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FileMaker, Santa Clara Santa Clara, city, Cuba
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, Calif., has introduced FileMaker Developer 5.5., which is a essential tool for developers creating powerful custom FileMaker Pro solutions to be used on the Web, across workgroups or as runtime applications. Redesigned as an integrated, easy-to-use FileMaker Pro application, FileMaker Developer 5.5 is for corporate and independent developers, as well as workgroup database administrators, deploying specialized FileMaker Pro databases for use within enterprise workgroups.

New Features and Updates

FileMaker Developer 5.5 includes all the powerful features and functionality of FileMaker Pro 5.5 together with the following brand new features and updates:

Database Design Report for documenting the structure (including fields, scripts, relationships, layouts, and database passwords) of FileMaker Pro database solutions. Developers can choose to view and navigate the time and date stamped report as a FileMaker Pro database, or in XML XML
 in full Extensible Markup Language.

Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations.
 format. Using the Database Design Report, orphan links and redundant objects of past and present FileMaker solutions can now be easily located.

Script Debugger Script Debugger is a Macintosh computer source code editor and debugging environment for the AppleScript programming language, and other languages based on Apple Inc.'s Open Scripting Architecture. It is a product of Late Night Software. History
Script Debugger version 1.
 for the systematic testing of scripts within a FileMaker solution. Developers can also customize and secure cross-platform FileMaker Pro royalty-free runtime solutions. The Developer Tool offers time-saving customization tools, such as the ability to rename database Pro solutions.

Updated ODBC (Open DataBase Connectivity) A database programming interface from Microsoft that provides a common language for Windows applications to access databases on a network.  Drivers Merant 3.5 on Mac Classic and Merant 3.7 on Windows; Oracle (Mac and Windows); Microsoft SQL Server A relational DBMS from Microsoft that is a major component of the Windows Server System. It is Microsoft's high-end client/server database and is closely integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft Office System.  (Windows); Text (Mac and Windows) are now available within FileMaker Developer 5.5 to connect to the latest versions of standard corporate data sources. FileMaker Developer 5.5 can easily be integrated with the other corporate data management tools.

New Mac OS X support, providing pre-emptive pre·emp·tive or pre-emp·tive  
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2. Having or granted by the right of preemption.

 multi-tasking, memory protection, PDF (Portable Document Format) The de facto standard for document publishing from Adobe. On the Web, there are countless brochures, data sheets, white papers and technical manuals in the PDF format.  support and the Aqua interface. In addition to Mac OS X, FileMaker Developer 5.5 also supports Mac 8.1 through 9.1, and Windows 2000, NT, Me, 98 and 95.

Support for Standards

FileMaker Developer 5.5 provides in-depth documentation and examples for XML, which is quickly becoming the preferred method of exchanging data across applications; JDBC (Java DataBase Connectivity) A programming interface that lets Java applications access a database via the SQL language. Since Java interpreters (Java Virtual Machines) are available for all major client platforms, this allows a platform-independent database , allowing for easier ways to build Java front ends to FileMaker Pro databases; and ODBC allowing for access to a FileMaker data source remotely, for easy back-up of mission-critical data on back end systems.

Requirements and Availability

Customers in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere.  may order FileMaker Developer 5.5 at $499 (U.S. suggested retail price) from the FileMaker store at or, order by calling 1-800-325-2747. Licensed users (based in North America) of FileMaker Pro 4.0 Developer Edition or FileMaker Developer 5.0 are eligible for a U.S. $100 or Canadian $150 mail-in rebate (this offer is good until December 31, 2002, and cannot be used in combination with any other offers). Individual copies of FileMaker Developer 5.5 may be purchased from authorized FileMaker resellers.

For information on FileMaker Developer 5.5 system requirements To be used efficiently, all computer software needs certain hardware components or other software resources to be present on a computer system. These pre-requisites are known as (computer) system requirements and are often used as a guideline as opposed to an absolute rule. , visit

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker is a leading provider to the growing Web-publishing and workgroup database markets. FileMaker software lets departments and teams create databases to manage and track projects, assets and people. Its award-winning FileMaker line of database software provides relational power, instant and custom Web publishing Creating a Web site and placing it on the Web server. A Web site is a collection of HTML pages with the home page typically named INDEX.HTML. Web sites are designed using Web authoring software which provides a graphical layout capability or by hand coding in HTML or both.  and legendary ease-of-use. FileMaker, Inc. is the database software subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc.

* Runtime applications do not support FileMaker Pro Companions. Features that use the Web Companion (such as for web publishing or the JDBC driver) are not available. Also, the Data Access Companion (which allows ODBC connectivity) cannot be used with the runtime application.

For more information, call 408-987-7227 or 1-800-725-2747, or visit
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