Filemaker, Inc.

Filemaker, Inc.

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Filemaker, Inc. delivers innovative software to easily create custom business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Michael H.
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"Great Purchase Order Management System"

What do you like best?

Filemaker has many database functions. However, in my use it has been a solid purchase order database that functions well with a low learning curve. Best of all? Filemaker works almost 100% of the time without error messages.

What do you dislike?

The find function can be occasionally slow, but this is usually due to older PC's or a slow internet connection to the server database. Disconnects can also occur, since Filemaker has to be connected to a database at all times. If the internet or server is down, I'm unable to create a PO.

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

Filemaker allowed us to stop using paper purchase orders and move to digital. PO's are now easier to create, modify and find. Due to a fast system, accounting also receives purchase orders in a more timely manner. No more waiting for interoffice mail to arrive when fighting traffic on a Friday night.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Justin B.
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"Great possibilities, slow database"

What do you like best?

I like that it's very customizable and can do a lot of automated tasks that we need it to.

What do you dislike?

I don't like how slow it is especially when i want to pull data from a few years back, it takes almost 30 minutes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend this more for small businesses. It was great when we started out and didn't have as much data. It takes a long time to pull reports with years worth of data.

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

We have solved many problems with this software. We have been able to automate quite a few tasks and integrate with our website as well.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Sacha M.
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"Immediate development results from reknowned multi-platform suite"

What do you like best?

Instant compilation & execution of syntax-free code, visually-based object-linking / selection, immediate UI changes, plug-in and web-service extensibility, multi-platform deployment of single code-base solutions

What do you dislike?

Cost is the only consideration when recommending.

Recommendations to others considering the product

With a free trial, and a willingness to try a development system that focuses (though is not limited to) linear steps, you can experience truly productive results significantly faster than web-based systems, without compromising deployment options - a really flexible and hugely enjoyable development environment!

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

Multi-platform deployment of a single code base, company-wide policy administration for internal and online-accounts - benefits are large system changes immediately testable within instantly-deployed self-contained environments for advanced automation and on-the-fly user interface updates.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Alan D.
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"For Small and Large Business Teams, Nothing Beats FileMaker"

What do you like best?

1. FileMaker is a Rapid Application Development platform. I can build working software for my business and clients faster in FileMaker than any other platform. What takes weeks and months in other platforms takes hours and days in FileMaker.

2. FileMaker is constantly improving. Performance, security, design, integration and automation enhancements have been coming at a regular pace for over a decade now.

3. FileMaker is not going away and is backed by Apple. In a time when software companies and databases come and go, FIleMaker has stood the test of time. Only Oracle and handful of other databases have been around as long as FileMaker.

What do you dislike?

There are places where FileMaker can improve. The development tools give me native support for somewhere between 60% and 90% of what I need for a product depending on the complexity of the requirements before I need to turn to work-arounds and/or third party products.

Recommendations to others considering the product

In my experience, there is no other custom development platform that delivers value faster, better and cost effective for small and large business teams. FileMaker's ability to deploy to Mac, Windows, iOS and the Web combined with its ability to develop and integrate rapidly makes it a smart choice for many small and large business teams.

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

I automate redundant tasks, remove waste and streamline business processes. I can make almost any process better, faster and more cost effective with FileMaker.

In my own business, I used FIleMaker to automate my e-commerce business to the point where I, by which I mean only me, was one of the top 25% sellers on Amazon. That's efficiency!

For my client's, it's commonplace to replace manual, paper-based processes with automated, FIleMaker-based ones. Processes that took hours and days now take seconds and minutes to complete.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Joris A.
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"FileMaker: out tool of choice since 1996"

What do you like best?

FileMaker is an affordable, robust platform for rapid application development. It's ideal in a context where flexibility is important like creative or innovative workgroups.

What do you dislike?

Support can sometimes be slow. The licensing model could be simplified.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download a trial version. Don't hesitate to ask questions to the FileMaker community.

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

One of our major clients has 60+ users with iPads. They take water samples, scan the barcode on each bottle and fill in forms offline. The daily information of 1000+ of these samples is synced to the lab where the bottles are analyzed. Compared to the old paper workflow, hundreds of hours are saved each week.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Dana G.
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"A bit of a learning curve"

What do you like best?

Very customizable. You can use it for any project imaginable and it keeps you super organized.

What do you dislike?

There are still lots of things I don't know how to do using Filemaker and I've used it for almost 2 years now. It's also a bit of a hassle to figure out what fields to create in order to make searching for items quick and easy. I've had meetings with my team that last over a half hour trying to figure out how to best utilize Filemaker for projects.

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

Data organization. We usually have a million spreadsheets for one project, so this keeps everything in one place.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Gerald C.
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"Certified FileMaker Consultant"

What do you like best?

