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FileMaker Pro 9 adds PHP integration, more

updated 10:45 am EDT, Tue July 10, 2007

FileMaker Pro 9 ships

FileMaker today officially launched FileMaker Pro 9, updating its entire line of database products with more than 30 new enhancements. The new FileMaker 9 product line includes FileMaker Pro 9, FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced, FileMaker Server 9, and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced. FileMaker Pro 9 includes numerous users for end users as well as developers to simplify creating, automating, sharing, and reporting from databases. A new Quick Start screen for new users aims to aid productivity, while Conditional Formatting highlights data based on parameters set by users. FileMaker Pro 9 also adds the ability to email a link to other FileMaker users which they can click to instantly access a database. FileMaker Server 9 Advanced ($2,500 or $1,500 to upgrade), FileMaker Server 9 ($1,000 or $600 to upgrade), FileMaker Pro 9 ($300 or $180 to upgrade), and FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced ($500 or $300 to upgrade) are all already available for purchase via FileMaker.com.

The newest release offers tools for FileMaker users and workgroups to easily connect to company and Web data residing in external SQL data sources (MySQL, Oracle SQL, and Microsoft SQL Server). The new Server 9 products also feature a modernized and streamlined Admin Console to help users set up and administer Server software.

External SQL data sources

Using the new one-way or two-way live connectivity to popular SQL sources, FileMaker Pro 9 users within any business or organization can safely and securely create custom reports, add calculations and other fields, and build relationships with existing FileMaker data by using the tools of FileMaker Pro.

New PHP features enable Web developers to publish information to external websites, gather information from Web visitors, and create new Web-based applications with a FileMaker back-end.

Mac users can connect to SQL sources with the Actual ODBC Pack 2.7, which is already shipping from Actual Technologies.

New data integration, easier database design

FileMaker Pro 9 also offers script grouping and editing tools, conditional formatting, auto-resize, enhanced layout objects, improved tab control, and an updated Web Viewer. Enhanced database design report and file maintenance tools are designed to ease the process of modifying and maintaining databases, while an improved script debugger and data viewer help identify as well as correct script errors earlier in the design process. A PHP Site Assistant link also provides a one-click launch of the PHP Site Assistant included in FileMaker Server 9.




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  1. doemel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    finally

    FileMaker has finally grown up by

    - offering SQL integration - finally, finally offering decent web integration (read PHP and NOT some proprietary ML c***)

    Took them long enough!

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Not bad, but...

    While the new features are nice, I was really hoping for a few more things: - native UI widgets - system 6 style UI elements are getting kind of old - dynamic and vertical tab views - I want tabs based on a value list or record data, and I would like them to be on the side rather than top

    SQL integration is nice, although I do enjoy FileMaker's calculation fields. Other databases are missing out on these.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    bad formatting

    why can't I type return - some text - more text

    Why is it filtering out my returns?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    UK/Europe Tax remains

    FMP 9 Advanced pricing for us UK residents still stinks:

    US$ Price for US residents: $500 US$ Price for UK residents: $782

    What a rip off :(

  1. fishtech

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    UK Price???????

    > Price for UK residents: $782

    Before 17.5% Value Added Tax (VAT), the UK price is 329 pounds, that is 663 USDollars.

    But remember the dollar:pound recently rose to above 2:1.

    With a historically more realistic dollar:pound of 1.6:1 the UK cost converted to US dollars is $525.

    Remember not to blame Apple/FileMaker for your domestic tax regime or exchange rate fluctuations.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: bad formatting

    Haysek I think its the hyphens you use.

    Usually new paragraphs are OK, but something (the browser, the server?) is seeing items like - hyphens (yes, it was a separate line) - and so is this and thinking they're just hyphens and should pull it together.

    But that's just my guess.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: uk price????

    Before 17.5% Value Added Tax (VAT), the UK price is 329 pounds, that is 663 USDollars.

    But remember the dollar:pound recently rose to above 2:1.

    With a historically more realistic dollar:pound of 1.6:1 the UK cost converted to US dollars is $525.

    Remember not to blame Apple/FileMaker for your domestic tax regime or exchange rate fluctuations.


    So you're saying people shouldn't be upset at apple because they're overcharging for the product, because the exchange rate is high? Or that they should wait for the rate to drop to 1.6:1 and then buy?

    And who cares what the exchange rate is or was. Is Apple incapable of adjusting for this in the future (oh, right, based on past performance, that would be a yes). Its OK for Apple to overcharge, because exchange rates MIGHT go down, and then the price will be competitive? The fact is that the software costs a lot more in the UK right now then in the US, for no reason except price gouging.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: Re: uk price????

    "So you're saying people shouldn't be upset..."

    Except for the fact that FISHTECH is a little more correct than you even if they're slightly off_

    The point is that if I buy FM9 here in Florida at $500 retail + state tax (@7.5%)= $537.50 [approx]

    Then even if it were $500 [american] in the UK (@1.6:1 ratio] is $800 [uk money]+ [VAT @ 17.5%]= $940 - loosely converted_

    This would be even higher based on a 2:1 exchange rate_

    So YES - people in the UK need to deal with reality if they do not wish to pay 17.5% in taxes [or they could have a revolution like we did]

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