Filemaker has just issued a huge new release, Filemaker 12. Aside from the slew of typical upgrade improvements in speed and functions, FM12 focuses heavily on the user interface and its already standard-setting iOS integration.
On the UI end of things, FM12 takes a great big leap towards matching typical web interation graphics, and even offer a very respectable set of free templates and themes to show off the design options. If you hate ugly databases, then you've got to check out FM12.
The other big improvement is FM12's much tighter integration with Apple's iOS platform, used on all iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads. Not only do the layouts and functions hold up perfectly, but FM12 now also takes advantage of common iOS tools such as cameras, geolocation, and more -- allowing users to 'grab' device data on the fly.
Those two upgrades, plus some very nice work on the Container fields (for images, audio, files, etc.) and long overdue Charting improvements, and it's clear that FM12 is a must-have upgrade for existing Filemaker users.
However, keep in mind that FM12 is not backwards compatible, so don't upgrade your current client licenses until you've also converted your current solution too. (Easy to do, just don't forget.)
You can go grab (buy) your copy here. Upgrade price for the normal client license (Mac or PC) is $179. Full license $299. The iOS licenses however are now absolutely free, so now there's no excuse at all to not share your Filemaker database on any or al of your devices at the same time.