I’m afraid this response to jormond is going to sound rather hostile, which is unfair to jormond, but understand that what Claris is ruining thirty years of my work, so perhaps you will understand why I don’t think much of Claris.
Case in point: Claris never pretended that FileMaker 19 was a replacement for Runtimes, ever.
I agree. They didn’t. They deprecated runtimes – and then raised the price of 19 so that it cost as much as the Developer version of 18, without the main point of buying Developer, which was the runtimes! If they had eliminated runtimes and kept the price of 19 the same as the non-developer version of 18, that would have been a reasonable commercial decision. One that I would still have hated, but it’s not raising prices while taking away features.
Look, I have a need, a very specific need. I have an internationally recognized database of information about traditional folk songs which I give away. (You can see it at http://balladindex.org/.) I have spent thirty years on it; it started in FileMaker 3.0, I believe it was.
The web interface at that site is not very good. Google searches aren’t any good. DuckDuckGo searches aren’t any good. There is no budget for this thing. Remember, I give it away, because I consider it very important, and so do other researchers in the field, but it is a field where there are no grants. All money comes out of my pocket.
What do users want? They want to take this database out in the field, without needing a web connection (that I’m probably not competent to design anyway, because it needs advanced search capabilities). They want it to reside on their non-web-connected computers.
I could do it with runtimes. I could do it with FileMaker Go if Claris would produce a version for Mac and Windows. (Which they obviously could. Just take regular FileMaker and disable the “Manage” menu command!)
I don’t care if it’s a runtime. I don’t care if it’s FileMaker Go. I’m even willing to pay a certain amount for the software to create it, as long as there is no per-copy licensing fee since the product I distribute is free. But I need the ability to create free standalone products for Mac and PC as well as iOS (and ideally Android, but I have no illusions about that). I had that. Claris took it away – just as Apple was switching to ARM, so that even the old runtimes aren’t any good.
All I’m asking for is the ability to do a public service, and Claris’s response is “Nyah-nyah, pay $300 to upgrade to a program that doesn’t do what it used to do.”
Commercially defensible, perhaps, but don’t try to convince me that they couldn’t have done better.