At the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco this week, FileMaker Inc. announced it is shipping FileMaker Pro 10, which features a new interface. The redesigned and customizable Status Toolbar -- similar to browser toolbars -- puts commonly used FileMaker Pro features, previously only accessible from the main menu, right at users' fingertips.
Other major new features include the ability to save the results of a search, and Script Triggers, which launch scripts triggered by user actions or based on time limits.
"The new FileMaker Pro 10 interface is the result of years of in-depth research into how people actually interact with databases," said FileMaker president Dominique Goupil. "The result is a major new version of FileMaker Pro that brings the power of databases to everyone whether they create their own databases, or use one from someone else. Also, the new customization and scripting features in version 10 will save both end users and developers time and money."
Other new FileMaker Pro 10 features include:
- Enhanced Quick Start Screen -- A new "See it, Use it, Learn it" interface to start learning how to use FileMaker Pro. Plus the ability to create databases from existing data sources like .CSV, Tab, Excel 2007 (.xlsx), or Bento 2.
- Enhanced SQL support -- The ability to display, access, and use data from even more SQL sources, including SQL tables in Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Oracle 11g, and MySQL 5.1 community edition.
- Send Mail via SMTP -- Ability to send e-mail directly from FileMaker Pro instead of having to open an e-mail client.