US title PC Magazine has awarded FileMaker Pro 7 as its "Editor's Choice" as the top desktop database software.

The application beat competing products: Microsoft Access 2003, Alpha Five Version 6 and askSam Professional 6.

The applications were assessed for their database functions, ease of use, application development, deployment, networking and data sharing. FileMaker Pro 7 received an overall grade of "Excellent".

FileMaker has "long been a leader" in making "databases easy to develop, use and deploy," the magazine wrote.

Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, said: "FileMaker's continuing success as the most popular easy-to-use database comes from its ability to help customers be more productive in creating, managing and sharing information. We are thrilled to receive this