New FileMaker Pro 10 Ships With Sleek New Interface and Breakthrough Reporting and Automating Features

Macworld Australia Staff
5 July, 2010
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Most dramatic interface improvements in over a decade put commonly used features at users’ fingertips

SAN FRANCISCO and LAS VEGAS (Macworld Expo and CES) – January 6, 2009 – FileMaker, Inc. today announced it is shipping the new FileMaker Pro 10, a breakthrough version of the award-winning database software, which features a sleek new interface and intuitive new design.

With a fresh new interface, FileMaker Pro 10 delivers the most dramatic design changes in over a decade. The redesigned and customizable Status Toolbar – similar to browser toolbars – puts commonly used FileMaker Pro features, previously only accessible from the main menu, right at users’ fingertips for streamlined navigation, better workflow and time-saving shortcuts.

Other major new features, such as the ability to save the results of a search, and Script Triggers, which launch scripts triggered by user actions or based on time limits, make using databases easier than ever before.

Also shipping today is the entire FileMaker Pro 10 product line, which includes FileMaker Pro 10 Advanced, FileMaker Server 10 and FileMaker Server 10 Advanced.

A database for everyone

“The new FileMaker Pro 10 interface is the result of years of in-depth research into how people actually interact with databases,” said FileMaker president Dominique Goupil. “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. Also, the new customization and scripting features in version 10 will save both end users and developers time and money.”

Saved Finds and Script Triggers: new time-saving features

FileMaker Pro 10 now saves searches automatically and allows you to name and save a set of specific searches. For example, if you want to create a find request for customers in California who have spent more than $1,000 in the past year, but have not ordered in the last three months, FileMaker Pro will save the search so you can access it over and over again in the future. The new Saved Finds feature makes searching a “no-brainer.”

FileMaker Pro 10 also introduces Script Triggers, allowing both users and developers major new options for automating tasks and boosting productivity. Now you can specify that a FileMaker Script (similar to a spreadsheet macro) will run based on timing or whenever users take a specified action in Browse Mode or Find Mode, such as clicking in a field or exiting a viewing mode. FileMaker Pro comes with 12 ready-to-use Script Triggers (five object-based and seven layout-based).

Create live Dynamic Reports based on your actual data

One of the most popular uses of databases is to create reports. With FileMaker Pro 10, you can now create beautiful reports – simple or sophisticated – that are based on your data. And, unique only to FileMaker Pro 10, you can actually make changes directly to the underlying data from within your report “on-the-fly” as you work. Any changes you may make to the data within your report will also show up immediately in the database, without ever having to switch views!

Other new FileMaker Pro 10 features include:

  • Enhanced Quick Start Screen– Get going quickly with the new “See it, Use it, Learn it” interface to start learning how to use FileMaker Pro. Plus easily create databases from existing data sources like .CSV, Tab, and also now from Excel 2007 (.xlsx) or Bento 2.
  • Enhanced SQL support – Now you can display, access and use data from even more SQL sources, including SQL tables in Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Oracle 11g and MySQL 5.1 community edition.
  • Send Mail via SMTP – Save time by sending email directly from FileMaker Pro instead of having to open your email client.

Click here for more information on these and other additional features.

New FileMaker Server 10 Products

FileMaker Server 10 has several new features, including: simplified server management that allows administrators to import and export records using server-based scripts – no more robots are required; an enhanced PHP Site Assistant with 10 PHP Site Assistant themes plus one for the iPhone – to create visually stunning websites in minutes; the ability to send mail via SMTP directly from FileMaker Server 10 without the need for an e-mail client; and a new Database Log Viewer that provides a snapshot of your database logs to quickly pinpoint trouble spots. FileMaker Server 10 Advanced now allows up to 999 users to simultaneously connect to FileMaker Pro databases – about four times the number of live connections in FileMaker Server 10 and in previous versions of FileMaker Server Advanced.

