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FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker, Inc.

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FileMaker, Inc. review by User in Law Practice
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"A great way to organize the calendar, but expensive upgrades"

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FileMaker, Inc. review by Norman E.
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"Do You Have Two Left Hands And How To Cure It !"

What do you like best?

Ease, Simplicity, 99% mistake proof and it gives you the ability to upload data from other programs onto FileMaker using multiple choices such as excel, powerpoint, fm7 etc:.. You can even you text to speech with FileMaker to make it easier to work with as I find that you are more relaxed when you can talk your thoughts out.

What do you dislike?

they update their versions annually and if you want to stay ahead of the crowd, so to speak, you should buy the next version and yes,, it costs over $200 for each new version.. However I find that some of the changes really are a betterment for you in your authoring. I finally tried skipping a version here and there now on version 17 but I had to read much more than I did if I spent the money. You figure it out, it is almost $3,400 for the 17 versions which isn't chicken feed, but you can make that up times 10 if you have the clients to provide the best work ever to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I will highly recommend this product and i will help anyone that needs it if they use it and don't understand something

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coding. You don't have to remember coding. What you write is what you get and like I said simplicity is the key and you realize that you can make fantastic data bases, programs, and hundreds of more projects without using one bit of code

What No-Code Development Platforms solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
FileMaker, Inc. review by Marc W.
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"Extremely customizable, but can be unstable"

What do you like best?

The extreme customization is fantastic and allows you to use the program to create any type of CRM set-up. Everything from e-mail blasts to art files can be managed with this program. Additionally, I can set appointments, automated timing for emails, reminders, and follow-up calls. New customers can upload files that get transmitted directly to their filemaker file, meaning that as soon as a new lead appears, I have everything that they sent us, including any notes.

What do you dislike?

It has a tendency to freeze when attempting to upload a particularly large file. The difficulty comes in figuring out the auto-save and where it has last left off. I also dislike that I cannot upload multiple files at once, and instead must do them one at time. There also isn't a quick upload option, you have to open the panel every single time you upload a new file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend they add a feature to allow for multiple files to be uploaded at once.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows us to keep contacts, files, and sales all in one place. It has allowed for a streamlined workflow where you have a one-stop shop for everything you've ever done with that customer. Since it syncs to email, any time i have a new lead, even when I'm not in front of my computer, I can find out what they need, how to contact them, and what their timelines are. All-in-all, it's a complete solution for us.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Ashley S.
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"Easier place for compiling and collecting date"

What do you like best?

Full of features software with some great accesses which makes the user's work more easier to do in less time.

It is anything but difficult to get and take in the essentials in Filemaker inside multi-day or two. You can rapidly assemble a straightforward, level document database arrangement from spreadsheets and enhance it to a social database within half a month. The help (manuals, preparing materials, and choices, network) are exceptional.

What do you dislike?

Nonetheless, after you've made a layout, it's very dubious to set up a relationship to different layouts. It's taken me years to get sensibly great at doing this. The FileMaker site appears to demonstrate that connections ought to be natural, yet they're definitely not. Likewise, we utilize the FileMaker server to enable staff to sign in remotely to come to work. Be that as it may, we've found that, since we utilize SQL databases (by means of ODBC), organize slack increments significantly with increments physical area from the server.

The valuing structure doesn't scale well past medium organizations. Once an answer gets past a specific level of concurrent clients getting to, it is probably going to be evaluated out by the diverse stack. It is by all accounts most appropriate for a specific scope of arrangements. The starter arrangements likewise appear to be barely material. It is possible that they're excessively essential, making it impossible to apply or excessively progressed for learners, making it impossible to redo. This circumstance has enhanced in 15/16 yet I might want to see a more particular spotlight on independent venture turnkey alternatives for finance, bookkeeping, requesting, invoicing, in a way that connections the arrangements together. I think numerous individuals view the starters as a demo of how FileMaker functions, however, wouldn't utilize them without customization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Filemaker provides lots of benefits in my field. It is an excellent point for collecting and compelling data. It comes with perfect functionality which allows to have access easily on all programs.

FileMaker, Inc. review by James W.
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"Makes collecting and compiling data easier"

What do you like best?

This stage is one of the agilest and adaptable corporate databases out there. While making new frameworks, we can roll out improvements on the fly and have them taken off to customers in a matter of seconds. Likewise, my clients can approach on portable iOS gadgets so the clients can utilize the databases from their iPhone and iPad utilizing the local FileMaker Go iOS App. They have added now coordinated document encryption and far better record syncing with the goal that you do have the alternative for disconnected database utilize. The Windows and Mac cross-stage similarity is phenomenal.

What do you dislike?

Here are a few inadequacies in the advancement condition that make it trying to show impromptu qualities (factors) on layouts. There are workarounds yet they include a superfluous layer of multifaceted nature. Some mind-boggling connections that are moderately simple to acknowledge in MySQL or Postgres can be hard to execute in Filemaker.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended for the people who use other software. they should come to it for using it great featuring.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting data from a bleeding edge, out in the field position to an officials report screen with primary concern number and continuous dashboard. Likewise, combining a great deal of information and speaking to it to a more extensive market with another way to deal with a UI.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Maggie M.
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"FileMarker for Data Storage"

What do you like best?

The best feature of FileMaker is being able to keep separate sets of data in separate files, while having them opened at simultaneous times.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it takes a while to load and depending on the way computers are set, the host needs to be inside the connection in order for files to be shared.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Filemaker is an absolute must if your company/office complies a lot of information from students or collects digital applications.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In terms of the business problems that are solved with Filemaker, the ability to store confidential information is solved in that a log-on is required for each and every log-on to the Filemaker system. The benefits of Filemaker are two-fold, in addition to using the various files for data compilation, reports can able to exported to excel spreadsheets. The ability to pull reports from the data stored in Filemaker is wonderful because it aids in the credibility of reports with accurate figures.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Mike D.
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"Filemaker for quick app development"

What do you like best?

