Fourth World has updated WebMerge, its Mac and Windows tool for generating static Web pages from database files, to version 1.9. The new version offers the option of selectively generating either detail or index pages, faster performance and more thorough feedback for user errors in templates.
WebMerge 1.9 can work with any database that exports in Merge or tab-delimited format, including FileMaker Pro and Microsoft Access. The user creates a template HTML page with placeholder tags and WebMerge creates a new HTML page from the data in each record of the exported Merge file. WebMerge can also create an index page with links to each of the generated pages. Generated pages can be hosted on any Web server without the need for a specialized database hosting solution, according to Richard Gaskin, president of Fourth World.
Mac system requirements for WebMerge 1.9 are Mac OS 8.0 or later (though it's not yet been Carbonized to run "natively" on Mac OS X), 32MB of memory and 5MB of hard disk space -- both 68k and PowerPC Macs are supported.
WebMerge 1.9 is available immediately at the Fourth World Web site, where a free trial version can be downloaded. The trial version will only generate 20 pages from a given set of records. For unlimited use, you'll need to register the product for US$69.
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