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FileMaker 8 Released Today(August 29, 2005)
FileMaker today announced the immediate availability of FileMaker Pro 8, the newest version of the most-awarded desktop database, featuring new ways to work faster, share and manage information of all types, and be more productive (full details at http://www.filemaker.com/products8 ).
The new PDF Maker in FileMaker Pro 8, featuring the Adobe PDF Library licensed via Datalogics allows users to convert attractive graphic-rich reports of their data into PDFs, which can be quickly emailed for sharing with non-FileMaker users. The new Excel Maker works the same effortless way. FileMaker Pro 8 users can save data as a Microsoft Excel file, and just as painlessly include it as an attachment ready to send via email.
FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced (previously FileMaker Developer), also available today, boasts many powerful new features designed to allow advanced users and developers to add greater customization to their databases than ever before.
At the FileMaker Developer Conference, attended by more than 1,000 database and web developers, the company also unveiled the rest of the FileMaker 8 product line: FileMaker Server 8; FileMaker Server 8 Advanced and FileMaker Mobile 8, which are planned to ship this Fall.
Because FileMaker Pro is one of the most popular databases for small businesses, FileMaker also announced the FileMaker Business Productivity Kit as part of the FileMaker Pro 8 trial download (see related announcement), featuring several ready-to-use solutions designed specifically for small businesses;available now for download at www.filemakertrial.com/bpkpr.
?With FileMaker Pro 8, it is now even easier to manage and share information of all types even with non-FileMaker users, said Dominique Goupil, president of FileMaker, Inc. ?FileMaker 8 has set a new standard for the database market by delivering the ultimate combination of power, ease of use, and sharing. By making it easier to create, learn and use shared information solutions, FileMaker 8 will bring even more new users into the database category. Customers can now work faster and share data with more people and office applications than any other desktop database.
New Time-saving Features For Easy Managing and Sharing
FileMaker Pro 8, for Windows and Mac OS X, is even easier to learn and use, and features many new capabilities to make information-sharing more prevalent.
Other new features include:
§ Fast Match ? Select information from the current field, and with one mouse click, find all matching records even refine your search or broaden it all without typing!
§ Fast Send ? E-mail the contents of virtually any field, including images, documents, Excel files, and more - right from within FileMaker.
§ Auto-Complete ? Get faster and more accurate data entry by adding the ability to fill-in field content automatically based on previous entries or Value Lists.
§ Calendar field format ? Enter dates quickly and more accurately by adding a simple point and click Calendar drop-down to any field.
§ Email Merge For fast, personalized emails to individuals or groups.
§ Tab Panel Control ? Build a layout with multiple tabs in a single step rather than having multiple layouts each with their own tabs.
§ Visual Spell Checker ? Check spelling of data entry with the new visual spell checker that underlines misspelled words and allows you to edit and correct on the fly.
§ Mouse Wheel support Scroll through records or fields faster and easier using a mouse-wheel-including Apples new Mighty Mouse.
§ Improved Table Import ? Add a new table to a database by simply importing the new data.
§ Improved Relationship Graph ? Easier ways to create and manage tables and associated relationships
FileMaker Pro 8 comes with 30 ready-to-use Starter Solutions, including a new Email Campaign Management solution that can quickly import data from other formats, such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access or other software formats.
Customers Praise FileMaker Pro 8
Early evaluator customers and developers praised the new capabilities of FileMaker Pro 8:
"Moving to FileMaker Pro 8 was painless. Running on our FileMaker 7 Server, we were able to run FileMaker Pro 7 and 8 clients side by side with no adverse effects, Andrew Struthers, IT Manager, True North Printed Plastics Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
?Our database clients will also be thrilled with the ability to save to Excel and print to PDF these two features fill a huge gap in providing extended reporting capabilities without relying on third-party solutions. And FileMaker Pro 8's excellent rendition of the desktop solution to Instant Web Publishing (IWP) makes the end user experience second to none, Terry Billingsley, President, AT Experts, Embrun (Ottawa), Ontario, Canada.