This platform is one of the most agile and versatile corporate databases out there. When creating new systems, we can make changes on the fly and have them rolled out to client's in a matter of seconds. Also, my users can have access on mobile iOS devices so the users can use the databases from their iPhone and iPads using the native FileMaker Go iOS App. They have also now integrated file encryption and even better file synching so that you do have the option for offline database use. The Windows and Mac cross platform compatibility is fantastic.

What do you dislike?

Server still requires a Mac or Windows computer. Can't run under any of the other Unix flavors. An Android or Chromebook client would also be nice but they can still access via the web page interface.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to partner with an existing Filemaker Developer if your product is going to be complex. Your database will be properly designed from the start and be scalable in the future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When utilizing Filemaker Server or even shared Filemaker Databases, the data is stored at the office and accessed via the internet allowing remote employees to see the data, but not have to store it locally. This means that if the device is stolen, no corporate data is at risk.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Roderick Y.
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"Powerful GUI-based database creation with deceptive learning curve"

What do you like best?

It is really easy to create a gorgeous layout for a database. Abundant tools allow changes in position, size, color, and function. Also, it is possible, with an experienced developer, to make fluid, responsive layouts that acts as relational databases, integrating data from a variety of sources.

What do you dislike?

However, after you've created a layout, it's quite tricky to set up a relationship to other layouts. It's taken me years to get reasonably good at doing this. The FileMaker website seems to indicate that relationships should be intuitive, but they're not. Also, we use FileMaker server to allow staff to login remotely to come to work. However, we've discovered that, since we use SQL databases (via ODBC), network lag increases dramatically with increases physical location from the server.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is difficult to find developers to take FileMaker databases beyond simple one-layout databases, at least in Canada on the west coast. There are only a handful of developers there, and therefore, with little competition, you have to take what you get.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use FileMaker as a staff interface to our contacts and invoices, as well as to interface with SQL databases that drive our websites. With our staff mostly coming to work remotely, the use of FileMaker Server allows them to see the same interface, regardless of where they are.

FileMaker, Inc. review by David A.
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"Excellent Rapid Application Development Tool"

What do you like best?

It is easy to pick up and learn the basics in Filemaker within a day or two. You can quickly build a simple, flat file database solution from spreadsheets and improve it to a relational database within a few weeks. The support (manuals, training materials and options, community) are outstanding.

What do you dislike?

There are some shortcomings in the development environment that make it challenging to display ad hoc values (variables) on layouts. There are work-arounds but they add an unnecessary layer of complexity. Some complex relationships that are relatively easy to realize in MySQL or Postgres can be difficult to implement in Filemaker.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're using spreadsheets to track complicated and interrelated data, I strongly recommend Filemaker. If you've used Microsoft Access and found the programming learning curve too steep, Filemaker is a good fit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used Filemaker to develop a tool for streamlining my content strategy work.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Arthur A. P.
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"FileMaker: Problem(s) Solved."

What do you like best?

FileMaker is a practically unknown problem solver for the small and medium business community. It can solve problems from the small annoying through end-to-end enterprise business process issues. It can be a a part of or the whole solution to run a company. I especially love the flexibility of the scripting language, it is basic enough to be human readable by novices but powerful enough to integrate with any API you can throw at it.

What do you dislike?

The pricing structure doesn't scale well beyond medium businesses. Once a solution gets beyond a certain level of simultaneous users accessing, it is likely to be priced out by different stack. It seems to be best suited for a certain range of solutions. The starter solutions also seem to be very narrowly applicable. Either they're too basic to apply or too advanced for beginners to customize. This situation has improved in 15/16 but I would like to see a more specific focus on small business turn key options for payroll, accounting, ordering, invoicing, in a way that links the solutions together. I think many people consider the starters to be an demo of how FileMaker works but wouldn't use them with out customization.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the trial and try it. Deconstruct the starter solutions, there are a lot of great techniques available. Get as far as you can with the resources on the website and then reach out to a developer who can turn your project into reality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FileMaker is a great solution to solve nuanced business problems. I've used in personally and professionally for several projects ranging from tracking inbound phone calls to creating custom website images for a business directory header.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Simon C.
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"A weird business licensing structure that makes it very expensive for medium-sized business"

What do you like best?

Well, only pros about FileMaker is that it's a bit easier to use than other software/database development application software, such as Microsoft Access.

What do you dislike?

The first thing we really dislike about FileMaker is; at version 10, FileMaker decided to do a breakup point where older file structure became incompatible with new version 11 and above (12, 14, 15, etc.). So one day, all our existing databases became inaccessible if we want to gain access to latest software version. So we decided to stay with v.10 for a while, until it becomes incompatible with newest computers/operating system. Second thing we dislike a lot is the licensing structure for business that are extremely weird and makes it VERY expensive for nothing. The business licensing requires that you pay a annual license fee for ALL BUSINESS EMPLOYEES, no matter if they are using FileMaker or not. It's what they call "business wide licensing" and it's required. Only other option would be to purchase individual retail licences but it's extremely expensive. So for example we are a 65 employees business, but only 20 employees uses F.M., but we have to pay 65x users fees annually!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be careful about the business pricing as I explained in a early question, this can be very expensive for your business.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use FileMaker to create our own client/order managing database that offers us much more flexibility and customization options that any other business management solution.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Kaj H.
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"FileMaker is a fantastic and scalable tool"

What do you like best?

Ease of building a relational database without knowledge of traditional coding languages. Ease of designing a good looking and well working graphical interface. Ease of combining commands and scripts to make touch buttons for others to use intuivitially. Ease of using the one and same solution for distributing over server or locally on Apple Mobile devices. Ease of making the solution available for all, including Android mobile devices by using web browsers.

