SUNRISE Contacts 2017

Your digital organizer



An electronic organizer with your privacy in mind

A powerful, convenient and easy-to-use information organizer now comes with a new interface, as well as new features to protect your privacy and business confidential information. Designed for iOS/Android and Mac/PC using the FileMaker Pro platform, this is a spyware-free tool specifically tailored to protecting your sensitive information. No longer will you have to worry about other people (not even SUNRISE) trying to surreptitiously read and/or send personal or business-related information from this tool to advertisers, software manufacturers, business competitors, or whoever without your explicit consent (we are independent of Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and other major software manufacturers, as well as the CIA, ASIO and other clandestine organisations). We respect your privacy at all times when you use this product.

Apple's view on alternative third-party contacts solutions

SUNRISE Contacts is the product that Apple, Inc. (the makers of FileMaker Pro from which SUNRISE Contacts was developed) does not want you to have. Apple has created its own free, simple and non-encrypted contacts tool on iOS/OSX as a means of gathering and pushing your personal information through Apple's own servers as automatically and quietly as possible, allowing the company to learn who you are, what you do, and anything else it likes. Of course, the perception we are presented with by Apple is that it upholds your privacy and the servers are only there to help you sync your personal data with Apple portable iOS devices. In reality, this information can also help the company and other third-party software manufacturers in ways you probably least expect or have no control over. Apart from marketing purposes, what about, for instance, allowing your business confidential data containing your intellectual property and ideas that you don't want other people to know about straightaway to be viewed by a third-party (e.g., Apple, Inc.)?

Here lies the dilemma. How do we balance this situation? How do ordinary citizens access their own information between devices with a sense of reasonable privacy? Or even know whether their software is not trying to send more data than you expect from your computer or in the software itself to someone else?

SUNRISE Contacts is an effective tool to handle Apple and other people who are keen to look at everything you do in the digital world.

Can I access the data in SUNRISE Contacts on a secure web page of my choosing?

Yes, you can. Once you have established a secure web server (using https), you have to use Apple's own high-priced FileMaker Server 14 or higher to access SUNRISE Contacts. At more than $1,000 plus a monthly subscription, this is not the most cost-effective solution.

NOTE: In FileMaker Pro 11 and earlier versions, users were allowed to "publish" their database layouts and data to a web page and interact with the database thanks to the free built-in server (the standard FileMaker Pro app is less than $300). Although limited to 5 users (was originally 9 users in earlier FileMaker Pro versions), this was enough for individuals to create a secure connection to their personal data online and access this on any portable device or laptop. Great, until Apple introduced FileMaker Pro 13 and higher versions. Now you must purchase FileMaker Server 13 or higher (much more than $300) and pay per user together with an inconvenient monthly subscription fee to Apple, Inc., just for the privilege of accessing your data on the web. This option is only for big businesses with money to burn, and not for the average consumer.

Apple introduces the cheaper option: Use your iOS device!

With the advent of FileMaker Pro 14, Apple has permitted users to access their FileMaker data in SUNRISE Contacts and other FileMaker solutions on any number of iOS and Android devices as well as laptops (as in previous versions using the Runtime option, which is what SUNRISE Contacts is) for free. Of course, this no doubt means that any data you wish to transfer will be noticed by the Apple servers. So it isn't a perfect and most secure solution. It is a compromise. Your only option here is to encrypt your data.

NOTE 1: SUNRISE Contacts will encrypt (and decrypt) your data (in the notes section), making it much harder for Apple and other third-party users to read your encrypted data.

NOTE 2: There should be automatic Wi-Fi connection to devices to help with automatic transfer of data between FileMaker solutions. The reality is, Apple does not want to see this happen. And, heaven forbid, if you try to create your own solution to handle this aspect and make it available to others. Apple will get terribly upset and find ways to stop it. If you would like to learn more about some of Apple's anti-competitive practices to prevent SUNRISE Contacts (and other similar solutions) from competing with Apple's own solutions, click here.

Help files

For the latest information on available features and how to use the software, click the following PDF help files:


  1. Getting Started
  2. Labels
  3. Mail Merge
  4. Emails
  5. Testing
  6. Import and Export


  1. WebDirect - How to Web Publish
  2. Security - How to Secure Your Database Data

We have also included these files with the software. Download the above files only if you need the latest updates, and drag-and-drop them into the Help folder inside the SUNRISE Contacts folder.

The standard "core" and additional lookup databases

Are you feeling a little peckish? Do you want to do even more with SUNRISE Contacts? Well, don't let us stop you from doing what you want. We also offer additional lookup databases to enhance the power and flexibility of SUNRISE Contacts. Click here for what's on offer. Do you want a specific lookup database created? Just let us know. Perhaps we will produce your ultimate database tool for your line of work?

Still want more? Give us ideas (source code for new plugins, or suggestions for new database tools and designs) and watch us improve this product beyond your wildest dreams (well, all within the capabilities of FileMaker Pro and your computer — for example, things like getting SUNRISE Contacts to serve you drinks might be pushing it a bit for us, but most other things should be fine).

Okay, you can stop drooling now! Just enjoy your software.

SUNRISE Contacts and Cloud services

SUNRISE Contacts and the Cloud (i.e., a place to host your databases on online servers) are a match made in heaven. So, if you need information about how this service works, or require a recommendation of a good Cloud service that will offer the fastest and most reliable hosting of SUNRISE Contacts at a much better price than Apple is asking (if you want to go the web publishing way without the heavy ongoing expense of establishing and enjoying this service on your own), don't hesitate to give us a buzz.

Can I use this product on a tablet?

A good choice. Yes you can. We recommend running this product straight out-of-the-box on an Intel-based PC tablet (such as Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or 4, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro or other similar laptop/tablet combo machines) running Windows 7 or higher. Apple's decision to stop Web Publishing in a free manner and with a different processor for its iOS devices (which will disable our plug-ins as well) means you must use our PC version to get the full power you deserve (see download link below). However, now that Apple has decided to let users access their databases on iOS devices (but not enable the plug-in features), SUNRISE Contacts can run on iOS devices, but with none of the more powerful features we have included in the plug-ins. We recommend sticking to Intel-based Windows tablets. It is far easiest to use than any iOS alternative.

Thanks Apple, you are too kind!

Download 2017 edition

Macintosh (231.82 MB compressed as dmg file).

Windows (189.4 MB compressed as zip file).

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Upcoming updates

* Changing field headers with the Option key for selected layouts will no longer lose the last sort records applied.

* Window size and zoom levels will be remembered independently for different accounts, except for guest users (which will be adjusted by the users until the databases are relaunched).

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