After a brief appearance in Apple’s online store over the weekend, FileMaker Pro 13 officially launched today with a number of enhancements including a new FileMaker WebDirect feature that offers access to database through the web. Other features in the updated iteration of the software include enhanced tools for iOS, new design options and improved security.

Those of you interested in reading the release notes can do so below:

FileMaker 13 includes more than 50 new features. Chief among them are:

- FileMaker WebDirect, an entirely new, HTML5 browser-based technology that allows teams to create and deploy desktop-style solutions in a web browser with no programming skills required.

- Tools to create amazing iPad and iPhone solutions that support even more iOS behaviors, including slide controls, popovers and the ability to scan records using gestures. iPad and iPhone layouts can now be created in one step; and iOS solutions can include single-click capture of bar codes using on-device cameras and custom keyboards that speed data entry.

- Major improvements to design capabilities, including support for shareable custom themes and styles, and the ability to drag and drop data fields onto design layouts.

- More robust security, with AES 256-bit encryption that locks down data no matter where it lives – on iPad, iPhone, desktop or server. FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced is used to enable encryption.

- Dozens of new enhancements for solution developers, from the ability to hide or display objects on a screen based on business logic to easier integration with web applications.

- Simplified server administration, including an entirely new HTML5 administrative console in FileMaker Server 13 for managing business solutions from anywhere.
FileMaker Pro 13 is available through licensing methods starting at $329 for a new license or $179 for an upgrade. Volume licensing is available starting at $9/month for FileMaker Pro, $15/month for FileMaker Pro Advanced and $29/month for FileMaker Server. On the other hand, FileMaker Go 13 is a free universal app for the iPhone and iPad which is available in the App Store.

Source: FileMaker, iTunes