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New FileMaker Pro 8 – The Easy Way to Manage and Share Information --Available Now
- 30 August, 2005 11:01
<p>FileMaker today announced the immediate availability of FileMaker Pro 8 (https://secure.filemaker.com.au/), 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.au/products/fmp/).</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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 customisation to their databases than ever before.</p>
<p>Today at the FileMaker Developer Conference, attended by more than 1,000 database and web developers, the company unveiled the full FileMaker 8 product line: FileMaker Pro 8, FileMaker Server 8; FileMaker Server 8 Advanced and FileMaker Mobile 8, which are planned to ship this Spring.</p>
<p>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 release below), featuring several ready-to-use solutions designed specifically for small businesses; available now for download at www.filemaker.com.au/bpk.</p>
<p>“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.”</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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, personalised 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 Apple’s 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</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>Customers Praise FileMaker Pro 8
Early evaluator customers and developers praised the new capabilities of FileMaker Pro 8:</p>
<p>“As FileMaker Developers we’re delighted we’ll be able to offer our customers the new extended features in the FileMaker Pro 8 interface, such as ‘Find records like this’, ‘Export to PDF’ and ‘Export to Email’. We’re also excited by some of the new possibilities in FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced such as the extended email and print capabilities, the new scripting functions, the new Developer Tools like the Data/Expression Viewer, and enhancements to the relationship graph. We’re looking forward to using the new FileMaker Pro 8 capabilities with eager enthusiasm both as Developers and for our end users.”
- Murray Benn, Managing Director, Denbigh International, Administration Solutions for Education
“FileMaker 8 is definitely the best FileMaker yet for both developers and users. There is something in the new feature list for everyone. Developers will enjoy the amazing tools offered in FileMaker Pro Advanced with the ability to copy tables and fields, enable and disable script steps and view script output using the data viewer. Custom menus, new field formats, a tab creation tool and tooltips provide new ways to customise the interface and streamline development. The new, fully scriptable save as PDF with all the options and send email functionality will make information sharing so much more efficient for end users. FileMaker 8 builds on the solid foundation laid down with FileMaker 7 and makes the upgrade decision an easy one.”
- Andrew McAllum, Director, Niche IT.
“For over 10 years we have been creating real-world solutions that push the limits of FileMaker Pro. With FileMaker Pro 8.0 those limits have been pushed a whole lot further back. FileMaker has certainly listened to developers’ feedback and delivered a great tool for managing data. Yet the genius of FileMaker has been to deliver this without compromising ease-of-use. We’re updating our Agency Pro solution to make the most of its new feature set.”
- Nick Duke, Designware Consulting</p>
<p>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 customisation tools. With the ability to customise 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 customised databases. It is available now.
New features include:
Custom Menus – One of the most highly requested advanced user features, Custom Menus provides maximum customisation 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 customise 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 Spring, the company said. Users can find, add, edit, and delete information faster using the newly optimised FileMaker Server 8 database engine. All of the features offered within FileMaker Pro 8 are supported by FileMaker Pro Server 8.
FileMaker Mobile 8
FileMaker Mobile 8, also scheduled to ship this Spring, 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.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability
FileMaker Pro 8 is available now at (https://secure.filemaker.com.au/) AUD$499 (inc. GST) or $299 upgrade (inc. GST, for both FileMaker Pro 7 and 6 licensed users). FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced is AUD$869 (inc. GST). Licensed users of FileMaker Developer 6 and 7 may upgrade to FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced for AUD$519 (inc. GST) and licensed users of FileMaker Pro 6, 7, 8 may upgrade to FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced through June 30, 2006 for AUD$519 (inc. GST). 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.au/products/fmp/tech_specs.html</p>
<p>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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