What do you dislike?

FileMaker would be even better, should it be available in the native language of my home country, which is Finland and the language is Finnish. Also the present licensing and pricing makes it hard for small users to start or to stay with FileMaker. Certainly the software is worth it, one might say FileMaker is the most underrated software on the market today. But on the other hand there are new "Free of Charge" services appearing constantly. Comparison with Microsoft Office also adds to the confusion. On the other hand FileMaker is incredibly multifaceted and absolutely the best-

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider the possibilities to use this software for multiple implementations, thus easing the pain of the cost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Invoicing, product catalogue, customer database, weekly events calendar, membership database, work orders, geolocation , music reproduction / guide for correcting the response curve of old gramophone recordings to be used on iPhone, etc, etc

Ease of finding data, ease of sorting, ease of building subgroups, ease of calculation, if needed many faceted logging.

FileMaker, Inc. review by James K.
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"Easy to use, Quick to develop"

What do you like best?

Because Filemaker is so agile and quick to develop, it also means the cost to create something entirely tailored to the way you currently work is surprisingly small

What do you dislike?

There's not a lot to dislike - I've been using it for about 10 years now, and the constant revisions have really helped make very useful changes, and iron out niggles and issues. The licensing costs as the number of users grow can be prohibitive if you are a small organisation with lots of casual staff. This doesn't prevent using the software, but it would be good if there were a way to have an iPhone / iPad connection without the need for a license.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I write custom software for small to medium sized businesses. Filemaker is not always the correct package, but I am recommending it and using it with about 80% of clients. CRMs, Invoices, Purchase Orders, Job Tracking, Inventory Management. The list goes on and on.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Rob C.
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"Makes Work Easier for Specialized Businesses"

What do you like best?

A great help for small-to-medium companies and work groups that handle a flow of events or projects with lots of unique particulars. I have set up FileMaker systems for event planners and event venues, youth programs, handlers of government-regulated materials, safety inspectors, design firms, and professional service providers. They tend to choose FileMaker after determining that a spreadsheet is not enough, and off-the-shelf business software won’t accommodate all the special details of their specific business.

FileMaker hits the sweet spot because it has robust back-end data management tools and also very flexible front-end interface components that can be customized so each user has just the widgets and screens they need to work efficiently.

What do you dislike?

FileMaker Cloud - the recently-introduced new option for deploying FileMaker - can be confusing to set up. It requires buying a hosting product from Amazon in addition to buying licensing from FileMaker, two things with different and complicated pricing structures. It would be nice if FileMaker Cloud were offered as a single all-inclusive product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have the budget, hire an experienced developer who knows how to apply FileMaker’s advanced features to meet your needs. If your budget is limited, consider collaborating with a developer who can do some advanced stuff while you take on DIY aspects that are easy to learn, such as creating fields and styling the screens.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A favorite feature is an overview/dashboard screen. This is a single screen that gives users a snapshot of everything that’s currently “in the works” - lists of projects categorized by current status, things that need to be done today, things that are past due. This can be a great help to staffers planning their days and prioritizing their time.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Brian M.
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"Rapid Application Development Platform for the Masses"

What do you like best?

FileMaker is the best rapid application development platform for the average end user. It has a very steep learning curve, and possesses a unique balance of easy to use features for new developers and users, as well as powerful programatic capabilities for seasoned developers.

What do you dislike?

FileMaker is constantly striving to improve the platform. However, it is frustrating to see some legacy aspects of the platform depreciate and be removed. Things like custom web publishing with xml and php and runtime application support are currently depreciated (or no longer maintained). Many of these features are critical to long time users of the platform. Charting capabilities are also extremely limited, which creates a rather significant barrier for certain use cases in my organization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use FileMaker for research and evaluation of early childhood programs. We collect information about children, classrooms, families, and standardized assessments using FileMaker Go on iPads. This information is shared with researchers real-time, and is also available to program staff and teachers through a FileMaker Web-Direct based dashboard.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Mateson G.
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"FileMaker"

What do you like best?

Having a business background I often found I needed a custom app to solve a real problem in business. However I needed something fast and economical but also something that could continue to evolve. FileMaker has been the best approach for this.

What do you dislike?

Long term scalability is always a concern in many of the applications we have developed. However when we get to needing to scale state wide or nationally we will cross that bridge then.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Wether you need an internal custom app or a real prototype for hashing out a large project FileMaker meets a the needs to start solving your communication and data needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting information from a front line, out in the field position to an executives report screen with bottom line number & real time dashboard. Also, consolidating a lot of data and representing it to a broader market with a new approach to a user interface.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Tami M.
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"The most accessible and economical solution for SMEs currently running on ether and spreadsheets"

What do you like best?

Versatility. Beginners can build simple apps with little or no scripting that increase team efficiency and effectiveness by orders of magnitude. Advanced users can take those simple apps to the next level and build sophisticated solutions at about 25% cost/time of a traditional from-scratch custom web app.

What do you dislike?

Would love built-in css support for true responsive design, as well as option for advanced developers to code in a lower level native languages.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a powerful platform, it's not magical. This is a business tool that will transform your business if you invest in learning how to use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Internally, we are use FileMaker 16 to manage our IT assets including integrating with 3rd party management tools through their REST APIs. FileMaker is awesome at being the superglue between loosely integrated cloud services that are really good at what they do, but not so good at playing nice with others.

Our clients have user FileMaker for everything from offline form response collection on iPads with sync, to automated processing and analysis of batch scientific data. The most common use is for small businesses which have an ad-hoc business process that is inefficient and disconnected, and prevents the business from growing beyond 10 employees. Think one staff member calling another staff member on the phone to find out if they did something, and then waiting around for the call back before they can proceed. Or a salesperson running into a customer and not being able to access accurate sales data for that customer.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Benoit J.
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"Easy/Robust/Fast -> Custom made database made accessible"

What do you like best?

