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Troi Automatisering releases Serial Plug-in 3.0b1 for FileMaker Pro 8.5

New beta plug-in for FileMaker Pro 8.5 offers powerful access to one or more of the computer's serial ports.

October 3rd, 2006, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands--Troi Automatisering today announced the availability of Troi Serial Plug-in 3.0b1 beta for FileMaker Pro 8.5.

What is Troi Serial Plug-in?

Troi Serial Plug-in gives FileMaker Pro 8.5 easy and powerful access to one or more of the computer's serial ports:

  • Read from and write to the serial ports of the computer directly from FileMaker Pro without the need of a separate application.
  • Native FileMaker script triggering, to get incoming data into the database.
  • "Serial_Control" function to temporarily suspend the incoming data stream and resume it when you are interested in the data.
  • "Wait for Match" function to wait for a specific character string before triggering.
  • The possibility to open an unlimited number of serial ports and to trigger different scripts for different ports.
  • Support for high speed connections up to 230 Kbps.
  • Clear example databases to get started quickly.

Peter Baanen, company president, states: "We had quite a few requests to update Troi Serial Plug-in for FileMaker 8.5. Although we had to make the new version of Troi Serial Plug-in more expensive than before, I'm happy to see that today the beta version is ready!"

Suggested Uses

Troi Serial Plug-in can be used whenever you need to send or receive ASCII data over a serial port. Suggested uses for Troi Serial Plug-in 3.0b1 are connecting to a modem, custom switchboard dialing, caller ID, barcode reading, controlling external devices, data acquisition and data transfer. This plug-in is also very well suited for the use in electronic devices that send data to the computer continuously, like most electronic weighing scales. An example file for a weighing scale is included in the download.

All these features also work in a runtime solution.

What is new in beta version 3.0b1?

Troi Serial Plug-in 3.0b1 adds these new functions and features:

  • Made compatible with FileMaker Pro 8.5.
  • (Mac OS X) Converted to Universal plug-in which runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs.
  • Added new Serial_TextToAsciiValue function, which converts a text to the ASCII values.
  • (Windows) The Serial_GetPortNames function now detects all existing serial ports, instead of always returning with COM1...COM4.

We invite you to test drive the new functions and see what you can do with it!

Pricing & Availability

A fully functional demo version of Troi Serial Plug-in 3.0b1 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site at: <http://www.troi.com/software/serialplugin.html>.

Troi Serial Plug-in 3.0b1 works with FileMaker Pro 7, 8 and 8.5. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Developer 7 or by FileMaker Advanced 8 or FileMaker Advanced 8.5. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher (on PowerPC), for Mac OS X 10.4.5 or higher (Intel-based Mac) and Windows XP (Service pack 2).

Licenses cost US$ 1099 for a cross platform developer license. We don't offer single licenses at the moment. More details on developer licenses can be found on our web site. You can order licenses from our web site.

Upgrade information

Product upgrades from an earlier cross platform developer license, are available from US$ 749. Product upgrades from earlier single platform developer license, costs US$ 899.

About Troi Automatisering

Troi Automatisering is leading developer of cross platform FileMaker Pro plug-ins. For more information, visit our web site at:

Contact information  

Diana Budding
Troi Automatisering
Vuurlaan 18
2408 NB Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
Telephone: +31-172-426606,
Fax: +31-172-470539

Newsroom: <http://www.troi.com/news/>