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The FileMaker Platform serves professional developers and IT professionals.


Average Ratings

88 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $15.00/month/user
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation

Vendor Details

  • FileMaker
  • www.filemaker.com

About The FileMaker Platform

The FileMaker Platform is simply powerful software for creating custom apps that work seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web.


The FileMaker Platform Features

  • Backup and Recovery
  • Data Migration
  • Data Replication
  • Data Security
  • Database Conversion
  • Mobile Access
  • NOSQL
  • Performance Analysis
  • Queries
  • Relational
  • Virtualization
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Code Refactoring
  • Code-free Development
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compatibility Testing
  • Data Modeling
  • Debugging
  • Deployment Management
  • Mobile Development
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Software Development
  • Source Control
  • Web App Development

The FileMaker Platform Reviews Recently Reviewed!


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Overall ease of use if familiar with WYSIWYG programming, otherwise can be difficult to manipulate.

Oct 10, 2017
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the granularity of the software and the fact that it can be almost limitless in the possibilities. We use this software to keep our IT asset database, and when we lost the member of our team who managed our database to retirement, we found ourself in a quandary the first time it did not function as needed due to a change in our insurance company's requirements. I was able to figure out the software on my own and rebuild our database in simplified form within three weeks, and fully import all of our assets. Layouts are easily modifiable and integrate well into other applications, like mail. Scripts were easily definable through a little trial and error for this novice. Additionally, the fact that multiple people at our organization can be viewing a single record at once is quite helpful, even if only one can edit at a time, which is easily understandable. Overall, a solid product.

Cons: In terms of cons, Filemaker, while robust, is not very friendly for new users. It is easy to override data that is not locked, and when items are locked, they tend to not be able to function in scripts as well as unlocked data. Additionally, while the data in fields may be requisite for locking, with the chance of change being a rarity, it is not fragile enough to warrant it be locked and unlocked in layout every time. A protective middle-ground would be nice to be able to implement with the click of a button rather than having to write a script to go "Are you sure?". Additionally, my IT director of several years was unable to rebuild or modify our database without issue despite 16 years of IT experience and many more years than myself with FM. My background in WYSIWYG programs like Adobe GoLive prepared me for their natural, if sometimes clunky, nature. I wish the software was less clunky, and more user-friendly, because it would be great for general IT users.

Overall: We are able to build our IT assets database using this software. We are able to replicate our insurance claim form within it to pull information from our asset record and have another layout for the repairs. We are able to seamlessly find a record, make a new insurance repair record, click a button to email our insurance provider, print mailing and asset labels, and communicate back to the user with just three layouts including the labels. Our previous database, before being rebuilt was 53 layouts but was able to be streamlined to just the three using some slick little boxes that keep a record of repairs on a single device, and by using buttons. This makes filing insurance repair claims much quicker than filling out their excel and PDF forms by hand and also gives us a location to keep our own record.

Simple database software, that can be used for so much more

Jun 12, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Filemaker is extremely adaptable. It can be used by a small one-or-two computer setup, right up to a huge conglomerate. The software remains the same, and enables your business to grow without having to keep changing software.

They are constantly updating the extra functionality; with the latest revision there is more possibility for engagement with other applications, enhanced security, and a re-designed interface for PC users.

I have been using FMP for the last 10 years, first as a tool in my business, and latterly as a developer with many companies. It is as robust today as it was when I started, and keeps getting better.

Cons: Enabling the use of FIlemaker on a large-scale for a small company is very difficult. Let me explain...

Company A provides security guards to Clubs, Shops, Companies, etc... They have a full-time workforce of 10 employees, and then 400 security personnel on their books as either casual or part-time employees. The 10 full-time employees utilise Filemaker Pro to book jobs for the part-time and casual employees, the software is also used for vetting potential new recruits, invoicing companies, and keeping a history of who has worked where, and any comments from either side about that.

An extra function would be to allow the part-time and casual employees the ability to see part of the Filemaker database, so they could access their upcoming jobs and leave any comments. With iBeacons, a safety system could also be utilised to make sure they are on patrol at a certain time in a given location.

With Filemaker's current structure, each casual worker would need their own license to make this extra functionality easily happen, which of course is prohibitively expensive.

But if that is the only drawback I can think of, then they are doing just fine!

Overall: Organisation, and minimising of repetitive tasks

Filemaker has brought to light data service saving hours of data manipulation producing tears of joy

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I love that if you can think it, Filemaker can produce it. Given the time to develop motion, you can get the software to repeat that motion over and over. That saves time and time is money. I love how it provides mental exercise while developing but also is intuitive when it comes to building a custom application that the whole business can take advantage. After an introduction to a new "app" built in Filemaker, it isn't long that all departments ask "what could it do for us?" And the answer is "what do you need". It is so versatile. Integration with things like email, Google, Office can lead to great productivity.

Cons: The think I like least is the capability in reports to do some word processing capabilities. But it's still a great Form library. But I wish it could insert a page break that would be understood while printing a report.

Overall: Keeping Data secure and yet available to our employees gives them a sense of in control. We use the data to produce a daily log of their activity and then use that data to bill our customers. It is so much better than trying to find the data from their individual reports and then creating the reports on a monthly basis. Now we simply hit a button and the reports are done.

I love how as a developer we can see our users appreciate the software because it makes their jobs easier and gives them the sense that they can concentrate on other things rather than the record keeping.

Our users are happier and excited about bringing the qualifiers of the data to light so they can justify their work. In an app that tracks trouble requests, a log is created to show all that the tech people do to facilitate repair issues. No longer are those in charge wondering what their subordinates are doing. They can just open the app and see what they've accomplished.