With FileMaker we get custom made tools where "ready made" solutions are out of scope. Whenever there is a need for customization, for versatility and evolutions, FileMaker is an excellent candidate. Having worked with a lot of other programming languages, I love the easiness and flexibility of FileMaker. Plus, the end user can have the keys to modify his own tool without deem IT knowledge.

What do you dislike?

The licencing policy can be seen as a disadvantage, but compared to the cost of ownership of non "custom made" tools, this cost is, most of the time, well justified.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Train a bit with real training solutions or companies if you want to implement your own solution. Or, ask to know existing solutions done with the tool.

It is always bad to try a tool and, while knowing only a few percent of it, deciding it is suited or not for your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FileMaker helps us create custom made tools for the users whenever :

- they are not happy with the existing IT tools of the company

- the "ready made" tools do not provide enough flexibility for their need

- the current tools must be improved (classical situation : working as a team on Excel sheets with the need of access rights to some data)

FileMaker, Inc. review by Tim G.
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"Fantastic for rapid custom application development."

What do you like best?

FileMaker offers a very powerful, self-contained platform for developing custom applications of any level of complexity, from single, departmental processes to company-wide business management systems. With no external technologies (though it is possible to integrate with third-party software and databases) it makes a solution very robust and predictable.

What do you dislike?

FileMaker doesn't lend itself well to out-of-the box grid (Excel style) data presentations in businesses where this kind of visualisation is required, though it is still possible to accommodate, either using the table layout view or through customised portals that allow for filtering and column sorting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

FileMaker offers huge opportunity for a robust custom business application that can tackle one or many areas of any business type, but to gain the best from it, it does require expert development, using scripting, triggers, reports and the underlying database design to deploy truly powerful software that goes beyond the digitising of forms or replacement of Excel spreadsheets. When done with the benefit of experience, a FileMaker solution can provide powerful data capture, automation and business insight.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've used FileMaker to develop a custom app that spans across out company and it's two technology divisions and which helps manage large volumes of user data, customer assets, their support agreements, supplier orders and many more business processes. A dashboard view, tailored to each department, offers useful insight and shortcuts to changing customer and supplier information, providing a visualisation of the company's current status to staff across the business, which was previously impossible.We also link it to our QuickBooks Online software subscription to provide access to customer and supplier data.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Henrique M.
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"FileMaker is a world of new possibilities"

What do you like best?

I think the best thing about FileMaker is the possibility of creating solutions for several segments of businesses in a short time. There's one more about FileMaker: the ease of the development processes: creating tables and connecting them visually helps a lot, especially if you still don't have complex database skills. It is amazing the fact that you can start up a new solution and design it according to your business workflow. If necessary, you can integrate your FileMaker database with several other technologies and cross data to make better decisions.

What do you dislike?

The cost of connections in the platform is something that still needs improvement. There's also the need of improvement for multi-development support.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should try it. Install the trial version and start developing your own solutions. There's a great community of FileMaker Developers from around the world on the web. You can also watch tutorials on YouTube, from simple to advanced techniques.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing Customers, Financial and Human Resources departments of my company.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Julia S.
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"So convenient and helpful"

What do you like best?

This program gives you a great way to sort information. It is very convenient to add modification that you need for your specific program and is a great way of tracking student progress as well as running various reports you might need.

What do you dislike?

There are just a couple of glitches that make the system freeze up or lock you out if you accidentally hit them. There are also SO many features, that at times it take a while to sort through and remember how to run each of the various functions that are available. Also, there are a bunch of tiny little things you could set up incorrectly and if that happens the whole system fails to work for you. So be careful to pay attention!

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great product! A very convenient way to sort through student data, track student progress, have a birds-eye view of course logistics, and interact with all various employees in an office to be sure everyone has the same most up to date information. Easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tracking students, tracking courses, a central place for everyone in my office to leave notes regarding situations and students so we are all on the same page.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Kaylee A.
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"Great, customizable software"

What do you like best?

The customization options for FileMaker are certainly it's best feature. Also the ease with which you can export data to Excel for further analysis using other types of software is a plus.

What do you dislike?

The price is very high, especially if you have to fund your access individually and don't receive access from your company's license, for example.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be patient with the software, and take the time to read tutorials about how to best make use of the program. While the blank workspace seems complicated, once you have an idea of how the system works it is very easy to operate and customize.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using FileMaker to create a relational database for organizing archival information that will be used to write my doctoral dissertation. I have benefitted from being able to organize large datasets in a customized database template, especially historical data which is not often organized in the most accessible ways.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Amy B.
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"Seems to be able to work for most things"

What do you like best?

In the past few years the Filemaker software has undergone a lot of improvements. We utilize the software for our main database in the office. I like the shortcuts and the ability to modify multiple records at once.

What do you dislike?

Some of the limitations are our own, we don't use the online functionality yet but I think there are still limits to what we can do online with our information so it hasn't been worth it for us yet. It's not the easiest software to learn to use, when we on board new people this is probably the most challenging thing we ask them to learn. Again, some of has to do more with the way we've set it up rather than the limitations of the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The company is growing and responding to demands, I feel like they are incorporating these things but it can be slow.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Database storage, applications, records, contact/connected with Outlook.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Paul M.
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"FileMaker Rocks!"

What do you like best?

I've been able to make a 20-year career programming in FileMaker and its associated products, helping businesses and individuals organize and share their information, and automate their business processes. And yet FileMaker surprisingly easy for the new user to pick up and begin to solve problems with. Ease of initial use, combined with extensibility that is off the charts, for all FileMaker's great features, this has to be the most important attribute.

What do you dislike?

What's not to like? An ever-growing list of calculation functions and script commands, an ever-improving pallet of layout and UI tools, and increasing interaction with other technologies?

