FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced & Server Editions Launched

##AUTHORSPLIT##<--->FileMaker has released four new versions of FileMaker Pro, a database widely used in education. The new FileMaker Pro 9 family, which launched July 10, includes FileMaker Pro 9, FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced, FileMaker Server 9, and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced.

For developers and users, FileMaker Pro 9 and Pro 9 Advanced includes a number of new functionality and ease of use features, including:

  • The ability to connect to live MySQL, MS SQL, and Oracle SQL data sources;
  • Various ease of use enhancements, including a new Quick Start screen;
  • Conditional formatting to highlight data based on user-defined parameters;
  • E-mail links for providing other users with access to databases;
  • New PHP features to allow information to be published to external websites and Web-based front ends;
  • Append to PDF for appending multiple reports to a single file;
  • New scripting tools, including script copy and paste;
  • Enhanced Web viewer and tab control options;
  • New tools to help set how objects are resized when a window resizes;
  • Multiple levels of undo and redo; and
  • Field-level spell checking.
New FileMaker Server 9 features include:
  • A completely redesigned administration console, accessible from any computer on the network;
  • Backup schedule assistant for automatic database backup;
  • A deployment overview graph; and
  • Support for server-side scripting.
All of the new versions are available now for Mac OS X (Intel and PPC) and Windows. Retail pricing or FileMaker Pro 9 and FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced is $299 and $499, respectively; FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced run $999 and $2,499, respectively. Upgrade pricing is also available. FileMaker is also offering a bundle deal through Sept. 28 that includes 10 FileMaker Pro 9 licenses, one FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced license, and one FileMaker Server 9 license for $3,729.

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