Improved server performance and great new features in FileMaker Go such as iBeacons support. FileMaker has vastly improved over the years, and I'm glad that the company is investing in supporting new technologies. Cross platform support, not just via Mac and Windows clients, but on iOS with GO and browser support for WebDirect or Custom Web publishing, gives us many opportunities to meet the needs of our customers.

What do you dislike?

Changes in the licensing terms now force people to have their own FileMaker server. Also FileMaker still focuses on marketing to the end user, and how easy it would be for them to create their own solution. When realistically it's a development platform where consultants like myself can help customers with their business challenges. Lack of source control, lack of deployment tools, lack of multi-developer support, lack of automated testing, the need for better stylesheet support, better interface elements, ad infinitum.

Recommendations to others considering the product

FileMaker is a great platform for any sized business.

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

We can solve many problems with FileMaker. We work with many small-medium businesses to solve their business data challenges. I think a lot of people buy FileMaker for their business, then they are discouraged that it's harder than FileMaker led them to believe, and they get rid of it. Or they develop something that doesn't work well, and they think the product doesn't meet their needs. When really FileMaker can really do just about anything, if they work with consultants like ourselves.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Lance M.
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"FileMaker Review "

What do you like best?

I use Filemaker every single day at work. I do Graphic Design for an Advertising firm. We use this program everyday to make our workflow much much simpler. It is a convenient way for all of us on the Advertising team to stay connecting. We can view and submit jobs that are available to each of us. We wouldn't be able to work any other way. It helps to keep us efficient.

What do you dislike?

Can be a bit glitchy sometimes when loading. But once on, functions great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great program for file consolidation and viewing purposes. Our Director, Operations Managers, Copyrighters, Sales, and Designers can all be connected throughout the process. We all can access any job and it just makes things go more smoothly. Once you learn the program, it is just perfect. Cant say enough good things about it.

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

It brings an efficiency and organization that couldnt be achieved without some type of software. It provides convenience. It provides consistency. It just plain makes things easier. All of our previous jobs are stored and can be searched and viewed through Filemaker. It just makes everyones' job that much easier.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Matthew Q.
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"I decent if not slow and sometimes bug ridden file management software. "

What do you like best?

The ability to collaborate in a file system and store information on a serve that can be shared back and forth is the best aspect of this software. It seems to update fairly quickly and works well most of the time.

What do you dislike?

Slow. This software can load and work very slowly. I've had information disappear and I dislike that fact that only one person can be editing a document at one time. I've needed to change information in a document in the past and someone neglected to exit out of the document before leaving their station. It resulted in me not being able to access the document for hours.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need software that will work to create and support a database while allowing remote access then give this a try.

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

The software does allow for the ability to access and use the database which is a huge help and the benefits I've realized is the ability to share information and the database with whomever I need to remotely.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Ian S.
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"FileMaker Review"

What do you like best?

Flexibility, Innovation, Ease of Use. I've been a FM Pro Advanced Developer for nearly 20 years, and I love how it keeps getting better with every version. The company really does listen to its users, and provides what we want. It's such a powerful tool, with a great community of developers always ready to lend a hand and give advice.

What do you dislike?

AWS Setup can be confusing, especially just for a trial.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely give FM Pro / Advanced a try. It;s limited only by your imagination, and desire to learn and create something great.

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

Asa FileMaker Expert, I use the product in a multitude of different ways, to provide solutions to very wide ranging business needs. FileMaker is so versatile, I can almost make it do anything I want.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Steve F.
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"Great relational database that is approachable even for the non-programmer."

What do you like best?

The development environment is intuitive and the development tools keep getting better and better. The support for iPad and iPhone is very useful and nicely done. Web access is a great feature. It is a database that even a non-programmer can modify an existing application or create a new one. The ability to run on Windows, Mac OSX and iOS is very useful and helpful to us as well.

What do you dislike?

The web access features are coming along but not quite at the point that I can use it for anything but a "reference only" user, one that doesn't need to print or interact much with the database.

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

We are consolidating several older databases into one and FileMaker is easily replacing them and adding features we didn't have as well as keeping pace with new technologies.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Thomas M.
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"Best custom app development tool out there"

What do you like best?

The incredible flexibility of this software. Power users can make quick and dirty applications to fill a certain need or companies can hire consultants to develop a FileMaker solution that will run their entire business. Extremely versatile and powerful.

What do you dislike?

The trend toward requiring users to use server no matter what size their business is. And the price tag on the server software itself.

Also, the WebDirect feature does not support FireFox.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a lot of great consultants that can help set you up with the solution you need. Developing a solution from scratch can cost a good deal of money, but you can get a very real return on your investment if you hire a good consultant who will help you optimize your processes and create a custom application that supports and augments those processes.

