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January 6, 2009

FileMaker launches Pro 10

New UI, reporting and automating features for database app

By Steve Evans

FileMaker has announced a new version of its flagship database software, FileMaker Pro 10. The upgrade boasts a new interface as well as a host of new features.

Users now have the option to save results of a search, enabling the results to be accessed repeatedly without the need to search the same criteria again.

The new version also features Script Triggers. According to the company, this will enable users to specify that a FileMaker Script will run based on timing or whenever the user takes a specified action in Browse Mode or Find Mode. The specified actions include clicking in a field or exiting a viewing mode. FileMaker Pro 10 ships with 12 Script Triggers pre-installed.

Improvements to the interface include a redesigned and customisable Status Toolbar, similar to a browser toolbar. Users can add features to the toolbar, rather than accessing them through the main menu. The company says this should result in an improved workflow for users.

New reporting features enable users to make changes directly to the underlying data as they are working, with the changes made in the report showing up immediately in the database.

SQL support has also been updated. FileMaker Pro 10 can display, access and use data from SQL sources such as SQL tables in Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Oracle 11g and MySQL 5.1 community edition.

FileMaker president Dominique Goupil said: “The new FileMaker Pro 10 interface is the result of years of in-depth research into how people actually interact with databases. The result is a major new version of FileMaker Pro that brings the power of databases to everyone whether they create their own databases, or use one from someone else.”

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“Also, the new customisation and scripting features in version 10 will save both end users and developers time and money.”

The product suite is available now. For new users, FileMaker 10 Pro costs £219/£131 upgrade, FileMaker pro 10 Advanced costs £329/£197 upgrade, FileMaker Server 10 is £699/£419 upgrade and FileMaker Server 10 Advanced costs £2,199/£1,319 upgrade.

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