Runtime Revolution Standalones Compared to FileMaker

Both applications let you distribute royalty-free solutions. But Revolution gives you much greater control over the user interface while allowing you to interact with FileMaker data:

  1. Brand your application. Use your own custom desktop and window icons, and use only the menus you need. Note that FileMaker standalone has FileMaker icons.
  2. Lock down the user interface. Some FileMaker interface elements can't be removed. Create your own UI widgets, and have them respond to hovers, mouse clicks, and more. Do your users really need "layout mode?"
  3. Ensure correct data entry. FileMaker can validate text the user has already entered, but Revolution can filter input down to the level of key presses, ensuring only numerals (for example) are entered into a telephone number field, and dynamically formatted.
  4. Blend in with the OS. Revolution provides a native look-and-feel across operating systems. Windows users get Windows-style tabs, while Mac users enjoy a full "Aqua" experience. This occurs automatically, so you don't have to do any extra work to deliver the professional, standard-looking application users expect. Note how the buttons and popup menus also change to exactly match the appropriate style for each platform.
  5. Access hardware and other system resources. In this example, Revolution connects with a web cam to put a photo into the employee record directly. FileMaker can't do that, and has to pull an existing file from disk.
  6. (Not shown) The FileMaker standalone can only access data on the local hard disk. Revolution is connecting directly with the multi-user database on the server.