WWDC: FileMaker to demo WebObjects, Keynote integration

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Apple subsidiary FileMaker Inc. will demonstrate connectivity between FileMaker Pro 6 and Apple's WebObjects 5.2 and Keynote 1.1 at next week's Worldwide Developer Conference.

FileMaker Pro is the popular cross-platform database software. The software enables users to create simple single-user databases or complex systems for workgroups with up to 250 concurrent guests running off a server. Keynote is Apple's presentation software, enabling users to incorporating text, graphics, animation, and multimedia elements into slideshows that can be displayed on their Mac or exported to other formats. Version 1.1 was released on June 4.

WebObjects 5.2 gives developers a suite of tools and frameworks for developing standards-based Web services and Java server applications. Developers can build database applications with WebObjects that have either HTML or Java interfaces, depending on their needs. WooF, WebObjects on FileMaker, from 360 Works, a FileMaker Solutions Alliance member, is a WebObjects adaptor that lets WebObjects 5.2 read and write to a FileMaker Pro database, allowing for database Web publishing.

In addition, FileMaker will demonstrate its FileMaker to Keynote 1.1 tool, a free tool that allows FileMaker customers to transform data contained within FileMaker Pro 6 databases into native presentations for Keynote. Leveraging the XML/XSLT support built within FileMaker Pro 6, the FileMaker to Keynote Tool enables developers to extract text, graphics, and chart data from FileMaker Pro 6 databases, which can then be repurposed for use in Keynote presentations.

John Dasher, a member of FileMaker Pro's development team, said that the FM to Keynote Tool had been downloaded over 2,000 times. He said that an "exciting aspect" to the tool was that other developers can take advantage of the FileMaker solution and Keynotes's XML support to write their own native Keynote files.

In addition to the FileMaker to Keynote 1.1 tool, there are over 40 business-ready XSLT stylesheets available for free download at FileMaker XML Central. Each of the stylesheets, ranging from FileMaker Pro-to-Microsoft Excel to FileMaker Pro-to-iPod, translates XML grammars, allowing FileMaker Pro to exchange data with other applications supporting XML. They've been "very well received," Dasher said.

FileMaker Pro 6 has a suggested list price of US$299; upgrades are $149. FileMaker Pro 6 shares the same file format as FileMaker Pro 5 and 5.5, so FileMaker Pro 6 solutions work with FileMaker Server 5 and 5.5. The current FileMaker Server software supports FileMaker Pro 5, 5.5 and 6.

FileMaker Pro 6 Unlimited enables publishing FileMaker databases to an unlimited number of Web users over a corporate intranet or the Internet. It costs $999 ($499 upgrade for licensed customers of FileMaker Pro 5 or 5.5 Unlimited). Volume license pricing is available. FileMaker Developer 6, for creating professional FileMaker solutions, includes the features of FileMaker Pro 6, script debugger, database design report and developer tool; it's priced at $499.

This story, "WWDC: FileMaker to demo WebObjects, Keynote integration" was originally published by PCWorld.

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