Filemaker Pro Developer for many years

Jul 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Filemaker Pro allows you to prototype and built database production grade applications fast. The nicest thing about Filemaker Pro is that you built the database structure, scripts and layouts in the same application. Building lay outs is as easy as drag and drop and doesn't require extensive design skills or knowledge of secondary technologies such as HTML/CSS/JavaScript. Personally I think anyone who's willing to dedicated some time for training is able to become a Filemaker Developer. Another nice thing is that database applications can easily be integrated with mobile platforms.

Filemaker applications can be hosted online (cloud), on premise on Filemaker Server and locally on the Filemaker client. The applications that I've build with Filemaker run for 10+ years already on a Filemaker Server multi site environment and is in use by 25+ people on a daily basis.

Filemaker is regularly updated (major versions usually once a year) which introduces new features. These updates make Filemaker better each round, for instance the latest upgrade introduces sensory perception for IOS devices and a new administration console.

Finally, the development and implementation costs of Filemaker Pro applications are very low compared to enterprise database solutions making it really attractive for SMB. The licensing is server and client based and there is also a subscription based license to be paid annually.

Cons: The pros of Filemaker Pro heavily outweigh its cons but here is a few:

- Performance of applications is nowhere as good as that of enterprise solutions, especially when multiple clients from different sites connect to an on premise hosted server.

- Filemaker has its own scripting engine, which is pretty good, but some functions/operations can be a bit difficult to implement due to its limitations which is easier in SQL.

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The Best Database Software for Small to Medium Businesses, AND for Beginners Starting Out

May 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I tried learning databases with SQL and MS Access. It wasn't until I started using FileMaker that I really began understanding how databases work. Although FileMaker is VERY powerful, it caters to beginners in a way that no other software does. The ability to grasp how databases function, how to build them, how to maintain them, and how to develop a solution for yourself, or others, is unmatched. I learned databases with FileMaker and that has helped me understand how SQL works and how databases in general work. All this to say that the thing I like the most about FileMaker is how easy it was to learn along with how powerful it is to develop in. I can make something small for myself, or something huge for a client.

Cons: FileMaker's weakest spot has to do with user interface (layout) tools. Although there is a very good selection of controls available, it pales in comparison to what you can get with other software. Even a free version of Visual Studio will provide you with a lot more layout controls than FileMaker. Although this is FileMaker's biggest weakness, it also means that you aren't overwhelmed with options when designing layouts. That feeds into FileMaker's strengths of being easy to learn.

Overall: We have done our timekeeping in FileMaker for over two decades. We developed numerous other business solutions that have had a significant impact on our ability to be profitable and become more efficient at everything we do as a company.

Easy, powerful do it yourself solution

Nov 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The FileMaker platform (desktop, server, cloud, FileMaker Go mobile app) is lightyears in simplicity ahead of Microsoft Access - which I often hear as the "go-to do it yourself" solution. FileMaker is ridiculously simple to use, especially when using a built-in starter solution. FileMaker scales to almost enterprise levels of use. The scripting functionality make creation of custom apps (no longer called "solutions") a very quick affair. FileMaker works with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and the iOS FileMaker Go App. Pricing is very reasonable considering all it does.

Cons: Development of the platform usually runs slower than emerging technologies can be incorporated. There is no Android version of the mobile app. The web app is an acceptable solution for simple solutions, but usually not a good option for apps using complex scripting. Support can be challenging. There is no customer portal to manage keys and payment information.

Overall: I have used FileMaker for 22 years and am continually impressed with its evolution. It has leap-frogged passed Access as a "home database" and now competes with top-level professional data solutions. FileMaker Go is a pleasure to use. I have built my own Contacts solution that is years ahead of anything in the iOS app store. I wish a customer portal could be built to make dealing with support issues easier. The single biggest request, an Android version, falls on deaf ears; likely because FileMaker is owned by Apple Inc.

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Complex Relational Databases for Non-Complex Creators.

Oct 12, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I've been a user of Filemaker on and off since it's early days as a Claris product. The number one pro in my opinion is the ease in which you can start using Filemaker Databases. The templates out of the gate are well built, have a nice UI and give you the freedom to make them yours easily. Beginners can use the templates to get a taste for the Filemaker development structure while not having to climb a steep learning curve to get an app or database off the ground. Deployment is one click for simple web use and a few more clicks to deploy on a hosted solution like Amazon Web Services. For the expert user, complex systems can be made in a shorter amount of time and a GUI can be in place at the same time. Single developer and teams can all just in can create some thing truly functional and efficient.

The ease of use allows you to really create what you wanted not what you are able to achieve due to a learning curve. Help is readily available in the forums and through their customer support. I have received database files as example of how to fix a problem I was having. They really go the extra mile to get you up and running fast.

There is a vast library of plug-ins from third party vendors that close the gap on development time. Days if not weeks of time can be saved with one plug-in. They don't come cheap so be sure you need it. There is are also a multitude of free add-ons and plug-in to add functionality to your databases.

Cons: Licensing is a little steep for a small business or single user. The add-ons are also a bit pricey. When looking at the cost to develop, you really need to budget and make sure you only buy what you need.

Overall: A simple way to throw a database together in minutes for a mailing list or tracking inventory. With the same ease of use, you can have a complex structure for a relational database. Filemaker has allowed me to create what I need myself. Without hiring or outsourcing, I was able to save a great deal of money.

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Excellent database platform. Easy to use and easy to develop for.

