New FileMaker Software Adds 5 New Platforms and Improved Fit With IT Requirements

Mac OS X, Windows 2000, Linux, Pocket PC, i-mode Support to Meet Workgroups'

Needs



May 14, 2001, 01:00 ET from Filemaker, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- To meet the needs of changing
 and more mobile workgroups, today FileMaker announced a new line of database
 software to run on five more platforms:  Mac OS X , Windows 2000, Linux,
 Pocket PC and i-mode. Supporting more platforms -- plus improved fit with IT
 requirements and rich new Web publishing features -- gives workgroups the
 flexible, instant data management they demand, FileMaker said.
     The flagship of the new product line, FileMaker Pro 5.5 is the world's
 first software to both run in native mode on Mac OS X, Apple's next-generation
 operating system, and gain logo-certification for Windows 2000. FileMaker
 Pro 5.5 is available today in the U.S. (see companion news release for
 details).
     FileMaker intends to be the world's leading supplier of database software
 for knowledge workers and workgroups ranging from entire small businesses to
 departments within the enterprise, and the new products will keep pace with
 workgroups' changing needs, said Dominique Goupil, FileMaker president.
     "Knowledge workers use more computing devices in more locations than ever.
 They also have to create and share information almost instantly, across the
 Web and other platforms, and connect with corporate data sources," Goupil
 said. "The new FileMaker software will meet those workgroup needs."
     Industry observers note that software such as FileMaker, which is easy
 enough for knowledge workers to use, can be a boon to stressed IT departments.
 "IT organizations coping with an applications backlog increasingly need to
 enable end-user development of database applications," said David Folger, vice
 president, META Group. "Vendors who can address this ease of use requirement
 will be well-positioned in this market."
 
     The New FileMaker 5.5 Product Line
     In addition to FileMaker Pro 5.5 (see companion news release for details),
 the company announced three other new products, and future product directions.
     FileMaker Server 5.5:  To match the evolving platform preferences of
 workgroups, FileMaker will add Linux (Red Hat certified) support to FileMaker
 Server 5.5. Linux is growing rapidly as a server platform, especially for
 workgroup deployments, and has been requested by FileMaker customers recently.
 FileMaker Server 5.5 will also run on Windows 2000 logo-certified, Windows NT,
 Mac OS X (native, using Cocoa) and Mac OS 8.1 and later.
     To better fit with standard IT requirements, FileMaker Server 5.5 will
 include authentication of guests against a Windows domain and support for LDAP
 (lightweight directory access protocol) directory service.
     FileMaker Pro 5.5 Unlimited:  New features and improved reliability will
 enable even more robust Web database publishing. Using a FileMaker solution
 from a browser will be a richer experience, since more relational and script
 functions are supported on the Web in the new product.
 
     The improved Web Companion in FileMaker Pro 5.5 Unlimited includes a new
 multi-threaded HTTP server (1.1 standard) and is expected to provide higher
 performance over the Web or intranets.
     FileMaker intends to ship FileMaker Server 5.5 and FileMaker Pro 5.5
 Unlimited in the U.S. this summer.
     FileMaker Developer 5.5:  The nearly 20,000 corporate and commercial
 FileMaker developers are a vital part of the product's success. FileMaker
 Developer 5.5 is the newest version of the essential toolkit for developing
 and deploying professional FileMaker solutions.
     Developers can resolve code problems with the new script debugger, and
 view database structure with a new database reporting and documenting tool,
 among the new features in FileMaker Developer 5.5. FileMaker intends to give
 FileMaker Developer Conference attendees a special preview version
 Aug. 12, 2001, and to ship the U.S. product in the fall.
     Pricing for these new products will be announced later.
 
     FileMaker Mobile directions: Pocket PC and i-mode
     To meet the needs of increasingly mobile individuals and workgroups,
 FileMaker Mobile Companion for Palm OS debuted in December 2000 as a simple
 load-and-go solution for sharing and synching data between FileMaker databases
 on the desktop and Palm OS handhelds. More than 30,000 units shipped in the
 first 3 months.
     FileMaker announced today that, with the growing importance of Pocket PC
 in corporations, it intends to create FileMaker Mobile Companion for Pocket
 PC, expected in the first half of 2002. Workgroups will benefit from the
 ability to share and synch data among desktop databases and handheld devices
 using either of the most popular handheld platforms.
     In Japan, FileMaker will support the fast-growing i-mode standard for
 wireless Internet services, developed by NTT DoCoMo. Nearly 23 million
 customers use i-mode smart mobile phones in Japan to wirelessly access
 consumer and business services such as stock quotes, train timetables and city
 guides.
     FileMaker intends to create FileMaker Mobile Companion for i-mode in
 Japan, so that i-mode phones can access, search, display and edit FileMaker
 databases published on the Internet. FileMaker intends to ship FileMaker
 Mobile Companion for i-mode before the end of 2001.
     As i-mode technology becomes important in markets beyond Japan, FileMaker
 will investigate adding i-mode support in those markets.
 
