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[NPL] FileMaker Releases ODBC Driver

FileMaker Releases ODBC Driver Technology Preview For FileMaker Pro 4.1 Users

Free Download Available Now At www.filemaker.com

Santa Clara, Calif., April 26, 1999 – FileMaker, Inc. today announced
the immediate availability of a FileMaker Pro ODBC Driver Technology
Preview exclusively for FileMaker Pro 4.1 Windows and Mac OS users,
the latest version of the company’s award-winning database software
application. The FileMaker ODBC Driver, available for free
downloading at www.filemaker.com, is a time-dated technology preview
that enables FileMaker Pro 4.1 as a powerful data source giving
FileMaker Pro 4.1 users the ability to populate other ODBC compliant
applications with FileMaker Pro based data.

The company’s release of FileMaker Pro 4.1 last year empowered users
to import data from other data sources into FileMaker Pro with the
inclusion of several key trial ODBC Drivers from MERANT (formerly
INTERSOLV, INC). FileMaker Pro 4.1 users may either seamlessly import
data into a pre-existing FileMaker database or actually create a
completely new FileMaker Pro database directly from such data sources
as Oracle 7, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access 97 or Microsoft
Excel. Once a SQL statement is executed within FileMaker Pro 4.1, an
entire database, complete with data and fields is created
automatically. Built-in Internet/Intranet capabilities let users
easily publish live databases to the Web in just a few mouse clicks!

With the addition of the new FileMaker Pro ODBC Driver, FileMaker Pro
4.1 users may now move, share, and access data easily with a wide
variety of ODBC-compliant mainstream desktop applications and
development tools – a clear example of how FileMaker Pro is
integrating with enterprise data standards while maintaining its
legendary ease-of-use.

“IT departments are increasingly overloaded, and the opportunity for
self-service workgroup solutions is huge. FileMaker is a leader here,
and one that IT is embracing, due to its ease of use and
administration, rapid development and deployment, and
Internet/Intranet strengths,” said Dominique Goupil, FileMaker
president.

“FileMaker now becomes even more important to workgroup users as a
valuable data source with the ability to seamlessly integrate with
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and other applications,” said Tony
Campitelli, director of product management, FileMaker, Inc.

Making FileMaker Pro data more accessible Once enabled as an ODBC
data source, FileMaker Pro 4.1 databases can fulfill requests from a
wide variety enterprise-wide query tools and desktop productivity
applications that support ODBC – including Microsoft SQL Server.

Examples include populating a corporate based Microsoft SQL Server
with FileMaker Pro 4.1 data; conducting an automatic mail merge with
ODBC compliant word processors; charting FileMaker Pro data with
Microsoft Excel; diagramming FileMaker Pro data with Visio; or
creating a Visual Basic application to interact with FileMaker Pro
data.

Availability, pricing and requirements
The FileMaker Pro ODBC Driver Technology Preview download is free
(dial-up charges may apply) and immediately available exclusively at
www.filemaker.com. The software will cease operation on January 31,
2000. Technical requirements include the following: For Windows
users, FileMaker Pro 4.1 is required along with Windows 95/98 NT 4
with ODBC Driver Manager version 3.5 and 8 MB (Windows 95/98) or 16
MB (Windows NT4). For Mac OS users, FileMaker Pro 4.1 v.1 is required
along with PowerPC; Macintosh OS 7.6.1 or above (Appearance Manager
is required) and ODBC version 3.11 and 4MB available for driver.

FileMaker Pro 4.1 is available at a estimated retail price of $199
U.S. at authorized resellers ($149 for users of previous versions of
FileMaker Pro and users of Microsoft Access 95 and 97, Lotus Approach
96 and 97, Corel Paradox Versions 7 and 8, and Acius 4D Versions 3
and 6.).

FileMaker, Inc. is a worldwide leader in database solutions for
workgroups and individuals, from the desktop to the web. Its
award-winning FileMaker Pro line of database software provides
relational power, ODBC import, instant and custom Web publishing and
legendary ease-of-use. For 15 years, customers worldwide have chosen
FileMaker for its constant focus on usability and customer
satisfaction. # # #

Customer Contact:
1-800-986-2249 (24-hour ordering);
1-800-325-2747 (pre-sales information)

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