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FileMaker 4

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Nashobas-FileMaker-4.sit (1.05 MB)
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1

FileMaker 4, developed and released by Nashoba Systems mid 1988 and was within 3 months acquired by Apple's Claris Corporation, rebadged and released again as Claris FileMaker II.

This archive is of the rare FileMaker 4 database as released by Nashoba before the acquisition and takeover by Claris.

FileMaker 4 is a good historical example of how great software is born.

The download contains three Disk Copy 4.2, 800k floppy disk images compressed in a StuffIt 3.6 ".sit" archive.
One of the images contains an early Macromind demo of the database.

Note: The Macromind demo works best on Mono Macs, such as the Mac Plus, SE, Mini vMac, etc.

FileMaker began as an MS-DOS–based computer program named Nutshell - developed by Nashoba Systems of Concord, Massachusetts, in the early 1980s. Nutshell was distributed by Leading Edge, an electronics marketer that had recently started selling IBM PC-compatible computers.

With the introduction of the Macintosh, Nashoba combined the basic data engine with a new forms-based graphical user interface (GUI). Leading Edge was not interested in newer versions, preferring to remain a DOS-only vendor, and kept the Nutshell name. Nashoba found another distributor, Forethought Inc., and introduced the program on the Macintosh platform as FileMaker. When Apple introduced the Macintosh Plus in 1986 the next version of FileMaker was named FileMaker Plus to reflect the new model's name.

Forethought was purchased by Microsoft, which was then introducing their PowerPoint product that became part of Microsoft Office. Microsoft had introduced its own database application, Microsoft File, shortly before FileMaker, but it was outsold by FileMaker and Microsoft discontinued it. Microsoft negotiated with Nashoba for the right to publish FileMaker, but Nashoba decided to self-publish the next version, FileMaker 4.

Shortly thereafter, Apple Computer formed Claris, a wholly owned subsidiary, to market software. Claris purchased Nashoba to round out its software suite. By then, Leading Edge and Nutshell had faded from the marketplace because of competition from other DOS- and later Windows-platform database products. FileMaker, however, continued to succeed on the Macintosh platform.

Claris changed the product's name to FileMaker II to conform to its naming scheme for other products, such as MacWrite II, but the product changed little from the last Nashoba version.

Excerpt: adapted from Wikipedia article on FileMaker.

See Also: Claris FileMaker II

Architecture: 68k

FileMaker 4 will run on a Mac OS from System Software 5 to Mac OS 8.1 (and perhaps earlier than 5).
It runs very well in Systems 6.x - 7.x - contrary to the wrong, curious statement on LEM that it (including FileMaker II and Pro 1.0) does not run in Mac OS's beyond 6.0.7 - weird.

There is no modern installer app with these disk images. Simply mount the Filemaker 4.image and Filemaker 4 Examples.image (or write to 800k DD floppy media) and drag the contents to a folder inside of your hard drive. FileMaker 4 will then be ready to use.

To mount these disk images:
If running a Mac OS 7.0 or later, drag these images over onto an icon of Disk Copy 6.1.2 or newer to mount onto a desktop.
If running System Software 6.0.8 or earlier, use MountImage - Both MountImage and Disk Copy 6.x are located here at the Garden, if needed.
Alternatively, if using Mini vMac to access these floppy images; drag the images into a running Mini vMac window, to mount.