Recommendations to others considering the product

For small to medium-sized workgroups, stop looking, this is your answer!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Process automation, information storage and retrieval, streamlined data entry, all this and much more! Benefits include increased efficiency and productivity, cost savings, and making users' lives better.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Claudia H.
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"Excellent database"

What do you like best?

With Flilemaker you can organize the information according to the criteria required by the person, this allows you to perform subsequent searches more easily. That is to say, the search is not limiting, on the contrary, it is broad, so it is useful for several projects. It is also easy to use.

What do you dislike?

It seems to me that the usefulness of Filemaker depends to a large extent on the needs of the person, for those who require software with greater capabilities maybe this program is not the answer, but it has worked perfectly for me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Filemaker is not only useful in the commercial area, it is also very helpful for writers, teachers and researchers who need to store and classify information.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At the commercial level you can have the complete information of the client (payment terms, orders, history, etc.), this way you can follow up and resolve any doubt or inconvenience.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Francisco L.
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"My experience about Filemaker is fine"

What do you like best?

What I like most about Filemaker is how fast it is to create very fast applications, especially on the part of ui. And above all the ability to reach many types of companies.Is more like development for Filemaker and IOS.

What do you dislike?

The least I like is that it has no application for android and the only thing you can do is put it on a web and put it in a filemaker app or something similar. It's the thing I like the least about Filemaker because many companies use Android.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend filemaker because of the ease of adaptation and the speed of learning, you can do both small, mobile, large or connected applications with other technologies. It is a good option to go out to work or to earn a living with it, apart from being very good and very versatile.

I would love that little by little the tool grows to the point of competing with other technologies not only in price but in many of the things where the others are much stronger.

I have been a short time but I would like to continue with this technology for a long time and continue training day by day. I think it's a good tool

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Above all what resolves filemaker is the low price it has compared to other technologies that already for the time it takes much higher that cost. This is where Filemaker stands out the most.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Patricia S.
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"FileMaker offers flexibility in development"

What do you like best?

A person can develop a basic application to find a solution to a problem with min knowlege. Later you can add to it as your business grows and your needs for information expands..

FileMaker offers annual liscense for a company with 5 or more. This is a good way to get started.

What do you dislike?

Having to think hard to find something I don't like. As FileMaker has grown it has lost the ability for peer to peer serving. This means you have to acquire the server or use someone to host. While I do not recommend peer to peer serving, I do not it can be a cost saver for someone just starting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When you first start. Spend some time learning. The FileMaker web site has an excellent set of tutorials. Sign up for the developers program and forums such as FMFourm It is a very sharing community

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I develop FileMaker databases and have solved many business problems with it for my clients

FileMaker, Inc. review by Brett T.
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"Good for filing, doesn't plug into ANYTHING natively, "

What do you like best?

Has capabilities that are quite flexible - can be used as a filing system, database, a CRM, a system to deploy emails, mail merge, etc.

What do you dislike?

API is basically closed. Out of the box, Filemaker does not natively plug into any other software - even common daily-use programs like Outlook. It has the flexibility to be able to plug-in to most any program, but doing so requires knowledge of the Filemaker coding language. For what Filemaker can do, there are open source alternatives that can be utilized to replace it.

Because of its inflexibility, Filemaker is not a good solution for scaling large. Analytics are going to be custom no matter what you do.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows users to categorize and create very custom databases. With enough FM programming knowledge (which is proprietary, not a common language), Filemaker can be used to automate or program many different processes.

FileMaker, Inc. review by User in Higher Education
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"Filemaker Pro for Application Management"

What do you like best?

To preface, our company uses a, older version of FMP to stay aligned with our colleagues in Italy, so many of my responses may be a little outdated. The customer service at FMP is very helpful whenever we have any issues. We use the software for application management and it meets our current needs. It would be helpful to expand the tracking system, but this is probably improved in new versions of the software.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it can be rather slow, but the customer support moved our data to another server that is closer to our office, which has seemed to help speed it up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The newer versions of FMP probably have many more features, but the older version is working for our small office right now. It has many different uses, but it is a great way to track applicant status.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FMP has helped us move away from paper applications and rely more heavily on using the database to track each user's status. It has also helped us track when each user was contacted and by whom, so we do not repeat tasks.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Andrew C.
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"FileMaker is so easy to get started, yet has so much power"

What do you like best?

The ease with which you can get an interface out for data for Mac, Windows, browser, iPhone, iPad. The threshold to becoming a confident FileMaker user is quite low, as well, which makes it easy to get people on board.

What do you dislike?

Cost of connections. No Android app? I haven't found too many negatives with FileMaker so far, but even the lack of an Android app can be overcome with Webdirect.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just jump, pick a small project you would like to simplify and teach yourself as much as you can. Also, search Google for anything you're having trouble with. There is a tremendous FileMaker community online who will help with any question you have, or even offer a free solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use FileMaker internally with our staff for just about everything. Data analysis, inventory, member management, files, etc. We initially purchased FileMaker to help us with our accreditation teams and member management but have greatly expanded what we use it for. The threshold for getting users on-boarded is so low which makes my job much easier.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Peter D.
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"Rapid development with surprising depth"

What do you like best?

I can build a multi-user relational database app for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad and web out of the box and also read/write external SQL databases and integrate with 3rd party APIs. FileMaker is an excellent tool for integrating various data sources into one place.

What do you dislike?

User interface is somewhat old-fashioned, although FMI appears to be taking steps to improve this. Built-in controls are a little dated and limited but this can be overcome with the excellent inline web viewer control.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a cross-platform database/rapid application development environment with a very shallow learning curve, I highly recommend FileMaker Pro.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've built quick 'n' dirty one-off apps to massage data and I've built full-featured ERP systems... FileMaker's simplicity belies its power. The ability to make schema or layout changes to a hosted file and have those changes take effect before your users' eyes is priceless.

