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FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Susan Prosser , Geoff Coffey
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The FileMaker Pro 10 desktop database lets you do almost anything with the information you give it -- especially with this book as your guide. Clear, thorough, and accessible, FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual helps you get in, build your database, and get the results you need, whether you're running a business, pursuing a hobby, or planning your retirement. It's the ideal guide for non-technical and experienced folks alike.

Each chapter in this fully updated edition covers the latest timesaving features of FileMaker Pro 10, including saved finds and a redesigned toolbar that reveals information and features more clearly than ever. You'll learn how to import information from the new Bento consumer database (Mac only), write scripts to make your database even easier to use, and send email without leaving FileMaker.

With this book, you will:

  • Get your first database running in minutes and perform basic tasks right away
  • Catalog people, processes, and things with streamlined data entry and sorting tools
  • Use your data to generate reports, correspondence, and other documents with ease
  • Create, connect, and manage multiple tables and set up complex relationships that display just the data you need
  • Crunch numbers, search text, or pin down dates and times with dozens of built-in formulas
  • Outfit your database for the Web, and import and export data to other formats

You'll also get objective advice on which features are really useful, and which aren't. To make the most of this database, you need FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual -- the book that should have been in the box.

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About the Author

Susan Prosser is a reformed journalist who's stopped trying to bring information to the people and now helps them manage the data they already have. Susan is a FileMaker Certified Developer and has developed FileMaker databases for 12 years, but returns to her roots by training and writing curriculum for other developers.

Geoff Coffey has been helping people solve problems with FileMaker Pro for over 10 years. He is a partner at Six Fried Rice (, a FileMaker Pro consulting and training firm based in Phoenix, Arizona. Six Fried Rice brings the power and simplicity of FileMaker Pro to individuals, workgroups, enterprise, and the web through world-class training, expert advice, and custom development. He lives in downtown Phoenix with his wife of 14 years and his two daughters, Isabel (9) and Sophia (5). If you're a FileMaker fan, you can reach Geoff any time at

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  • File Size: 14830 KB
  • Print Length: 834 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 23, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR2RC
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
I've been using FileMaker Pro for over ten years now, pretty much creating simple databases and runtime solutions for myself and fellow workers.

Earlier this year, however, I was commissioned to create a safety-related database (runtime solution) for none other than FedEx and its nine feeder-carriers. Talk about instant panic-attack! When I found out that I'd be the authoring it I immediately perused and bookstores for books that would help me get up to speed very quickly so I could start coding away; I ordered an armful of them, some were "bible" and "idiot"-titled tomes and others were so "up there" technically that my eyes glazed over just reading their Table of Contents. More often than not they made me feel dense because there weren't enough explanations or examples in them for me to fully understand what was trying to be explained.

The book I ended up using the most--and really appreciating its real-world use and easy-to-understand explanations--was "FileMaker Pro 8, The Missing Manual" by Geoff Coffey and Susan Prosser. I can honestly say without any hyperbole that their book, and downloadable practice files, gave me a solid foundation to work from so I could build the database. After some finishing touches supplied by FileMaker developer Matt Lygo of, I submitted the database to FedEx...and they LOVED it--so much so I earned their prestigious BZ Award for Excellence.

Since then, I've been working on another project that requires much greater power and flexibility than what FileMaker 8 or 8.5 had to offer, so after upgrading to FileMaker 9.0 _the_ first book I bought was Coffey and Prosser's Missing Manual book for FileMaker 9.0. Still a winner, I'm reading it as both a refresher and to learn the new powers that come with 9.0. It's both time and money well-spent.

So, if you're looking for a book to get you going in FileMaker, make this one your first choice; you'll be glad you did.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a "Missing Manual." October 21, 2007
This book is now in it's third writing. The first one (for Filekaker 7) never got printed as the release of Filemaker 8 made so many improvements to the software that a revision was mandatory. Nevertheless that early writing served its purpose as the precursor for the previous edition of this book on FileMaker 8. That edition was a real eye opener for me as it taught me so much more about the program than I had ever appreciated after many years of use. Now we have, what is in effect a third writing, for the latest version of FileMaker Pro and the benefit of those previous versions is certainly evident.

