FileMaker Pro 8.5 and FileMaker Pro 8.5 Advanced Now Available in Czech, Polish and Extended English

World renowned relational database now available for fast-growing Central and Eastern European markets

GRENOBLE, FRANCE. – January 10, 2007 –FileMaker Pro 8.5 and FileMaker Pro 8.5 Advanced, are now available in Czech, Polish and Extended English versions, it was jointly announced by FileMaker and WinSoft ( ) today.

FileMaker Pro 8.5  ( // ) is the #1-selling easy-to-use database software for Windows and Mac OS that helps manage people, projects, assets and more — the easy way! FileMaker Pro 8.5 Advanced ( // ) includes all the features of FileMaker Pro 8.5 plus a suite of advanced development and customization tools to help you design and develop more powerful, more customized database solutions.

The new localized versions are the result of an agreement between FileMaker and WinSoft for the adaptation, localization, and commercialization of FileMaker product line for the Central and Eastern European and Middle Eastern markets.  FileMaker Pro is also available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified).

“FileMaker is very pleased to bring the world’s easiest-to-use best selling database for business and education users in one of world’s fast growing economies, “ said Keith Harris, vice president, FileMaker International.

“We are very excited to offer the first series of FileMaker products with enhanced features for Central and Eastern European users” said Kamel H. Gaddas, WinSoft co-founder and engineering vice president, “this is just the beginning.”

In addition to the new features in FileMaker Pro 8.5 (see details below), specific new features exclusively designed for the Czech, Polish and Extended English localized versions include:

User Interface — For Czech and Polish versions, the user interface of FileMaker Pro and Instant Web Publishing, as well as the templates, are available in Czech and Polish (Extended English version interface is in English).

Migration from previous FileMaker versions — A specific conversion encoding option allows users of previous FileMaker versions (prior to version 7) to migrate their databases with ease and confidence. Users can now take advantage of all the new and improved features in FileMaker Pro 8.5, with no risk of text incorrectly converted to Unicode.
 “Using this valuable built-in conversion option users can now correctly convert pre-FileMaker Pro 7 databases created on Macs or PCs directly into FileMaker Pro 8.5,” said Pantelis Assimakopoulos, Rainbow SA, an Apple Computer, Inc. distributor located in Greece), who also participated in beta testing for the new localized versions.  “FileMaker Pro 8.5 is now very attractive for Greek users,” he added.

Text import and export options — The user can choose to import or export text files in a non-roman format, according to his settings.

Spelling option — Three more languages, Czech, Slovak and Polish, as well as the Unicode support of the User dictionary, are included in the spelling option on Windows and Macintosh.
FileMaker Pro 8.5 also includes the support of “cocoAspell” tool (Mac OS X interface for Aspell) from Mac OS 10.4.x for Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Croatian, Turkish, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian and Greek.

Sorting / Indexing options — Five more languages, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Serbian, Bulgarian, are included in the sorting and indexing options on Windows and Macintosh.
These options have been improved for Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Slovenian and Ukrainian. For example, in Czech, "Ch” is now recognized as a letter and is sorted before the letter “H"; in Romanian, the letter “a” with circumflex accent is included; in Slovenian, the letters “l” with stroke, “d” with stroke and “z” with dot is added; in Ukrainian, the “Ghe” with upturn is correctly displayed.

Additional improvements — Some improvements have been included for the support of Central and Eastern European languages, such as the support of Baltic language on Windows, improved support of non-roman characters in popup controls on Macintosh, and the possibility to attach files with non-roman name to emails.

New features introduced in FileMaker Pro 8.5 include:

FileMaker Web Viewer Control — This new layout object allows users to easily connect databases with critical, up-to-date Web data. Users can view virtually any type of content—including HTML, Java, Flash, etc-- in the Web Viewer that can be viewed in a Web.
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.
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 and System Requirements
FileMaker Pro 8.5 and FileMaker Pro 8.5 Advanced in Czech, Polish and Extended English are immediately available through WinSoft channel for FileMaker products: .  Trial versions of FileMaker Pro, Czech, Polish and Extended English are available to download at .

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).

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