FileMaker is launching new productivity applications based on FileMaker 6 today at MacExpo, FileMaker meetings and FileMaker Tasks.

These two ready-to-use applications are based on FileMaker Pro 6, but have been developed to be simple to install and do not require databasing expertise to exploit.

FileMaker Meetings costs £29.95, while FileMaker Tasks costs £39.95 (excluding VAT). They will ship on November 27m and require FileMaker Pro 6 be installed to run.

FileMaker International's general manager Northern Europe, Tony Speakman, said: "Organizations need to work faster and smarter, so there's a great demand for easy-to-use software that helps people get the information they need when they need it. We see a unique opportunity to gain new customers looking for point solutions to the most popular business problems, in addition to those attracted to FileMaker as a toolkit for creating custom solutions."

The company plans to continue to develop similar applications that address specific business tasks, such as sales prospecting, project management, asset tracking and customer service. These applications will "generally include built-in email and reporting templates," the company said.

Speakman explained: "FileMaker Applications will deliver instant solutions for specific tasks that business professionals face daily."

The company expects its new applications to attract fresh developers to the platform. The way the databasing application is built means developers and purchasers can customize it for specific needs and tasks. The FileMaker Applications can also be customized and extended by developers.

Independent FileMaker developer and director of BabelFix Ltd, Chris Manton, said: "Lower budget prospects have never really been our target audience so FileMaker Applications will fill an important gap in the market. I think there's a very high probability that FileMaker Applications are going to dramatically increase the number of FileMaker Pro users.

"The more people that deploy good FileMaker solutions, ultimately the more higher end business there will be."