.

With the help of a FileMaker developer, any organization will be able to gain a hand adopting the latest version of the database program.