Today we are pleased to bring you LiveCode for FM Beta 3. In this release we have added support for Android API30 and App Store Bundles.
This means you can submit your apps to the Google Play store using the latest features available plus you no longer need to build an “all in” app with support for all possible formats. You can select your supported app formats and have separate uploads for each of them, making your app download for end users smaller and lighter.
M1 Plugin Support
As well as API30 support, we’ve also added native support on M1 Macs for the plugin LiveCode for FM needs to run.
40 Fixes and Enhancements
This release brings over 40 fixes and enhancements to the tool experience as well as to your compiled apps. Some stability issues on Big Sur have been addressed and tool usability improved. We have also highlighted the branding of LiveCode for FM throughout the tool, and the Android Build Service has been replaced by our very popular Partner Program offering which you can learn more about here.
Folks, we have so much to unpack from the title above I just don’t know where to start. Do you want to hear about Ben Lui, the public beta or the free trial first? It’s all great news for you. Not to mention we’ve lowered the pricing barrier to entry…
LCFM Native Beta 12 is available today via the private ETS testing program in conjunction with Claris, with many enhancements particularly to syncing and field manipulation. We’ve also implemented support for the new Webviewer features in FileMaker 19. In total, 45 new functions, commands and script steps were implemented since the last release, bringing our % of support complete for all FileMaker script steps up from 66% to 75% – a major jump. Our overall support for the FileMaker entire feature set now stands at 87.5% – for details of what is and isn’t supported please see this document.
LCFM Native 1.5 Private Beta 11 shipped today, with a whole pile of early Christmas gifts for you. We’ve made more than 100 improvements, adding features, fixes, functions and script steps for your apps.
Get your FileMaker App on Android with our new App Building Service.
I’m pleased to announce today a brand new option to get your FileMaker apps on Android quickly and without any hassle: The LCFM Android Build Service.
Claris Official Partners
The process of Android deployment of FileMaker apps using LCFM Native is becoming increasingly complete, robust and mature. We’ve added support for the vast majority of the FileMaker feature set out of the box and are adding more features every day. We have been partnering and working closely with Claris to improve the product experience throughout much of this year. Claris have been a wonderful partner to work with, their input has allowed us to greatly improve the compile process.
As we near the end of 2020 this seems like a great time to bring you an update on our progress. It’s been a thrilling year of intense activity. We’ve been working hard on adding features, testing, fixing bugs and improving performance in LCFM Native. There have literally been thousands of features, bug fixes and enhancements since the start of the year. We’ve spent nearly 20 developer man years in total on this project and we think you’re going to like the results.
The latest iteration of LCFM Native is looking pretty slick. We’ve been loving testing with it, and we think you will too. This release brings you:
Hugely faster compiling of your solutions into native apps. As a not insignificant bonus, this version of LCFM does not lock up your computer while it is extracting your solution.
Compatibility reports: run your solution through the compiler and you will receive a complete report on anything that is not yet implemented by LCFM that you are using in your app, together with a rating of how likely it is to impact your apps functionality.
Printing: You can now print reports from your LCFM app
Native Fields: Beautiful look and feel on the target platform
Relogin and other account script steps – you can now have a user login with specific access permissions, create and delete accounts.
Perform Script on Server has now been actioned
Install OnTimer Script also works
iOS 13.5 support: we’ve updated our iOS compatibility to the latest Apple SDK
Android 29 support: We’ve updated our Android compatibility to the latest Android SDK
What do you do if you can’t leave the house? If you’re a software developer the answer is obvious – you write great software!
That’s just what our team has been doing. From our spare rooms, home offices, living room sofas and back bedrooms, we’ve been working harder than ever on finishing up the features and adding polish to LCFM Native. So much so, that our latest release has 501 more new features, fixes and enhancements than the last one. No, we’re not finished yet. (You can check the full list of features implemented here.) But we have come a long way. If, like us, you are unable to leave the house, and maybe you have a bit of time on your hands, you might like to check out the latest and greatest LCFM Native.
Progress on LCFM Native continues rapidly. We’ve made some big steps forward in this release. The most notable is that we’ve greatly improved the graphic display performance of apps on all platforms, and most particularly on Android.