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

Almost any and all business problems. A solution can be made to manage inventory, customers, processes of any sort, you name it FileMaker can be made to do it.

Filemaker, Inc. review by William T. M.
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"New cURL Options are Great"

What do you like best?

FileMaker version 16 has New cURL function for updating websites. It is great. As soon as it came out I was able to use it for a client who wanted to integrate FileMaker with his website.

What do you dislike?

Lack of CSS control. FM could still improve the level of support provided for interface design elements.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Assign someone on your business team to be your local internal FileMaker expert, and then hire a dev to work with him/her.

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

Tracking and coordinating all aspects of my customer, invoicing, licenses, hosting. I run my entire business with FileMaker Pro.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Internal Consultant in Internet
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"Started from the bottom, now we're here..."

What do you like best?

The product seems really flexible from a business requirement standpoint. You can create whatever forms you need to show your end user, and it had different needed functionalities if you want to build a proprietary database.

What do you dislike?

Basically, this product is only as good as whoever is building the reporting shown on screen. If you don't have someone very familiar with the program, you'll be as limited as they are. So my advice would be make sure whoever is building the program from the start is knowledgeable about FileMaker.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really keep in mind the purpose of what you're using it for, because otherwise the program will be pretty much useless.

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

As I said above, this programs will have the same limitations as the person building it. Also, in my organization (from the user standpoint) there wasn't a lot of training on how to use it. So also be able to communicate the purpose of the database and/or forms.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Carlo C.
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"Filemaker is essential to any business"

What do you like best?

Short developpement time : the fastest way to go from an idea to a full multiuser deployment... it’s like magic... and it actually looks super good !

What do you dislike?

Didn’t find a way to have Filemaker read your mind yet... seriously it can get quite addicting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don’t hesitate to ask community they are very helpful and always ready to share knowledge.

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

Full dashboards to my business. Tracking inventory, sales, leads... etc... all this now from my mobile device when I’m on the go.

Because adding features is so easy... you just keep doing it... quite addicting.

Filemaker, Inc. review by John W.
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"Perfect for finding quick but powerful solutions for business"

What do you like best?

An interface that enables users to create simple relational database systems for themselves and developers to add enterprise standard features.

The sharing capabilities are second to none, allowing solutions to be accessed via web browsers and devices for users on the move.

All this for a low entry cost and realistic pricing for the SME market.

What do you dislike?

There is little to dislike, perhaps the lack of a dedicated app for Android or Windows phone - but the ability to access via browser a fully functional system takes care of that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have a basic knowledge of Database systems, download a trial version and see how easy it is to build a functional relational database system to manage any aspect of your business.

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

I solve problems for my customers ranging from simplifying their business processes such as Estimating and Invoicing to creating sales pipeline management. I have customers ranging from Membership Organisations to Charities, Building Contractors to Dog Kennels. FileMaker provides them all with a scalable solution for just a single user or 100's all built on the same platform

Each business has it's own specific requirement and the flexibility of FileMaker allows for Bespoke solutions to be built at an off the shelf price.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Rudolf C.
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"Fast pain killer for individual workflows"

What do you like best?

Scripting engine allows instant building of workflows and program logic for any business scenario.

What do you dislike?

A little bit expensive for casual users, but worth every cent for professional business cases.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider FileMaker and a small learning curve to do things you can not even dream of in Excel. Much better results and flexibilty. Most people new to Filemaker realize quit fast that they were just using the wrong tool for their needs. So Filemaker eases the way for using a programmable database instead of a dumb spreadsheet.

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

Consolidate big data and create complex reports.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Tom O.
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"FileMaker is the fastest way to deploy a rich UI databse soltuion I have seen."

What do you like best?

I really like the speed and ease which a database solution can be created, deployed, and modified. The multiple ways to access the database is also a great benefit. The cost/performance of the FileMaker platform is extremely good and they have a number of licensing options.

What do you dislike?

The lack of clear, searchable documentation from FileMaker about the product. The FileMaker Community is a great resource when the documentation fails to provide answers.

The other thing I dislike is the general limit of 100 web based users. If you have more than 100 users you need to use the Web API or find a different product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a good relational database product, and you can benefit from the rapid development and deployment it provides you should look into it. FileMaker allows access to data on desktop clients, iOS, Proprietary Web interface, and a PHP API. Well wort the look especially for the price of the product.

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

Inventory control, order processing, shipping integration, payment integration, eCommerce integration, image and document management, basically all aspects of business operations.

We have seen great results in reducing the labor hours to complete many tasks. This is a huge savings. We are saving approximately 10x per year of what we have invested in the FileMaker platform.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Stoddard H.
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"Rapid Development meets Cross Platform functionality - unmatched"

What do you like best?

