FileMaker Pro 14 – Review

On June 10, 2015, in Review, by Mark Sealey

FileMaker Pro 14
Company: Filemaker 
Price $329 Full version, $549 Advanced, $196 Upgrade
See more options on pricing at end of review!
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When FileMaker Pro 13 appeared in the summer of 2013 we found it a good, stable and useful upgrade to the venerable database product family. FileMaker (which is celebrating its 30th year in business in 2015) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apple’s. It has millions of users, excellent 24 x 7 technical support and a vibrant and widespread network of consultancy and development specialists.

Now version 14 of the database and productivity suite, which runs on all major hardware platforms, mobile devices and the web, is available.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

NoteBook 4 – Review

On July 10, 2014, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

NoteBook 4
Developer: Circus Ponies
Price: $49.95 directly from Circus Ponies. $59.95 from the Mac App Store.
NoteBook 4

Circus Ponies NoteBook predates the Cloud. One of the many reasons I like this app is because my data resides on my Mac, not in a cloud somewhere.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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FileMaker Go 13 – Review

On July 9, 2014, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

FileMaker Go 13
Developer: FileMaker, Inc.
Free from the App Store (works with FileMaker 12 and/or 13)
FileMaker Go 13

FileMaker Pro is the database manager for the Mac; there is also a PC version making it dual platform capable. I have used FileMaker since [gasp] its Claris origins. It is my go-to app for organizing contacts, projects, inventory, organizations, including my reviews for MyMac. I have successfully run corporate product development departments using FileMaker.

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FileMaker Go 13 is a companion app to FileMaker Pro 13 that allows the use of your FileMaker databases on iOS devices. As an example, I have a 900-record contacts file called ROLO that I use daily on my Mac. When I travel, I am able to take that file along for instant reference on my iPhone and iPad. My ROLO has twenty-two different layouts and all of them function on my iPad as expected. The Find commands work well as do all of the buttons. Below is the Mac file (left) and the same file on the iPad (right).

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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FileMaker Pro 13 – Review

On December 20, 2013, in Review, by Mark Sealey

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FileMaker Pro 13
Company: 
FileMaker, Inc.
Price: $329
System Requirements: see this page.

The last FileMaker Pro upgrade appeared about a year and a half ago. Version 12 introduced a broader set of changes then than these made available earlier this month in FileMaker Pro 13. But the 50 or so features which 13 does introduce are impressive, welcome, and very well-implemented.

Most significantly, FileMaker Pro 13 further advances your ability seamlessly to present data in full desktop-style data directly on the web. In sophisticated fashion, users can now fully interact with databases in their browsers (forms, effects and gestures etc on mobile devices), make and see updates in real time, manage content and perform automation. Where sharing and publishing data was once limited in scope and ease of use and/or where many FileMaker operations were once limited to the desktop, everything is now also instantly and transparently available on mobile platforms as well as other desktops. FileMaker can now live in your browser too.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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FileMaker Pro 12 Beginner’s Review

On April 20, 2012, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

FileMaker Pro 12
Company: FileMaker
Price: $299, $179 upgrade
Requires: Mac OSX 10.6 or higher, Windows XP SP3 or higher. See web site for FileMaker Server 12 requirements and pricing

FileMaker GO 12 for iPad and iPhone
Price: Free
Version: 12.0.2
Requires: iOs 4.3 or later
iPad link
iPhone link

FileMaker Pro is used by thousands of businesses, universities, government agencies, and non-profits, and is available in 15 languages. Yet, even with all this success, FileMaker continues to improve their product to make it as easy-to-use and attractive as possible for anyone interested in creating and maintaining a database.

FileMaker Pro 12 was recently released, with new themes and starter solutions, including layouts tailored for iPad and iPhone. Add new design capabilities, design tools, chart styles, enhanced container fields-including drag and drop, and you have an application that even a newbie like me can use.

Or can I?

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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FileMaker Pro 12
Review

On April 20, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, Macintosh, Macs at Work, Review, by Mark Sealey

 


FileMaker Pro 12
This page has a useful table to help you choose the version that’s right for you.
Site Licenses: see https://store.filemaker.com/US/ENG/LIC/#close
Education and Non-Profit: see http://store.filemaker.com/US/ENG/EDU/entry/form
Company: FileMaker, Inc.

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and above; Intel processor with at least 1GB RAM; 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution. DVD player for boxed product.

FileMaker Pro is the most venerable, probably the most used, and certainly the best established relational database management system for the Mac (Windows versions are available).

Earlier reviews on MyMac (towards the foot of this page (version 10) and here (11) have been very favorable. You are referred to these reviews for an overview of the product and the FileMaker product line.

Now FileMaker Pro (and the Advanced and Server versions) has reached version 12. At first glance the feature list doesn’t seem to suggest much major that’s really new. But look more closely…

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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FileMaker Go
App Review

On June 13, 2011, in Features, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

FileMaker Go
Company: FileMaker
$39.99 for iPad
Version 1.2.1
$19.99 for iPhone and iPod touch
Version 1.2.1
Both apps require iOS 4.2 or later

If you use a database for your job, chances are it’s a FileMaker database. And, chances are, you access the information from your desk. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the pertinent databases with you when you’re conducting business outside the office? FileMaker thought so too, and created FileMaker Go.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Bento for Mac, iPhone, and iPad
Review

On March 21, 2011, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Bento 4 for Mac
Company: FileMaker
Cost: $49 individual, $99 family pack of 5 licenses, $20 instant upgrade rebate for existing Bento users
Requires: Mac OS 10.5.7 or higher; support goes back as far as Power PC G4 Macs
Mac App Store link

If you ask a Mac user about database software, most will reference FileMaker, the standard for creating business databases. However, FileMaker may be more than what’s necessary for a small business or home user. That’s where Bento 4 comes in.

Bento 4 is an easy-to-use, dare I say fun, database application for the Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Recently upgraded, Bento 4 includes many new features users have asked for that make creating libraries in Bento 4 easier than ever.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Database or Spreadsheet?

On February 4, 2011, in Features, How-To, by Mark Sealey


The right tool for the right job: we suggest here a quick checklist of the strengths (and weaknesses) of databases and spreadsheets.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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Review – FileMaker Pro 11

On June 14, 2010, in Macintosh, Review, by Mark Sealey

FileMaker Pro 11
Company: FileMaker Inc.

Price: $179-$2,999
www.filemaker.com


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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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Dear Readers:

Good news! I recently purchased a used PowerMac 6100 and am up to System 7.5.5! Finally, I’m beginning to recover from the fish tank episode. Up until I read Pete Miner’s June article, I truly thought I was computer cursed. I now realize my problems are the result of Pete’s computer curse overflowing! 😉

With the summer months finally here (at least in the rest of the country-the Northeast is reverting back to November!), I thought I’d keep the column short and sweet. Most folks like to enjoy the great outdoors, even if it is just vegging on the back deck, so I’ll try not to tie you up for too long.

For those of you in the Northeast, don’t forget! The MacWorld Expo is next month, August 6-8 in Boston. Personally, I love going just to be surrounded by all the Macs. After working all year in a Windoze environment, it’s very refreshing. And, if you have extra cash floating around, the deals on software are unbelievable! I’ve seen them range from 20%-80% off suggested selling price.

I’ve also found the vendor sponsored educational events to be extremely informative. I prefer them over the MacWorld seminars. They tend to be smaller, and while you usually don’t have any hands on, the small class size makes it easier to ask questions and follow what is happening.

Okay, enough chit chat. Let’s dive right into it!

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