     Citrix MetaFrame and Windows 2000 Terminal Services
     Corporate IT departments are increasingly using FileMaker with Citrix
 MetaFrame and Windows 2000 Terminal Services. FileMaker expects this growth to
 continue, and plans to produce this summer an updated support statement and
 documentation for running FileMaker Pro 5.5 with Citrix MetaFrame 1.8 for
 Windows 2000 Servers, and Windows 2000 Terminal Services.
     Customers using FileMaker in these environments may benefit from
 centralized administration, efficient enterprise-wide deployment of
 applications, improved capabilities for remote computing, simplified upgrades
 and lower total cost of ownership. Customers may see significantly improved
 performance in dial-up and WAN usage.
     FileMaker is a member of the Citrix Business Alliance.
     Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   CTXS) is a global leader in application
 server software and services that offer "Digital Independence."
     Mac OS X is the next-generation operating system from
 Apple Computer, Inc., which ignited the personal computer revolution in the
 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with
 the Macintosh.
     NTT DoCoMo is Japan's largest mobile communications operator, with over
 36 million subscribers.
     Palm, Inc. is a pioneer in the field of mobile and wireless Internet
 solutions and a leading provider of handheld computers.
     Red Hat is a Linux leader and largest firm dedicated to open source.
     Windows 2000 and Windows Terminal Services are products of
 Microsoft Corp., the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet
 technologies for personal and business computing. Pocket PCs are
 Windows-powered PDAs from Microsoft and its partners.
     FileMaker is a leading provider to the growing Web-publishing and
 workgroup database markets. FileMaker lets departments and teams create and
 share databases to manage projects, assets and people. FileMaker is the
 database software subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc.
 
     NOTE:  FileMaker is a trademark of FileMaker, Inc. registered in the U.S.
 and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
 owner. Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.
 
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    SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- To meet the needs of changing
 and more mobile workgroups, today FileMaker announced a new line of database
 software to run on five more platforms:  Mac OS X , Windows 2000, Linux,
 Pocket PC and i-mode. Supporting more platforms -- plus improved fit with IT
 requirements and rich new Web publishing features -- gives workgroups the
 flexible, instant data management they demand, FileMaker said.
     The flagship of the new product line, FileMaker Pro 5.5 is the world's
 first software to both run in native mode on Mac OS X, Apple's next-generation
 operating system, and gain logo-certification for Windows 2000. FileMaker
 Pro 5.5 is available today in the U.S. (see companion news release for
 details).
     FileMaker intends to be the world's leading supplier of database software
 for knowledge workers and workgroups ranging from entire small businesses to
 departments within the enterprise, and the new products will keep pace with
 workgroups' changing needs, said Dominique Goupil, FileMaker president.
     "Knowledge workers use more computing devices in more locations than ever.
 They also have to create and share information almost instantly, across the
 Web and other platforms, and connect with corporate data sources," Goupil
 said. "The new FileMaker software will meet those workgroup needs."
     Industry observers note that software such as FileMaker, which is easy
 enough for knowledge workers to use, can be a boon to stressed IT departments.
 "IT organizations coping with an applications backlog increasingly need to
 enable end-user development of database applications," said David Folger, vice
 president, META Group. "Vendors who can address this ease of use requirement
 will be well-positioned in this market."
 
     The New FileMaker 5.5 Product Line
     In addition to FileMaker Pro 5.5 (see companion news release for details),
 the company announced three other new products, and future product directions.
     FileMaker Server 5.5:  To match the evolving platform preferences of
 workgroups, FileMaker will add Linux (Red Hat certified) support to FileMaker
 Server 5.5. Linux is growing rapidly as a server platform, especially for
 workgroup deployments, and has been requested by FileMaker customers recently.
 FileMaker Server 5.5 will also run on Windows 2000 logo-certified, Windows NT,
 Mac OS X (native, using Cocoa) and Mac OS 8.1 and later.
     To better fit with standard IT requirements, FileMaker Server 5.5 will
 include authentication of guests against a Windows domain and support for LDAP
 (lightweight directory access protocol) directory service.
     FileMaker Pro 5.5 Unlimited:  New features and improved reliability will
 enable even more robust Web database publishing. Using a FileMaker solution
 from a browser will be a richer experience, since more relational and script
 functions are supported on the Web in the new product.
 