Dec 13, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: FileMaker is incredibly easy to work with, offers generally well documented online help docs, and has a huge and active community of developers you can learn from. We have used FileMaker Server to host about 20 different databases with great results. I don't think I can overstate it enough that it was very easy for us to learn the software. We migrated from an outdated and ill-supported database system where development was only officially supported by the company that made the software. Contrast that with FileMaker where you are expected to do the development yourself because it's so simple. Very glad we switched to FileMaker.

Cons: I suppose my least favorite thing about FileMaker Server is that upgrading to a new version requires you to uninstall the current version first. This means you have to take some steps to preserve your server-specific settings before the uninstall/upgrade process otherwise you'll be starting from scratch with your server settings. Some settings can be exported to a file, but for others you have to take screenshots to preserve the settings which is a slight pain. This doesn't affect the databases you've created, but would affect scripts that are scheduled to run from the server.

Overall: After switching to FileMaker Server from another horrible piece of software, we are now able to easily do the development of our databases ourselves. This makes it a very flexible system for us.

The best cross-platform rapid application development framework out there!

Jun 12, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: You can quickly and easily design powerful and sophisticated custom applications that run on Mac, Windows, iOS, and the Web. You develop once and deploy the same base code on all platforms, customizing your forms according to each platform's needs.

Their iOS runtimes take great advantage of Apple technologies like:

the buit-in GPS hardware and external iBeacons for location/geolocation based workflows

Β the built-in camera for snapping photos and reading 2-D Barcode (barcode scanning)

multi-touch, for gesture-triggered actions and capturing on-screen signatures

Their Server and Cloud products are among the easiest to deploy and maintain.

Their proprietary WebDirect technology is the easiest and fastest way to deploy web-based applications for workgroups that I have ever seen.

Their suite of built-in web-integration capabilities spans the gamut: PHP, cURL, REST APIs, XML, and WebDirect.

Cons: Lack of a built-in push notification mechanism, either thru their Servers or via the host OS. Also, their Cloud product could benefit from Load Balancing support.

Overall: We have been developing custom B2B apps extensively on this platform for over 15 years and use it internally for our own business.

Powerful database system with easy to learn/use interface, but also powerful development back-end.

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Import your Excel spreadsheet, place a few fields on a form, within minutes you have created a user interface as a starting point for what can become a very powerful business application. Using the database manager, you can create links between data tables quickly and visually. Cross platform capable! Run the application on a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or use a web interface (requires the server product). Once you start using this product, and it becomes an integral part of your business operation, you can either teach yourself the advanced features, or hire a consultant to help you out as there is a very strong developer community. The development language is a easy to learn scripting language.

Cons: FileMaker still struggles to gain acceptance in IT departments, and yet it is a legitimate application development environment with very powerful capabilities.

Overall: The feature I enjoy most is the capability to use the product cross platform. I have a Windows 10 PC running at my desk, I use an Apple MacBook Pro on the road, along with my iPad where ever, and FileMaker gives me the ability to use my database applications on all those platforms.

I have used the product as both a user/administrator, and as developer.

Apr 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software is easy to use and relatively easy to learn from a developer's standpoint. It has all of the functional capability one needs to develop a useful database application, such as contact/client management or - in my case - management of an art gallery's permanent collection.

Cons: What do you do when you outgrow the system or want to migrate to a more robust database system? For me this is the major drawback of Filemaker Pro - there are no tools to help you export a complete file that can be imported into another database. You can import text fields and fields with yes/no on/off switches, but you cannot export images/photographs.

This is a major drawback if you are planning to use the product for a couple of years before migrating to a standard relational database.

Basically, Filemaker Pro files are proprietary files and are not accessible to standard relational database methods, such as SQL. This is okay if (a) you will not outgrow the product or (b) you have no images/photographs included in the database.

First data base I ever used!

Jun 18, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: This database has been used at both my jobs over the last 20 years....so it must tried and true to be used for so long.

Pros: I was brought into a job where I had to learn this program on my own. With the "help" tab and a little ingenuity I was able to pick up on the concept right away. I was able to build my own forms from the already set up data base. As years went on we had to change the forms and the information we collected and it was a cinch to figure out without the use of the "help" tab. When I moved into a new job I was able to test my knowledge of FileMaker pro in an updated version. As I had the basics down I was able to figure out how to use it for calculations as well as counts and general use of the database. I had to pretty much put together a balance sheet using a data base. It was interesting and fun to figure out.

Cons: I don't really have anything I can remember that was irritating to me that I thought should be done differently.

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Immediate development results from renowned multi-platform suite

Dec 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Instant compilation & execution of syntax-free code, visually-based object-linking / selection, immediate UI changes, plug-in and web-service extensibility, multi-platform deployment of single code-base solutions, from desktop to web and mobile.

Cons: Cost is the only consideration when recommending, though in comparison to other systems, it offers better value, just would benefit from a lower entry-level option for people to discover its power.

Overall: Multi-platform deployment of a single code base, company-wide policy administration for internal and online-accounts - benefits are large system changes immediately testable within instantly-deployed self-contained environments for advanced automation and on-the-fly user interface updates.

With a free trial, and a willingness to try a development system that focuses (though is not limited to) linear steps, you can experience truly productive results significantly faster than web-based systems, without compromising deployment options - a really flexible and hugely enjoyable development environment!

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Flexible database app for simple to complex needs

Dec 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I like that FileMaker is simple to learn (and to keep learning), with tons of resources available online including their own forums. Between youtube videos and some paid Lynda.com courses I feel very confident I can develop quality database solutions for my company. It's great software and I actually enjoy working with it.

