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New FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Windows Set to Run on Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT; Claris' easy-to-use relational database will ship three Windows versions -- Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT in one software box in June.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 23, 1996--Claris Corporation announced its plans to ship a new version of its acclaimed 32-bit relational database, FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Windows, that will soon run on Windows 3.1 16-bit operating systems.

FileMaker Pro 3.0 currently runs on Windows 95, Windows NT and Macintosh systems. Targeted at providing easy relational database solutions for all Windows users, particularly those users who have not migrated to Windows 95, the new FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT will include all three Windows platform versions within a single software box.

Completely compatible with all previous Windows 95, Windows NT and Macintosh versions, the new version allows FileMaker Pro 3.0 Windows 3.1 users to seamlessly share their databases between Macintoshes and PCs and on mixed Macintosh and PC networks. No other end user database currently runs on Windows 3.1, Window 95 and Windows NT.

In addition, the company announced that it plans to ship FileMaker Pro 3.0 Solutions Distribution Kit, the runtime database engine version of FileMaker Pro 3.0, that will also run on all three Windows operating systems. The new version will provide users with a license to distribute the runtime engine of FileMaker Pro royalty free. Both products are currently scheduled to ship in June 1996.

No change in pricing is expected for FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Windows, which carries an estimated retail price of $199. The FileMaker Pro Solutions Distribution Kit is currently priced at $999 and will be sold directly from Claris Corp. to both end users and developers. Claris will also offer upgrade programs for both products upon shipment.

FileMaker Pro 3.0: The database for the majority of Windows users

"We have listened closely to our customers in the Windows user community, especially those within large corporations, small business, and even home settings in providing a version of FileMaker Pro that can be used within many Windows environments," said Claris President Guerrino DeLuca. "Now more Windows users can experience the relational power and simplicity offered by FileMaker Pro 3.0."

Alone among other end-user relational databases in its support of all Windows users, FileMaker Pro provides the power to join database files and hundreds of other valuable capabilities, including the ability to automatically convert foreign files (DBF, WKS and others) directly into FileMaker Pro files, greater scripting capabilities, OLE 2.0 support, automatic phone dialing, improved word processing capabilities and much more.

Industry Experts and Customers Herald Windows 3.1 Support Within FileMaker Pro 3.0

"The transition from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 has not been a seamless one especially for the Enterprise market," said Mary Conti-Loffredo, manager, PC Software Service International Data Corporation (IDC). "Corporations have been slow in moving to Windows 95, and, at IDC, our numbers show there is a significant installed base of Windows 3.1 customers going forward for the next one to one-and-a-half years. By releasing a Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 version of FileMaker Pro 3.0, Claris is showing its awareness that corporate customers need platform flexibility in order to maintain the most current, sophisticated software releases."

Time Magazine's Technology Manger Andrew Dyer said, "We use both Windows 3.1 and Macintosh at our magazine, but we're not ready to upgrade our Windows users to Windows 95 or Windows NT. Now that FileMaker Pro 3.0 is available for Windows 3.1, we can move forward and upgrade the server to FileMaker Pro 3.0 so everyone can take advantage of FileMaker's new relational features. Claris truly supports our ability to be cross-platform and gives us flexibility to choose which Windows environment works best for us."

"FileMaker Pro is one of the most crucial software applications for our operations," said Sharon Mathews, marketing operations director, Helena Laboratories, a manufacturer of medical products in Beaumont, Texas. "Our FileMaker Pro database holds more than 35,000 contacts that represent 8,000 medical institutions.

"With FileMaker Pro 3.0's Windows 3.1 compatibility, we will be able to easily transition our 600 employees to a more sophisticated program with relational capabilities within the familiar 3.1 environment with minimal cost and training. And, if we decide to move to Windows 95, the cross-platform capabilities of FileMaker Pro will allow us to transition smoothly and at our own pace."

FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Macintosh, Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT: Hundreds of Powerful New Features and Capabilities

The internationally acclaimed FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Windows and Macintosh, which first shipped from Claris in January 1996, provides users with an easy approach to joining and relating data between different files together with hundreds of new features:

New Within FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Windows 3.1

o New features: FileMaker Pro will support Win32s, providing 32-bit relational database computing on 16-bit Windows 3.1 operating systems. The Windows 3.1 version of FileMaker Pro 3.0 will allow users to run FileMaker Pro on Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups.

