FileMaker is not ready for Leopard yet

The company will end sales of FileMaker Mobile on December 19; ending with support for said product line on June 18, as announced by the developer.

In other related news, the company also instructs FileMaker 9 users not to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) if they want to continue using the software; something that is somewhat puzzling considering that FileMaker is a subsidiary of Apple.

A piece of information posted on the company’s website reads: “We are very happy with the release of Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5). We are currently working on compatibility updates for FileMaker Pro 9, FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced, FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced. FileMaker does not currently recommend the use of FileMaker 9 products on computers running Mac OS X Leopard. “

A FileMaker spokesperson explained the company’s strong commitment to always stay on par with the operating system; being one of the first major companies to publish a version with Universal binary support in FileMaker 8.5. The company is working closely with Apple and predicts that support for Leopard will not take long to arrive after the announcement of the final version of Leopard.

The FileMaker spokesperson has also emphasized the critical nature of its business-oriented software, and explained the need for in-depth testing of the software in order to preserve the information of its users.