Cons: The recent pricing structure change for version 17 file has me concerned about the direction FileMaker might be taking. So we've held onto version 16 for now and will be waiting to upgrade. Other than concerns about pricing I don't have anything else bad to say about it.

Overall: Initially we just wanted to convert our old and outdated database system over to FileMaker, but once others in the company saw the flexibility and ease of use of FileMaker, it's use has greatly increased throughout my company. It's seen a lot of use replacing MS Excel-based "systems", where users have just slapped together a bunch of messy Excel files in a confusing way without any help from IT. These Excel "systems" are growing, causing problems, and then are being replaced by FileMaker databases with great success.

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More than a database

Sep 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The FileMaker platform combines robust database management with a slick interface for designing a pleasant end-user experience. With some little training, a developer can become quite competent at creating a complete solution. With more experience and training, there's little that CAN'T be done with the system.

Cons: I have to say it; the least favorable piece of the system is its pricing structure. It's pricey to use for anything but medium to large scale deployment. Small businesses might find the cost prohibitive, and developers working for small organizations might not be able to produce solutions that are cost effective for their clients. You get a lot of horsepower, but it comes at a price.

Overall: I've used FileMaker to create everything from a personal time management system to an online volunteer registration database. If you can imagine it, you can build it.

FileMaker 16 Brings Great New Features

Jul 18, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: New Features

-JSON functions

-New security features

-New cURL features in Insert From URL function

-Layout Objects window

-More extensive availability of variables

-Button icons

-PDF creation on the server

FileMaker has historically been an easy-to-use platform for workgroup-level solutions. The ability of having a single tool to manage data and interface makes for fast development and deployments of business solutions.

Cons: -Still no built-in versioning capability

-Still no built-in clustering/scaling capability for the database engine

-Execute SQL function can be slow

FileMaker has made great strides in recent years, but some features still need more work. The ExecuteSQL function is tremendously powerful, but the lack of ability to customize or optimize the SQL that it generates can lead to very slow processing.

The platform *still* does not have a native way to manage versioning, and I doubt it will anytime soon due to how data and logic are combined into a single file.

Overall: Fast development and deployment of business solutions. Fast prototyping for solutions that will be built in more enterprise-ready platforms such as MySQL, SQL Server, or Oracle.

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So Good We Became Developers as Well as Users

Jan 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: FileMaker has been around forever, but it has made great strides in the last five years to become a modern, robust and versatile platform. It's our go-to platform for clients for whom off-the-shelf products aren't sufficient or don't warrant the cost and sweat equity required for some of the other platforms. From sales and workflow systems to contact and inventory management and everything in-between, we've yet to find a project for which FileMaker wasn't a viable platform option. In most cases, it's the ONLY option.

Cons: It can be intimidating for first-time users AND developers. The licensing and hardware requirements can also be prohibitive when pitching it to a client as the foundation for their project.

Easy to learn

Dec 21, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Comments: FileMaker is a great platform to build applications that you can't find anywhere else. You can make an application easily that is perfect for what you need. There are many videos and documents online to help you learn specific features and structures in order to make it perform the way you envisioned. If you know how to write formulas in Excel then you will pick up FileMaker pretty easily.

Pros: Very easy to learn as you go. Very forgiving while you learn. Very little limitations. Can work with ipads and iphones for the people out in the field as will as back office computers.

Cons: Time consuming. Does not work with Androids. Once you do one application then it turns into two then three and it never stops.

FileMaker allows non-programmers to create powerful software solutions

Jul 02, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The FileMaker developer interface allows significant flexibility when I sell my solutions to the audiology community. Customers choose our software over our competitors, since we can offer competitively priced and customized databases

Cons: There is not much that I don't like about the software, but occasionally, FileMaker will remove desired features within upgrades.

Overall: FileMaker software has allowed me to create my own small business and work with customers around the world from my home office. Without a background in programming, I could not have survived without the ease and affordability of FileMaker software.

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Its a very good software. You can easily developper other programs and have access to your BDD

Jul 27, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: You can easily developper other programs and have access to your BDD

Make links between tables and between files its easy

It is posible to create the scripts in order to simplify further jobs

Cons: The script must be done in the langue of your OS. I work in France, so mines are in french, that dificults the job when i have to search for help in forums cause the scripts that I've found are allways in english and then i have to translate the syntax. NO ALLWAYS EASY

Overall: Its very easy to develop with and I've created many applications for the enterprise that I work for.

I've tried life with FM and without, and I like it better with! :)

Jul 13, 2017
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: While mail mergers are handy, FileMaker templates are still the way to go! It can cut down multiple step processes to just one button click once you set it up the first time. You also don't have to re-enter data and risk inconsistencies. We've even used ours to set up automatic report exports we used to have to do manually every day. Such a time saver!

Cons: Like any software, there's a lot to learn here. But once you get the basics down you can set up some great layouts and scripts to make your life easier!

Overall: Saves me HOURS of my week! :)

Best Database Since DBMaster for the Apple IIe!

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Fairly simple to use. Relational database so that we can keep track of lots of different transactions and contacts etc. The best part is that there are many pre-canned solutions to get you started on using the product right away. Makes workflow simple, fast and easy. It is a very powerful database that can be used in so many ways yet doesn't take up much real estate on the computer. I worked on the DB Master platform for several years and it was so easy, this one is also easy to use once it is setup, but to set it up there are many steps. Once it is set up the sky is the limit for reporting, calculations and even using it as a POS system!

