FileMaker Upgrades Popular Business Productivity Kit

Adds Web integration and enhanced customization; available with free trial of FileMaker Pro 9

SANTA CLARA, CA – September 12, 2007 – FileMaker, Inc. announced today the immediate availability of its upgraded Business Productivity Kit (download it now at ), which is designed to help small businesses be instantly productive and grows as the business grows. Improvements to the Business Productivity Kit include several new capabilities including the FileMaker Web Viewer for integration with live Web data and new features for improved layout design and enhanced customization.

Small businesses can use the Business Productivity Kit immediately for tracking customer and vendor contacts, sales, product information, invoicing, shipping and other key business data – all in an integrated database solution. The kit also provides a “How to Build This Solution Yourself” learning guide complete with sample graphics to assist users in customizing their database.

“The FileMaker Business Productivity Kit provides a fast-track for getting productive in just minutes using FileMaker Pro 9 and has been tremendously popular with small business users since its introduction in 2005,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president marketing and service, FileMaker, Inc.  “With our upgraded kit, users can now deploy our latest Web and customization tools to intelligently, quickly and easily manage all the data essential to small business success.” 

Using FileMaker’s Business Productivity Kit, small businesses can: 

  • Manage contacts and companies
  • Organize products and inventory
  • Process sales orders
  • Track projects and productions
  • Send targeted mailings to customers
  • Produce invoices, reports and mailing labels

 The Business Productivity Kit is an integrated set of business solutions (it manages contacts, e-mail, inventory, projects and sales orders) with an easy-to-use Main Menu. Each of the five solutions “talks effectively” to the other. The kit eliminates the duplication of tables and fields normally associated with having multiple files and is visually enhanced and differentiated from the built-in FileMaker Pro 9 Starter Solutions.

Takes Advantage of New FileMaker Pro 9
The Business Productivity Kit incorporates groundbreaking Web and ease-of-use features specific to FileMaker Pro 9 to help users connect with live Web data, work faster and customize with ease. With the FileMaker Web Viewer, users can now connect directly to a contact’s Web site with a single click and view a map to the customer’s location right on the contact record. The new Conditional Formatting feature in the inventory module enables users to receive a visual alert regarding important inventory details. And using Auto Resizing, all forms will automatically adjust as your window size changes.

FileMaker Pro 9 runs on both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms and its support for nearly all major office applications, such as spreadsheets, means that existing data can be easily imported to the Business Productivity Kit. Less technically adept users can also customize the solution further, for instance by adding specific company information or custom navigation buttons. Because it is based on FileMaker Pro 9, the Business Productivity Kit can also be shared over the Web or over company networks.

How to download the Business Productivity Kit and the free 30-day trial of FileMaker Pro 9

The kit requires the new FileMaker Pro 9 database software and is available at no cost when you download a free 30-day trial of FileMaker Pro 9 at .

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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