FileMaker Server 5.5 Available Including Linux, OS X Versions

FileMaker Inc. has released FileMaker Pro Server 5.5. FileMaker Pro Server allows users to host FileMaker databases on the Internet, allowing for easy development of interactive and dynamic Web sites. FileMaker Pro Server 5.5 is available for Linux, Windows 2000/NT, Mac OS X, and Mac OS 9. According to FileMaker Inc.:

FileMaker, Inc. announced the immediate availability of FileMaker Server 5.5 (Worldwide English version), a powerful, multi-protocol software application for hosting FileMaker Pro 5 and 5.5 databases.

Designed to match the evolving platform preferences of workgroups, FileMaker now adds Red Hat Linux support to FileMaker Server 5.5. Linux is growing rapidly as a server platform, especially for workgroup deployments. FileMaker Server 5.5 will also run on Windows 2000 (now logo-certified), Windows NT, Mac OS X (native, user interface developed based on Cocoa, the advanced object-oriented technology from Apple Computer) and Mac OS 8.6 and later.

To better fit with standard IT requirements, FileMaker Server 5.5 includes authentication of guests against a Windows domain and support for LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) service. FileMaker Server 5.5 provides database hosting for up to 250 FileMaker Pro 5 and 5.5 database clients and 125 open FileMaker Pro 5 and 5.5 files.

New Features in FileMaker Server 5.5

Easy to set up and administer, FileMaker Server 5.5 now automatically updates and deploys FileMaker Pro plug-ins to FileMaker Pro 5.5 clients across a TCP/IP network. A single update of a plug-in on the server, updates all users of a FileMaker solution. Administrators may now also register FileMaker Server 5.5 on an LDAP server for easy login from FileMaker Pro 5.5 and tracking from the IT department. Also, whenever developers and administrators work on FileMaker Pro database files in single-user mode, FileMaker Server can be set to automatically host the files. As with FileMaker Server 5.0, FileMaker Server 5.5 also delivers automatic centralized database backups and auto disconnect of idle guests.

FileMaker Pro Server is available for US$999, with volume pricing available. You can find more information at the FileMaker Inc. Web site.