These authors have an excellent style of writing for a technical product like FileMaker Pro -- the style is both readable and accurate with plenty of light hearted quips to provide a delightful human touch to what could otherwise become fairly dreary tome. The book is thus not only a very readable tutorial on the methodology for setting up a relational database, but it also has a multitude of advice on ways to ensure that your development will follow guidelines for best practice. Explanations of "The FileMaker Way" are thus easy to follow and also display the authors' comprehensive knowledge of the program. This undoubtedly stems from their own credible work as practising FMP developers in their own right.

Some professional database gurus seem to take pleasure in deriding FileMaker for its simplicity of use and seeming inability to scale for enterprise tasks. What they overlook is that FileMaker is evolving into a data hub with its ability to exchange data so readily with an increasing number of other file formats. I can see how some of these folk will not find this book so useful as a reference work. It has not been written to be used in that way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The Missing Manual series is, overall, quite good with few misses. "FileMaker Pro 10 - The Missing Manual" is no exception to the generally high quality of the series.

I've used FileMaker since its very first version when it was produced by a company called Nashoba Systems. FileMaker has always been an excellent product, but with each new version, new features add another level of complexity. The early Nashoba and Apple documentation was excellent, but bit by bit the standards slipped. Printed manuals gave way to online help.

A mini-industry developed as publishers introduced new titles. It was never a tsunami, but there were a number of books on various aspects of FileMaker, some very well developed references.

The Missing Manual neatly fills the gap.

Starting with the basics, you are guided through the basics in the first three chapters. In reality, many people will not need to go beyond this point. There's enough here to get you through the creation and maintenance of simple FileMaker databases.

Beginning with Chapter 4, on layouts, your knowledge will quickly expand. FileMaker was among the first, if not the first, microcomputer database product to allow you to design layouts to meet your needs. Since those early days, the power of the FileMaker layout engine has grown almost beyond comprehension. You can create whatever layout meets your needs - and you can have multiple layouts per database. The Missing Manual does a superb job of showing you how to create very sophisticated layouts. It is important to understand that a FileMaker layout differs considerably merely creating a user interface: in FileMaker, the various fields are also components of the database.
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2.0 out of 5 stars FileMaker Missing Manual
Well....I guess the manual is still missing. This book did not help me to be able to use the FileMaker program. That $300 program just sits idle on my hard drive.
Published 3 months ago by Ron Yancey
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Manual is always a great addition
Have had these before and will continue to purchase when needed. It is a great strap for a DSLR, especially with a large heavy lens.
Published 7 months ago by Jeff Conerly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is wat was missing when i bought the software.
Everyone who wants to get the grip on Filemaker should by and study this book, it really set other boundaries, great value!
Published 10 months ago by Marcel van Gils
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, good delivery
I needed to better understand Filemaker and this book helps. It takes you from the beginning uses to more advanced solutions.
Published 15 months ago by Dale Bremer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference.
Very user friendly product with tips for use of a piece of fairly UN-user friendly software, which was required use on a daily basis on my job.
Published 20 months ago by Bernadette Kulikowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Filemaker Pro 10 manual
This is a great book, I still refer to it even though I am using Filemaker 11. The fundamentals of most applications don't change. Read more
Published on January 21, 2012 by Q
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I've been using Access (and other databases) for many years and have now switched back to a Mac. Needing a good database, I got stuck in to Filemaker and found this manual a good... Read more
Published on November 16, 2010 by S. Carr
1.0 out of 5 stars Developers beware!
Verbose and time-consuming. Definitely not for those who want to get up and running quickly. Better for the casual (maybe retired) user who has the time to wade through all the... Read more
Published on March 22, 2010 by CNINGHM
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent -- like the others in series
Super overview of Filemaker -- from the basics to the more advanced. I find it -- like others in the Pogue series -- invaluable. Keep it up !!
Published on February 24, 2010 by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful
although i haven't delved completely into this book, so far it has helped me do everything that i have asked of it. very well organized and easy to use.
Published on February 23, 2010 by E. Aldern
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