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FileMaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Prosser , Stuart Gripman
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  • Print ISBN-10: 144931628X
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-1449316280
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Book Description

You don’t have to be a techie to use FileMaker Pro 12, but you do need to know what you’re doing. With this crystal-clear guide, you’ll learn how to create a powerful database that lets you do almost anything with your data. Whether you’re running a business, printing a catalog, or planning a wedding, you’ll learn how to customize your database and put it to work.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Get started. Tour FileMaker Pro’s features and create your first database in minutes.
  • Catalog your data. View, sort, and shape information in dozens of ways.
  • Create professional documents. Publish reports, invoices, and other documents with ease.
  • Harness processing power. Use calculations and scripts to crunch numbers, search text, and automate tasks.
  • Add visual power and clarity. Create colorful charts to illustrate and summarize your data.
  • Think like a developer. Dive into the high-level features of FileMaker Pro Advanced.

Editorial Reviews

Book Description

The book that should have been in the box

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. She is a FileMaker Certified Developer and has developed FileMaker databases for 12 years, and also trains and writes curricula for other developers.

Stuart Gripman is the founder of Crooked Arm Corp, a full-service FileMaker Pro consulting and development firm based in Berkeley, California. A FileMaker Certified Developer, he has written for both Macworld and MacLife.

Product Details

  • File Size: 25629 KB
  • Print Length: 960 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 144931628X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OCNP3U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate instructional book for Filemaker Pro 12 January 1, 2013
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I recommend this wonderful book. I have quite a bit of experience using Filemaker, an application for which I have great admiration. Filemaker is about the easiest relational database available. It doesn't take much effort to create something really useful, but Filemaker is also a very deep and polished application. You can explore deeper and deeper into this cave if you choose and you will be rewarded at every step for having done so. But you need a guide beyond the Help system built into the app. My first preference for a guide into Filemaker software is the excellent world of video courses available by subscription on and (VTC primarily for John Mark Osborne's wonderful Filemaker video series). But sometimes a book can take you places even the videos do not. And that is the case with this great book by Susan Prosser and Stuart Gripman. For example, I have never felt the need to learn how to do Custom Menus or even Security and Privilege sets, but now that I am going to put some of my Filemaker databases on our company's server, I thought it time to do so. This book has taught me exactly how to do these two things - and now I can do something I could not do last week. Learning is always hard work and it is important that your teacher lead you in baby steps that are perfectly connected and result in success. I love the examples in this book and the fact that you can download the software sample databases in the examples for free (the "missing CD" -get it?) from the publisher's website and follow along with the instruction. The writing is clear and precise. I find I am not running into typos or missing steps. Someone has really reviewed the instructions before this book was released to make sure the instructions were complete. Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and comprehensive February 20, 2013
By Stringy
Format:Kindle Edition
The authors realise you're a smart person who has simply not used this software or a database before - they tell you in plain English what to do with each feature.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More then I needed to know September 29, 2012
By Michael
I'm a lightweight user of Filemaker Pro - a database for a couple of small businesses that I own and as a research tool. I'd more or less reached the view that there wasn't much more that I needed to know about Filemaker as it was doing everything I wanted it to, but I got a review copy to see if there was more that I could learn.

Alas there is a lot more I could learn.

There is a lot of information in the book - too much to be honest for my needs, but it is well structured and you can easily skip the bits that are too technical for your needs at the moment.

My small business databases were based on the templates that Filemaker provides, and they never quite worked for me. I hacked them a bit, tried to get them to talk to each other, and finally settled on a solution that was usable if not enjoyable. Suffice to say I've now adjusted the templates so that they work like I expect they should - wasn't easy, but a mix of reading the book and playing around got me there.

I think of myself as being pretty computer literate (one of my small businesses is a boutique software company), and Filemaker gave me everything I needed to make the software work better for me... and a whole lot more as well.

If you've invested in buying a copy of Filemaker then you'd be a mug to not invest in this book unless you already know everything there is to know about this powerful database.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome February 28, 2013
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Really is the "missing manual" that should have been in the box. Great for me, who hasn't built a FileMaker database in about 20 years and great for my husband, who is new to the software.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My basic Bible February 9, 2013
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Wouldn't have updated from V 9 without buying this book. I keep a copy at the office and at home. Just a good all around resource to jog the memory.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive May 14, 2013
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Database manuals are by nature are complex as are the databases they cover. I am new to Filemaker (have some experience in other database programs) but found the manual covered the topics in a logical manor, easy to read and contained sufficient examples, screen shots etc to convey the technical nature of the workings of Filemaker. I have read the complete book and have dogeared many pages as a reference as I develop new components. Book highly recommended.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So So November 24, 2012
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Although this manual is packed with info it is all but impossible to access the info with the weak index system. Very disapointed in the structure of the digital version. I visited the paperback version and it is much easier to work with.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I volunteer for a small nonprofit organization that needed a database. I also needed database software for my own online movie business.

While researching various software packages, I downloaded Amazon's sample from FileMakerPro12: the Missing Manual. The book's opening pages persuaded me that FileMakerPro12 (FMP for short) would do the job. I then ordered the software and the book, which I downloaded to my iPhone.

Although FMP has been around a long time, I had never used it. While the program is user friendly, it's also complex and somewhat intimidating at first. My approach to mastering any sophisticated technology product is to combine trial-and-error with studying a manual.

I had successfully used other books in the O'Reilly "missing manual" series. I therefore expected a lot from this one, and I was not disappointed. The guide covers the subject in a clear, systematic way, mixing in subtle humor that was frosting on the cake.

Reading a book with many illustrations and cross references makes iPhone reading a bit more difficult than having a printed book in hand. Still I was able to keep track of where I was, and I found the illustrations helpful.

I've now been using the software for about a month, and I believe that FMP12: the Missing Manual greatly sped up my mastery. The software's Help material also comes in handy; the two resources make a solid instructional package.

I definitely recommend the Missing Manual to anyone who wants to learn FMP12.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great program. Good book
Bought this for one of my employees. We use FM for all our bookkeeping. Great program. Good book.
Published 3 months ago by Okie1010
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good resource
Published 3 months ago by Robert A. Cuilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Very good book for Filemaker, I only buy these missing manual books, always of high quality
Published 5 months ago by Fred Dorfman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoy the information from this book
Published 10 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential!!!
Very well written with downloadable files! Easy to understand, often humorous, excellent tool for mastering FileMaker Pro! Read more
Published 12 months ago by William
4.0 out of 5 stars usefull. next best thing to having it explained to you
Help full I wished it was an ebook with videos that accompanied the various topics. That would bring this into the twenty first century.
Published 14 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed
This book is written in plain English so this plain reader can understand it and enjoy it while learning. Read more
Published 16 months ago by PDX Jackie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not perfect
Pretty good book to help you with making applications in FileMaker. It starts out very basic. However I would like more detail on scripting and the scripting language as this is... Read more
Published 16 months ago by RickCNorthcarolina
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Book
As opposed to previous editions, this edition has not been at all help in the past year. For example, the index is just plain wrong.
Published 16 months ago by Robert S. Ellinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Good source for me a beginner
I needed some written guidance to help me learn FMP 12. This was a good source and really helped. I have not done the tutorials, but they appear well integrated with downloadable... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sean W. Scott
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