1. Can I access the data in SUNRISE Contacts on a secure web page of my choosing?
You sure can, and highly desirable too. Once you have established a secure web server (using an SSL certificate to create an https connection) preferably on your own premises, you would run FileMaker Server 16 or higher to access SUNRISE Contacts. For remote access to the databases at a high level of security and privacy, use a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
The only issue with setting up this level of security is the cost: At more than $1,000 plus a monthly or per user subscription fee as established by Apple, it isn't exactly the most cost-effective solution (1) for the average consumer. Businesses? Well, that is another matter altogether, and only if there is a guaranteed profit from taking on this "bleed me financially dry" approach.
Stop press! There is a cheaper option, to be discussed later in this page. In the meantime, there is a free way to get multiple users (i.e., a family) and not just small companies to access SUNRISE Contacts.
2. Can I use SUNRISE Contacts on an iOS device?
Yes. In fact, almost immediately after Apple decided to remove the free web publishing feature in the standard FileMaker Pro app (and would have been the ideal solution for budding and budget-conscious families), the company quickly introduced the much cheaper option (actually, it is free): of running your databases on any number of iOS devices. For android users, you must set up the secure server option to access the databases on a web browser of any smartphone or tablet device. However, there is yet another tiny catch you need to keep in mind. Plug-ins to enhance the features and functions of SUNRISE Contacts will not work on iOS or Android devices. Furthermore, Apple can technically gather data coming out of a FileMaker Pro databases unless the data is properly encrypted. Oh well, never mind. Better still,we recommend you use our PC version of SUNRISE Contacts and run it on your combo laptop/tablet device, and enjoy the full power, including all the plug-ins we supply as standard (which includes high-level encryption). But remember, any data you wish to transfer from your PC to Mac users will be noticed by the Apple servers. So it isn't a perfect and most secure solution. It is a kind of compromise. Your only option here is to encrypt your data (2).
The power of encrypting data
Encryption technologies are a major problem for governments, law enforcement agencies, intelligence organisations, and the military. They have been classified as a weapon by those who feel entitled to look at everything you do, and that includes all your personal and business confidential data.
As of June 2018, Australian, French and some American (e.g., the FBI) law enforcement agencies have worked hard to get Apple and other major commercial software companies to provide some kind of a secret backdoor to their own form of encryption technologies and/or the software they produce and have it quietly send out data (before the encryption is applied) as an easier means of accessing your data. This means that once the data in certain lower quality FileMaker Pro databases or other software tools goes through the Apple servers, encrypted or not (which is easy to do, such as sending and receiving emails or copying/pasting data within the database), there is a high probability some people you don't know, including the software companies offering the encryption technology or the software you use, can still read your data from the servers.
As of 3 June 2018, the Chinese government has realised this fact and has jumped on the bandwagon of snooping around and requesting their own Chinese software companies to provide similar backdoor solutions to it can monitor the activities of its citizens. And all done under the umbrella of Anti-terrorism laws. It does not matter if you have sensitive business confidential or personal information and you are definitely not involved in illegal activity, or just happen to be one of those unfortunate people who the Chinese government feel must be targeted and sent to the world's biggest open prison. The burden is going to be on you (with the help of software developers and vendors) to prove you are supporting the Chinese government, or support the economic system, and have nothing illegal to hide.
About our encryption technology
Our encryption is not based on Apple or other big software companies' tools. We are independent, and have no intentions to provide any special "backdoor solutions" to our encryption. Any attempts to do so would only compromise your security and privacy and can render our product ineffective at protecting your privacy as well as make the internet on the whole useless for economic purposes, such as consumers purchasing online with their credit cards. This is particularly true should any "backdoor solutions" get accidentally leaked onto the internet for hackers and organised crime syndicates to exploit.
Should some authorities still feel worried about not knowing what is happening in the community because people are using these encryption technologies, the only effective long-term solution to the problems arising from those few selected individuals and/or groups who may cause trouble for authorities is simply this:
- Start a new world order.