Cons: Must write scripts and lots of code to make it do what I needed it to do, so I ended up hiring a consultant to do the work for us. It was expensive but will pay off with a simpler workflow. Setting it up for your specific needs can be daunting and cumbersome. I would suggest taking a class, looking at training videos and also having a programming background to use it to its full potential.

Overall: Simplified workflow. Better contact organization. Email from application. Best record keeping product. Ease of use.

I have been using FileMaker for more than 20 years. I was initially attracted to its ease of use.

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use. As a non-programmer, I was able to make cool applications for my personal and hobby use. Now as a developer it is my number one tool of choice for creating business automation software.

Cons: It has some aspects of interface which are unique to its brand, and usage of the web interface version is not quite up to par yet.

Overall: I do everything with this software. It runs my business, tracks my customers, prepares my invoices, tracks my personal library, displays my work portfolio, handles our family history website, etc.

Highly configurable, versatile database platform for business

Apr 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Infinitely customizable, Filemaker is able to support your entire business if you desire. From CRM to manufacturing and inventory management right through to accounting. There are some off-the-shelf Filemaker solutions that can work alone or be the basis for further customizations.

Cons: Though it is highly configurable, Filemaker generally requires the help of a consultant or developer if you want it to reach its potential. This can be time consuming and expensive.

I have used Filemaker to develop custom solutions for my clients for over 16 years

Jun 09, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I can get a a basic solution up and running for my client in under a day. My clients have been very impressed with the development time Filemaker can provide and this means big saving to my clients

Cons: Licensing is a bit expensive for small companies with less than 5 users wanting to access their data with Filmaker client and Filemaker GO and Web DIrect. Buying Filemaker Licensing for teams (FLT licenses) means client has to now also invest in server hardware which is extra costs

I have used FileMaker since the early 90's and it just keeps getting better!!!

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is so easy to use. I flunked out of programming classes in the 70's, but even I can put together fabulous functional databases!! I have used FileMaker in banking, retail, real estate & HVAC. It doesn't matter what industry, you can create databases that streamline the work process.

Cons: .

Overall: It makes our office run smoother. It allows us to do more work with less staffing.

Any issues have been quickly addressed either through FileMaker or the fabulous user community

Software Developer working with the FileMaker platform for 15 years

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Its Cross platform, stable and you can create wonderful apps for the desktop web and mobile platforms.

Cons: That FileMaker is occasionally thought of as a minor player in big game. The range of solutions we have created over the years is huge and has helped many business achieve their goals. If you are looking for a custom app - tailor made for you, then start thinking FileMaker.

Overall: Many happy customers, who find their solutions can grow and adapt as their business does.

Build your own apps in half the time

Jun 09, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I was introduced to FileMaker 3 years ago coming from a nontechnical background and I can't believe how easy it is to learn! I have been able to create databases on my own without any technical knowhow! It has also helped streamline so many business practices it is crazy!

Overall: Streamlined workflow!

I wish there was more knowledge of FileMaker to the general public. Being related to Apple is a huge selling point and it is pretty hard to find in any Apple related marketing!

Great database software for client management

Apr 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I found this software super easy to learn on the job. It gave me instant access to millions of customers, searches, custom finds, everything I could imagine I needed right there.

Cons: We had so many customers and pets in our system it would often crash on us leading to a whole skew of problems at the office and more work when it came back online to catch up all the changes we needed to make to each client file that called.

Customisations galour!

Oct 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It can do almost anything & allows for the most detailed (anal-retentive) person to make even minute changes to suit their preference.

Powerful, cost effective (for our 10-15 person office) & mobile for our teams on the road.

Cons: Finding a good programmer can be painful.

Overall: We managed to combine multiple apps into one single one. To-do lists, stock tracking, quoting, staff movements, freight calculations; everything in 1 place now

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Makes the development rapid

Aug 23, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: It has a complex structure which makes it robust yet it is very easy to use and learn. It makes the planning very easy for our projects. Commands and scripts can be easily combined. It has many custom solutions for different needs and you can get it working in no time. It is very flexible and customisable.

Cons: It lacks some of the visualisation techniques for the representation just same as excel sheets. It should also have more licensing options for the small scale to medium scale companies.

Overall: We use the dashboard screen of Filemaker for tracking of projects, orders and management of inventory. Filemaker combines our cloud services into one unit. It helps us analsying the project needs through scientific data. It has enhanced visions for our techniques.

It is so flexible and easy to customise.

Dec 12, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is so easy to add new fields and reports. It's reliable, fast to load and works on both PC and Mac.

Cons: As with all software these days, it's hard to get a direct answer from customer support. New versions don't support all the features we are using. New versions don't support our current setup.

Overall: We use it to track over 10,000 clients. We have previously tried customised software but this has been the most reliable.

Developer using FM for the past 2 years. Started from no knowledge to building entire ERP systems.

Jun 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Development process from inception to implementation is quick

Straight forward interface building

Simple user management

Performance is great

Yearly updates are always something to look forward to

Cons: Cost is a bit much now with version 17 changes to licensing costs. However the software does a really great job and does what it was designed to do perfectly.

Wonderful experience in a data integration project

Oct 05, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Flexibility and speed to produce a desired change are the main benefits of FileMaker. It's easy to accomplish what you need, with simple scripting guidelines.

Cons: It's easy to fall in to less than ideal database design. You have to be careful about structuring tables and relationships, or inefficient calls will create huge slowdowns in a multi-user system.

Overall: Quick results

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Jun 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Is a software that facilitates the handling of files in which you can use it to upload it to your server, the attractiveness of FileMaker is that it is lightweight and the interface is very simple and didactic so that you can upload your files in the best way.

