FileMaker Revs Business Applications

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-04-27 Print this article Print

The database vendor launches the next versions of its applications for managing meetings and project tasks, taking advantage of its latest database upgrade.

FileMaker Inc. on Tuesday upgraded two of its business applications to take advantage of its recently revamped database software. FileMaker, a subsidiary of Apple Computer Inc., launched FileMaker Meetings 2.0 and FileMaker Tasks 2.0 and added integration between them, so the new versions of the applications can share common data such as contacts and task lists. Both applications require the companys latest database release, FileMaker 7, and take advantage of new features from it, said John Dasher, a FileMaker product manager. Among the new features for both applications are the ability to save frequent searches, or "finds," and support for opening multiple windows for working in the applications.
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FileMaker Meetings is an application for managing meetings, from the creation of agendas and meeting minutes to the assignment and tracking of follow-up action items. FileMaker Tasks manages and organizes tasks, both for individuals and project groups. Also new for Meetings are reporting capabilities for compiling project histories and the ability to permanently attach a file to a given meeting. The new Tasks version lets users assign subtasks along with main tasks to organize their projects. FileMaker entered the business application space in September, when it launched the first version of Meetings as well as an application for managing employee recruitment called FileMaker Recruiter. The Santa Clara, Calif., company later in 2003 released the first version of Tasks and a donations-management application called FileMaker Donations. FileMaker plans to rev new releases of Recruiter and Donations later in the summer and also extend to them the enhanced data integration across all of the applications, Dasher said. Also on the horizon could be more applications targeted to specific industries and fields. "Our strength has been in the education, nonprofit and small business markets," Dasher said. "Youll find applications that speak to those industries." Pricing for FileMaker Meetings 2.0 and FileMaker Tasks 2.0 starts at $69, or the two can be purchased together for a limited time for $99. Both applications run on Microsoft Windows XP or Apple Mac OS X 10.2.8 and later. Check out eWEEK.coms Enterprise Applications Center at for the latest news, reviews, analysis and opinion about productivity and business solutions. Be sure to add our enterprise applications news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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