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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2010
Part of my job involves analysing data so I am familiar with a well known spreadsheet package. However, a lot of the data is contained in different documents so I decided a database was more appropriate. Bento, my previous database, was not up to the job. It is good at what it does, but that is it.
So I tried the "Big Two", running Microsoft Access through a third party app (I'm on a Mac) and Filemaker Pro natively.
Filemaker has a steep learning curve, but makes much more sense than the other package- I ran screaming from that one within 30 minutes!

So, why haven't I rated it as 5*? Partly due to the fact I can't use it properly yet! I have several ideas, and more come to mind each time but I am still not comfortable with it at the moment. I have ordered the "Missing Manual" book to go with it and then we will be well away.

If Microsoft is not your preferred choice and Bento isn't powerful enough for you check out Filemaker
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2011
Once again an expensive piece of software that comes without any printed documentation in English. There is an English PDF file on the DVD but it is very basic. With a program as complicated as FMPRO 11 it is not practical to view the documentation on screen whilst using the program. The licence is extremely restrictive, you have to buy a new copy at full price for each machine you wish to display your database on. Even the iPad/iPhone FMPRO GO application requires you to purchase a separate copy of the program for each type of device. There is no easy way of transferring updated records between mobile devices and the desktop other than copying the whole database across, a major failing considering that even Bento allows this.

Although now retired I was an Oracle database manager for a large organisation in my past life and consider myself fairly database savvy but understanding how to design a FMPRO 11 relational database presented me with a steep learning curve. I purchased this program as a hobbyist purely to keep my brain active during retirement; - it will certainly meet that requirement! Luckily I can spend as long as I need learning the interface. Meanwhile I have ordered 'FileMaker Pro 11 -The Missing Manual' by Susan Prosser. Filemaker would have done well to have included it with the software package!

In summary this is a very powerful program, but with a sometimes illogical and not particularly consistent design interface. For large organisations it is without doubt a program to consider, but it is not really for the small business or hobbyist unless you have a tame programmer to hand and/or the time and budget to spend considerable money on books and training.
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on 4 March 2013
Everything went well with this purchase so I would use these guys again top buy other items. I would recommend them
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2011
I've been using Filemaker since 1997 - it was the database I used for my theatre history PhD. I love the templates of Pro 11. It has made my life a little more saner - because I don't need to go to all the trouble of customising them very much at all. For instance, I do London theatre reviewing for an on-line publication - so one database allows me to put together the whole theatre scene in the diverse and interesting London theatre scene very easily. Love it.
FileMaker Pro 11
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2011
Have been using Filemaker since its early Mac days (1990s).
Judge software by its use without referring to manuals. Found Filemaker to be easy to use with great flexibility.
Have used Access but have never found it particularly 'user' friendly - certainly not a piece of software that can
be used without the manual.
Filemaker is usable straight from the box.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Filemaker Pro 11 is very easy to use, a great product to create from a basic database to a much more complex one, I would recommend it everytime!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2011
We upgraded from a very old copy of Filemaker to 11. Seamless transition and much greater functionality. Look forward to making new databases.
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