Claris Is Renaming FileMaker

Adam Engst, writing at TidBITS:

Claris will rename FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go (for deploying FileMaker apps on the iPhone and iPad), and FileMaker Server (for hosting multi-user FileMaker apps) to Claris Pro, Claris Go, and Claris Server. A new Web-based development environment called Claris Studio will join and integrate with the other products to provide a modern, cloud-based system. Claris Studio can — among much else — host public-facing forms that pipe data from anonymous Web users into Claris Pro and create tables, graphs, and dashboards using data from Claris Pro.

The more important change for longtime individual FileMaker users is that there will be a freemium version of Claris Pro with free access to Claris Studio (and presumably Claris Go). Its only restriction is that databases created with the freemium version are restricted to a single user — but there are no size or time constraints.

This is apparently months-old news, but I hadn’t seen it. I’d have thought they should keep the “FileMaker” name and get rid of “Claris”, but either way, this is clarifying. Perhaps today’s FileMaker is so different from days of yore that it deserves a new brand.

Friday, 2 September 2022