- Establish a minimum wage for all.
- Can't afford it? Then it is time to start a new world order consisting of the establishment of a new non-economic system for people to live and work. This system should complement the current economic system, and will help to protect all citizens of a nation in the event of a depression period or severe recession where people need to find alternative ways to survive until new jobs are created. All rewards in the alternative system, should not be monetary but based on supplying free food and the supply of free housing and a plot of land to work on for the contributions people provide on the land to grow the food, the recyclable building materials, and to restore the natural environment to pristine conditions as required to solve climate change and maintain financial economies. As they say, without a healthy environment, there is no economy.
- Provide a safe place to live and grow.
- Provide free education for all.
- Give extra rewards to people who provide brilliant new ideas that work in reality and will solve the problems of the day.
Or, to sum it up, show true love for one another. That is the only way to true security and a bright future. If the current economic system fails to provide it, then it is time to change it. If we cannot afford it for the number of people alive today, the time has come to start a new world order.
It is as simple as that.
3. Can I use this product on any portable tablet?
Yes you can, and generally this is a reasonably secure approach. However, beware that if you are on the internet with your iOS device for any length of time or the phone carrier is constantly accessible (as needed to phone someone), Apple can still quietly push the information held on your mobile devices through its own servers, including any data that comes out of SUNRISE Contacts or other FileMaker Pro databases.
You are better off sunnring the PC version of SUNRISE Contacts straight out-of-the-box on an Intel-based combo PC/tablet (such as Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro or other similar machines) running Windows 7 or higher. The benefit will be a more secure solution (and you control access to the network) and gain the full features that SUNRISE Contacts can provide, including all our plug-ins (which include encryption) and those from third-party plug-in developers.
The next best thing is to purchase and use your own FileMaker Server 16 running on your own server machine to transfer data over the internet to your portable PC device. However, for greatest security and protection of your privacy, always use an https encryption service and VPN for greater privacy protection.
Too expensive to buy FileMaker Server 16? We hear your pain. That is why we think it is better to find a trusted third-party FileMaker Server hosting solution for a minimal monthly charge (usually around AUD$59.95).
Remember, Apple's decision to stop Web Publishing of FileMaker databases in a free manner on your own machine and with the company's choice of a different processor for its iOS devices (which will naturally disable our plug-ins) means you must use our PC version to get the full power and decide whether paying for a FileMaker Server 16 hosting solution is essential for your line of work.
4. Can I use SUNRISE Contacts with Cloud services?
SUNRISE Contacts and the Cloud (i.e., a place to host your databases on online servers) are a match made in heaven. Our recommendations for good FileMaker Server 16 web hosting (3) are:
As Carl Horton said: "Our FileMaker 16 Dedicated Database Hosting service starts with a 15 day free trial and can host up to 125 databases.". After the trial period, it costs $59.95 per month. (4)
- Foxtail Technology
Comes with a 30-day trial. Costs US$50.00 per month for shared hosting of 5 FileMaker databases, or US$100.00 per month for 10 FileMaker databases. These people will soon be offering FileMaker Server 16.
These web hosting services do not require that you purchase your own FileMaker Server 16 license key from Apple, Inc.
If you intend to host SUNRISE Contacts within your organisation or at home for a long time, the most cost-effective and secure long-term solution is to buy a perpetual license of FileMaker Server (roughly three times the cost of a yearly subscription) and purchase a cheap second-hand Mac or cheaper PC of reasonable speed to act as the hardware server for running FileMaker Server and host the databases. Then all you need is some IT support to set it all up, which should be a one time labour fee of around US$150 (if the support is good and have experience with setting up FileMaker Server, it should be easily done in a little over one hour).
