FileMaker has released FileMaker Mobile 7, a simplified companion version of FileMaker Pro 7 designed specifically for Palm OS and Pocket PC handheld devices so users can take their data on the road.

The popular mobile solution has been updated for compatibility with FileMaker Pro 7. Mobile "maximizes the power of portability to give organizations more productivity in the office or while on the move," said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services at FileMaker.

FileMaker Mobile 7 lets individuals and mobile workgroups extend their FileMaker solutions from the desktop to handheld devices for applications as simple as lists to more complex solutions such as student testing, work orders, help-desk or patient records.

The product also lets users track inventory when they use selected Symbol Technologies bar code scanners. Users can also transfer the data they need to one or many handhelds from a single desktop. Along with two-way synchronization, FileMaker Mobile 7 allows flexible data entry and viewing features.

Enhancements include the ability to synchronize multiple devices with the same desktop database; synchronize runtime applications created using FileMaker Developer 7; create scripts in FileMaker Pro 7 to run before or after synchronization with FileMaker Mobile 7; the ability to synchronize databases even without FileMaker Pro running on the desktop; and support for AlphaSmart Dana wide screens.

FileMaker Mobile 7 costs £45.10 (excluding VAT) and is sold through the FileMaker UK Web Store. Current users of FileMaker Mobile 2.x will receive an in-box rebate offer worth £15.

FileMaker Mobile 7 requires FileMaker Pro 7v2 or FileMaker Developer 7v2. FileMaker Mobile 7 runs on Palm OS 3.5 to 5.2, Windows Mobile 2002 and 2003, Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP, and Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later.