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FYI: FileMaker Pro 8 coming soon

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FileMaker 8 to pack new work-flow and sharing features

 

By Kasper Jade

 

Published: 01:00 PM EST

FileMaker, Inc. in the coming weeks is expected to announce a major upgrade to its top-selling database suite for managing people, projects, assets and more, AppleInsider has learned.

 

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The wholly-owned subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc plans to roll out FileMaker Pro 8 and FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced, both of which have been under development since the company released FileMaker Pro 7 in March of last year.

 

FileMaker 8 Pro

 

Rumored to go by the code-name Napa, FileMaker Pro 8 will reportedly pack over 15 new features aimed at improving work-flow and information sharing. Topping the list are new PDF Maker and Excel Maker features that will let users export their FileMaker data in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) and Microsoft Excel (XLS) formats, sources said.

 

Additionally, it's rumored the release will let users instantly email the contents of any database field using a new FastSend feature or send personalized messages to one or more customers via added email merge capabilities. A similar FastMatch function will search for data matches without the having to type search criteria, sources said.

 

FileMaker Pro 8 is also expected to sport faster table imports and a new Relationship Graph function for quickly documenting database and field relationships. Meanwhile, new Alignment and Tab Control tools will help users create cleaner looking database layouts with multiple tabs.

 

Among the many other features scheduled for FileMaker Pro 8 are mouse-wheel support, automated data entry and completion, an integrated spell checker, and tools to ensure more accurate data entry.

 

FileMaker 8 Pro Advanced

 

With the release of FileMaker 8, sources say FileMaker Developer will be renamed FileMaker Pro Advanced. The release is expected to include all the features of FileMaker Pro 8 plus advanced development and customization capabilities.

 

Developers utilizing FileMaker 8 Pro Advanced will reportedly gain access to new tools for adding custom menus and tooltips. They'll also be able to generate a report that provides an overview of their database schema.

 

Sources also said that the new version will unleash tools for creating kiosk-based and standalone runtime applications.

 

Simultaneous table imports, more robust calculations, and the ability to tests scripts without modifying the database are some of the other advanced features rumored to make the cut.

 

Already, it's believed that FileMaker is preparing packaging and marketing material to coincide with the release of the two software packages. According to sources, retail packaging will remain largely unaltered from version 7 with the exception of updated version numbers.

 

FileMaker plans to hold its annual developers conference during the last week of August. The event, which will likely showcase FileMaker 8 Pro, is expected to draw more than 1,000 corporate and independent database developers, consultants and trainers from more than 25 countries.

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Ted S

The ability to export directly to Excel seems LONG overdue. The type ahead feature will be nice as will the ability to manage the relationship graph. Tab controls, VERY NICE! Print as a pdf, good too.

 

Conspicuously missing, event triggered scripts. Some of the old-timers are going to go nuts if the folks at FM miss this once again.

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Robert Schaub

Import Tables .....Even Better....But How about Duplicate tables for archiving purposes?

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lavanya

i really need help with something! i made a database using filemaker...and then i was trying to make a portal but unfortunately it didnt go according to the way i wanted. anyways what has happened now is that all the fields have missing table on them? how can i get it back?? and when i try and add a field it comes up as ::fieldname etc

 

coudl someone please let me know what i should do!

 

my email address is lavnaygupta@gmail.com

 

thanks

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Dravid

How about fixing the problem with pop up lists and windows XP - it is too slooow. Lets get the basics right

Dravid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maarten Witberg

lavanya, please start a new thread with your question.

 

 

kjoe

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Robert Schaub

Chances are you have the wrong relationship assigned to the portal.

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Donna MacLane-Ellis

How about this rumor... you will need an Intel Processor to run it! mad.gif

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Maarten Witberg

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you will need an Intel Processor to run it

 

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if that's true they've lost a customer

 

kjoe

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Maarten Witberg

Hi Chopper,

 

That's nice to read, only we've got this bunch of shiny G5 duals at the office that are not going to be replaced anytime soon. Nor is my PB. So until that time...

 

kjoe

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volkerimmler

Does not sound like there will be calculations in the layouts - it would be so nice to have the ability to customize the data output (like red numbers for negative values), without having to touch the actual values in the table

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Robert Schaub

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- it would be so nice to have the ability to customize the data output (like red numbers for negative values) touch the actual

 

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Already available.....has been for years.

 

 

A true number field. in layout click on number fields... Format/Number click number setting of of your choice. Here is where there option to turn red if negative.

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frigante

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if that's true they've lost a customer

 

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kjoe, face the facts, dude!

By the end of 2007 all new macs will be equipped with Intel processors instead of PPC - it's a good thing!

 

I'm sure FM8 will be written in universal binary so that it will run on macs with both PPC and Intel architecture.

 

Event triggered scripting would really really be nice this time 'round though..

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Johnny Boy

I would love o be able to duplicate tables. Those 6 - 10 standard fields take a chunk of time to add each time.

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