FileMaker boosts workgroup database

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FileMaker boosts workgroup database

FileMaker will introduce the FileMaker Pro 7 product line, an upgraded version of the company's workgroup database featuring relational architecture and an expansion of data capacity to 8TByte.

Version 7 features storage of binary files or documents such as Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

The relationships graph function provides a visual map of the database and allows users to depict and modify relationships via a click-and-drag tool.

Version 7's relational model enables files to contain more than the one-table limit of the previous version.

Version 7 features a security model that enables central administration for workgroups and data security at the field level. FileMaker Server 7 Advanced will offer web publishing and is available this summer.

"It plugs in to Apache and lets you create dynamic websites with or without HTML programming," said Marc Dubresson, the product manager of FileMaker 7.

To prevent data from being saved before users can discover inaccuracies, FileMaker Pro 7 adds the option to save changes selectively, rather than automatically.

FileMaker provides enterprise workgroups and small to midsized businesses with an alternative to Microsoft SQL Server and the Oracle database.

"For the SMB customer, it would be more affordable and easier to implement," said Ray Boggs, an analyst at IDC.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld


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