FileMaker Mobile

This software is designed to work with the popular FileMaker Pro 5 single-user database, which needs to be upgraded to 5.0v3 in order to support FileMaker Mobile. On FileMaker's Web site, the company offers free upgrades to 5.0v3 for earlier versions of FileMaker 5.

After installing the shipping Mobile software on my PC desktop, I used HotSync software to install it automatically on my handheld. I discovered that porting an existing FileMaker Pro 5 database was simple and intuitive. A configuration dialogue box allowed me to set various parameters for synchronisation.

Of course, the application allows you to send new and modified records from your handheld back to the PC database if you've made updates while in the field. You can also decide whether the base PC or the handheld has priority, or whether records that have been updated are duplicated during synchronisation.

Once you've transferred a database to the handheld, you are free to view, edit, and create records. FileMaker Mobile does have certain strict size limits, however. It holds a maximum of 5000 records per database, a maximum of 20 fields per database, and a maximum of 2000 characters per field. These restrictions preclude extremely lengthy entries. You're also confined to your handheld's free memory, because that's where the application and its associated data must be stored. A set of five databases containing some 2000 records in all, with the application itself, occupied about 231KB on my PDA. Heavy database users might feel a bit constrained by FileMaker Mobile's size limitations, but most casual users will find it a solid and convenient companion.

FileMaker Mobile

Price: $108.90

Distributor: FileMaker

Phone: 1800 028 316

URL: www.filemaker.com

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