Cons: It is sometimes complicated with the connection since there are times when files are dropped and uploaded halfway, it should cancel the upload of files if this happens.

Overall: I like to use this file manager since it is easy to use and connects with your clients as well.

Great Product - our customization was no longer supported well by customer service causing us to drop it

Apr 10, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: overall good product for mid - to small size companies customization support was inconsistent

Pros: integration with email is a nice feature to manage both sales and crm good options to customize Good overall CRM

Cons: had server issues had customization work for years until we outgrew their servers and their apparent desire to continue working with us we may have simply outgrown them

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Excellent multiplatform to manage your databases for your application.

May 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: A truly complete multi-platform, easy to use and quick to adapt at any time, providing a very good management of data and contacts for clients.

Cons: It is somewhat expensive, it is complicated when migrating a database but it is something that has a solution.

Overall: It offers great performance for the management and creation of simple elements that need to be tested with a database.

Relational DB On Another Level

Dec 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to learn and program

Easy to implement into an existing organization

Tons of information out there in regards to tips and tricks!

Cons: Currently the 17.0.2 release under Mojave has some issues that aren't set to be resolved until mid December 2018.

Overall: Started from zero knowledge to having built an entire ERP system for the business. Loving the FileMaker platform.

FileMaker Pro is a very powerful database. Fairly easy to use for simple databases.

Oct 03, 2017
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very powerful and versatile. Will do anything you program it to do. It's fairly easy to use, especially with simpler, flat file databases. If you need more complex or relational databases, it can handle those too with some learning of the application. FileMaker Pro can easily import and export data in various formats.

Cons: The application can be difficult to learn how to create relational databases. It takes some time playing around and experimenting with the various, provided database templates. Over the years, FileMaker Pro has changed the user interface, and IMHO, sometimes not for the better.

Overall: FileMaker Pro helps me manage multiple databases for a business. The databases are pretty basic, and not complex.

Easy to learn and use

Apr 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It was so easy to learn and get started with Filemaker. I had never written any type of script before and was so proud of being able to create a useful app that people in my organization could use. It was so nice to hear that I had made someone's day/job easier.

Cons: There are so many different ways to do something that it is sometimes confusing to figure out the best way to handle a situation with an eye to how it may behave in the future in the event that requirements change.

Easy to get started and develop.

Oct 25, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Can do just about anything you want. Great online community and support. Good security and server encrypted. Love the iOS native application and your users will too.

Cons: Needs a company sponsored tutorial on advanced scripting. The knowledge base is out there but needs to be brought under the FileMaker roof.

Overall: Very affordable. If you have the time and some programming skills and the time, you can build your own solutions or if you have the money, you can get a custom made solution. Maybe most important, your uses will love it.

Development of mobile applications, desktop and web easily and with excellent learning curve.

Jun 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I used FileMake for its ease to create applications with charts that can be displayed on different devices. Also for the simplicity to make your application can be scalable. I started using FileMaker without any knowledge of the platform and in a short time I had a first version of a CRM that was used by 100 users, from different devices and with integration with other web applications.

Cons: If you often use object-oriented languages, finding a way to organize, encapsulate and reuse the source code can be a challenge. Another aspect that I think could be improved is the autocompletion in the script editor

I love developing in FileMaker

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's really easy to build fully functional tools in a really short amount of time. The WYSIWYG style of building UI is awesome!

Cons: Import records could be faster and more robust. I'd like more developer focused stuff like how big is each table ( in megabytes), and better server analytics.

Overall: FileMaker runs every aspect of our company.

Functional and stable tool to use

Jun 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Solid program, and it does what you need it to do. Can do a lot of custom work with it, and very quick to implement.

Cons: Not a lot of cons, can be slow at times, but otherwise it works. Would suggest keeping changes to a minimum, once it works, don't mess with it.

Overall: Was able to make a custom built inventory management tool.

This product is revolutionizing the way I operate my day to day business.

Jul 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I honestly have only scratched the surface of what FileMaker is capable of doing. As I go further down the rabbit hole, I am finding that there are so many tools to aid in my ability to create unique business solutions.

Cons: While FileMaker has what seems to be an endless amount of possibilities, it can make it difficult to feel like you know what you are doing. I would recommend getting some initial training or watching tutorial videos.

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Upload a large amount of files for your hosting.

May 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very useful system with communication to the database to use the files that you enter from filemaker and management of contacts with the clients available for your projects, ideal to make a trade development.

Cons: It becomes somewhat slow in terms of the response that appears in the emails, sometimes requests checks for the communication of files.

Overall: It makes it much easier for me to upload files and images in order to use it on my website, database or apps.

Used FileMaker for over 6 years at my old agency. Fantastic system

Jun 07, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It was easy to use. Creating jobs based off your client data base and being able to keep track of each round of creative changes was simple.

Cons: Keeping track of hours for the team was nearly impossible. As an account person, I need access to hours per project for budgeting purposes.

FileMaker work for you

Aug 15, 2017
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: FileMaker is a very versatile database application. Scripts are written in English and anyone can write them after some practice. Now you can even use JASON and Tableau APIs. You can easily set up a FileMaker server in AWS Most of the built in themes look good and professional; so even if you aren't a graphic designer your layouts can look good.

Cons: It does take a little time to get up and running. Having someone on staff who knows a thing or two (even the basics) about FileMaker will help. Once you grasp the concepts, though, there's almost no limit to what you can do.

Overall: It's easier to learn / use / design than SQL.

