FileMaker Server 8 Advanced eases Web deployment, more

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FileMaker Inc. on Wednesday announced the release of FileMaker Server 8 Advanced, an “all-in-one” version of its popular database server software for the Mac and Windows, aimed at sharing databases among teams of any size. FileMaker Server 8 Advanced costs $2,499. Upgrades from the previous version cost $799, and upgrades from FileMaker Server 8 can be done with the $1,500 FileMaker Server 8 Option Pack.

Enhancements over FileMaker Server 8 include rapid Web deployment, custom integration with internal and external Web sites, and links to corporate data sources using ODBC, JDBC and XML.

FileMaker Server 8 Advanced features “Instant Web Publishing” (IWP) that leverages FileMaker 8’s Tab Controls, drop-down calendar and customized Tool Tips. A customizable home page is now available, as well.

Better security is offered through forms-based authentication, and data is encrypted between hosted databases and desktop clients using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). User accounts and passwords can be managed using external authentication systems that support Active Directory and Open Directory.

FileMaker Inc. claims the new version of FileMaker Server Advanced is up to 89 percent faster than its predecessor in handling certain database tasks — it’s published benchmarks to show the results.

FileMaker Server 8 Advanced supports both FileMaker Pro 7 and 8 clients on the same network server; it can support up to 100 Web-connected users as well.

System requirements vary depending on how many users are supported; they start at Mac OS X v10.3.9 or higher, G4/500MHz or faster, 256MB RAM and 1GB hard disk space.

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