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FileMaker Pro 9 Adds Live SQL Support

FileMaker has released four new versions of FileMaker Pro, a database widely used in education. The new FileMaker Pro 9 family, which launched July 10, includes FileMaker Pro 9, FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced, FileMaker Server 9, and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced.

For developers and users, FileMaker Pro 9 and Pro 9 Advanced includes a number of new functionality and ease of use features, including:

  • The ability to connect to live MySQL, MS SQL, and Oracle SQL data sources;
  • Various ease of use enhancements, including a new Quick Start screen;
  • Conditional formatting to highlight data based on user-defined parameters;
  • E-mail links for providing other users with access to databases;
  • New PHP features to allow information to be published to external websites and Web-based front ends;
  • Append to PDF for appending multiple reports to a single file;
  • New scripting tools, including script copy and paste;
  • Enhanced Web viewer and tab control options;
  • New tools to help set how objects are resized when a window resizes;
  • Multiple levels of undo and redo; and
  • Field-level spell checking.

New FileMaker Server 9 features include:

  • A completely redesigned administration console, accessible from any computer on the network;
  • Backup schedule assistant for automatic database backup;
  • A deployment overview graph; and
  • Support for server-side scripting.

All of the new versions are available now for Mac OS X (Intel and PPC) and Windows. Retail pricing or FileMaker Pro 9 and FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced is $299 and $499, respectively; FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced run $999 and $2,499, respectively. Upgrade pricing is also available. FileMaker is also offering a bundle deal through Sept. 28 that includes 10 FileMaker Pro 9 licenses, one FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced license, and one FileMaker Server 9 license for $3,729.

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About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).

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