Simms International Signs Distribution Contract with FileMaker Inc.

Macworld Australia Staff
5 July, 2010
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Press Release

Simms Awarded Exclusive Rights to FileMaker Bento, the New Personal Database for Leopard

Sydney, 10 January 2008

Specialist supplier of premium IT products and services, Simms International, has formed a distribution alliance with FileMaker, Inc. to supply its database products in Australia.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Apple Inc., FileMaker is the global leader in easy-to-use database software for business professionals on the Mac and PC.

The contract gives Simms resellers immediate access to FileMakerís top-selling desktop and server boxed software including FileMaker Pro 9, FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced, FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced, along with exclusive rights to carry Bento, FileMakerís new personal database product, following its Australian release this week.

Simms International Managing Director, Danny Moore, said the agreement delivers benefits for both companies, allowing Simms to strengthen its portfolio with a premium established brand, while enabling FileMaker to increase its local market penetration.

ìWe are delighted to be able to offer the FileMaker database software to our reseller customers and will support these products with the same high standards of service, commitment and focus for which Simms is renowned,î he said.

ìFileMaker already enjoys very strong branding amongst business users the world over for its quality database software products that allow individuals and teams to immediately become more productive. We believe there is a significant opportunity to build on that profile with proactive marketing and education for a corresponding increase in sales.î

FileMakerís Regional Manager ñ Asia Pacific, Steve McManus, welcomed the partnership, saying he looks forward to working with Simms to expand FileMakerís reach.

ìNot only has Simms established itself as the leading Apple distributor in Australia, but we have been impressed with their professional approach to software sales.”

ìWith the arrival of Bento, our exciting new personal database for Leopard, we believe Simms is the ideal distribution partner to maximise our success in the Australian market.î

About Simms International

Simms International is a specialist supplier of IT products and services to the reseller, system integrator, sub-distribution and retail channels. Established in 1995 in Sydney, Simms International Australia is also represented in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Simms International has been a worldwide partner of Kingston Technology since 1990, and is the manufacturerís longest serving specialist distributor. Simms is an Authorised Apple Distributor and Gold Service Provider, and maintains strong relationships with other pre-eminent vendors. Simmsí commitment to quality is supported by its accreditation to the quality standard ISO 9001:2000. In April 2003, Simms achieved the Investor in People accreditation – the first such accreditation by an IT company in Australia. For more information visit

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 new Bento personal database for Mac.†Millions of customers, from individuals to large organisations, rely on FileMaker, Inc. software to manage, analyse and share information. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Inc.

For further information please contact:

Linda Bowe: Simms International (02 9026 3141)

Shuna Boyd: BoydPR (for Simms) (02 9418 8100)

Polly Johnson: Kinetics (for FileMaker) (02 9212 3848)

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Resource Centre

  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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