Claris crosses platforms in database market

Claris crosses platforms in database market

Apple Computer's subsidiary, Claris International, has reinforced its position in the cross-platform end-user database market, with the launch of FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Power Macintosh, Windows 95 and Windows NT.

According to software division officials, the beefed-up edition of its database product is designed to let both Windows and Macintosh users create and display relationships between multiple files. New features include the ability to automatically convert foreign files directly into FileMaker Pro files, enhanced merging and scripting capabilities, OLE 2.0 (Windows 95 only) support, automatic dialling and increased word processing functions.

Claris said another performance-booster in the package is its ability to allow Windows users to embed, link and edit OLE objects from a network's Macintosh-based host. The end-user database product also comes packaged with over 40 ready-made templates ranging from inventory systems to expense reports. Priced at $349 (with upgrades costing $129), FileMaker Pro 2.0 runs over IPX/SPX, AppleTalk and also TCP/IP networks.

Claris also announced FileMaker Pro Server 3.0 - a revamped version of its database application server that runs on a Macintosh com-puter, supporting both Macintosh and Windows clients. Officials said workgroups will experience higher performance speeds compared to FileMaker Pro peer-to-peer networking, when using FileMaker Pro Server 3.0 to host their FileMaker 3.0 databases.

FileMaker Pro Server 3.0 is priced at $1,949 with upgrades from FileMaker Pro Server 2.0 costing about $399.


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