FileMaker Pro Updater: As dumb (and useless) as Microsoft’s Office updater

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
October 31st, 2004 • 5:48 am

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the idiotic behaviour of Microsoft’s Office 2004 Service Pack 1 updater, which leaves a log file at the root level of your hard drive.

I am sorry to report that FileMaker’s recently released updater (which updates FileMaker to 7.0v3) is just as bad. It too leaves a log file called “FileMaker Updater Log File” at the root level of your startup volume.

This just goes to show that being a fully owned Apple subsidiary doesn’t necessarily protect you from writing and releasing dumb software.

Even more importantly, this latest FileMaker updater still does not fix the problem with font smoothing in pop-up lists. I find it hard to believe that I am the only Mac OS X user out there who finds it highly irritating to have to deal with white smears that render highlighted text in pop-up lists unreadable:

Font smoothing in FileMaker 7

Get a grip, FileMaker.

2 Responses to “FileMaker Pro Updater: As dumb (and useless) as Microsoft’s Office updater”

  1. Olivier says:

    This font smoothing bug has been there for a long time. It’s a shame. It should have been fixed in 6.0.1.

    Does FileMaker Pro 7 get rid of the tiny System 1-looking (and not mouse wheel aware) scroll bars on scrolling text fields? Last time I checked (5.5) it hadn’t.

  2. Pierre Igot says:

    Afraid the System 1 scroll bars are still there in FMP7. Eeek.

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