Review: FileMaker Pro

Written by Samantha Pointer

On March 10, 2014
Review of: FileMaker Pro
Software:
FileMaker, Inc.
Version:
12
Price:
Varies from $197.95 and up.

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On March 10, 2014
Last modified:March 14, 2014

Summary:

I see FileMaker Pro as an investment into your business. Hiring someone to do a custom database for you can be quite expensive. With FileMaker Pro you can get exactly what you need.

Today I’m coming to you with a review of FileMaker Pro.  I was given a complimentary review copy of FileMaker Pro 12 about 6 months ago. Even though my copy was free I am giving you my honest opinion of this product. I also want to say that during my review of FileMaker Pro 12 a new version is now available. It is FileMaker Pro 13. The new version adds a couple of new features but the basics from version 12 remain the same.

 So let’s get into it.

My first encounter with FileMaker Pro was actually about 10 years ago. I was in charge of coming up with a solution to keep up with membership information for my organizing group. I was on a Mac at that time and bought FileMaker. I really liked that I was able to build a custom solution. Fast forward to 2014.

FileMaker has really made nice strides since then. Back then there was a learning curve, but now it is so much easier to get started.

What I Like:

  • There are QuickStart templates so you aren’t starting from scratch.
  • There is different views once inside.
  • You can keep file attachments which is great for keeping client file information together.
  • There is an app available so that you can get your  information on the go.

Below is a video of how I used the contact starter solution to organize a client’s contacts.

 

Other Ways I Used FileMaker Pro

I was able to do a lot of really cool things with FileMaker Pro. For instance, I was able to pull (import) in a spreadsheet that I was using to keep up with my blogging duties and info into a FileMaker Pro database. This then allowed me to be able to enter in new information in a form setting instead of as an excel spreadsheet. But that’s not all, if I wanted to still enter it in as a spreadsheet all I had to do was change the view and I could do that.

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I also played around with the asset quick start template. I wanted to be able to see if I could keep my client’s contact information as well as any files associated with it. I filled out the contact form and then added in the file from my computer of a PDF that I had sent a client. I was able to look at the PDF right away once uploaded all right there with my clients other information.

There are so many ways that you can use FileMaker Pro in your business and personal life. With the easy quick start templates you are able to get started without a huge learning curve.

There really isn’t much not to like about FileMaker Pro. If you are in need of making your own custom database solution I would highly recommend checking out FileMaker Pro. For more answers to your questions of “Is this the right solution for you and your business?” click here.

A look at FileMaker Pro (click on picture to enlarge)

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