FileMaker is an excellent tool for a business whose model and/or processes don't fit the norm. Build in your own business rules, logic, and processes. Use custom privilege sets to limit data and functionality access. Sign in with oAuth (Google, Facebook, Azure), or Open/Active Directory.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Richard C.
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"Most Undervalued App Ever"

What do you like best?

I love FileMaker. I use it to build solutions, but not your typical database solutions. I use it to automate the building of webpages, to scrape info from the internet, and to generate graphic signage.

What do you dislike?

The only dislike I have for FileMaker is that it versions up every year and while you can get an upgrade to the next version that still is typically not cheap. FileMaker is a premium application that does amazing things and should be more integrated into the Apple family and more embraced by Adobe.

Recommendations to others considering the product

FileMaker is quickly becoming a total solution maker tool. If you need to build an automation system you should start here. There is a steep learning curve but any coding or database background will definitely help.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FileMaker is the primary tool for automation in my department. It allows us to reduce tasks to mere minutes that once took multiple people several days to complete.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Administrator
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"The ease of FileMaker Pro [FileMaker 15] "

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity of the program. The ease of creating accounts, searching for past and present accounts and uploading data.

What do you dislike?

FileMaker is made up on a lot of layers so it is specifically designed with your business in mind. With all of the coding, if there's a simple issue that needs addressing, we need to use a company that specializes in FileMaker to correct the issue or implement a new idea we have. It can get costly since we cannot do this ourselves.

Recommendations to others considering the product

FileMaker can certainly work to your benefit if you understand that it is created using a multitude of layers. You can create and alter reports to fit your specific business needs which is a great benefit. Data entry is simple and effective.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FileMaker syncs to QuickBooks so we are able to upload our data on a daily basis. This gives us the ability to run reports from both FileMaker and QuickBooks and compare both reports to ensure the information entered into the system is accurate.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Gordon H.
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"Dynamic Program but with confusing UI and UX"

What do you like best?

FileMaker is a dynamic program with cross-platform capabilities. We are able to connect it to several computers over a huge school network. This allows all administrators to easily create changes and updates our files on our employees. This proves equally helpful when we are running a system with ten different locations and need to be constantly on the go.

What do you dislike?

The UI and UX are a bit outdated and still very confusing to use. UI has many tabs, but completely understandable; however, due to its design, many tabs are not needed and when you accidentally click on certain tabs you can not correct your mistakes. This is why I found it a bit outdated; however, I am unsure is my system administrator ever updated the program due to how long the program be used and how dynamic it is.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a learning experience, please prepare to understand a lot of mistakes will be (accidentally deletion of files).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Employee files and tracking, and hosting online time sheets. It is capable to be hosted online and perform timesheet quite well. I thoroughly enjoy the abilities to use it an employee filing system while keeping track of my employees scheduling, timesheet, and payroll.

Furthermore, the abilities to go back into the past to provide past employees necessary references prove useful for the head manager. In addition, I realized that the program I am currently used may be dated, but any improvement on the program will be extremely helpful. I look forward to talking to my head IT department.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Cindy M.
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"Filemaker database software"

What do you like best?

This was a fairly user-friendly database program that was in place at a Chamber of Commerce where I was the Marketing Manager. It was a good program for beginner to novice users. It wasn't hard to setup or modify and it was easy to search and pull specific records.

What do you dislike?

It's a rather high priced piece of software that has limited capabilities. I haven't used it for awhile, so they may have made some improvements.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend trying it out and testing it before investing in the program. Testing it before buying is always a good idea for any software program. This will give you the chance to test it's abilities or limitations and how it works with your particular business.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Database management software that was a good solution for the Chamber of Commerce. Each member business had their own record where you could enter all of their info in the appropriate fields. You could also easily do searches to find businesses that your met particular criteria and quickly pull them up.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Cristos L.
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"Great rapid-application development platform; limited scalability"

What do you like best?

As a user, FileMaker is a great tool for exploring data that was stuck in spreadsheets. It's easy enough to learn that you can make small changes (renaming fields, adding/removing fields, editing forms) without any coding knowledge.

As a developer, FileMaker makes it very easy to go from the "Excel spreadsheet" phase to a fully-interactive application -- as long as you're on one of their supported platforms (Win, Mac, iOS) or have the licenses to use their web publishing system (WebDirect).

What do you dislike?

FileMaker is not the best platform choice for every use-case. It is often better for small teams of a few dozen people than it is for 1,000's of users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Simplified input of data by having easy-to-use forms, improving structured data capture.

- Easily pull up "on-the-fly" reports of data, answering questions that were previously very tedious to resolve.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Luis C.
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"What else can you expect from a platform, successful on the market for more than 30 years?"

What do you like best?

Very powerful and stable if properly used. Has veteran and very experienced developers. Ease to get into, very friendly for small teams. Rapid development tool. Feel the power of commanding an handful of competent programers on a project. It's like the special forces, where a half squad of 5 do Job usually done by a platoon of 30.

What do you dislike?

New versions and releases, too frequent. Licensing is somewhat complex. The need for too much third party plugins to do several tasks, not offered on the platform.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Hire someone "combat proven" and experienced on the FileMaker platform and you will not regret it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We concentrate on helping companies "deexcelize". Get rid of the Excel grid and caos. Concentrate data, turning it into information and knowledge. Setting up digital assembly lines for complex processes. Mass litigation, Advanced School management Systems, Email banking, Sports Management. Medical data consolidation. By using competent support we prepare and train our clients staff to evolve and work with precisions and secure tools and full information systems,instead of being "data" islands on a sea full of sharks....

FileMaker, Inc. review by Executive Sponsor in Management Consulting
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"Very pleased to work with a worldwide leading database platform"

What do you like best?

The quality of the final product they offer is a well designed software tool that helps me the way I really need, with a user friendly interface, a powerful data base engine and a wide set of functions to automate and solve easily problems and comply with the specifications

What do you dislike?

