FileMaker and ServiceObjects Announce Free Web Services For FileMaker Pro 6 Users

My spin:Web services and its cousin XML are growing in use. In fact today, I’m just reading up on creating data access pages for Microsoft Front Page, not quite web services nor XML but related.
Business-ready XML solutions deliver real-time data directly into FileMaker Pro 6 databases
SANTA CLARA, CA – Nov. 20, 2002 – Starting today, FileMaker, Inc. is making available the following four free Web services for FileMaker Pro 6 users in conjunction with ServiceObjects, Inc., a leader in building web services, downloadable free of charge at https://so.filemaker.com/servlet/so/so.html now through September 30, 2003:
ï Package Comparison – Save time and money by comparing shipping costs across multiple carriers (including DHL, Federal Express, UPS and USPS), as well as multiple shipping methods.
ï Package Tracking – Track packages across multiple carriers from a central Web interface.
ï Address Validation – Quickly verify street address information to reduce errors, lower mailing costs and improve customer service.
ï Email validation ñVerify email address in real-time to improve customer feedback and reduce time and cost for follow-up emailing.
All of the ServiceObjects’ DOTS ôWeb Services may be accessed 100 times per day.
“By working with ServiceObjects, we are helping FileMaker developers pave the way for a future of universal information exchange,” said Dominique Goupil, president of FileMaker, Inc. “Through ServiceObjects, FileMaker Pro developers will have ready access to Web services so they can create custom applications that automatically gather and share information over the Web.”
“With integrated XML import and export, FileMaker Pro 6 is extending desktop application development to the next level,” said Geoff Grow, CEO of ServiceObjects. “By integrating with DOTS Web services over the Web, FileMaker developers can quickly create custom applications that contain real-time data drawn from many different sources and have that data updated automatically as it changes.”
FileMaker Pro 6 users may also download customized XSLT (Extensible Style Sheets) free at http://www.filemaker.com/xml/xslt_library.html. The stylesheets allow for XML data exchange between FileMaker Pro 6 and specific XML based data sources. All use of the web services and customized XSLT style sheets are subject to the terms and conditions stated on the FileMaker Web site.

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