For new buyers, FileMaker Pro 9 is the most attractive version of the product ever. But, should current users upgrade? For most, the answer is yes. For those users who work with FileMaker a lot, version 9 is the third home run FileMaker has hit in its last four times at bat.
Earlier this week, FileMaker announced a major update to its family of database products. William Porter takes a first look at the changes in FileMaker Pro 9, led by its newfound support for live two-way connections to SQL databases.
This modest upgrade won't matter to every database user. However, the Web Viewer is a sweet addition that's easy to set up for databases that can make use of the new feature. And the speed increases brought about by FileMaker 8.5 -- particularly for Intel-based Macs -- are worth the update cost by themselves.
Anybody doing development work in FileMaker Pro 7 Developer, and anybody who skipped version 7, should upgrade to FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced as soon as possible. The usability enhancements in FileMaker Pro 8 are compelling enough to pique the interest of end-users, but the indirect benefits of FileMaker 8 may be even greater.
The latest version of FileMaker introduces a number of new features aimed at improving the user experience and extending the database application's ability to share data. Database developer William Porter takes a first look at FileMaker Pro 8 and the new FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced to tell you what to expect from this update.
Mail 2 is free. If you have Tiger, you’ve already got it and I recommend you give it a try. If you’re using one of Mail’s commercial competitors like Eudora, Entourage, Mailsmith, PowerMail, or Gyaz Mail, you may not be persuaded to switch.
If you want a traditional outlining program with a great user interface that’s versatile, powerful and plays well with other applications, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better tool anywhere than OmniOutliner 3 Pro.
While it isn’t free, GyazMail’s $18 price tag is very reasonable. If Mail isn’t everything you need, odds are that GyazMail is.
Panorama V is best suited to people who work mainly with flat-file or only moderately complicated relational databases, who want ready–made data analysis tools, and who occasionally need a powerful programming language.
Looking for a word processor that has power where you need it but doesn’t come with a lot of noisy bells and whistles you never use? Two recently released OS X word processors offer competitive feature sets at very competitive prices.
If your writing process includes free-form note-taking and does not follow a preordained structure, Ulysses is an excellent writing environment.
Database Application Includes Revolutionary Changes but Retains Ease of Use
Articles by William Porter