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FileMaker issues Leopard compatibility note

updated 09:10 am EDT, Fri October 26, 2007

FileMaker and Leopard

FileMaker, producers of its ubiquitous namesake database software, have issued a compatibility notice to coincide with the release of Mac OS X Leopard. The company says it is aware of two major issues with Leopard and FileMaker Pro 9/Pro 9 Advanced: the first is that Instant Web Publishing, which normally lets users view and modify databases via a web browser, is completely non-functional in Leopard. Secondly, users must currently specify particular regions to get the program to run, due to issues with language support. The English version must currently have the "International Formats Region" in Mac OS System Preferences set to United States; choosing another, such as United Kingdom, will not work.

FileMaker says it currently expects a free downloadable update for Pro 9 and Pro 9 Advanced to be released on November 19th. Critically however, the company says that FileMaker Server 9 and Server 9 Advanced are presently incompatible with Leopard, and no date for a Server fix is available. The company says it is attempting to find a solution. No Leopard updates are scheduled for programs below version 9.




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  1. CharlieBoisseau

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I resent the implication.

    I think your opening line "FileMaker, producers of its ubiquitous namesake database software" implies a derogatory tone. I don't know whether this is a US/UK difference - but in my (and my coleagues) opinion, this certainly sounds like the writer has an agenda. Does MacNN have a negative standpoint on FileMaker? I personally think it's a fantastic program. Careful what you write!

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    FIlemaker

    I agree. Filemaker is an outstanding program!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    um...

    "ubiquitous" means "present everywhere at once" (Am. Heritage), or omnipresent...kinda like iPods...not a bad thing.

  1. tomodachi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    /

    Yeah, does "ubiquitous" mean something else in Britannia?

  1. tomodachi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    In the mean time

    Am I the only one that thinks this is a bit lame, what with FM being a wholly owned subsidiary of, you guessed it, Apple, Inc.?

  1. tomodachi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ooh

    This is also very lame:

    "We have not tested earlier (pre-FileMaker 9) versions of FileMaker software on Mac OS X Leopard and do not intend to release updates for earlier versions."

    considering the fact that FM8.5 is only a little over a year old.

  1. eizzumdm

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This is sad

    I'm with tomodachi on the fully-owned subsidiary thing. FileMaker, if anyone, should have had access to early builds. Seriously.

    At least there is a workaround for client, and our organization does not use IWP. However, having to delay deployment of Leopard Server "indefinitely" because of FileMaker Server makes me a disappointed customer.

  1. boulder1259

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hmm...

    I tend to agree that this is ridiculous in that Apple's own software (FileMaker) is not compatible with Leopard. As far as earlier versions, my plan is to wait and see. We run FM8 (we bought it a few weeks before FM8.5 was released...) and are hoping that only the newer versions have these bugs (and, yes, these are bugs! Apple has very strict guidelines with respect to development practices, and if FileMaker had followed the guidelines, we would not be seeing these problems).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: this is sad

    No, its sad when any major software developer can't get their software updated in time for release (h***, Steve gave them 4 extra months by delaying it!). All big software vendors have access to the early builds, middling builds, and rc builds. They aren't exactly kept hidden in Apple's fortress until today (well, to some people, sure, but you'd think Apple, adobe, MS, etc, would have earlier access).

    Sure, you can't specifically promise it'll be compatible because you have no idea what apple might throw in at the last second (though, as developers, they AREN'T supposed to do that), but they should have had any and all major changes made by now.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ignorance

    There is a lot of ignorance of how software development and development cycles work here.

    FileMaker does not have inside information that other developers don't have. If they did, Apple could get into an anti-trust situation. Did it occur to anyone that something may have broken late in Leopard's development cycle, and FileMaker is still working on an update that includes other fixes that are not quite ready yet? Nah, that couldn't be.

    FileMaker is a business tool. If you use it daily, it should be more important than installing Leopard. Do you think IT professionals rush out and install the latest OS upgrade on their customers' computers? No, they perform lots of testing first. Computers are tools, remember? Leopard should take a back seat to your daily business.

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