FileMaker has launched a new version of its database software – FileMaker Pro 11 – with features such as charting, “on the fly” reporting, a new Quick Find capability, and a host of productivity tools for easier database creation.
“FileMaker Pro 11 is designed for solving real-world business problems, such as the need for interpreting business data,” says FileMaker Asia Pacific regional manager Steve McManus. “With easy-to-use integrated charting, we bring dynamic visual reporting to FileMaker Pro 11 users. We also provide new tools to boost all users’ productivity, helping novice and expert users alike build, share and publish better databases.”
The FileMaker 11 product line also includes FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced, FileMaker Server 11 and FileMaker Server 11.
The new FileMaker charts (pie, bar, area and line) allow users to visualise, evaluate and report on data within a new or existing layout. The charts can also be published to the web using FileMaker Pro Instant Web Publishing.
Users of the latest version can now also create “on the fly” Quick Reports in a spreadsheet-like format to easily set up subtotals and totals similar to pivot tables in spreadsheets. A new streamlined Layout/Report Assistant guides users through the process of setting up reports with grouped data.
New FileMaker Pro 11 productivity features include:
Innovative Quick Find with iTunes style that searches across all fields within a layout;
Inspector, a master tool palette that controls layout objects and properties in one convenient place;
Object Badges to visually identify scripted fields in layouts with colour-coded icons;
A new Invoices Starter Solution, one of more than 30 built-in solutions, designed to track product and customer details and create, manage and print customised invoices for every order;
An improved Quick Start Screen to help users create new databases, manage favourite files and find helpful resources; and
Text highlighting to emphasise key words or numbers in fields.
For more experienced database developers, FileMaker Pro 11 also offers script creation and editing enhancements, portal filtering that specifies related records based on calculations, and layout folders that help organise layouts in folders via a simple drag-and-drop operation
Also new is the Snapshot Link collaborative tool that flags a specific set of records at a point in time, preserving the same layout, view and sort order. Any changes made to the file are automatically updated in the database. The Snapshot Link file can be emailed to anyone who has FileMaker Pro 11 for easy collaboration.
FileMaker Pro 11 also introduces Recurring Import, a new feature that allows users to establish an automatic import from Excel, CSV or TAB.
FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced offers all of the features of FileMaker Pro 11 plus a suite of advanced development and customisation tools, a streamlined, intuitive interface for creating customised menus; the ability to copy, paste and import custom functions into databases without having to re-key information; and an Improved Script Debugger that lets users debug scripts attached to buttons and Custom Menus along with all the scripts on a layout.
New in FileMaker Server 11 is an Enhanced Statistics View that provides detailed visibility into FileMaker Pro clients to help diagnose potential issues. A Backup File Clone allows administrators to save an empty version of any database to help preserve the schema and architecture of a file while troubleshooting.
Available from today, FileMaker Pro 11 is $499/$299 upgrade and FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced is $799/$495 upgrade. FileMaker Server 11 is $1645/$990 upgrade and FileMaker Server 11 Advanced is $5150/$3,090 upgrade.
For a limited time, FileMaker is extending upgrade pricing to licensed users of FileMaker 8 and 8.5 products. This offer expires on 24 September 2010, and details are at www.filemaker.com.au/promos/