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Top Notch DB Management Software

Jan 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Flexible, the users love the experience and as an admin it is easy to create new solutions. In less than 1 year of using, we've saved thousands in old manual processes, now that we have moved them into FileMaker!!!

Cons: When it comes to notifications, the FileMaker folks have a ways to go, there are nice workarounds to accomplish notifications but it's not a clean interface for doing mass notifications to end-users.

I have been using this everyday since I started 2 years ago.

Oct 03, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I enjoy all of the options and how much you can customize it to your needs. Me and my team have built a system to control and input all of our work and it helps us track the the history of our products.

Cons: I experience some bugs here and there but nothing specific enough to call out. Small things such as the window changing sizes after macros are done.

Overall: I benefit by having all of our products history and sales organized in our database.

is great product

Jun 29, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: is quickly to develop, and you can use in windows and mac systems also in web direct is great to have, FileMaker is very versatile

Cons: Filemaker doesn't have vertical portals those are very important we have many reports and this type of portals are very helpful

Very good

Jun 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's very easy to use. It's very easy to work with layouts and to make changes in Filemaker if needed.

Cons: Occasionally the system will go down and will need to be rebooted, but I think that's something you'll find with other systems also.

Great, Easy and Stable, whats not to like ?

Feb 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease and speed of programming on cross platforms, windows is very well supported, we are just missing Android...

Cons: Maybe we are missing some eyecandy, some new functions for windowing, and perhaps the speed when having many records visible.

Provides a Stable platform for core business functionality

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Powerful scripting options and very configureable. The business finds there is very little down time due to system stability

Cons: Some of the management of the database is unintuitive for users used to using SQL management studio or similar.

Filemaker best Solution for small and medium business

Dec 13, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use Instant Features deployment without downtime Available on multi platform Easy to maintain and to share

Cons: Limited communication with other platforms Not suited for Big business Limited reporting capabilities especially Graphics

Excellent custom app platform

Jun 09, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Ease of use, rapid development tool, and incredible ROI. Also excellent and various integration options.

Cons: Single file containing data, UI and business logic altogether. But the benefits of the overall platform surpass this limitation by far.

NICE PROGRAM

Nov 20, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I LIKE THAT THIS PROGRAM HELPS ACHIEVE OUR IN HOUSE GOALS TO DESIGN SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE IN HOUSE APPLICATIONS.

Cons: ANNUAL LICENSE OR YOUR DATABASE IS OBSOLETE

Great Pipeline Database

Mar 22, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Clean interface with user capability to extend advanced options. Being able to customize it the way you want is very user friendly.

Cons: This is an expensive product to maintain with ongoing changes needed weekly. If you are looking to utilize the standard build you will be fine but any changes you will need support.

The original low-code dev environment with database and user interface all in one

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It has al of the beauty of an Apple product, rapid application environment, agile, fun. Secure and stable server environment. Web and mobile ready.

Just Awesome!

Jul 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: My experience in designing relational databases is from MS Access 2003 - before they changed the interface. Filemaker is very reminiscent of that style of simplicity and functionality.

Cons: Honestly, it's hard to complain about FM because it just works. Whereas the question is not, "What do I dislike?" but rather "What do I like least?" I will say that I am left longing for more visually appealing templates and themes. That would be nice.

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It Does the Job, but Not Well

Oct 10, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: It works, it does what it's supposed to do.

Cons: It can be difficult to use and the inferace isn't very user friendly.

Very rewarding

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Medium easy to use, but with great results, the data base behind it its amazing to access to create your own Exccell customized date based

Cons: its difficult ate the start to set up and fill up to get the best results, but its completely worth it

Overall: Organization

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Jun 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Automates and easily manages your mobile application services, ten a great advantage speed and flexibility in any development.

Cons: You need a server to run your applications, it all depends on the size and complexity of your project.

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Splendid data base software for doing a lot of work.

Aug 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: FileMaker Platform software is widely used for designing data base production and fast grade applications rapidly. One can create IT assets database with the help of this software. This software saves time and money. Fantastic software for small and medium sized businesses. One can easily gather data base with the help of this software. One can immediately design sophisticated custom application by using this software.

Cons: When I write about cons, I would say this software seems to be little bit difficult for the new beginners because of its unique layout. For unlocked items, it is easy to override data but in case of locked data, they are unable to function in scripts. Another con is that it lacks a few of word processing capabilities.

FileMaker

Aug 29, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I like that is simple to find people. Just by typing their name and they pop up. Also, that the information needed is easy to find in the tabs.

Cons: When it crashes and it doesn't refresh or it doesn't close

File Maker is a great software for creating your own databases or long lasting unique programs.

Oct 04, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The software is incredibly customizable to the necessities of any company. Where I work, we're able to use it to track our department's wildly varying payroll for multiple unions, pay rates, and people.

Cons: There is a steep learning curve to Filemaker if you're creating your own database or formatting type. If you lack a general tech savvy sense or know how, online tutorials can be incredibly helpful, but to get the full usage of the system, you'll have to put in the time to really learn the ins and outs. There are also occasion bugs on the server version, as well.

Overall: Because it has a server functional feature, we're able to use it throughout our business. Additionally, my supervisor created a unique database to support all of our different payroll tracking needs.

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Very satisfied to work with a platform

May 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is a good dynamic program with cross-platform capabilities for beginner and novice users. It was not difficult to configure or modify and it was easy to search and extract specific records.

Cons: It is quite expensive software that has limited capabilities. I think it needs some improvements but nothing that has no solution.

Overall: Makes it very easy to move from the "Excel spreadsheet" phase to a fully interactive application.