Centralized Data, User Experience and Interface, Rapid Development, Business Analytics, Low-Code environment, Accurate data capture, Cross platform functionality, Data management, API integrations.

What do you dislike?

There is little to dislike but it would be great to see a continued effort towards web and mobile integrations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Moving away from flat file spreadsheets was the best business decision I've made in my career. The FileMaker user interface is lean and flexible and the performance of the relational database is unmatched dollar for dollar.

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

Customer Relationship Management - increased lead generation and conversation rate

Filemaker, Inc. review by Marty T.
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"Best way to turn ideas into custom apps"

What do you like best?

FileMaker gives us the tools to build really cool custom apps in a fraction of the time needed for other development tools.

I can build a custom app once and easily deploy to desktop, web, and mobile.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see some additional modern UI components.

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

We have built apps that:

- Manage a medical mission team in the jungles of Papua New Guinea

- Keep track of schedules, resources, and billing for contractors

- Manage thousands of projects for a large television studio

- Help very small companies get the benefits of custom software just like larger companies do

We use FileMaker to help our clients get more value and spend less money to get the benefits of custom software.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Brandy H.
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"FileMaker a platform that works the way you work!!!"

What do you like best?

I have to say my favorite part about the FileMaker platform is it's adaptability. FileMaker is not specific to one industry or type of business. If you make it, sell it, service it...FileMaker is for you! I have seen the platform streamline processes that were taking employees an entire day and reduce that to a click of a button. The efficiencies it provides to your workflow are tremendous. FileMaker, as a software solution, is extremely flexible. Where most products are rigid and make you fit your solution / need into a tiny box that the software understands FileMaker is the polar opposite.

What do you dislike?

The only draw back to the solution is that initially it may seem complex. But honestly once you get started even a beginner with the platform can make solutions that are functional.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would like to see companies give the solution a solid look. All too often clients are looking for an off the shelf solution because they believe that to be the easiest way. What they don't realize is a "canned product" is exactly that....canned. It offers the same solution for everyone. Whereas FileMaker allows you to customize the solution to your specific needs. You need to capture a signature; got it. You want to take a picture and upload it to a record; no worries. And these are all standard features in the solution, not an add on or costly module enhancement.

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

The business problems that we were facing is the need for an operational solution to handle everything from order receipt through shipment. FileMaker has been the solution that we have built our entire operational workflow on and we are more than pleased with our results.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Dan D.
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"A secret that shouldn't be a secret."

What do you like best?

It's amazing how a "database" can be developed using the same tool. No building out a file(s) on one server then creating an interface or client with another tool then managing it 3 or 4 ways. You create, design, share. Browser or an iPad. I have people all the time trying to figure out a way to get their data on the iPad. I say Filemaker and they stare blankly or say "I use a PC." Some how the myth is there that a database requires a huge fancy server or that Filemaker is only on Mac OS.

What do you dislike?

That Filemaker is something of a secret. The guys with the big SQL Servers like to pooh-pooh it. While they spend 6 months to get a beta I usually have one in a few days. I have to admit though it has been driving me a bit crazy that Filemaker has been pushing out new versions almost every year now. They release great features but I find my self having to jump back and forth between versions because not all clients are ready to upgrade.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Contact a Filemaker developer in your area and ask them if they know of any businesses that are of a similar kind and size that are using Filemaker. Check with people who are using it and see if it meets your needs.

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

I'm getting people out in the field to collect data on their iPads then sharing the data back at the office. Eliminating the paper trail. I have clients that no longer have to collect 3 pieces of paper each day with 15-30 employees scattered over 7 locations working 4, 8 or 12 hour shifts.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Martin R.
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"Does everything and more than I need, at a speed that amazes my colleagues"

What do you like best?

Filemaker has everything -- a robust database, a comprehensive scripting language, an easy user interface. I could go on and on. It is my absolute go-to tool for solutions design. I've done a lot of projects in which the output is a Filemaker system I've designed for my clients.

What do you dislike?

Filemaker is getting more expensive and its pricing model is complex and difficult to understand.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Filemaker is an amazing blend of real database and system design power, while keeping it simple enough for a savvy user. Spend time learning the relationship model and the scripting language -- they'll pay off in the long run.

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

Where to begin? I've done projects for Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, colleges and universities, Canadian startups, Swedish automotive dealerships, and on and on.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Lisa S.
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"Filemaker is a great database"

What do you like best?

We use Filemaker as our school database and find it to be very useful for it's different sections of information we need to capture.

What do you dislike?

Filemaker is not intuitive to start with. It takes some time and on the job training to become familiar with the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Filemaker is a great database tool to manage information. As you become familiar with it's features it becomes easier to use.

