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New FileMaker Developer Certification Heightens Profile of Top FileMaker Database Developers

Provides database developer standards for the new, widely acclaimed FileMaker 7 platform

LONDON, UK, August 19, 2004 – FileMaker, Inc. today announced the FileMaker Certification Programme for Developers. With over 60,000 advanced FileMaker developers worldwide, the company has deployed a training and testing program to provide a common set of developer proficiency standards related to its recently launched FileMaker 7 product family. The certification program (www.filemaker.com/certification), which begins today, is effective worldwide. Successful completion of the certification program provides developers with a designation of “FileMaker 7 Certified Developer.”

“There are thousands of in-house and consulting developers throughout the world who create FileMaker solutions to help organisations gather, manage and share information,” said FileMaker president Dominique Goupil. “FileMaker Certification will increase the value of being a FileMaker developer and give power users a benchmark for creating effective FileMaker 7 solutions. The certification program also formalises the widespread FileMaker expertise that already exists in the industry.”

One of the most popular information management applications, FileMaker Pro is installed and used in 70 of the Fortune 100 companies, 49 of the top 50 U.S. undergraduate schools every one of the largest 250 K-12 school districts in the U.S and also within leading creative service agencies worldwide.

The FileMaker Certification program, which has already certified nearly 50 FileMaker Developers, tests candidates on the essential knowledge required to develop and deploy business or organisational solutions using the complete FileMaker 7 product family, including FileMaker Pro 7, FileMaker Developer 7, FileMaker Mobile 7, and FileMaker Server 7 and FileMaker Server 7 Advanced.

Certification tests are offered in more than 3000 Prometric testing locations worldwide. Candidates can schedule a certification exam at Prometric’s web site (http://2test.com).

Although no pre-requisites are required, FileMaker recommends that candidates take the FileMaker Professional Training Series II, the most comprehensive training available for FileMaker 7 products. The instructor-led class training includes 13 training modules, demo files and exercises and more than 450 pages of in-depth technical information. To learn more about training or to sign up for a training course, go to http://www.filemaker.com/professionaltraining.

In addition to FileMaker Professional Training, the company offers a variety of resources, including its upcoming FileMaker Developer Conference, August 29-Sept 1, J.W. Marriott, Desert Ridge, Phoenix, U.S., (www.filemaker.com/devcon/), that will better prepare a candidate for certification testing. Beyond product manuals, FileMaker provides updated technical briefs at www.filemaker.com/upgrade/techbriefs.html, and the TechInfo Knowledge base at www.filemaker.com/support/techinfo.html.

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker Pro is used by millions of individuals and workgroups around the world to be more productive and efficient. Business, education and government customers rely on FileMaker to manage people, projects, images, assets and other information. In addition to being the number one-selling easy-to-use database software, the award-winning FileMaker product line also includes a range of scalable servers, mobile database products, low-cost Applications that automate basic business tasks, ready-to-use Starter Solutions, and tools to create and share solutions from the desktop to the web. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL).

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