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Troi Automatisering releases Serial Plug-in 3.1 for FileMaker Pro 10

Updated universal plug-in for FileMaker Pro 10 offers powerful access to the computer's serial ports and adds server-side functionality.

March 10th, 2009, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands--Troi Automatisering today released Troi Serial Plug-in 3.1 for FileMaker Pro 10.

What is Troi Serial Plug-in?

Troi Serial Plug-in gives FileMaker Pro 10 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 text before triggering.
  • The possibility to open an unlimited number of serial ports and to trigger different scripts for different ports.
  • Clear example databases to get started quickly.

Ten years of Troi Serial Plug-in!

This plug-in release marks the 10th anniversary of the Troi Serial Plug-in. Peter Baanen, company president, states: "On Feb 23rd, 1999 we released Troi Serial Plug-in 1.0 to the public. Over the years our customers have attached various devices to FileMaker with the Serial Plug-in, most famous being Big Mouth Billy Bass. We'd like to thank all our customers for their continued support and we hope to keep making great plug-ins, that extend the possibilities of FileMaker!"

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 3.1 are connecting to a Point-of-Sale system, 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.

All these features also work in a runtime solution.

What is new in version 3.1?

This release fixes a few bugs but also has some new features:

  • Made compatible with FileMaker Pro 10.
  • Troi Serial plug-in is now compatible to run under FileMaker Server as a server-side plug-in.
  • Added new Serial_VersionAutoUpdate function. The Serial_VersionAutoUpdate function is part of an emerging standard for FileMaker plug-ins of third party vendors of plug-ins.
  • Fixed a syntax error in the MultiPorts.fp7 example file.
  • Fixed a bug in the Serial_SetDispatchScript function, where it would not work when you specified a portname.
  • Tested with FileMaker Pro 10 and tweaked several little (graphic) issues.

We invite you to test drive this powerful plug-in and see what you can do with it!

Pricing & Availability

A fully functional demo version of Troi Serial Plug-in 3.1 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site at: <http://www.troi.com/software/serialplugin.html>.

Troi Serial Plug-in 3.1 works with FileMaker Pro 8.x 9, and 10. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 8.x, 9 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 10. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.4.5 or higher, Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and Windows Vista.

FileMaker Server requirements

Troi Serial Plug-in 3.1 now also works with FileMaker Server 9 or FileMaker Server 10 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine. We have prepared extensive information on how to install and use Troi Plug-ins as a server-side and web-side plug-in on this web page:

Upgrade information

The update from version 3.0.x is free and works with the same registration string. Product upgrades from an earlier cross platform developer license are available from US$ 749. Product upgrades from an earlier single platform developer license cost US$ 899.

About Troi Automatisering

Troi Automatisering is leading developer of cross platform FileMaker Pro plug-ins and winner of the FileMaker Pro Excellence Award 2001. For more information, visit our web site at:

Contact information  

D. Budding
Troi Automatisering
Boliviastraat 11
2408 MX Alphen aan den Rijn
The Netherlands
Telephone: +31-172-426606

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