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

As a school we utilize Filemaker for all student information, tracking medical information and making account notes. It's convenient to have all of our students in one database for access. We have used this program for over 10 years and find it to suit our needs very well.

Filemaker, Inc. review by User in Events Services
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"Very sophisticated program"

What do you like best?

Can do a lot of things, the opportunities for this program seem endless. I use this for badge printing and event conference software, but my husband uses it for scientific data entry and database use. Its use can be so varied. It can sort and assess data in really interesting ways, create endlessly unique fields, and can find commonalties among data that is wonderfully useful.

What do you dislike?

Easy to make mistakes, need training, not overly intuitive. To master the program is difficult. Because each item is not able to be deleted, one must be very careful not to make mistakes while using, or make frequent copies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a challenging system to use, but once you figure it out, it can be incredibly useful and a great way to manipulate data.

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

Using to create name badges and attendee profiles at conferences. This has solved the problem of needing a database that multiple people can use and search. It has also enabled us to have variable graphics feed into our badge artwork, which is a very unique feature. It also has great plug in softwares, which has allowed us to create encrypted bar codes in the program as well. And, it also allows for large scale searches and data storage, that even excel struggles to keep up with.

Filemaker, Inc. review by User
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"Great database software"

What do you like best?

The relational nature of the database. Ease in generating documents. Great search capabilities. So much better that what I was using before and I was able to learn quickly.

What do you dislike?

Not being able to have multiple attachments to emails. (Though I believe this might be changing in forthcoming update).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Filemaker has so many possibilities and is always improving. Easy to use in simple and complex ways. There are many advantages to using an established company with a long track record.

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

Organizing my business. Understanding my clients better. Helps me respond to client requests quickly. Using as both a inventory database and CRM. Keeps my team organized, efficient and effective salespeople.

Filemaker, Inc. review by User in Construction
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"Filemaker Review"

What do you like best?

It has a good database with room for continued development. It is customizable for your company, which means, it can be used by most industries.

What do you dislike?

Filemaker can be fidgety. The placement of some of the buttons can cause problems as well. For instance, having the "delete record" button right next to the "new record" button. You have to pay attention to what you are doing. There is no room for error. There are no good reports and downloading information is a real pain.

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

I use it as a database for personnel records and time keeping. My main function is administrative. However, as a whole, our company uses it for projects, pre-production, estimating, purchase orders, material requisitions, etc.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Marc W.
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"Integration is Everything"

What do you like best?

It integrates sales, payment, email, follow-up, calendar tasks, and artwork correspondence all in one place!

What do you dislike?

It can be a bit buggy and crash randomly with large files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have IT at the ready, it's so customizable but you'll need an IT whiz to fully take advantage of its potential.

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

It allows us to track transactions from lead to sale, and re-order prior products quickly and easily. It's so customizable you can make it do whatever you need.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Ricardo S.
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"Simples e Poderoso"

What do you like best?

Um produto que ajuda em muito quem deseja construir sozinho a sua solução em banco de dados. Mas ao mesmo tempo possibilita desenvolvedores construirem grandes sistemas - sólidos, estáveis e com interfaces incríveis.

What do you dislike?

Sem dúvida nenhuma, o custo da licença por usuário ainda é um pouco alto para a realidade brasileira. Ainda assim, no conjunto licenças+desenvolvimento, oferece excelente custo-benefício.

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

Sou desenvolvedor FileMaker há 20 anos e além de dezenas de aplicações customizadas, construí uma relevante ferramenta de gestão para galerias de arte.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Susie S.
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"File Maker Pro review"

What do you like best?

Easy to use and pull reports from. I like the fact that once you implement the information you don;t need to go back and save it each time like you would normally do.

What do you dislike?

Many of the features such as how to add an attachment are hard to find. I have not received any training or support on how to use this tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It would be good for them to have some demo's on YouTube or a way for a live training session to show people how to use this tool. The only reason why I use it is because our head office requires me to.

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

Filemaker helps to keep me organized, and is a great tool for pulling reports. Similar to a CRM, but not as easy to use.

Filemaker, Inc. review by User in Printing
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"Excellent"

What do you like best?

I love the easy Functionality of it it works great , I think the program does its job works just like I've come to know and love. Very powerful (much more powerful than I can ever understand let alone use) but simple enough so that I can make it do what I want. This app is a good client for hosted FM solutions with a few considerations. I created a FM file using FM 14. I am using the FM Go 14 app. But it will not connect from a FM 14 Server.

What do you dislike?

We have nothing to dislike about the software it works well The app has tons of potential especially if you have the desktop version on your Mac. But there a this problem with the iOS version. If your layout has a portal reading information from another table it will not scroll or move with your fingers. It gets stuck.

