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FileMaker Pro 8.5 Now Available in Both Simplified and Traditional Chinese


Best-selling easy-to-use relational database now compatible with seven localized world languages; includes live Web data; and is a Universal Application for new Macintosh Intel computers

SANTA CLARA, CA. – August 30, 2006 -- FileMaker has announced that the recently released FileMaker Pro 8.5, the first desktop database to provide built-in integration with live web data ( ), is now available in both Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

“We are very excited to offer FileMaker Pro to the Chinese market and to our multinational customers with offices and partners throughout China,” said FileMaker president Dominique Goupil.

Easy data exchange using FileMaker Pro
Users can import and export data between FileMaker Pro 8.5 Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) and seven other language versions of FileMaker Pro 8.5, which include Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. In addition, FileMaker Pro can easily convert data directly from Microsoft Excel to create a FileMaker file in just a few mouse clicks. Additionally, information can be collected, saved and sent directly from FileMaker Pro as a Microsoft Excel file.

FileMaker Pro Supports Unicode
FileMaker Pro is a Unicode based software application. Users can enter and display text in any language supported by the operating system, including languages not supported by FileMaker. For example, a user can create fields containing data with names in Japanese or Greek text if their operating system supports input and display of these languages.

Users can display multiple languages in the same field by selecting Unicode fonts that support all languages to be displayed. For example, a database could have a single address field that contained addresses in Russian, Korean and Japanese and if support for these languages is installed on their computer, they will be able to view all of the addresses simultaneously.

Version 8.5 brings live web browser into FileMaker Pro databases
With the recent introduction of FileMaker Pro 8.5, FileMaker Pro users can now add a live Web browser to their database record.

As easy as it is to bookmark a web page, a live web page can now be added to a record in a database using the new Web Viewer Control in FileMaker Pro 8.5. Data in specified record fields, such as customer’s address or product name, will drive the URL in the Web Viewer. Set it up once and there will be a live web link for every record in the database. Possibilities include street maps based on a customer address field, shipping status based on a shipment tracking number and stock performance charts based on a stock symbol.

Specific new features introduced in FileMaker Pro 8.5 (Chinese Simplified and Traditional) include:

FileMaker Web Viewer Control — This new layout object allows users to easily connect databases with the critical, up-to-date Web data. Links are easy to establish: simply enter the web address or point to a field containing the web address. FileMaker Pro 8.5 also includes ready-to-use built-in links for many popular web sites so that users can add web sites within their FileMaker Pro 8.5 records. 

Users can also create links that will search through web sites and display information based on data in a database. FileMaker Pro 8.5 offers several ways to learn how to use the new functions: 

A Web Viewer Sample Database is included in the product to demonstrate how to use much of the content listed above.

Users can view virtually any type of content in the Web Viewer that can be viewed in a Web browser including:

• QuickTime
• Java applets
• Flash
• SVG Charts
• PHP Charting Classes
• Fillable Forms
• Word or Excel files (on Windows)

Universal Application – FileMaker Pro 8.5 is a Universal application, with native support for next generation Intel-based Macs delivering from up to 91% faster performance for FileMaker Pro 8.5 compared to running on Mac Power PCs (For FileMaker Pro 8.5, go to http:// and for FileMaker Server 8.0v4 go to ).

New Object Functions and Scripts — Developers will be more productive in creating intuitive solutions with new functions, such as Layout Object Names, Go to Object script steps, Layout Object calculations, Set Web Viewer script step and List function.

Availability, Pricing and System Requirements
FileMaker Pro 8.5 is immediately available at a suggested retail price of $299 (U.S). Go to for additional pricing and ordering. FileMaker Pro 8.5 has the following system requirements: On Macintosh computers: PowerPC G3, G4, G5 processor or Intel processor; 256MB of RAM; CD or DVD drive and hard disk drive; Mac OS X 10.3.9 for PowerPC-based Macs or Mac OS X 10.4.5 for Intel-based Macs. On Windows: Pentium III 500MHz or higher; 256MB of RAM; CD or DVD drive and hard disk drive; SVGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution video adapter and display; Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4), Windows XP (Service Pack 2).

About FileMaker, Inc.
FileMaker Pro is used by millions of individuals and workgroups around the world to be more productive and efficient. Business, education and government customers rely on FileMaker to manage people, projects, images, assets and other information. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL).

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