It will also provide several new ScriptMaker script steps and a Preference option that allows users to hide the Windows status line. The new version also allows for easy importing/exporting between FileMaker Pro 3.0 and databases within ClarisWorks, Claris' award-winning integrated software application.

Existing features within FileMaker Pro 3.0

o Over 40 ready-to-run customizable solutions for business, home and education: Version 3.0 has over 40 pre-designed template solutions -- all easily modifiable -- for business (invoicing, lead tracking and contact management), home (music, video, and home inventory), education (certificates and student records) and general purposes (mailing lists, fax cover sheets, time sheets, expense reports, and more).

o Windows 95 performance and support: FileMaker Pro 3.0 is Windows 95 logo-certified and takes advantage of the Windows 95 operating system. With a 32-bit design, FileMaker Pro 3.0 provides OLE 2.0 client and drag-and-drop support, and even allows Windows users on a network to share FileMaker Pro files that include OLE objects with Macintosh users.

If a Macintosh computer is serving as a host on the network, Windows client users may embed, link and edit OLE objects and the Macintosh host can view these same objects as graphics. Version 3.0 also supports long-format file naming, right mouse button functions, and a status bar.

o New tools to speed productivity: FileMaker Pro 3.0 sports a wide group of new tools to help users focus on getting tasks done, including a new Button tool on the Layout Tool panel to perform a number of database tasks including sorting, spell checking and FileMaker Pro scripts-without any special programming.

A new Portal tool allows users to simply create a "window" within any layout in which to place fields from related files so related data can be viewed or edited when working with one to many relationships. The new version will also offer easy importing of databases from ClarisWorks 4.0 and earlier versions.

o Greater field-level text handling and new merge field capability: Users of FileMaker Pro 3.0 can now employ text rulers (inches, centimeters or pixels), tabs, indents and formatting within any text field in their database record or layout for better looking reports, letters and faxes. Instead of requiring users to create a merge document, such as a form letter, in a word processing program, mail merges are now seamlessly integrated within FileMaker Pro 3.0.

o Databases file capacity now significantly more than 10 times the previous limit of 32 MB: Also, as many as 50 files can be open at the same time (the previous limit was 16).

o Advanced tools for sophisticated users and developers providing greater database automation and error captures: Version 3.0 breaks new ground for users who need to create automated tasks within their database with such new ScriptMaker capabilities as conditional branching and looping, more complete interface control (with disable user abort, set error capture, freeze window, etc.), PlainTalk, AppleScript Attachability, OLE 2.0, DDE/Message/Send mail support (Windows version), custom message dialogs, comments, phone dialing, and script duplication.

The new version also provides over 40 new calculations which can be stored or calculated when needed. Version 3.0 also includes a new global field type which can hold the same value for all records in the database (for example, the insertion of a company name/logo within all or selected records).

o New Container field introduced in Version 3.0: The Picture/Sound field type has been replaced by the Container Field type, which allows users to store a picture, sound, movie or OLE object (Windows only).

o Online context-sensitive help and tutorial: For the first time, users of FileMaker Pro 3.0 can get an on-line interactive tour of the application to gain quick familiarity of the functionality of FileMaker Pro. Further, they can also get fast answers to questions or problems wherever they are within the database using context-sensitive help.

o Greater network support: FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Macintosh runs over IPX/SPX, AppleTalk and now TCP/IP networks. Version 3.0 for Windows 95 runs over compatible IPX/SPX or TCP/IP networks.

FileMaker Pro Solutions Distribution Kit:

The new FileMaker Pro 3.0 Solutions Distribution Kit for Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT and Macintosh will provide FileMaker Pro developers with a fast, cost effective way to distribute customized Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT, Macintosh solutions to clients and consumers.

In addition to supporting Windows 3.1, the new version will feature a number of new capabilities, including: point and click binding to create FileMaker Pro runtime versions of a customized database and KioskMaker, a new way to access a FileMaker Pro solution without the appearance of operating system elements, ideal for information kiosks, presentations and directories.

For more information on FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Macintosh, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and Windows NT, customers may call Claris at 800/544-8554 or 408/727-8227 or visit ClarisWeb, the Claris Internet home page at

Claris Corporation is a leading worldwide vendor of Windows and Macintosh applications for business, education and home, and is a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc., with headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif. -0-

Note to Editors: Claris, ClarisWorks, and FileMaker, and ScriptMaker are registered trademarks of Claris Corporation. KioskMaker is a trademark of Claris Corp. Apple, AppleScript, AppleTalk, Macintosh, and PlainTalk are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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