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FileMaker Pro 5.5: all the news

FileMaker Pro 5.5, which supports Mac OS X and Windows 2000 (logo-certified), intensifies connectivity with corporate databases and enriches the features of Web publishing.

The new version of the software is the first database application that supports Mac OS X. The application designed to facilitate the work of employees and workgroups in order to encourage an increase in productivity. The connection between workgroups and corporate databases facilitated by double ODBC access. The new system also boasts a new OErecord-level security system. Enhanced Instant Web Publishing allows for higher reliability and greater functionality when FileMaker solutions are created via Web browser.

The product will be available in different ways on various platforms:

– FileMaker Server 5.5 will operate on Linux; – FileMaker Pro 5.5 will support Citrix MetaFrame 1.8 for Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Terminal Services servers; – FileMaker Mobile, which currently operates on Palm OS, will run on Pocket PC and support the iMode standard for services Wireless internet in Japan.

Multi-platform data connectivityAmong the features of the new FileMaker Pro 5.5, people who have had the opportunity to try the beta version, highlight the data connectivity function and cross-platform support. "The integration with Microsoft Office impressed me in a positive way. My company uses Microsoft and FileMaker: since the two solutions can interact, many jobs are automated, "says Ihor Lukiw, Senior Scientist of the Schering-Plow Research Institute.

"From the perspective, the most significant feature is the SQL query function," says Jeff Hanes, WizardWorld Database Engineer. "Since our data is entered into an Oracle database, access to shared information has taken place in a more usable way thanks to an effective interface. Using the SQL query function, we will be able to generate reports in FileMaker with the help of the layout tools. This will save us time and money, as professional reporting tools for Oracle can be difficult and expensive to configure. With FileMaker, you will be able to process customer reports without having to learn how to use new software. "

According to IT Senior Analyst John Feinberg of Hoffman LaRoche: ?it is very rare for corporate or medium-sized business users that the database is stand alone. This makes FileMaker a more easily usable solution in corporate environments. With version 5.5 it is possible to build databases quickly and install them in corporate applications ".

New features include: Mac OS X Native (Charred): FileMaker Pro 5.5 one of the first productivity applications for Mac OS X. The benefits are attributable to the color and fluid movement of the Aqua interface, in addition to the stability and reliability of Mac OS X. The FileMaker Pro 5.5 solution for Mac OS X allows you to store PDF files in a field: this makes it even easier to use or archive important documents in a FileMaker solution.

Windows 2000 logo-certified: FileMaker Pro 5.5 has passed the stringent requirements of the Windows 2000 certification program, certifying that it is a valid application operating on Microsoft Windows 2000. The applications require fewer revisions and time savings. In this perspective, they help workgroups to maximize the energies of Windows 2000 through the benefits of the technologies and features of Windows 2000. FileMaker Pro 5.5 also provides full support to the features of Windows 2000, making it easy to use even for less experienced users.

New dynamic SQL query: Corporate databases such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle or SAP can be easily integrated into FileMaker Pro 5.5 workgroup solutions. In this way, employees can automatically insert their reports into company databases, without wasting time.

?SQL Execute? script step: Developers and IT administrators can automate the exchange of SQL data for users through the new ?SQL Execute? script step. When a developer creates a script, launched by clicking on a button, the user has the possibility to update the ODBC database, without having to write any queries.

Enhanced Instant Web Publishing: FileMaker Pro 5.5 allows you to publish a solution on the web with greater reliability thanks to interactive commands. FileMaker 5.5's Instant Web Publishing feature supports value lists, multi-step scripts, professional table view layouts and JavaScript-based button roll-over. The FileMaker Pro 5.5 Web Companion, with a new multi-threaded HTTP Server (1.1 standard), processes data faster and faster.

New data exchange features: Easy import and formatting of data from work documents and Excel fields; FileMaker Pro 5.5 uses the QuickTime graphics standard to convert unknown graphics formats to a format viewable in fields; PDF documents can be stored in folders (Mac OS X only).

Privileged record-by-record access: User access to the database can be easily controlled at the logging level, adding another level of security in the database on peer-to-peer and client / server networks and on the Web.

Password security: The new "Change Password" allows the IT administrator to prevent the intrusion of other users.

Disable the new database: The new administrative option for IT management allows greater control over the creation of new databases.

No interruption: FileMaker Pro 5.5 does not disconnect the user when he does not receive any input from them. This is useful when the software runs on a web or ODBC server, for example, and can be kept like other servers.

Some notes related to Mac OS X: ODBC import, toolbar, Send Mail script step with and FileMaker Mobile are not supported under Mac OS X. For updates please visit

FileMaker Pro 5.5 is already available in the United States and will be available in Italian in June. 659.000 (VAT excluded). For further information, please consult the Italian website at the address below.

(Edited by Newton)