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FileMaker has debuted FileMaker Server 8 Advanced, an enhanced version of FileMaker Server 8 that lets administrators securely and reliably manage and deploy shared FileMaker Pro 8 and 7 database files over networks, intranets, and the Internet.

FileMaker Server Advanced is an "All-in-One" server solution for sharing FileMaker databases among teams of any size. Extending the networking and security features of FileMaker Server 8, Server Advanced enables rapid deployment of web solutions, custom integration with internal and external web sites, and links with external corporate data sources through ODBC, JDBC, and XML.

New Features in FileMaker Server 8 Advanced

Web usability improvements

-- Delivers the new FileMaker Pro 8 features in a browser -- Server-based Instant Web Publishing (IWP) takes advantage of the new FileMaker 8 features including Tab Controls, Drop-down calendar and customized Tool Tips (created in FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced), to bring new levels of usability to browser-based solutions

-- Customizable Home Page -- A unique Web page interface for creating FileMaker Instant Web Publishing solutions makes launching solutions even easier

Enhanced Security

-- Better security via forms-based authentication (improved security without password caching) and encryption of data transferred between hosted databases and desktop clients using the SSL protocol. User accounts and passwords can be efficiently managed through external authentication using industry standard Active Directory and Open Directory.

Improved Performance

-- FileMaker Server 8 Advanced is up to 89% faster than FileMaker Server 7 Advanced in handling certain database tasks. (See benchmark results at )

Free special development licenses for FileMaker Solution Alliance members

-- FileMaker Solutions Alliance (FSA) membership now includes a free copy of the FileMaker Server 8 Advanced Development license. This license enables developers to create and test server solutions for as many as three users. Members of the FileMaker Solutions Alliance (FSA) may build and test the deployment of FileMaker 8 files running on FileMaker Server 8 Advanced using a special FileMaker Server 8 Advanced Development License for as many as three users. For FileMaker Solutions Alliance membership information, go )

FileMaker Server Advanced: Publish to the Web; Connect with the World

With FileMaker Server 8 Advanced, users can create a web version of their FileMaker database with a few clicks and web users who access the database via a browser will see the intuitive FileMaker interface without having to use any additional software.

FileMaker Server 8 Advanced also features Custom Web Publishing (CWP), which delivers rich, XSLT-based web applications. Developers may employ the built-in Site Assistant wizard to integrate FileMaker Pro data into their web sites or work with such web design tools as Dreamweaver 8 from Adobe.

The software can support a mixture of both FileMaker Pro 7 and 8 clients on the same network server and up to 100 simultaneous web-connected users.

In addition, FileMaker Server 8 Advanced integrates with other applications using such industry standard connectivity options as XSLT, XML, ODBC and JDBC. For more product information, visit

Pricing and System Requirements

The upgrade price from FileMaker Server 7 Advanced to FileMaker Server 8 Advanced is attractively priced at just $749. The full U.S., suggested list price is $2,499. The software runs on Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Windows 2000 Server SP4, and Windows 2003 Server Standard Edition and leverages their built-in security to provide Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption of data transferred between FileMaker Server 8 Advanced and the web. FileMaker Server 8 Advanced web publishing supports Apache web server on Mac OS X and IIS web server on Windows. The software also provides support for industry-standard connectivity options such as XML, ODBC, and JDBC.

FileMaker Server 8 owners can upgrade to FileMaker Server 8 Advanced with the purchase of the FileMaker Server 8 Option Pack, priced at $1,500 (U.S., suggested list price).

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker Pro is used by millions of individuals and workgroups around the world to be more productive and efficient. Business, education and government customers rely on FileMaker to manage people, projects, images, assets and other information. In addition to being the number one-selling easy-to-use database software, the award-winning FileMaker product line also includes low-cost Applications that automate basic business tasks, ready-to-use Starter Solutions, and tools to create and share solutions from the desktop to the web. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).

FileMaker can be found on the World Wide Web at

For more information, call 800/325-2747.
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