December 14, 2010 in FileMaker (E)
[prMac.com] Murrieta, California - ISO Productions, Inc. today is pleased to announce the release of its new Theme Studio for FileMaker Pro. A brand new tool for FileMaker users, this "one-stop-shop" for everything related to FileMaker's Layout Mode is a complete design solution for FileMaker Pro users and developers. It contains a suite of tools and resources for helping the FileMaker user or developer in the visual design process of a FileMaker database. It includes access to collections of icons, whole layout templates, layout elements, colors and gradients.
Available immediately, the Theme Studio can be used with any version of FileMaker Pro from version 9 thru 11 on both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. The software runs within the FileMaker development environment itself and does not require the user to exit to another application.
"FileMaker has never had a single comprehensive tool for its design process, ..." said Matt Petrowsky, the developer of the Theme Studio. "... moving back and forth between other graphics programs is no longer necessary. 100% of the design process can be handled entirely within FileMaker when working with the Theme Studio."
The software allows users to create custom icons quickly (by merging two or more icons), re-color whole FileMaker layouts, start or update projects from pre-designed Layout Themes and add many commonly used layout elements which have been pre-formatted for easy use. Users can also acquire new design elements as they are released from a centralized web site.
Due to FileMaker's unique design methodologies, replicating common elements used in popular operating systems such as Apple's iOS platform, can be difficult and time-consuming for end users of FileMaker Pro. The Theme Studio provides a collection of iOS elements for use when creating databases destined for FileMaker Go deployment on Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. These particular themes and theme elements are provided at no cost to end users.
The Theme Studio connects to a web site and periodically checks for new design related content. Content is provide at various levels of access, including free, bundled and purchased. All content is downloaded via ThemePacks and is stored within a user's local copy of the software.
The software presents an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop method for creating and using many of the common design elements used to develop a user interface within a FileMaker database.
Beta users of the software have praised its straight forward interface and Tweets such as "I think @filemakermag's [...] Theme Studio will become an indispensable tool for future #FileMaker development." [via @andersmonsen] as well as "[...] - no excuse left for designing ugly solutions" [via @honza24u] have appeared on the popular service Twitter.com.
A fully functional demo version of the software is available on the site used to deploy new theme based content. Even those FileMaker users seeking content such as free FileMaker icons will not be disappointed as the software offers FileMaker-centric distribution of many open source icon collections.
Pricing and Availability:
The Theme Studio retails for $137 (USD) and is available via online purchase and delivery. The demo version is fully functional with some features being limited to the number of uses.
Located in Murrieta, California, ISO Productions, Inc. was founded in 1997 by Matt Petrowsky and has been a world wide leader in providing FileMaker related tools and resources for well over a decade. Through its popular online magazine ISO FileMaker Magazine, and the variety of FileMaker solutions and tools it creates and distributes, it remains one of the foremost providers of FileMaker content. Copyright (C) 1997-2010 ISO Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved. FileMaker, and the FileMaker logo, are registered trademarks of FileMaker, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple Computer.