If maximum security is not critical and you prefer to pay-as-you-go (with the advantage of upgrading to a new server software version every 12 months) and want to avoid all the IT-related problems and costs of having an IT specialist in-house to handle the server hardware and software problems (if they occur), try FileMaker Cloud. This server software solution is dedicated to working with the hardware servers located in the data centers at Amazon.com. If you choose this option, then only pay for the yearly (or perhaps monthly, but we do not recommend choosing an hourly) subscription when running FileMaker Cloud. But if you intend to be online for a long time, have to reduce the costs to the lowest, and want greater security, then purchase an outright license for FileMaker Server.
NOTE: FileMaker, Inc. recommends a maximum of 100 simultaneous users accessing SUNRISE Contacts on FileMaker Cloud. If the aim of users is to find and show data from SUNRISE Contacts, up to 1,000 users can be logged into SUNRISE Contacts. However, if many users will perform lots of sorting on a million records or more, it is recommended that you stay within 100 users limit for decent performance.
5. Why do I see a Mac message on first launching SUNRISE Contacts suggesting that the software could be unsafe?
Are you seeing the following dreaded message on your Mac computer?
Welcome to the strange world of the macOS ecosystem created by Apple.
Don't worry. This is seen by Apple as an allegedly normal notification introduced since OS X Mountain Lion. It is there to let you or more notably the Mac novices know that Apple has not checked SUNRISE Contacts for malware and is unaware that we are a trusted software developer. This is not a problem. Our software has been checked against the world's best antivirus tools. These include VirusTotal.com and Kaspersky Anti-Virus. If these tools cannot find viruses or other malware in our software, neither will Apple. Furthermore, if your own anti-virus software on your Mac can't pick up a malware in our software, you can be assured SUNRISE Contacts is safe. If you don't believe us, we offer a free license key to anyone who can find a virus or other malware in our software. And you can benefit from a cleaner software once we address the malware.
For the safest copy of our software, you should only download it from our web site. If you do, the exact file sizes for SUNRISE Contacts 2019 version 2.1.0 should be:
Mac (sunrisecontacts2019.dmg): 245,012,598 bytes
PC (sunrisecontacts2019.zip): 250,629,286 bytes
Use Get Info to confirm the size of the download file. In addition to this, when you open the DMG file containing our Mac version of SUNRISE Contacts 2019, it will be verified on your system. Any unexpected changes to the DMG file will stop the DMG from being opened and will be described as corrupted or unrecognised. Only the original version of our DMG file will be fully verified and open safely.
As for us being described as an "unidentified developer", this is our choice. We don't think it is worth spending US$99 a year to Apple just to let them know we exist and to stop an annoying GateKeeper message. Mac users are intelligent people. They will know where to find good quality and safe software. Still, Apple remains unconvinced about your ability to make such reasonable decisions (or more likely it is to control software piracy by forcing all users to purchase software from the company's dedicated Mac App Store, or MAS for short). As a result of this lack of confidence in Mac users, Apple has decided it is in the best interest for all Mac users not to consider running a wider range of high quality software outside the Mac App Store (MAS). And to make sure of it, in the most recent macOS versions (namely Sierra and High Sierra), there is apparently no option to select "Anywhere" in the Security preference pane to stop the nagging message.
This kind of condescending behaviour from the company on all Mac users is certainly unnecessary and is not a good look for the company. It is like having a virtual Nanny watching over you all the time because it thinks you are forever a child with the inability to think on your own. This might be fine for novices of the Mac platform with absolutely no knowledge of computers and the internet. However, for more experienced users, Apple is doing far too much to restrict people from making their own reasonable decisions.
Apart from dealing with software piracy, the other reason is to give Apple a slice of the profits made by developers for any Mac apps they create and sell. Apple only has to offer a web site to advertise the apps and developers must pay for the privilege. The only problem is, these developers must choose to let Apple display their products on its MAS. And the way the OS has been designed, it effectively forces developer to pay $99 to Apple just to join the developer's club established by Apple. The word "forced" is not too strong to describe this situation. Many novice Mac users are becoming unaware that they do not have to buy software from the MAS. The OS is forcing the Mac users to see the MAS as the only way to buy software, thereby stifling competition and the opportunity for more competitive prices outside the MAS. Basically the company is trying to monopolise the Mac software market by making sure it is too hard for developers who do not want to join Apple's developer club to install their software on other people's Macs thanks to the way macOS has been designed.
