Chaparral Software Releases EZxskt™ 1.5, Brushfire™ 2.0 for Mac Classic at FileMaker Developer Conference
Submitted: 2003-08-25 7:35:25 by Russell Kohn

Upgraded applications from Chaparral Software makes it fast and easy to document FileMaker Pro solutions and create Microsoft Word documents using data from FileMaker Pro 6 databases using XML and XSLT.


FileMaker Developer Conference, Phoenix, AZ - Aug. 25 - Chaparral Software & Consulting Services, Inc. today released new versions of their highly acclaimed developer tools at the FileMaker Developer's Conference.

EZxslt 1.5 is an upgrade to its application that simplifies the generation of Microsoft Word documents using data stored in FileMaker Pro 6 databases. EZxslt 1.5 adds powerful capabilities that support tables, headers, footers, and finer control over the generated output. "Users have been creating documents such as contracts, report cards, and project status reports with EZxslt since its release", according to Chaparral President Russell Kohn. "With EZxslt 1.5 users can now also create documents using related data such as Invoices, Service Orders, and Course Schedules". The table support provided in EZxslt 1.5 now allows FileMaker Pro users to easily create flexible, multiple-column cell-based reports and forms.

Brushfire 2 is a substantial upgrade to the blazing fast and well-regarded FileMaker Pro analysis package that adds comprehensive field, layout, relationship, and dependency analysis reports to its suite of script analysis capabilities. Brushfire 2 continues to use HTML as a presentation mechanism, retains its fast performance and adds many new error and overview reports.

The main difference between Brushfire 1.5 and Brushfire 2 is the number and type of FileMaker objects analyzed and the depth of the reports. Where Brushfire 1.5 focused on scripts, Brushfire 2 presents more error reports, provides much more detail about the interdependency of FileMaker Pro objects on the File level, as well as complete Uses and Used-By cross referencing for Fields, Layouts, Relations and Scripts. According to the company, the browser based interface is both efficient and flexible, allowing developers to review code and analysis data while viewing production code at the same time. A native Mac OS X version was also announced.


EZxslt 1.5 is available immediately for Windows and Macintosh platforms with licensing starting at $129.95 and upgrades starting at $29.95.

Brushfire 2 is available immediately for Macintosh users and is expected in early Fall 2003 for Windows users. Brushfire 2 has a suggested retail price of $279.95 for a single platform, with a $249.95 limited time discounted price available. Upgrades from prior versions to Brushfire 2 cost $129.95.

Until Wednesday, August 27, Chaparral is offering a conference bundle of both Brushfire and EZxslt for only $299.95 for both FileMaker consultants and corporate customers. This special is available to all customers on the Chaparral web site.

EZxslt requires FileMaker Pro 6.0v4,and works with a large range of Microsoft Word versions on both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

Brushfire 2 for Macintosh classic requires FileMaker Pro 5.0 or later. Brushfire 2 for Macintosh OS X and Brushfire 2 for Windows require FileMaker Developer 5.5 or later.

About Chaparral Software (

Brushfire and EZxslt are products of Chaparral Software & Consulting Services, Inc., a privately held corporation based in Calabasas, California, that has been providing custom database consulting and programming services since 1986. Chaparral publishes leading FileMaker Pro developer utilities and offers specialized XML training classes.

About FileMaker, Inc. (

FileMaker is a leading provider to the growing Web-publishing and workgroup database markets. FileMaker software lets departments and teams create databases to manage and track projects, assets and people. Its award-winning FileMaker line of database software provides relational power, instant and custom Web publishing and legendary ease-of-use. FileMaker, Inc. is the database software subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL).


Russell Kohn, President
Chaparral Software & Consulting Services, Inc.
22231 Mulholland Hwy, Suite 213A
Calabasas, CA 91302

©2003 Chaparral Software & Consulting Services, Inc. All rights reserved.

Brushfire and EZxslt are a trademarks of Chaparral Software & Consulting Services, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.