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FileMaker Starting Point Released in Danish, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, and Swedish January 31, 2012 Richard Carlton Consulting, Inc. (RCC) is announcing the immediate availability of additional localized versions of FileMaker Starting Point. FMSP in Danish, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, and Swedish are available at http://fmstartingpoi...calization.html. “FM Starting Point is a FileMaker Template designed to jump start business database projects with commonly needed prebuilt modules.” says Richard Carlton, CEO of RCC. “FM Starting Point supports Windows and Mac Users. We also include mobile support for iPhone and iPad users.” Alejandro Gidi, a Localized FMSP user states, “We are very happy and pleased with FM Starting Point. It enabled us to literally jump-start a project. The solution is running about 20,000 records at the moment, and we’re adding around 1,000 more per day. Thanks for a great product at an affordable price. Congratulations and keep up the good work!” "With over 150,000 downloads, FMSP for English has been a hugely successful solution, and we wanted to bring this fantastic tool to FileMaker users from other linguistic backgrounds, within and outside of the United States," adds Richard Carlton. "Our English version has always been completely free and unlocked; however, RCC has retained translation professionals to advise and assist in our conversion." Due to the added cost of localization, the price for a localized version of FMSP is $99. Upon purchasing the solution, the user will find NO “hidden” licensing fees or costs. The purchaser will be able to customize their own solution without any restrictions and be able to deploy it to an unlimited number of users. FileMaker Starting Point is made to run on the FileMaker® platform. Users will still be required to purchase FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Go as her/his needs dictate. A demo version of FileMaker Pro is available at www.filemakertrial.com. Trial versions of localized copies of FMSP are available, as well: http://fmstartingpoi...calization.html. Richard Carlton Consulting, Inc., is one of the leading FileMaker consultancies in the United States. RCC has been successfully developing solutions for small and large businesses for 21 years. We provide customized database development services for business, government, and non-profit organizations. With a team of 26 staff, we are capable of deploying both small and large solutions for a wide variety of customers. FileMaker is a registered trademark of FileMaker, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and iOS are trademarks of Apple, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.
I'm trying to setup users of RTL (Right-To-Left) alphabets such as Hebrew and Arabic to use a database the same way as current users. Current users are worldwide, using Roman, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean alphabets, and more. All those alphabets are LTR (Left-To-Right) reading and they all display and perform properly using the Arial Unicode font. In our preliminary testing which involved importing of Hebrew translations, this was our feedback: The translation file is correctly set-up and translated – Israeli team confirmed. However when imported into the database it’s incorrectly shown (mix hebrew and english words) It gets even worse when we create pdf file as than the hebrew is really mixed up and even the words are scrambled (right to left). In hebrew words are shown like this: example in english for you, SCRAMBLED is show as DELBMARCS The PDF file referenced in line 3 is generated by InDesign. We export data from FileMaker then call InDesign to create a PDF from the data. It's important that the data exports for InDesign are correct since the primary purpose of the solution is to create localized product brochures. In summary, we need to do the following: Support RTL alphabet display in a solution that currently supports LTR alphabets Support data import of RTL alphabet without LTR characters replacing RTL characters Support editing of RTL data in the solution Support export of RTL data so that characters are kept in their proper order. Does anyone have any experience with this? In my research I found that WinSoft partners with FMI to create localized versions of FileMaker products. It sounds like we could use a localized version to get around this but we'd have to create all new fields and layouts just for RTL alphabet (i.e. a fair amount of work to setup, and then maintain) Thanks! -Kent