This is remarkably similar to how iPhone users are being forced to purchase iOS apps from the MAS. The only slight difference is that the U.S. Supreme Court has recently (June 2018) ruled against Apple's claim that it is doing nothing illegal in creating its own closed system of Mac software apps and only the developers control and decide on the price. The reality is, developers have no choice but to be on the MAS because iPhone users are forced to go on the MAS to find all their apps and Apple provides no easy way for users to put apps on iPhones for those developers wishing to set up their own storefront and sell apps outside the MAS. The MAS is no longer a storefront where iPhone users can check the apps and prices and later shop around elsewhere for the best price. The company is effectively telling developers how to sell and acting as a monopoly by getting all Mac software to be sold on the MAS and no where else. And with this move, Apple takes a sizeable share of the profits from developers for the privilege of being on the MAS.
But it isn't just money and monopolising the Mac software market that Apple is seeking.
As certain developers have discovered, even if they pay their annual subscription fees to Apple to receive a code signing certificate to put into our software, Apple can easily delay and choose to deny certain software from being sold on its online store. We see this with our software through the interesting anti-competitive practices the company has applied to reduce the success of competitor's products, undermining our price for instance, using its marketing power and brand awareness to get its own cheaper competitive product (i.e., Bento) out to users, adding bugs to FileMaker Pro with no aim to fix them even when notified over the years of those bugs and so make it harder for developers to offer alternative and well-designed and workable products, and to force FileMaker developers to move onto the latest macOS by controlling where FileMaker Pro can be run because it wants to gather details of all developers through its servers. Given the considerable effort by Apple to reduce competition in the Mac versions of certain CRMs by third-party developers (because Apple wants Mac users to use the company's preferred contacts.app supplied with macOS and iOS), it would not be too surprising if Apple finds a way to affect the success of some developers in selling their products even if they pay the subscription costs to go on the MAS.
In a sense, it would be seen as a waste of money.
Consequently, there is a divide in the Mac developers' sphere. On one side we have those developers who choose MAS and follow Apple's rules based on the way the iOS and macOS are designed to force ordinary Mac users (mainly those who are not sure where to buy software and are somewhat described as "novices" in using the Mac) to use only the MAS for all their software needs. And on the other side are those who sell independently and provide tools/advice to Mac users on how to run a wider range of Mac software on their computers, just to give them the choice. But for the latter group of people, there will always be at a distinct disadvantage in selling their software on macOS computers.
At the end of the day, it should be up to you to decide which software to use, and to apply common sense techniques to the situation of deciding what is the safest high quality software to run on your computer.
6. Can I stop the annoying Mac message?
There are two ways you can do this:
- The Easy Way
To install the Mac version, download the file to your FAT32-formatted USB thumb drive, remove the USB drive and re-insert it, and open the file. This should solve GateKeeper issues, including any attempts to lose the link between SUNRISE Contacts 2019.app and the primary database file (i.e., contacts.fmp12). Then you can open the DMG and transfer to any location on your computer. Launching SUNRISE Contacts 2019.app should be fine from this moment on.
Use Disk Utility.app in the Utilities folder inside Applications folder to re-format a USB thumb drive to a FAT32 (MS-DOS)-formatted device (remember to save all your important files on it to a separate disk before erasing it!). Downloading Mac apps to this drive will solve all Gatekeeper issues. Alternatively, you can disable GateKeeper through Terminal.app (see our FAQ page for further details).
