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FileMaker Pro 8.0 v2 Updater

Posted: Dec 20, 2005

Special Notice

Click here to read "FileMaker 8.0v1 and FileMaker 8.0v2 Deployment Considerations" before downloading this updater.

Software description

This software updates FileMaker Pro 8 to version 8.0v2.

Installation instructions

To ensure a smooth installation, disable virus detection software before applying the update, and re-enable it after you are finished.

This update will require approximately 190 MB (Mac OS X) and 350 MB (Windows) of free space on your hard disk. Note: On Windows, you may be prompted to insert your original installation CD or locate the original installation software during the update process.

1. Quit FileMaker 8. Other applications can remain open.
2. Double-click the appropriate FileMaker 8.0v2 updater program for the platform and product you are using.
3. Read and accept the displayed license agreement, then proceed as directed.
4. Click Update (Mac OS) or Next, then Update (Windows) to update your software. After the update has completed, you will see a message confirming the successful installation of the new version.

Mac OS: If you have more than one copy of FileMaker 8.0v1 installed on the computer, you will be prompted to select the copy you want to update.
5. Quit the updater when completed, and open the new version of FileMaker to verify that the update was successful.

Mac OS: The FileMaker 8 version information may not be updated until the next time you log in.
If the update does not complete successfully, try reinstalling the previous version of FileMaker 8 using your original installation program and running the updater again, or do the following:
Mac OS:
1. Move the FileMaker Pro application file from the “FileMaker.old” folder to your original “FileMaker
Pro 8” or “FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced” folder. Choose to replace the existing file.
2. At this point, you can run the updater program again.
1. Create backup copies of any files you saved in the FileMaker Pro 8 or FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced application folder.
2. Use the Add/Remove Programs control panel to remove FileMaker Pro 8 or FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced.
3. Install FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Pro Advanced version 8.0v1 using your original installation program.
4. At this point, you can run the updater program again.
If, after following the steps above, you are still unable to successfully update to FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Pro Advanced 8.0v2, contact FileMaker Technical Support for assistance.
Silent Install Instructions (Windows only)
Performing a silent install is a one-step process. The following is the basic syntax of the command that needs to be entered at the Command Prompt:

"msiexec –i “<path to FileMaker Pro 8.msi file>\FileMaker Pro 8.msi” /q"

The full set of silent install options are:

/qn|b|r|fSets user interface level. q , qn -No UI

qb -Basic UI. Use qb! to hide the Cancel button.

qr -Reduced UI with no dialog box displayed at the end of the installation.

qf -Full UI and any authored FatalError, UserExit or Exit dialog boxes at the end.

qn+ -No UI except for a dialog box displayed at the end.

qb+ -Basic UI with a dialog box displayed at the end. The dialog box is not displayed if the user cancels the installation. Use

qb+! or qb!+ to hide the Cancel button.

qb--Basic UI with no modal dialog boxes. Please note that /qb+-is not a supported UI level. Use qb-! or qb!-to hide the Cancel button.

Note that the ! option is available with Windows Installer version 2.0 and works only with basic UI. It is not valid with full UI.

Note: Do not use any of the advertisement flags such as /j the /ju or /jm flags at the command line with this updater. These flags are unsupported and may cause known installation problems.

Version History

1. New in FileMaker Pro 8.0v2

1.1. Scripts

1.1.1. Using a script, you can no longer inadvertently set repetition 0.

1.1.2. On Windows, fixed a problem that could cause FileMaker Pro to quit if a script attached to a field formatted as a pop-up menu was executed.

1.1.3. Setting a repetition (greater than the first repetition) of a field through a script to an aggregated value of a related field now works.

1.1.4. On Windows, the Send DDE Execute Script will now execute more than 127 times.

1.1.5. Scripts that navigate to fields (for example “Go to Next Field”) can now enter fields that have “Allow field to be entered” disabled in Field Behavior options.

1.2. Calculations

1.2.1. Fields that have auto-entered calculations depending on other fields no longer rely on field order creation for consistent results.

1.2.2. On Windows, Filter() and FilterValues() are fixed to be able to filter numbers to digits only.

1.3. The default file option for data entry has been changed from “Ask whenever settings are different” to “Always use current system settings”.

1.4. On Windows, the Print script now applies scaling options set for the Print Setup script that was executed previously within the script.

1.5. On Mac OS X, fonts that have Postscript outlines instead of TrueType outlines no longer appear as out of range squares or invisible when saved to a PDF file.

1.6. Import Records scripts that specify matching names for the “Arrange by” option now include fields that have been added or renamed in the import order.

1.7. Field focus is now retained for the last active field after an unsuccessful find is performed.

1.8. You can now tab to a field that belongs to a table further away than the current portal context and has no related record.

1.9. Summary values based on fraction of totals sorted by a field now return correct results.

1.10. Fixed a problem that could cause FileMaker Pro to quit when pasting into a text field formatted as a pop-up menu, checkbox or radio button.

1.11. In a 24-hour time format, searching for time values less than 1:00 PM in a time or timestamp field no longer appends “AM” to search criteria, and 12 now searches for 12 PM instead of 12 AM.

1.12. ODBC/JDBC (FileMaker Server Advanced only)

1.12.1. Fixed a problem that caused java.sql.PreparedStatement.setNull to return incorrect results when used with timestamp and date fields.

1.12.2. Fixed a problem that could cause FileMaker Server to crash when inserting a long string containing Japanese characters using java.sql.Prepared.Statement.

1.12.3. Fixed a problem that caused ExecuteQuery () to fail when called multiple times on the same PreparedStatement object.

1.12.4. Fixed a problem that caused a SELECT query to return invalid results when using table aliases.

1.12.5. Fixed a problem that caused DataBaseMetaData.getColumnTypeName() to return Varchar on container fields. It now returns SQL_LONGVARBINARY.

1.12.6. Fixed a problem that caused SQLDescribeCol() to return inconsistent results when container fields were empty or held data.

1.13. When the Instant Web Publishing status area Language is set to Swedish, weeks that appear in drop-down Calendars will now start on Mondays instead of Sundays.

2. New in FileMaker Pro Advanced 8.0v2

2.1. Menu items that use scripts or script steps now function correctly in submenus that are more than one level deep.


2.2.1. On Mac OS X, custom tooltips now display in the correct location in Kiosk mode for all objects.

2.2.2. On Mac OS X, tooltip contents now update correctly when users move from one object to another. In previous versions, tooltips did not always update correctly if they were exactly the same size.

* Due to the large file size, the download may take longer than expected.


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