You have to keep context in mind in every step of the solution design. I guess this is normal and it allows you to be as precise as you might want to be, but it's a time consuming requirement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a very wise decision to give it a try. It has the strong quality that the parent company has made a standard in the industry, and it's a very friendly and user oriented product. It has been 30 years that they are around in the market, and still growing at a fast pace

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently I'm working with a federal government outside the United States, developing solutions that will help public servants to do their jobs more efficiently, while increasing tenfold their volume handling capacity, without losing quality during normal operation. We are hosting a cloud vertical solution for government entities

FileMaker, Inc. review by Taylor S.
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"Developer"

What do you like best?

The tight integration between user interface, security and automation.

What do you dislike?

I would be happier if it worked even faster.

Recommendations to others considering the product

FileMaker can be an easy database to get started with which is what FileMaker calls a "Citizen Developer", especially for single user local databases. But developing a well integrated multi-user system with appropriate user interface and security controls is involved. If you are a Citizen Developer, great, but it is recommended to either improve the Citizen Developer's Training to a level of being FileMaker certified or hire a consultant if you want to take solution to the level of mission critical business applications. While FileMaker may be easier than many other tools due to its excellence as a Rapid Application Development tool, the development of professional user interface, planning normalized and optimized schema, and implementing security is not simple even from a tool that is designed to make it easier. Then again, FileMaker is very great tool for Citizen Developers who do not need a production level solution, but need more power than an advanced Spreadsheet to track relational data. Users familiar with spreadsheet concepts are good candidates to become FileMaker Citizen Developers. Making good use of FileMaker does not mean you have to rise to the level of a professional developer and Citizen Developers can solve many problems with FileMaker.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The latest one is for an environmental company to sign in and out contractors, track confined space entries, create log files, take pictures before and after cleanup, and have employees sign out at end of the day on mobile devices.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Michael H.
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"A non-developers point of view"

What do you like best?

I chose FileMaker 25 years ago, because I was not a developer and did not want to spend the time learning a complicated language. 25 years later, I have helped thousands of people in the hearing health community to become much more efficient and organized. I could never have done so without the incredible flexibility and affordability offered by FileMaker, Inc. Of course the product is not perfect, but it's pretty close and I would highly recommend FileMaker to anyone who needs a product that allows rapid development at minimal cost. Lifelong fan.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the product crashes and I cannot figure out why. I wish it was more stable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a bit of a commitment, but I don't think you'll regret the time you invest while learning the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My customers cannot afford expensive software solutions, so I am able to provide extremely powerful and flexible software at an extremely reasonable price. many of my customers love the fact that I can customize their software real-time, and again, for a very reasonable fee.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Irnes .
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"My review about FIleMaker"

What do you like best?

FileMaker Pro is the best database design development I have ever used. The best thing which I like about FileMaker Pro is the ability for inbuilt signature in the new version along with enhanced capturing of the signature with the help of the script. You can also add more information to it such as title and description as well.

What do you dislike?

What can we say, as we are quite happy with FileMaker Pro still there is something your team can work on as we have noticed sometimes while working on FileMaker Pro that sometimes technical support is not available on time or we are not satisfied with answers provided at that point of time. The way the updates have come across seems clunky and inefficient.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try at least.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The collaboration all important parts such as automation, browser support and design makes it now very close to a perfect software. Automation has been much improved now as it takes very less time than before. All the required modules at one place make it more cost effective and efficient in comparison to all other platforms of its class. We have used FileMaker Pro for our organisation and found it much convenient in comparison to other platforms as it also comes with all in one view which makes it more efficient to use. I would definitely recommend this platform to others as well.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Benjamin F.
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"Excellent rapid application development tool for custom iOS Apps/desktop databases for Mac/Windows."

What do you like best?

FileMaker is a great tool for no-code rapid application development. It allows you to quickly build bespoke databases/'custom apps' for web, iOS and native Mac/Windows desktops. For maximum speed RAD it has its own built-in database engine, but can also be used as a front end to 3rd party SQL database backends such as MySQL, MS SQL and Oracle.

The platform scales well for small & medium enterprises - i.e. workgroups from 10 - to a few hundred users.

It has been a work horse tool for me as consultant/developer for over 18 years now.

What do you dislike?

Licensing has changed radically over the last few versions and so can be complex to navigate if you are not already familiar with the different differ offerings.

The WebDirect feature is very technically impressive in that produces very graphically rich interfaces, but does require significant performance overhead and so does require substantial hardware. Currently this is limited to around 100 concurrent connections.

Recommendations to others considering the product

FileMaker is a very economic tool for prototyping new iOS Apps even if it isn't used as the final platform for full/native Apps.

It can be deployed both on premises and in the cloud.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have built custom solutions for a broad range of industry sectors ranging from education, recruitment, retail, healthcare and financial services.

These solutions have ranged from simple data cleansing tools, to workflow managements systems to full-blown CRM or ERP type solutions.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Ameya P.
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"Desktop and Web friendly with fast development"

What do you like best?

It is quick and easy tool to build applications. One can create desktop as well as web applications.

FileMaker be accessed from iOS devices. One can easily create layouts using drag & drop objects and apply various attractive themes.

What do you dislike?

Unstored calculations are sometimes a problem. Finding on the same takes time and the application becomes slow.

Finding table occurrences in relationship graph, if it is very big and complex.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of our client already had FM application and wanted to further grow his business by creating iOS app.

The web compatibility of FileMaker helped us to develop web services which can be called via iOS app.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Nick L.
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"Eighteen years of using FileMaker virtually every working day."

What do you like best?

FileMaker is a powerful, mature and deep technology which contains an amazing array of tools and features. This enables the developer to create most things they want in a single file which can be deployed on OS X, Windows, iOS or through FileMaker Server to a web browser on any device.