- The Geeky Way
If you are comfortable and confident as a Mac user in knowing how to find, download, and run safe quality software, you can disable GateKeeper's annoying message. For macOS Sierra and High Sierra, you do this using Terminal.app located inside your Utilities folder of the Applications folder. With Terminal open, type the following command:
sudo spctl --master-disable
Press the Enter key. You will need to type in your administrator password and press Enter again. Gatekeeper's "Anywhere" setting will now be restored, and it will also be selected by default. If you ever want to enable the Gatekeeper settings again (not sure why), type:
sudo spctl --master-enable
Of course, no such problem exists for PC users. Just unzip and use the way software should be.
NOTE: If you are worried about viruses and other forms of malware, the MAS can never guaranteed you will not be affected. Apple can only do so much to check with an anti-virus tool and beyond that the user must effectively take a risk with any software obtained from the MAS. Should you be concerned about this possibility, you are better off purchasing an effective anti-virus software solution of your own and do the checks yourself. And even then, you are no better than Apple. Your best protection is to listen to people, read their blogs, and get reviews of sites that offer software outside the MAS or the software itself. If there is no evidence of any malware, Apple will never find any if the software was offered on MAS. At the end of the day, and with experience, you will decide where to find the best software on the planet.
7. Has your software been tested for malware?
Most certainly. Our product has been fully tested for malware using VirusTotal.com and Kaspersky Anti-Virus and has a clean bill of health. If you should find any viruses or other malware in our product with your anti-virus software and we can reproduce the results, you will receive a free license key (and a cleaned up version of our software).
8. Why is my database showing only some records on launching even though I had already applied Find All in the last launch session?
It is likely you are running SUNRISE Contacts on different user accounts on the same computer.
What has probably happened is that after finding your selected records and quitting in one account, you went ahead to re-launch it again on another account. You tried to apply the Find All records and so far everything looks okay. However, after quitting and re-launching once more, the database was unable to remember the change you had applied. The cause for this is the file permissions are not set correctly for the database. On a Mac, quit SUNRISE Contacts. Select the entire SUNRISE Contacts folder containing all databases. Press Command I to see the Get Info dialog box. At the bottom click the lock icon to unlock the file permission settings, and type your Administrator password. Now press the + button and add the accounts you want Read & Write privileges to be established and set it to this. Alternatively make sure "Everyone" has Read & Write privileges if the databases will only be accessed by you on your computer. In the Gear icon popdown menu, select "Apply to enclosed items...". This should solve the problem.
9. How come I can see this black container field for holding my PDF documents inside?
Adobe Reader or your Adobe Creative Suite/Creative Cloud package will naturally install two plug-ins for viewing PDFs in a web browser or any other app with PDF display capabilities. However, OS X/macOS already has PDF viewing capabilities built right into the system since version OS X Leopard. As such, the OS and Adobe PDF viewing technologies are interfering with each other and causing the container field in SUNRISE Contacts to display a black background. Rest assured your PDF document is still in the container field. You can export the document as usual with no ill-effects, but it is not pretty to look at and will not help you to see the contents of the PDF's first page. To solve this problem, log into your computer as Administrator, and find the following plug-ins:
These plug-ins can be found in one or both of the following locations:
Move the plug-ins into the Trash.
Finally, quit and re-launch SUNRISE Contacts and go to the container field again. You will find the field will now correctly display the first page of the PDF. Proceed as usual in deleting the plug-ins as they are of no further use.
10. There is this continually annoying message claiming AdobePDFViewer cannot find a compatible app to view my PDFs in SUNRISE Contacts despite having selected the Adobe PDF viewing app. Why?
Sounds like you are seeing the following message appearing again and again each time SUNRISE Contacts has been re-launched and you go to a container field containing a PDF:
"AdobePDFViewer cannot find a compatible Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to view this PDF. Please select one."
Rest assured, the solution is the same as in 9 for black container fields. Get rid of those Adobe plug-ins and you should be right to use SUNRISE Contacts without any further problems.
11. I get this message in FileMaker 18 when running SUNRISE Contacts that your plug-ins are not signed. What should I do?
