Filemaker Pro 11 was released earlier this year with a slew of new features, including native charting, recurring imports and "snapshot link," which lets you share and edit a found set of records with a remote colleague. Today, Filemaker has upped the ante by releasing a free Business Productivity Kit and 30-day free trial of Filemaker Pro 11.
The kit is a collection of ready-to-use templates for business owners who don't have the time or inclination to build a system for themselves, but want to get right to work. It includes solutions for tracking customer and vendor contacts, sales, product information, invoicing and shipping.
Of course, if you want to get in and fiddle with the solutions, that's no problem. You can enter layout mode, tinker with scripts, etc. So not only are they useful out of the gate, but the templates also offer an opportunity to see how a well-made solution is put together.
There's both a Standard Edition of the productivity kit (for companies selling goods) and Service Edition (for companies providing services) available. Both require Filemaker Pro 11. If you don't have it, don't worry. The kit includes a 30 day trial. Have fun and get to work!