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
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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.

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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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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MyMac Podcast 165
Macworld Expo 2008 Day Two

On January 16, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Download the show here, listen above, or subscribe in iTunes
Booth recordings at EA Games, Music Wizard, Notion Music, and some Apple Trivia from the Prosoft Engineering Booth. A ton of fun, plus Larry, Guy, and Tim from the hotel room talking about some of the days activities. And what’s this about a NEW AOL Macintosh client? Really?



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Links from the show
Filemaker Pro / Bento
EA
Music Wizard
Notion Music
AOL
Office 08
Prosoft Engineering

When we decided to do a My Mac Staff team piece for the Greatest Mac App ever, we did it as a fun piece and to see what our readers would think of our selections. Well, the response from readers was immediate and offered a whole new group of suggestions for the Greatest Mac App ever. You will find both pro and con responses to the article, and a whole new look at what apps some of our readers think is deserving of the title, “Greatest Mac App.”
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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

FileMaker 101
Part 1

On March 1, 1998, in FileMaker 101, by Fenton Manavesh Jones

An introduction to FileMaker Pro. Is it for you?

Welcome. This is the first of a series of articles on the database application FileMaker Pro. The series will be like tutorials, with emphasis on tips and tricks not necessarily found in the manuals.

OK, the first question is, “What is a database?” It’s a dynamic organization of information. It stores the data in well designed layouts, and is capable of finding and arranging it according to the user’s needs. It is similar to a spreadsheet, such as Excel or ClarisWorks, but has more freedom of arranging layouts. Behind the scenes there is a powerful scripting language, like macros, but more flexible and much easier to learn.

There are also structural differences between databases and spreadsheets. Generally databases are disk-based and spreadsheets are RAM-based. Changes are saved to disk automatically. The data is only loaded into RAM as needed, so the files can be very big without taxing the computer. This also allows them to be multi-user; several people, on networked computers, can enter data into the same file (but not the same record) simultaneously.

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Tech Tips
My Mac Magazine #28, Aug. ’97

On August 1, 1997, in Tech Tips, by Abraham Amchin

Welcome to Tech Tips! This month’s title is “Solutions, Solutions, Solutions” mainly because of the work that I’m doing right now. Ok, I admit it, my columns almost always relate to my profession at the current point in time – this article being no different. Today’s topic of discussion is ‘work-around’ solutions to Macintosh problems, or put it another way, what to do when the obvious isn’t.

Currently I’m working on a FileMaker Pro (FMP) solution that requires many intense, lengthy scripts and calculations to do the work the client requested. I’ve hit many snags that the program simply can’t do alone. What to do in a situation such that the computer or the program simply won’t do something you need? Find a work-around! There usually is, and although I will be focusing more on FileMaker Pro, you could easily apply the principle to other things you do.

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