You are probably seeing this message with FileMaker Pro 18:
Don't worry. The plug-ins will work fine in FileMaker Pro 18. Click the option in the message that says "Always load the plugin". There will be six plug-ins in total to load up for SUNRISE Contacts (on a Mac, they will be named clipboard.fmplugin, Encryption.fmplugin, FileManipulation.fmplugin, FileZip.fmplugin, System.fmplugin, and Web.fmplugin; for the Windows side, the difference is fmplugin will be substituted with fmx64). For your peace of mind, the plug-ins are perfectly safe to use and you will never have to be bothered again with the message for these plug-ins once you load them in permanently.
Should the plug-ins be code-signed?
Apart from being a financial drain to the developer in annually or bi-annually renewing the certificate with some agency or software company (worse if one is only providing open source or freeware apps) and forcing users to download again the software (eventually they will get annoyed), having code-signed plug-ins are only there to give greater assurance to people that what they are receiving is original and untampered with. In truth, it is not critical to have code-signed software just to run them. About the worse people will experience from receiving unsigned software is get an annoying message about something not being "signed". Whoopy doo! As if everything in the world must be signed off before we can ever release anything to the world. The reality is, it is impractical in most cases. The same is true of software. So, if you do see this alert pop up out of the blue, just tell whatever is complaining about it that it is okay. Seriously, you are smart enough to know if the software is okay, right?
This brings us to the situation of whether it is necessary to code-sign everything.
Perhaps, if you are in the business of making money issuing certificates to every Tom, Dick and Harry who wants to be a developer. But not if you simply want to run the software. So maybe the real question you should ask yourself is, do you apply common sense techniques to ensure the software you are getting is secure and from trusted sources (e.g., the original developer's web site)?
If you have downloaded SUNRISE Contacts from our web site, there is no way a third-party middle-man can interfere with the digital download and insert some carefully-crafted malicious code into our software. No hacker can be superman to uncompress our software during download, insert malicious code (and not affect the download file length), and re-compress the file all at the same time you are downloading the file. It does not happen. However, if our software is downloaded from a third-party web site not affiliated with SUNRISE, then there is a small chance that our software could get tampered with.
Want an effective technique to determine the likelihood that a downloaded software is original from the developer? Just check the file length in bytes of the original compressed files. For SUNRISE Contacts, see earlier in this page for the actual length of the current download version. Use this information to compare the length of the downloaded file (using Get Info in the Mac's File menu, or try some other tool). Any variation in the length of our software for the same version made available for download elsewhere means it is likely the file stored on another site has been uncompressed, tampered with, and re-compressed by someone not from SUNRISE. In such circumstances, you should throw the software away and download from our web site. File length is a very good sign that the software is original and clean because it is close to impossible for hackers to insert a malicious code of any substance and power into our software without affecting the final compressed file length. And as an added level of protection, you should always download the software from our web site. In fact, downloading the software from our web site virtually eliminates any possibility of a third-party hacker from doing anything with the software.
Of course, some will argue about the possibility that some developers could be hackers. Well, let us put it this way: the reputation of developers are on the line when they release software to users online. Any funny business detected in the software will be quickly determined. And before you know it, not only will developers lose their code-signed certificates and memberships to Developer sites, but those without a code-signed certificate will be forced to disappear. Where the software is not code-signed, check the length of time the developer's web site and software have been around. If it is more than 10 years and still no signs of anything to suggest the apps and/or plug-ins might be suspicious, this is a very good sign that the developer and the software produced can be trusted.
As SUNRISE has been online since 1999, you would think by now that someone would have found something we were not doing right with our software. No one has, so that in itself should speak volumes about our integrity to provide a quality software for your own use.
A similar issue also exists with our Runtime app called SUNRISE Contacts 2019.app and macOS 10.12 and higher versions. Here, the macOS will alert the user of an unsigned app and then move the app to another location and sandbox it if you decide to let it run, except the app will not have access to the database files. To solve this problem, download the file to a FAT32-formatted USB stick, remove the stick, and re-insert it. You can uncompress the DMG file and transfer SUNRISE Contacts to the desktop or elsewhere and the app will run without the GateKeeper complaining of an unsigned software.
