By Michael Caton  |  Posted 2005-10-24 Print this article Print

This release enables database developers to more easily create, customize and manage databases. Using FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced, we added tooltips within a database at the field and layout object level, and the tooltips were then present both within the native FileMaker database and in the database if we published it on the Web. The tooltips feature supports basic calculations, such as presenting a sum or conversion as well as basic text.

FileMaker Pro boasts stronger data management, allowing us, for example, to import a table into an existing database. In addition, FileMaker Pro 8 finally includes an auto-complete feature, which works based on previous records, as well as spell-checking.

The custom menu features in FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced, unlike those in FileMaker 7 Developer, fully support scripting, so shortcut keys will now execute scripts as well.

Both FileMaker Pro 8 and FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced support sharing a database with as many as five users. The dedicated server applications, FileMaker Server 8 and FileMaker Server 8 Advanced, will be available later this fall, as will a mobile version for Pocket PC- and Palm-based devices, FileMaker officials said.

Technical Analyst Michael Caton can be reached at michael_caton@ziffdavis.com.

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