FileMaker Pro 8.5 Now Available in Arabic and Hebrew

Best-selling easy-to-use relational database now available for emerging and fast growing Middle Eastern and North African markets.

GRENOBLE, France. – June 1, 2007 – WinSoft and FileMaker announced  the availability of FileMaker 8.5 Pro Extended English and Extended French versions with support for  Arabic and Hebrew.

This release will be distributed in Middle Eastern and North African markets where the support of complex scripts like Arabic and Hebrew is essential.

FileMaker Pro 8.5 for Arabic and Hebrew is the latest localization made possible through a partnership between FileMaker, Inc. and WinSoft. The two companies also offer FileMaker Pro 8.5 for Central and Eastern European countries.
“We are very excited to offer FileMaker Pro to Arabic and Hebrew users who have been waiting for several years for an easy-to-use desktop database that supports their own language,” said Kamel H. Gaddas, WinSoft co-founder and Engineering Vice President.

Key benefits for Middle Eastern users include:

Arabic and Hebrew data entry, display and printing — Users can enter and display text in Arabic and Hebrew languages.

— FileMaker Pro comes with extra languages for the sorting and search/find attributes, that allow users to sort, search and find Middle Eastern text according to Arabic and Hebrew grammatical rules.

Localized templates — FileMaker Pro provides extra sets of templates localized in Arabic and Hebrew. In addition to the English or French templates, all templates from Home & Education categories (20 templates for each language) are also available in Arabic and Hebrew.

Mirror Layout — FileMaker Pro proposes a specific feature that allows users to switch in one click, the English Layout geometry (Left To Right oriented) to an Arabic or Hebrew one (Right To Left).

New features introduced in FileMaker Pro 8.5 (Extended English and Extended French versions) include:

FileMaker Web Viewer Control — This new layout object allows users to easily connect databases with the critical, up-to-date Web data. Users can view virtually any type of content 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 Extended English and Extended French are immediately available through WinSoft channel for FileMaker products

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 is the leader in easy-to-use database software. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the world's largest companies, rely on FileMaker software to manage, analyze and share vital information. The company’s products are the FileMaker Pro line – versatile database software for teams and organizations, for Windows, Mac and the Web – and Bento, the personal database for Mac, iPhone and iPod touch. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple.

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