They have known about this problem for sometime now. What's interesting is it wasn't like this in earlier versions. You could move around in a layout regardless if there was a portal.

If this problem was fixed I would give it five stars.

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

It helps us keep track of all jobs that we produce

Filemaker, Inc. review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"Flexible Software being Actively Developed to Meet Current/Future Demands"

What do you like best?

I like how flexible the FileMaker software is to meet so many varied needs and it is intuitive to program with. I am very thankful that it is being actively developed to meet the technological & security needs of today and tomorrow. A friend recently told me about a solution they had developed with Panorama and when I went to look at it on the website, I was shocked to see how many years it had been since any update had been released. I don't understand why a new solution would be developed with a "stale" tool!?!

I also really like how there is an active and very helpful community to provide support.

I really like the runtime solution capability that has existed for several years/versions to be able to support non-profit users around the world.

What do you dislike?

The cost can seem high at times, but when you consider a solution developed with it can replace other applications with cost, it really isn't unreasonable.

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

I will be implementing iPad functionality for men in the field to do materials & labor data entry by themselves. Developing solutions is rapid and you can leverage code from other solutions.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Pierre M.
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"A complete database solution for tiny to large enterprise with all the today's advantages"

What do you like best?

The simplicity to create the core of a database and making it's UI in minutes.

The expandability and the flexibility of integration.

The availability to get information and help in community web sites.

Search facility considering the power of multiple requests.

Script debugging possibility.

Cheaper version for simple user.

What do you dislike?

The disappearing of instant web publishing.

The lack of server hosts availability for testing at decent prices.

The possibility of clouding (hosting in the cloud) small simple solutions.

Lack of interface management ie: placement of the Inspectors.

Lack of Components Managements.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VTC.com and Lynda.com are great to help you start

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

FileMaker pro is a versatile solution to contemporary problems most small enterprises are facing in order to manage huge amount of information.

With FileMaker pro I am able to solve many small enterprises problems.

From complete invoicing systems including MRP or ERP on a small level.

All of that at very small costs

Filemaker, Inc. review by Eric L.
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"Powerful, User-friendly Database development"

What do you like best?

Filemaker is the fastest and easiest way to develop a database. It's core features are powerful because every last detail is customizable to fit the needs of your business.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't handle large record sets well, and it can get expensive with more users. There are also a few minor things that slow down development for experienced users because you have to copy and paste many items to reuse them. Not everything can be saved in a style or sub-script.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's easy to develop a FileMaker database, but it's hard to develop it well. If you are serious about using FileMaker at your company, do your research or your own testing before implementing your solution, or consider hiring a 3rd party FileMaker devloper.

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

Filemaker was the way we got everything in one place. It has become a centralized hub for us to manage everything. Multiple people can log in the the server and see or change the data.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Tim A.
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"I am truly fascinated with my experience with File Maker!"

What do you like best?

There are many aspects of File Maker that I like. The fact that it can create amazing solutions across different platforms is a start. I like the fact that I can associate files/information to QR Codes generated by the program itself.

What do you dislike?

I don't know of anything that I dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I certainly recommend using FileMaker to create apps so that your workplace is more efficient!

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

I am currently principal at Albany Elementary School in South Central Kentucky. A friend and I have developed a solution that has kept and will continue to keep children safer in our public school. This solution allows me to keep up with the daily changes in custody of our students and communicates these changes in realtime to the faculty and staff who need to know. This is my second year of using the solution, and I cannot imagine a day without it. Currently, I have a neighboring school who is using it as well. In a conversation with the principal there, she stated that she wanted it next year as well. I feel this solution will have a national impact on schools across the nation. Numerous schools have visited our parent pickup protocol and claim that it is second to none! I have already presented at some state meetings with fellow administrators. Many of them want to implement it as well. Next year, I have been approved to present this app at the National Elementary Principal's Conference in DC. The United States Department of Justice has written an article about it as well. Please check this out: https://schoolsafetyinfor.org/QR-codes.html

Filemaker, Inc. review by John Mark O.
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"Powerful but Easy to Program"

What do you like best?

The best part about FileMaker is it's forgiving nature. I can change a field name and it will propagate across scripts, layouts, calculations, etc. without any additional work. In fact, the entire platform is easy to program for all kinds of devices and platforms including Macintosh, Windows, iOS and web browsers (WebDirect and REST).

What do you dislike?

There's really nothing to dislike about the FileMaker platform. It's powerful and easy to use.

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

I run three web sites using a FileMaker back end including two blogs and a knowledge base. I have been programming with FileMaker for two decades and have seen it mature from a flat file solution to a robust relational database without losing it's ease of use.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Nathan M.
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"The classic tool for small business databases, significantly improved"

What do you like best?

