Tuesday could very well be a special day for longtime users of FileMaker, as Apple's U.K. website has prematurely leaked the latest version of the popular database software, complete with new versions of its mobile apps.
It’s been a long and winding road for Apple subsidiary FileMaker, but this week all roads lead to one place: FileMaker Pro 12, the company’s latest major update to their flagship database software, which aims to “instantly create stunning databases” while making the cost of admission cheaper than ever before for mobile users.
Is there a decent CRM (Customer Relationship Management) application out there that won’t cost a bundle, lets you build and keep your own local database, and syncs with all of your various iOS devices?
Your business has developed a workflow around FileMaker Pro. With the proliferation of iPads and iPhones, your employees now have more need than ever to be able to access that FileMaker Pro data on their portable devices. Enter FileMaker Go, a portable, flexible product to add to your road warriors' arsenal.
If you frequently use FileMaker Pro databases on your desktop computer but have been frustrated that there’s no mobile solution, your prayers have been answered: Apple subsidiary FileMaker, Inc. has just released both an iPhone and an iPad edition of FileMaker Go into the App Store.
FileMaker Pro has been around for decades, and it’s become the de facto standard in Mac database applications. While databases certainly aren’t the most captivating of apps, Filemaker manages to pull off its data-crunching with a bit of true Mac style.
For the uninitiated, FileMaker Pro is a relational database designed to be approachable to data monkeys and mere mortals alike. Solutions like Bento or Excel are fine for simple data, but the minute you need to combine different sets of data from different sources, you hit a brick wall. Luckily, you can use FileMaker Pro as a simple flat-file database like Bento--or Apple’s old AppleWorks suite--adding new tables and relational links as your expertise develops.
Veteran Mac database software FileMaker Pro 11 was released Tuesday, and among the new features are improved chart visuals, on the fly reporting, Quick Find and a host of new productivity tools to make database creation faster and easier.
FileMaker Pro can organize any data in your home or work life: mailinglists, DVD collections, expense reports, personal budgets, and more.Since it scales up to business users, home users can be challenged byits slightly obtuse—although improved—interface. Thankfully, tutorialsand more than 40 templates introduce the essential features; with justa little persistence, you can build complicated databases thatautomatically relate and organize data.
To the uninitiated, this may look merely like a simple Web form, but to the true FileMaker aficianado it's the blessed return of CDML. About ten years ago, Claris Corp. unveiled their first officially sanctioned method for publishing FileMaker data on a website. It was called CDML for Claris Dynamic Markup Language. Simple and inexpensive to implement, CDML was embraced by thousands of FileMaker customers, many of whom continue to use it to this day. Yet within days of Claris’s reorganization into FileMaker Inc., plans were being drawn up to retire CDML and its companion authoring tool, Claris Home Page. The death blow came with FileMaker 7, which dropped support for CDML.