This soft ware is a database program that I use at work for many task. I use it for ordering,

Apr 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: What I like most about this soft ware is that information and forms can be easily accessed in a secure application.

Cons: What I like least is that it can be slow and you have to be careful when accessing files. Information can be deleted.

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Great Software

Oct 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: It was the tool that helped us develop our CRM. It works great.

Cons: It can be quite slow when on a VPN remotely. Not a big deal though.

Excellent Product for Departmental Use

Jun 21, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Flexibility and speed of development, Able to easily customize reports and move database access to Web and iPad

Cons: No replication, so access from remote sites can be slower. This can be overcome by adding the Webdirect component to the system

Overall: Solve problems that would be very difficult to do otherwise. Makes me look good to users

I've used FileMaker for almost ten years. It's reliable, easy to use, and efficient.

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that each new version offers more options which suit my needs. I also like that I've never had any technical issues.

Poor functionality, and support

May 17, 2017
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of deployment, lots of documentation on the web. The web interface was intuitive and found it easy to use

Cons: Price and support, They want to charge you just to answer the phone. When there was an issue getting support was rather difficult.

Overall: We were able to keep everything in houser

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Great for small business and DIYers

Jul 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software is extremely easy to use with its drag and drop interface and design functionality. Its good for small inventory management or contact management. The software is fast and self container, its hard to mess up.

Cons: It does not scale as well as other database services. If you are using it with more than 100 users or more than 100k records of data, you're not going to get the same performance you expect. For small uses, its perfect though.

Hard to upgrade

Feb 22, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Allowed us to create a very sophisticated database that could track donors and all direct mail responses

Cons: Every time filemaker upgraded to a new version we couldn't count on functionality continuing so we would have to rebuild

FileMaker for NonProfit DataBase

Nov 08, 2017
3/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Customizable. We know we aren't using it up to its full capabilities but have not been thrilled by what we are using so haven't invested time/money.

Cons: Look and Feel are unfriendly for non-tech users and reporting. We have been unable to easily design and pull queries on our own.

Marginal at best

Jul 11, 2017
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

1 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like the ability to customize and save layouts. I also like the use of my keyboard shortcut keys - those are super helpful!

Cons: This software feels extremely archaic and there are much better database platforms out there. The fonts are outdated and there's not an easy way to run reports.

Great software

Oct 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Great piece of software that any small to large business can use. Has many great features to keep contacts and more organized.

Cons: no cons, great software at a great price.

Not at all a good fit for me. Difficult to use and learn.

Apr 08, 2018
2/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: There are pleasant people on forums that will help you, but it feels like such a disservice to have to use people outside of their customer service just to figure out bugs. If the database is already built by someone else well, it's easy to use, but building them is really tough.

Cons: Filemaker is a clunky, difficult to use, out of date database system. It's tough to get any real help outside of finding super nice people on forums.

The Pit of Despair

Dec 01, 2018
1/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

1 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I guess it's a nice touch that it works on both Mac's and PCs.

Cons: The COST is absolutely absurd for a product with so many flaws!

I use this to create and store multiple similar files.

Apr 30, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: This software is great for creating lots of files that are similar. You can easily duplicate and then edit the portions that need to be unique.

Cons: Occasionally the system crashes and for some reason files can be lost. If you Back-up you should be fine.

good experience

Feb 22, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: Easy to create solutions, easy to create objects needed and intuitive for most of the settings.it is suited for small business.

Cons: I wish it has the capability of exporting to other bi tools for transformation and data analysis easily.

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Great useful product!

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It was very adaptable and flexible with great options for iPad and mobile functionality. Plus it allowed for some cloud functionality hosting.

Cons: Building up the interface and spreadsheet functionality took some time and studying. I ultimately couldn't complete the task on my own. I found a developer to pay.

Overall: Super flexible, lightweight product. Great interface options with a developer learning curve.

For the advanced form maker

Oct 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Very comprehensive functionality, many features and the industry's best form making software.

Cons: Complexity for creating simple jobs or simple tasks.

Another admin set it up. I did not have much training using the software but it has not been easy

Jun 18, 2018
3/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It allows me to do billing for my facility. I like that I have my user accounts , fee per instrument etc all in one program

Cons: Not intuitive. Unless training has been provided it's hard to figure out how to use on your own. Also I have to import my online Instrument calendar separately.

Organized File System

Mar 07, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The searchable fields are extremely helpful when working with different clients and events. We've used this system for years, and it's great to have data in one place.

Cons: My version of FM has been shutting down whenever I try to export our list to pdf. That's been a bit frustrating.

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Very Lacking

Nov 20, 2018
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Has some great features and a fairly simple to understand interface.

Cons: Extremely difficult to install or upgrade. Settings have to be adjusted through an API, which can be difficult to do for somebody who is not extremely computer savvy. Customer support is very unhelpful.

FileMaker Go complicates, and a copy of FileMaker too expensive

Mar 14, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Functionality and overall ending product. Intermediate use ability. Hard to understand the FileMaker Go

Cons: Ease of use and functionality, I used FileMaker Go and it is limited in its functionality and I was unable to afford a copy of FileMaker Pro

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I'd rather just use excel.

Apr 08, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It has a few easier options for you to utilize a more graphical element in your files and lots. It also seems to play very well with Apple.

Cons: I hate Apple products and can't think of anything that excel can't do, and if you prefer a graphical use interface then you can use Access with excel. This to me is a beginners intro to spreadsheets. I'm sure it works for some, I just don't care for it.

Overall: I do not find any benefit for myself or my team.