Filemaker has been an easy prototyping tool since it was first developed at Apple in the 1990s, and has been a serious database contender since relational features were added a decade or so back.

It's once again an Apple property, and the latest version shows some in-house influence, with significantly improved UI editing features and appearance, an improved scripting and calculation editing interface, and faster overall performance.

What do you dislike?

Filemaker still has some odd issues with fonts (such as the font menu not refreshing with new fonts until an application relaunch), and the Filemaker server administrative application is still a slightly clunky Java app. There's still no builtin support for connecting MySQL/MariaDB sources—which is a massive oversight, and one which I hope Apple remedies rapidly—and it's just slightly too expensive to prompt adoption by all the businesses who could benefit from it. Filemaker could benefit from native barcode creation, and now that it's back at Apple, there's no excuse for fonts to look anything but perfect on-screen.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'm a huge fan of Filemaker, and I find it is increasingly usable even with large data sets I have formerly had to turn to MySQL/MariaDB to manage. The GUI construction tools are vastly improved over past versions, and are approaching the quality of XCode (due, no doubt, to Apple's bringing Filemaker back in-house again).

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

We use Filemaker to handle all our new and used inventory, and are now implementing an in-house warehouse management system using only Filemaker. I also use it in lieu of Excel for rapid analysis of any other tabular material, due to its robust calculation/scripting system.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Executive Sponsor in Computer Software
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"FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Pro Advanced & FileMaker Server"

What do you like best?

Database-backed rapid application development environment allows creation of full-features cross-platform business applications in about half the time of more traditional programming environments.

In it's sweet spot—small-to-medium sized companies with up to 200 or so users—nothing can touch it. The traditional IT Dept. complaints (poor network performance, difficult to integrate with other systems) have become much less valid over time.

What do you dislike?

For a development environment that makes many things easy, some features are surprisingly absent. For example, there's no search-and-replace in the scripting environment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

FileMaker makes it easy to create terrible applications, but if you know what you're doing you can create elegant systems with great performance.

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

As an independent software developer, we've built hundreds of systems using FileMaker, for organizations in many different business categories. Work Orders and Invoicing, Inventory Management, Mobile Sales and more. Many of our clients have increase their business dramatically without adding staff.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Kent T.
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"FileMaker Is Simply Amazing!"

What do you like best?

Right after downloading FileMaker software, I can create powerful database applications for my clients. I have been using FileMaker for over 23 years now!

What do you dislike?

Nothing I can think of... FileMaker really listens to its community to bring new features to its platform.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download a trial of FileMaker Pro and see how easy it is to quickly setup a feature-rich database solution.

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

Creating custom solutions that follow my creative clients' business needs. This increases efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Jonn H.
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"Best Off the Shelf Database Softare Ever"

What do you like best?

I LOVE this platform! I left my mechanical engineering career in Silicon Valley, because I love working with FileMaker. That was 25 years ago. I have never looked back, and now I am certified in 7 versions. The product just keeps getting better!

What do you dislike?

I do wish it played better with Microsoft applications.

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

I have set up hundreds of businesses using custom FileMaker systems, all for a small fraction of the cost to use raw iron products.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"My favorite development software"

What do you like best?

While it's easy for non-technical users to get started with basic databases, the software is robust and has depth for professional developers as well. So far, there hasn't been anything my customers have asked for that I haven't been able to do with this program. The ease of startup gets users excited about expanding their uses, and they are happy to work with a pro to fill in their knowledge gaps because they have been able to get under the hood and understand what it takes to build a complex system.

What do you dislike?

Security interface is difficult to administer and use, especially for complex users and multi-file systems. It would be great to be able to copy security settings between files in the same system, or to create a generic set of users that could be copied to a new file.

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

Document storage, data management and reporting, time-saving automation, easy training. Customized user experiences are possible using security and device settings, and robust scripting.

Filemaker, Inc. review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Perfect Pipeline Database!"

What do you like best?

Seamless and creative way to create the perfect internal pipeline database. Easy to add and customize additional detail fields and tabs which can be positioned to any customer. The UI is extremely useful and colorful to find all all of the appropriate information.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it can be laggy and freeze up the searching for accounts. Constantly needs to be updated if you are customizing fields daily/weekly. The iOS app is virtually useless as it will not connect to my current built database.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is almost a perfect product as it can be customized for anyones needs , however the freezing of the search button causes many restarts

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

Easier to navigate and find opportunities. Can be customized with numerous reps able to access certain pipeline database. All accessed users can collaborate and have up to the date statuses on certain opportunities.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Marie N.
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"Fast and efficient custom app development"

What do you like best?

FileMaker is by far the best choice for a custom development (mobile or desktop) that will be both powerful and affordable. The platform offers limitless possibilities of functionality and design for a professional app, whatever the size of your business.

