Apple owned FileMaker, the database software specialists has revealed the winners of the fourth annual FileMaker CubeAwards 2010 held in London this week.

FileMaker produces the FileMaker Pro line for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad and the Web, along with Bento, the personal database for Mac, iPhone and iPad.

"Designed to acknowledge the achievements of software developers in the FileMaker Northern Region, the Cube Awards continue a long-standing tradition of rewarding innovation and recognising excellence for the use of FileMaker software by both commercial and in-house developers," insists FileMaker.

The scope of this year's awards was significantly increased with several new markets now eligible for entry, including Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Portugal and Iceland.

This year's prestigious ceremony was held at The Royal College of Physicians, with an entertaining talk from Dr Robert McNamee, explaining his experience of implementing FileMaker to manage the Electronic Enlightenment Project (EE) at the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries.  

The CubeAwards 2010 were once again split into two categories, the 'Best Public Sector Solution' and 'Best Private Sector Solution', with the best entry in the opinion of the judges from these categories taking the 'Winner of Winners' award.

The winner from each category received a crystal Cube Award while the 'Winner of Winners' walked away with an additional Cube Award and a 32 GB Wi-Fi + 3G Apple iPad.

The ceremony saw the following winners crowned:

Best Public Sector Solution
Winner: V&A Museum Collection Management System, Cordis Technologies
"Contemporising an old system to make it sophisticated, clear, intuitive and easy to use."
Commendation: Music School Manager, CJM Software Ltd with "clean reports and an impressive ability to exchange date with closed systems."

Best Private Sector Solution
Winner: Garage Assistant GA3, SWS Solutions
"Impressive use of FileMaker to manage a grow a relatively small business."
Commendation: Unicol Manager with "good use of the web viewer and for being highly functional."

Special Mentions:
MaJic Logistics, MaJic Solutions Ltd  - "A solid business solution."
SCenquiry (Springdale College), right way up   - "Use of information based in PDFs."
Business Logical Limited, greenbase/Greenfield - "A clever way of managing synchronisation."
OftalMac, Vida Digital Eiche, S.L. - "For its image capture from external devices."

In addition, the 'Winner of Winners' award went to Winner – V&A Museum Collection Management System by Cordis Technologies. "Museums are not often associated with elegance or sophisticated IT systems so the judges were very impressed by the standard and usability of this system," Filemaker noted.

"The standard of this year’s entries was extremely high, as was the volume of entries. Competition was very tight and the judging panel found it extremely hard to select a clear winner for any of the categories," said Tony Speakman, Director FileMaker Northern Region.

"It’s fantastic to see the huge range of activities where FileMaker is making a difference, including, automotive, creative agencies, scientific organisations, educational establishments and commerce; it’s a real testament to just how versatile FileMaker Pro really is."

FileMaker Cube Awards 2010

For more information please visit www.filemaker.co.uk/cubeawards.

FileMaker has recently launched a 'Buy One FileMaker, Give One Free' special holiday offer that allows those purchasing a downloadable version of FileMaker Pro 11 from the online FileMaker Web Store to receive a second downloadable copy free – worth £260.

The small print reads: "The offer is limited to one gift request per person, per household, and per company. The promotion is valid only for the downloadable version of FileMaker Pro 11 and applies only to new versions of FileMaker Pro 11 – not for software upgrades, updates, volume licenses and/or site licenses. The offer is not valid in connection with any other rebates, discounts, or promotions."
 
For full offer details can be found at www.filemaker.co.uk/offer/bogo/.

System requirements for FileMaker Pro 11 and FileMaker Pro Advanced 11 are Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later and is Universal with the exception of the Intel only Mac OS X 10.6. PC requirements are Windows XP Professional, Home Edition (SP 3), Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, Home Premium (SP 2) and Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional, Home Premium. Full specs can be found here.

FileMaker Pro 11 costs £260.61. FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced costs £391.51. FileMaker Server 11 costs £831.81. FileMaker Server 11 Advanced costs £2,616.81.

A FileMaker 11 Workgroup Bundle offering potential savings is also available. 5 FileMaker Pro 11 licenses, one FileMaker Server 11 license, and one-year of Maintenance costs £1,783.81. 10 FileMaker Pro 11 licenses, one FileMaker Server 11 license, and one-year of Maintenance costs £2,973.81.

All prices include VAT. A free 30-day trial is also available here.

A comparison between FileMaker Pro 11 and FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced is available here.

FileMaker has also announced registration is now open for the 2011 FileMaker Developer Conference, billed as the premier worldwide gathering for corporate and independent FileMaker database developers.

Developers, consultants and trainers from around the world will meet to share best practices and talk with exhibitors about their products.

The 16 annual FileMaker Developer Conference, will be held between 2-5 August 2011, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, a new waterfront venue in downtown San Diego.

Conference-goers will save up to $300 (around £180) off the full price, paying  $1,295 (around £800)  - or $1,949 (around £1,207) for the Gold Conference registration package - which includes Pre-Conference workshops and the FileMaker Developer Conference, by taking advantage of the limited-time "early bird" discount, available now at www.filemaker.co.uk/devcon/.

The "early bird" discount is available until the 17 June 2011, while a full conference schedule will be online in February 2011.

FileMaker Pro 11 garnered Macworld UK’s Editors Choice with a 5 out of 5 rating. Macworld's review of FileMaker Pro 11 is available here.

FileMaker Pro 10 won Best productivity software at last year's prestigious Macworld Awards, while FileMaker's Bento 3 won Best Consumer Software.