updated 11:30 am EDT, Mon August 30, 2004
FileMaker ships 10M copies
FileMaker today began shipping ($500), which is available to owners of FileMaker Developer 7 to allow development and testing without the purchase of a full deployment license. Finally, FileMaker announced that it has shipped over 10 million copies of FileMaker.
In addition, FS 7 Advanced customers can now integrate FileMaker databases with other applications using such industry standard connectivity options as XML, ODBC and JDBC. The company says that FS 7 Advanced users can create a web version of their FileMaker database with a few clicks and no modifications and then easily share it with up to 100 users via a browser--20 times the number possible using Instant Web Publishing in FileMaker Pro 7.
In addition, FileMaker Server 7 Advanced offers Custom Web Publishing, which delivers web-based applications for customers, partners and other remote users. It includes a new built-in Site Assistant wizard for serving FileMaker Pro data to web sites or for working with popular design tools, such as Macromedia Dreamweaver MX.
FileMaker also announced record attendance for its annual FileMaker Developer Conference 2004, which starts today. The annual gathering of corporate and independent FileMaker developers, which continues through September 1 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, in Phoenix, Arizona, has attracted more than 1,400 worldwide attendees.
"The goals that inspired the birth of FileMaker 20 years ago have become the success factors that are driving its popularity today - ease-of-use, flexibility, and power," said Dominique Goupil, president of FileMaker, Inc as he welcomed FileMaker creators Alan Albert and Dan Chadwick as guest speakers at the conference. "Knowledge workers and developers have embraced the feature-rich capabilities of FileMaker Pro, the ability to customize and the simplicity that allows non-technical users to easily use a database solution to handle business critical processes."
This year's conference debuts "The FileMaker Developer Conference 2004 Solution Contest" in which seven "best of breed" solutions, built using new advances in FileMaker Pro 7, will be demonstrated to determine a Grand Prize winner (scheduled to be announced at the conclusion of the conference on September 1st). The finalists in this year's competition are: Richard Carlton (Richard Carlton Consulting), Brian Dunning (BrianDunning.com), Dawn Heady (Bellwether), Cris Ippolite (iSolutions), Joseph Patterson (Eclectus), Bob Shockey (The Alchemy Group), and Longin Ziegler (Ismile Group). The grand-prize winner will receive approximately $12,000 in computer equipment and software.
The FileMaker developer conference includes more than 50 sessions and more than 25 vendors in the Product Innovations Showcase.