     The improved Web Companion in FileMaker Pro 5.5 Unlimited includes a new
 multi-threaded HTTP server (1.1 standard) and is expected to provide higher
 performance over the Web or intranets.
     FileMaker intends to ship FileMaker Server 5.5 and FileMaker Pro 5.5
 Unlimited in the U.S. this summer.
     FileMaker Developer 5.5:  The nearly 20,000 corporate and commercial
 FileMaker developers are a vital part of the product's success. FileMaker
 Developer 5.5 is the newest version of the essential toolkit for developing
 and deploying professional FileMaker solutions.
     Developers can resolve code problems with the new script debugger, and
 view database structure with a new database reporting and documenting tool,
 among the new features in FileMaker Developer 5.5. FileMaker intends to give
 FileMaker Developer Conference attendees a special preview version
 Aug. 12, 2001, and to ship the U.S. product in the fall.
     Pricing for these new products will be announced later.
 
     FileMaker Mobile directions: Pocket PC and i-mode
     To meet the needs of increasingly mobile individuals and workgroups,
 FileMaker Mobile Companion for Palm OS debuted in December 2000 as a simple
 load-and-go solution for sharing and synching data between FileMaker databases
 on the desktop and Palm OS handhelds. More than 30,000 units shipped in the
 first 3 months.
     FileMaker announced today that, with the growing importance of Pocket PC
 in corporations, it intends to create FileMaker Mobile Companion for Pocket
 PC, expected in the first half of 2002. Workgroups will benefit from the
 ability to share and synch data among desktop databases and handheld devices
 using either of the most popular handheld platforms.
     In Japan, FileMaker will support the fast-growing i-mode standard for
 wireless Internet services, developed by NTT DoCoMo. Nearly 23 million
 customers use i-mode smart mobile phones in Japan to wirelessly access
 consumer and business services such as stock quotes, train timetables and city
 guides.
     FileMaker intends to create FileMaker Mobile Companion for i-mode in
 Japan, so that i-mode phones can access, search, display and edit FileMaker
 databases published on the Internet. FileMaker intends to ship FileMaker
 Mobile Companion for i-mode before the end of 2001.
     As i-mode technology becomes important in markets beyond Japan, FileMaker
 will investigate adding i-mode support in those markets.
 
     Citrix MetaFrame and Windows 2000 Terminal Services
     Corporate IT departments are increasingly using FileMaker with Citrix
 MetaFrame and Windows 2000 Terminal Services. FileMaker expects this growth to
 continue, and plans to produce this summer an updated support statement and
 documentation for running FileMaker Pro 5.5 with Citrix MetaFrame 1.8 for
 Windows 2000 Servers, and Windows 2000 Terminal Services.
     Customers using FileMaker in these environments may benefit from
 centralized administration, efficient enterprise-wide deployment of
 applications, improved capabilities for remote computing, simplified upgrades
 and lower total cost of ownership. Customers may see significantly improved
 performance in dial-up and WAN usage.
     FileMaker is a member of the Citrix Business Alliance.
     Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   CTXS) is a global leader in application
 server software and services that offer "Digital Independence."
     Mac OS X is the next-generation operating system from
 Apple Computer, Inc., which ignited the personal computer revolution in the
 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with
 the Macintosh.
     NTT DoCoMo is Japan's largest mobile communications operator, with over
 36 million subscribers.
     Palm, Inc. is a pioneer in the field of mobile and wireless Internet
 solutions and a leading provider of handheld computers.
     Red Hat is a Linux leader and largest firm dedicated to open source.
     Windows 2000 and Windows Terminal Services are products of
 Microsoft Corp., the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet
 technologies for personal and business computing. Pocket PCs are
 Windows-powered PDAs from Microsoft and its partners.
     FileMaker is a leading provider to the growing Web-publishing and
 workgroup database markets. FileMaker lets departments and teams create and
 share databases to manage projects, assets and people. FileMaker is the
 database software subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc.
 
     NOTE:  FileMaker is a trademark of FileMaker, Inc. registered in the U.S.
 and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
 owner. Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.
 
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