With paranoia now running at an all time high in 2019 for businesses and some consumers concerned about the security of certain software apps (and now plug-ins), it is understandable that more and more software are receiving the code-signing certificate treatment. Unfortunately, it comes at a continuous cost to the developer of these apps (as the certificates have to be renewed and paid in the hundreds of dollars each time). We think it is not necessary to have software code-signed to the nth degree right down to the plug-ins themselves if simple security precautions are implemented by the user, the biggest of which is to always download the software from the original source (in the case of SUNRISE Contacts from our web site only).
12. Is it true that Apple wants to remove the Runtime feature of FileMaker Pro to prevent your database solutions from running without a full copy of FileMaker Pro?
Yes. The Runtime feature has been earmarked by Apple as deprecated and will be removed at some point in the future. At the moment FileMaker Pro 18 can produce Runtime apps to run SUNRISE Contacts. There are enough multi-million dollar contracts at other companies that require the Runtime feature to be available. Despite being stated as in the deprecation phase (since FileMaker Pro 13 was released), it is likely to be a long time before Apple can remove the feature.
Of course, users would want to know why the concerted effort by Apple to remove a useful feature? It is all about profit, as well as identifying all developers who use the FileMaker Pro platform. If the latter cannot be done through code signing certificates for new plug-ins created for the FileMaker platform, might as well do it by forcing developers to join an Apple program, and bundle their database solutions with full copies of FileMaker Pro apps to sell at a higher price.
There is no evidence, according to Richard Carlton Consulting, Inc., to suggest that Apple is struggling financially speaking in the sale of its software. Quite the contrary, Apple has been making a hefty profit for the last 20 years in selling FileMaker Pro Advanced, and continues to do so for the latest FileMaker Pro 18 version while it retains the Runtime feature according to this YouTube video?
Mr Carlton claims in the video that it is because the Runtime app can't get all the latest features of the full FileMaker Pro app, such as exporting as PDF (even though users can print as PDF and developers can create plug-ins to fill in the shortfall in features), so it is better for developers to join Apple on a program to bundle their database apps with a copy of a discounted price FileMaker Pro, and sell enough of the FileMaker Pro apps and databases to users. Rubbish! The real reason for doing this is because Apple does not want to have the Runtime feature. It wants to get lazy in not providing the latest features into the Runtime solution and prefers to get its fingers in the financial pie of the developers for the sake of a bigger profit even though they are already making substantial profit every year in selling FileMaker Pro with the Runtime feature.
Also, Apple does not like FileMaker developers selling too cheaply or making available for free any Runtime apps of a CRM to compete with Apple's own free CRM. Soon FileMaker developers must find ways to convince users to buy their apps at much higher prices (with a copy of FileMaker Pro). And all the while Apple wants developers to create apps for the Macintosh and iOS platform so the company can sell more Macs and Apple mobile devices. Well, what's wrong with the Xcode approach of letting developers create free or low-cost "runtime-like" C++/Swift apps to work on Macs and iOS devices (without needing FileMaker Pro or another app from Apple to run them, other than to have macOS or iOS present) and leave it as that? Profit is already there in selling FileMaker Pro. Enough people are buying Macs and iOS devices. How much more profit is needed by Apple by removing the Runtime feature just to force developers to sell more copies of FileMaker Pro?
The only good thiung to come of this news is that the current versions of FileMaker Pro with their Runtime feature will continue to work with all Windows 7 to 10 OS versions. Compare this to macOS whose version will change annually and eventually stop Runtime apps from working, but not for the Windows side.
While there is a need for the Runtime app by enough users, SUNRISE Contacts should continue to run on Mac and iOS for at least the next 5 years, and more than 10 years on the Windows platform.
Beyond that time, we can only hope there is a petition by enough developers and users to keep the Runtime feature in the Apple product.