FileMaker also integrates well with other systems and is the perfect customisable system to place at the centre of a network of other systems, for example on top of a SQL based database.

The reason I have used Filemaker for 18 years and continue to use it every day is because I like using it, because it is a pleasure to use.

What do you dislike?

The area that most requires improvement, in my view is the security model. It is secure and works well but is time consuming to set up and the security model cannot be copied from one file to another. This creates more work than one really wants to undertake when building a secure shared system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

FileMaker has a great future, it has transformed itself from a desktop / LAN environment to a viable cloud based environment and is extremely accessible whilst also having many hidden depths as the user / developer becomes more sophisticated.

It is important to learn what FileMaker is good at and how to get the best out of it. That range of goodness will solve most data driven challenges faced by SME's and workgroups in larger businesses.

It is generally a pleasure to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Built a super fast web site CMS (Deskspace CMS)

Built a legal practice management system (Deskspace Classic)

Built a Post Production workflow management system.

Built a general purpose mobile App framework deskspace App Framework.

FileMaker, Inc. review by User in Publishing
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"It's dense, but it works"

What do you like best?

I like that it makes it easy for the entire company to quickly share the information that matters most to different teams.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is a little steep. Like I said in the title, it's pretty dense. But that's the nature of the product and what we need to track. Also, the load times can be a little slow. The different versions are a little confusing--I get an invitation to update my version every time I open the application, and then when I go to update it, it says I can't because I don't have the 16th version. If I can't update it, I'd rather not get the message every time I open the application.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can track our time connected to specific projects. Management uses that to determine how much time is being spent on different projects. It's a great efficiency builder.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Greg C.
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"Does what I need & more"

What do you like best?

I like the ease of Setup and usage and total customization of the my Data base interface

What do you dislike?

No super undo if one of my users accidentally does something, like overrides a bunch of records, because they were not paying attention.

Recommendations to others considering the product

you don't have to be a programmer to use the software, the tutorials are enough to get stated and there are classes and online videos to help expand your acknowledge of the software to help you customize it to fit your needs

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we use as our main database for tracking jobs through the shop, and can call up past records to facilitate new jobs & reorders better.

FileMaker, Inc. review by User
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"An old tool with a lot of problems!"

What do you like best?

We use FileMaker as our internal comprehensive database, and we have built it out to function well for what we need it to do.

What do you dislike?

FileMaker is expensive to maintain. Every year we have to pay an individual or an agency almost $200/hour to fix the little things that break as FileMaker ages. As everything is moving towards web-based databases and products, FileMaker is stuck in the past as a Desktop application. It requires a server to host it and, worst of all, information can easily be deleted if someone doesn't know what they're doing

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep searching for other cloud-based options instead of this clunky remnant of the '90s!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When we started using FileMaker over 10 years ago, it was helpful and even necessary to our company. Now we have outgrown it and will probably seek out a new database software.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Manhattan R.
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"Relational Databases for all skill levels."

What do you like best?

I've been a user of Filemaker on and off since it's early days as a Claris product. The number one pro in my opinion is the ease in which you can start using Filemaker Databases. The templates out of the gate are well built, have a nice UI and give you the freedom to make them yours easily. Beginners can use the templates to get a taste for the Filemaker development structure while not having to climb a steep learning curve to get an app or database off the ground. Deployment is one click for simple web use and a few more clicks to deploy on a hosted solution like Amazon Web Services. For the expert user, complex systems can be made in a shorter amount of time and a GUI can be in place at the same time. Single developer and teams can all just in can create some thing truly functional and efficient.

The ease of use allows you to really create what you wanted not what you are able to achieve due to a learning curve. Help is readily available in the forums and through their customer support. I have received database files as example of how to fix a problem I was having. They really go the extra mile to get you up and running fast.

There is a vast library of plug-ins from third party vendors that close the gap on development time. Days if not weeks of time can be saved with one plug-in. They don't come cheap so be sure you need it. There is are also a multitude of free add-ons and plug-in to add functionality to your databases.

What do you dislike?

Licensing is a little steep for a small business or single user. The add-ons are also a bit pricey. When looking at the cost to develop, you really need to budget and make sure you only buy what you need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have a lot of data and need to make use of it fast, Filemaker is perfect. Easy set up and getting started takes an hour or less.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reducing the time it takes to make a complex database for short term use or as a bridge between two applications.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Jack B.
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"Easy to Use and Learn"

What do you like best?

The platform is laid out into understandable sections. The code is easy to learn and there is a lot of documentation on it, with examples.

What do you dislike?

The licensing options are limited and kind of steep. Unlike the platform, the licensing does not have much freedom of customization.

FileMaker for Android is limited to WebDirect, and it is not suited for fitting to a devices screen size. You just have to build for the smallest device and hope it looks good on bigger ones.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are looking to build an all-in-one solution for service industries to track contacts, quotes and expenses. FileMaker is allowing us to do so in a fast, responsive environment. It is beneficial having the ability to hit a button and the changes go live across all instances, with no reloading or refreshing required by the end-user.

FileMaker, Inc. review by Jesseca R.
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"Not Stable - But Easy"

What do you like best?

Easy to understand and figure out how to program on your own.

What do you dislike?

It crashes on a daily basis, which means having to restart it up and then also add back in the fields you are always starting with. It also doesn't save PDFs correctly, so you have to sometimes close out and go back in.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have other options, I would take them. FileMaker is a good basic option, but it's no frills and really could use some work. We've been using it for at least 5 years (and definitely longer than that) and within that timeframe I have noticed all of the frustration everyone has faced with it crashing and having many bugs and just not meeting the standard we would like.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to create documents and reports for customers, so this is the simplest way at the moment that everyone in the office already knows. We are also always adding on new styles of reports so the ease-factor of creating new formats is helpful.

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