What do you dislike?

Not being a developper myself, I have to rely on professionals for the more complex parts of programing. That being said, there is a FileMaker Certification process and it is easy to find a consultant of expert to help.

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

Time-saving is key here! Not having to track down information in endless documents or paper forms really helps the business to do more with less.

Filemaker, Inc. review by User in Higher Education
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"Useful if you know how to program"

What do you like best?

I like that I can share a database with any of my co-workers, especially with the sheer volume of clients we have listed in the database. We each need to use file-maker to edit, search, and add clients all the time and having a way to easily sort through them is great when we all work in different parts of the building. I like that you can edit the program so that you when you need to add a new information box, you can add it to your current database and it won't interfere with what you already have going on. For example, we have the receipt date, the sent date, the name, file description, and we recently added a block to indicate if the file was 'void, complete, or incomplete'. Adding the block didn't change any of the original features, it was great!

What do you dislike?

I liked that the training videos and descriptions were so helpful in learning how to edit the program. I don't like that anyone with access to the program can edit the layout and function of the boxes, we just have to make sure that when edits are made, only one person is doing it and we all agree on the changes. I also wish that it didn't require so many updates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are interested in a user friendly database to manage large amounts of information across multiple users, this is a great product. We enjoy working with it and I have personally enjoyed updating our search program after learning how to in the easy instructional guide.

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

At the university we process a high volume of temporary lecturers. This system allows us to easily track how many times an individual has taught, when, where, what courses, and how many hours. This allows us to be more effective in the approval process.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Chandy R.
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"Filemaker- Longtime User"

What do you like best?

I like that it is easy to create new layouts and that not a lot has changed over the years so our older staff feel very comfortable with it.

What do you dislike?

The interface looks very dated. I would like it if there were more applicable templates and we didn't have to do so much from scratch. We don't have a staff person who does IT so the creation of new layouts takes forever and they all look super dated because we don't have a template to work from.

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It seems a little behind the times. Doesn't have all the bells and whistles that other software has, but it is easy to use.

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

We use Filemaker as our membership database. We are an Association

Filemaker, Inc. review by Ashley P.
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"Good for Data Management"

What do you like best?

We use this software to store important data on our current students. It is an excellent tool for this. We also utilize the reports feature.

What do you dislike?

It can sometimes feel outdated, but for the most part, I am pleased with this product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use and great for managing and storing data

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

Data entry and Student Management. Easy reporting capabilities.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Jerry B.
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"Filemaker - Ease of use with power when you need it."

What do you like best?

Filemaker allows you to create simple databases with very little work. Converting existing excel spreadsheet files to a working database could not be easier. For more complex needs, Filemaker offers full relational access to multiple tables as well as a calculated fields for dynamic data. Scripts allow you to create "macros" that can be assigned to buttons as well as interface elements.

What do you dislike?

Certain capabilities have to rely on plugin form third party companies which can add extra costs to your database solution.

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

We have updated our existing job ticket system which used to be in Excel to a fully customized job management system that tracks customer sales history, shows the status of where a job is in our printing workflow as well as processed credit card payments and generates html invoices for our customers.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Bonnie C.
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"Filemaker keeps your documentation organized"

What do you like best?

I like that you can create, share and easily access templates and files. Files and templates can be sorted under multiple categories.

What do you dislike?

It is not easy to transfer information or import/export information. It would be helpful if it was internet based.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think it definitely serves its purpose and would recommend it for keeping logs and entries that would normally be filed away for supportive documentation.

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

Use Filemaker Pro for lesson plans, team meeting documentation and mentor/mentee logs. Good for monitoring document/log creation by other users.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Matts A.
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"Perfect for integration and Rapid App development"

What do you like best?

Time to value is in many cases minutes, not days or weeks. Product stability and reliability is good. A great community helping each other. Great third party plugins extending Filemakers native functions.

What do you dislike?

Versions before 16 lacked native REST api functionality. I wish for even more sharing of community knowledge andsoftware assets.

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

All sorts of SMB workflows and integration with cloud services and other systems where speedy development is a must.

Filemaker, Inc. review by Elizabeth L.
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"FileMaker works well as a database"

What do you like best?

We can customize it a bit and make the layout how we like it. I think in the next version of filemaker we can do this even more. I like that it is easy to search and I can export data into excel if needed.

What do you dislike?

I wish it was more customizable, but hopefully when we get the latest edition of filemaker this will help.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think FileMaker makes a great database. I don't have much experience with other databases, so I'm not sure what could be changed to make it better or in comparison with other databases.

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

We needed a large database for everyone we contact and our participants in our programs. Filemaker worked well for this and was a great means to share information with all of our staff.

Filemaker, Inc. review by John N.