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FileMaker is pleased to announce the start of a public beta preview of the FileMaker Application Programming Interface (API) for PHP, the leading scripting language for the web, available now at http://www.filemaker.com/phpbeta

About the FileMaker API for PHP Beta

The FileMaker API for PHP is an interface that allows FileMaker data and data definitions stored on FileMaker Server 8 Advanced to be accessed via the PHP programming language.

The FileMaker API for PHP makes it easy to leverage existing FileMaker databases by exposing to PHP FileMaker layouts and portals. This means the developer does not need to understand the entire FileMaker database structure, just the structure of the portal or layout they wish to access for their web site. The PHP developer has access through the API to the full FileMaker XML interface if needed but in many cases a simple PHP API command will be all that is required.

The API installer includes version 5.1.2 of PHP, the FileMaker API for PHP and all necessary libraries and extensions. Also included is a simple database and installation instructions. A link to our online forum for beta previewers is now available at www.filemaker.com/phpbeta so that FileMaker API for PHP users can exchange information and code with each other.

The FileMaker API for PHP is available at no cost during the beta period. It can be downloaded at http://www.filemaker.com/phpbeta

The FileMaker API for PHP requires FileMaker Server 8 Advanced (8.0v4). The FileMaker API for PHP runs on Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server with the Apache web server, and Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 with the IIS web server.

Interested developers who do not already have FileMaker Server 8 Advanced can get a copy by joining the FileMaker Solutions Alliance (FSA) program. FSA membership comes with everything needed to develop and test FileMaker-based web solutions, including the development license version of FileMaker Server 8 Advanced, and a copy of FileMaker Pro 8.5.

Because the software is currently in beta, FileMaker does not recommend the software for use in mission-critical Web sites nor will it provide support, but we are seeking user feedback through a discussion board dedicated to the new program, and have published a web page for reporting bugs and submitting feature requests.

Sincerely,

- FileMaker, Inc.

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