FileMaker Pro 10 released

With a new streamlined interface designed to help improve workflow, this update to FileMaker Pro is a must have for all Mac users who work extensively with databases.

Probably the most popular pro-level database maker for the Mac, FileMaker Pro has just released a major update to coincide with Macworld 2009. Offering a sleek new interface that's as nice to look at as it is intuitive, FileMaker Pro's new Status Toolbar puts commonly used features right where you need them. Even if you're not happy with the default layout of the new toolbar, you can easily customize the available icons to improve the work flow for specific projects.

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The status bar puts your most used tools right at the top of the screen for easy access. (Credit: CBS Interactive)

The new browse feature gives you a centralized location for navigating to different parts of your database quickly. You'll now have buttons to quickly switch between search, preview, and edit layout modes and switching from Form, List, and Table is as easy as a click of your mouse. When you're finished, you can save further time with easy-access buttons to save as PDF or Excel formats. Other new features include Saved Finds, making it easy to get to your favorite find requests quickly; new themes and templates to give your databases the look you want; and a new resource center with hands-on instructional videos for when you hit roadblocks.

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Quickly switch between modes with convenient buttons located in the Status Toolbar. (Credit: CBS Interactive)

Available now for $299, FileMaker Pro 10 is a must-have for those who spend their time working with databases. With features to streamline database navigation, offer easy access to search, preview, and edit modes, and shortcuts to get you where you need to go quickly, we think this update is worth the money for saving you time so you can move on to the next big project.

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