FileMaker Revs Business Applications

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.

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