FileMaker upgrades Business Productivity Kit with Web integration, enhanced customization

FileMaker, Inc. announced today the immediate availability of its upgraded Business Productivity Kit (download it now at http://www.filemaker.com/bpk20_pr), which is designed to help small businesses be instantly productive and grow as the business grows. Improvements to the Business Productivity Kit include integration with live Web data with the FileMaker Web Viewer, improved layout design and increased customization.

Small businesses can use the Business Productivity Kit immediately for tracking customer and vendor contacts, sales, product information, invoicing, shipping and other key business data — all in one integrated database solution. The kit also provides a “How to Build This Solution Yourself” learning guide complete with sample graphics to assist users in customizing their database.

“The FileMaker Business Productivity Kit provides a fast-track for getting productive in just minutes using FileMaker Pro 9 and has been tremendously popular with small business users since its introduction in 2005,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker, Inc., in the press release “With our upgraded kit, users can now deploy our latest Web and customization tools to intelligently, quickly and easily manage all the data essential to small business success.”

Using FileMaker’s Business Productivity Kit, small businesses can:
• Manage contacts and companies
• Organize products and inventory
• Process sales orders
• Track projects and productions
• Send targeted mailings to customers
• Produce invoices, reports and mailing labels

The Business Productivity Kit is an integrated set of business solutions (it manages contacts, e-mail, inventory, projects and sales orders) with an easy-to-use Main Menu. Each of the five solutions talks effectively to the other. The kit eliminates the duplication of tables and fields normally associated with having multiple files and is visually enhanced and differentiated from the built-in FileMaker Pro 9 Starter Solutions.

The Business Productivity Kit incorporates Web and ease-of-use features specific to FileMaker Pro 9 to help users connect with live Web data, work faster and customize with ease. With the FileMaker Web Viewer, users can now connect directly to a contact’s Web site with a single click and view a map to the customer’s location right on the contact record. The new Conditional Formatting feature in the inventory module enables users to receive a visual alert regarding important inventory details. And using Auto Resizing, all forms will automatically adjust as your window size changes.

FileMaker Pro 9 runs on both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows platforms and its support for nearly all major office applications, such as spreadsheets, means that existing data can be easily imported to the Business Productivity Kit. Less technically adept users can also customize the solution further, for instance by adding specific company information or custom navigation buttons. Because it is based on FileMaker Pro 9, the Business Productivity Kit can also be shared over the Web or over company networks.

The kit requires the new FileMaker Pro 9 database software and is available at no cost when you download a free 30-day trial of FileMaker Pro 9 at http://www.filemaker.com/bpk20_pr

FileMaker, Inc. develops award-winning database software for Mac, Windows, and the Web. FileMaker products combine ease of use with the power to grow from individuals to large workgroups. Millions of people in business, education, non-profit and government organizations around the world rely on FileMaker software to manage, analyze and share information. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple, Inc.

5 Comments

  1. When is Apple ever going to put a stripped down version of FileMaker in iWork? I get tired of hearing Winblows defenders saying that they won’t switch to a Mac because of Access.

    Apple can do WAY better than Access.

  2. @Cubert:

    You know they’re just lying to you. They could switch to a Mac and run Access using Parallels or BootCamp or something else. It’s kinda like the song, “There’s a Hole In The Bucket” — just more and more excuses. …

  3. I agree with the “when will they include a ‘sample’ version in iWork” comment, though I couldn’t care less about the Windows user’s excuses. Apple couldn’t take out too many features in a price-matching effort or we’d hear the same whines about “I can’t do what I need to do”. But … my needs are modest. I can make do with AppleWorks 6, but I’m trying to wean the family off that and onto iWork’08 (Family Pack … honesty doesn’t cost that much more). Given what they’ve done with Numbers, “Data” could almost be little more than an expanded set of templates – multi-level templates that include
    a) record design
    b) input form design
    c) display form design
    The input form could be optional, if the data has already been gathered.
    As for the Windows folks … we already have an excellent database program available – if you are geeky enough to deal with it. MySQL. So … can you make the cut? Or will you (like me) wait for Apple’s GUI-enhanced FrameWorks Lite?

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  4. I want Filemaker Mobile for iPhone! I conduct my whole business in Filemaker on my MacBook, but there are numerous times when I could just leave it at home if I could use my iPhone to enter data and sync it with the main DB when I get home.

    PLEASE Apple, PLEASE !!!!!!

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