FileMaker

The FileMaker Platform

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FileMaker for NonProfit DataBase

Nov 08, 2017
3/5
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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.

Easy to get started and develop.

Oct 25, 2017
5/5
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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.

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

Oct 10, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
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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.

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Great useful product!

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
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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.

Wonderful experience in a data integration project

Oct 05, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
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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

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

Oct 04, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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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.

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

Oct 03, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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3 / 5
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3 / 5
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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.

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

Oct 03, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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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.

FileMaker work for you

Aug 15, 2017
5/5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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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.

FileMaker 16 Brings Great New Features

Jul 18, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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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.

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

Jul 13, 2017
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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3 / 5
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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! :)

Marginal at best

Jul 11, 2017
3/5
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2 / 5
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1 / 5
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1 / 5
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2 / 5
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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.

FileMaker allows non-programmers to create powerful software solutions

Jul 02, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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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.

is great product

Jun 29, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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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

Excellent Product for Departmental Use

Jun 21, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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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

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

Jun 12, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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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
¿ 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.

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

Jun 12, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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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

Excellent custom app platform

Jun 09, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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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.

Build your own apps in half the time

Jun 09, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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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!

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

Jun 09, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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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

Software Developer working with the FileMaker platform for 15 years

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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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.

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

Jun 08, 2017
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 been using FileMaker for more than 20 years. I was initially attracted to its ease of use.

Jun 08, 2017
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.

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

Jun 08, 2017
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.

I love developing in FileMaker

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
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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.

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

Jun 08, 2017
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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.

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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

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

Jun 08, 2017
5/5
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4 / 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.

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

Jun 07, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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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.

Poor functionality, and support

May 17, 2017
3/5
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2 / 5
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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