"Before, wed print a proof sheet and save it as a PDF file and then we'd email the PDF proof sheet and a PDF of the print job to the customer. With FileMaker Pro 8, we wrote a script to create the PDF proof sheet and then send an email to the customer, picking up the address information and subject line from the job record. PDF Maker also picks up for the message area the job information from the job record all we have to do is attach the PDF proof, and it's on the way!" says J. E. Sequera, President, Business Printers of San Diego, San Diego, CA
"Tooltips, the tabbed interface, Fast Match and Sort speed improvement, and my favorite, Development Tools, have all improved my results and quickened my development times. For my users, Tooltips save hours of training time, and the tabbed dialogs take my layouts to a new level of professionalism, Brian Hightower, Lead Developer, Home Solution, Las Vegas, NV.
"We couldn't even consider trying to develop our own database using Access, SQL, or anything else. While our IT director is conversant in several of those environments, we felt it was more important to choose a system that could be designed, developed, and modified by our design staff. FileMaker Pro 8 makes that easier than ever, Matthew Edmonds, Job Captain, AR7 HooverDesmondArchitects, Denver, CO.
New FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced
To meet the needs of the growing number of professional developers and advanced database creators, FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced includes all the features of FileMaker Pro 8, plus breakthrough development and customization tools. With the ability to customize menus and add custom Tooltips, as well as robust troubleshooting and database analysis tools, developers and advanced FileMaker users alike can efficiently build more powerful, more customized databases. It is available now.
New features include:
Custom Menus One of the most highly requested advanced user features, Custom Menus provides maximum customization of FileMaker Pro solutions, including the ability to execute scripts from menus; add, edit or delete menus and menu items; and create custom scripts for toolbars, context menus, window options and more.
Custom Tooltips (static and calculated) For providing guided data entry guidance, pertinent information related to a particular record, and enhanced training tips for new users.
Data Viewer For monitoring fields, variables, and expressions when debugging scripts or general troubleshooting and testing calculation formulas without modifying the database schema.
?We renamed FileMaker Developer to FileMaker Pro Advanced because we found that growing numbers of our users were building advanced solutions but did not consider themselves traditional developers, said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, Marketing and Services for FileMaker. ?With FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced we deliver the tools needed to customize and manage powerful databases, while retaining the ease of use that has made FileMaker a market leader.
FileMaker Server 8 and FileMaker Server 8 Advanced
FileMaker Server 8 offers high-performance, reliable file sharing for teams of FileMaker users. FileMaker Server 8 Advanced provides all that FileMaker Server 8 offers plus powerful web publishing and external connectivity options. In FileMaker Server 8 Advanced, the extremely popular Instant Web Publishing (IWP) has been updated to offer even more functionality and security. Both Server products are scheduled to ship this Fall, the company said. Users can find, add, edit, and delete information faster using the newly optimized FileMaker Server 8 database engine. All of the features offered within FileMaker Pro 8 are supported by FileMaker Server 8.
FileMaker Mobile 8
FileMaker Mobile 8, also scheduled to ship this Fall, is a companion version of FileMaker Pro 8 designed specifically for Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds (supports Palm OS 5 and Windows Mobile 2003) that lets users take their information on the road. FileMaker Mobile 8 supports FileMaker Pro-based runtime applications and can synchronize multiple devices to the desktop database.
Pricing and Availability
FileMaker Pro 8 is available now at (www.store.filemaker.com/) $299/$179 upgrade (for both FileMaker Pro 7 and 6 licensed users) (U.S. Suggested List Price). FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced is $499. Licensed users of FileMaker Developer 6 and 7 may upgrade to FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced for $299 (U.S. Suggested List Price) and licensed users of FileMaker Pro 6, 7, 8 may upgrade to FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced through June 30, 2006 for $299. All five FileMaker Applications, including FileMaker Tasks, FileMaker Meetings, FileMaker Recruiter FileMaker Donations and FileMaker Work Requests, are compatible with the FileMaker 8 product line. For system requirements go to http://www.filemaker.com/products/fmp/. Full purchase options, which include the Apple Store online, are at www.filemaker.com/purchase/store/purchase_options
About FileMaker, Inc.
FileMaker Pro is used by millions of individuals and workgroups around the world to be more productive and efficient. Business, education and government customers rely on FileMaker to manage people, projects, images, assets and other information. In addition to being the number one-selling easy-to-use database software, the award-winning FileMaker product line also includes low-cost Applications that automate basic business tasks, ready-to-use Starter Solutions, and tools to create and share solutions from the desktop to the web. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL).
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