Pricing and Availability

All FileMaker 10 products are immediately available. New users may order FileMaker Pro 10 for $499 /$299 upgrade (AUD) and FileMaker Pro 10 Advanced for $799/$495 upgrade (AUD). FileMaker Server 10 is $1,645/$990 upgrade (AUD) and FileMaker Server 10 Advanced is $5,150/$3,090 upgrade (AUD). Additional pricing and upgrade information is available at www.filemaker.com.au

FileMaker Pro 10 and Bento at MacWorld Expo

Attendees here at MacWorld Expo will see FileMaker Pro 10 and Bento 2, the personal database for Mac, at the FileMaker booth (#1225). The FileMaker Pavilion, booth #1125, will feature solutions and tools from independent FileMaker developers including .com Solutions (www.fmpromigrator.com) Beezwax Datatools (www.beezwax.net); Cornerstone Solutions (www.thinkcornerstone.com); ECL Software (www.eclsoftware.com); NRG Software (www.nrgsoftware.com); and Virtual Training Company (www.vtc.com).

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker, Inc. develops award-winning database software. Its products include the legendary FileMaker Pro product line for Windows, Mac and the Web, and the Bento personal database for Mac. FileMaker Pro won 49 awards, more than its next eight competitors combined, from 2003-2008 in the U.S., and a total of 130 awards worldwide during this time. Millions of customers, from individuals to large organizations, rely on FileMaker, Inc. software to manage, analyze and share information. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Inc.

Customer contact:

1800 028 316

www.filemaker.com.au

Media Contact:

Polly Johnson

+61 2 9212 3848

polly@kinetics.com.au

©2008 FileMaker, Inc. All rights reserved. FileMaker and Bento are trademarks of FileMaker, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.





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  1. Introducing layout themes and styles in FileMaker Pro 13

    FileMaker Pro, help, inspector, macworld australiaIf you are reading this, you are most likely aware of the benefits offered by FileMaker Pro 13, from streamlining your business’ data to organising projects, but how do you make your FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go database solutions look the part?

    This is where layout themes and styles come in.

    Would you like the layout to show your business logo when your employees are entering data into the database? Would you like to create conformity across all pages, maybe with a colour theme that matches your business?

    In order to increase usability for your database, a well-designed layout will make the solution both appealing to look at, but also more efficient – as those entering or viewing data will be able to easily navigate the fields in front of them.

    What is a style?

    In FileMaker Pro, a style is the way a layout object, layout part and the database’s background appear. This encompasses the colour or transparency of objects and backgrounds, the style of line used within the layout, the borders of objects and parts, the shape of objects, the shadows outside or inside an object’s border, and the display state of an object.

    For example, when your draw a square on your layout, the initial appearance of the square will be determined by the theme currently being used by the layout. The colour of the square, the lines that define it and any shadow that appears are all differing styles that add up to make a theme.

    The initial theme is called the default and ensures that all objects added to the layout carry a similar look. So, if you add a second square to the layout, it will have the same colour and borders. Though this does not have to be the case if you would like to differentiate them.

    And a theme?

    A theme is the collection of a number of styles used in a layout. Themes are the full picture of how your layout or report appears, and encompass all of the individual styles applied to objects, parts and the background. The theme does not affect the way a layout functions, but when you apply a theme to a layout it will alter the way it looks and feels.

    Making alterations

    Adjusting a style in a theme is very simple. If you click on the object, layout part or background you would like to alter, open the Inspector and head to the Appearances tab, you will see the Style label field at the top. This indicates the current style.  If no changes have been made, it will likely read as ‘Default’.

    Alter the style of the object, layout part or background by editing the property settings on the Appearance tab of the Inspector. Once you have made your layout look the way you would like, select the red arrow that will have appeared as you were making your changes and click ‘Save As New Style’.

    Type in a new name for your style and press OK. Continue to create as many additional styles as you would like in your layout. If you would like to apply a style to multiple objects or modify a style slightly between two objects, your previous styles will be available in the Styles list on the Style tab of the Inspector.

    Once you have made all of the changes you would like, you have the option of creating a new theme or saving the changes to the current theme.

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