updated 08:15 am EDT, Mon June 6, 2005
has announced the availability of the new FileMaker Datagraph Widget for Mac OS X Tiger. It provides bar graph views of FileMaker Pro based data. For example, a tech support manager can check on customer service call transactions in real time (how many customers currently being served and how many customer cases have been closed) using the new FileMaker Datagraph Widget. The company also announced the immediate availability of a set of new FileMaker Automator Actions for use by FileMaker users and developers to easily create a Workflow of FileMaker scripts. FileMaker is introducing both FileMaker Datagraph and FileMaker Automator Actions as Technology Previews.
The FileMaker Automator Actions allow a FileMaker 7 user to easily create custom Workflows by dragging items from the Automator Actions Library to the Automator window. A set of Automator Actions based on common FileMaker scripts (such as Perform Script, Show All Records, Close Database, etc.) are provided. Publish to InDesign Pict Frames and Publish to InDesign Text Frames Automator Actions are also provided to simplify exporting data to Adobe's popular Indesign Creative Suite design and publishing environment. Once a Workflow is created it can be saved for subsequent access or
"The new Datagraph Widget takes advantage of the power of the Tiger Dashboard, giving developers and users instant insight into FileMaker data," said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, Marketing and Services, FileMaker. "And FileMaker Automator Actions deliver new ways to automate
routine FileMaker functions."