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FileMaker Pro 12 Upgrade [Old Version]

by Filemaker Inc.
Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Apply one of 40 stunning new themes to instantly change the look of your database.
  • Use new gradients, image slicing, and alignment guides to get the design precision you need.
  • Manage projects, content, estimates, and more with re-designed solutions-now with layouts for iPad and iPhone.
  • Drag and drop files into your database, render images faster, and securely store and manage data externally.
  • Get design tools, themes, scripts, and calculation functions to help you quickly build apps for iPad and iPhone.

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0076PO4MM
  • Item model number: H6317LL/A
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,570 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

FileMaker Pro 12 is the fastest way to create stunning databases for you and your team and make everyone more productive than ever. Give your solutions a polished look by choosing from 40 attractive layout themes customized for your iPad, iPhone, and desktop. Plus, new gradients, image slicing, and alignment guides give the design precision you need for creating solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web. Improve your database performance with the newly re-engineered container fields. Drag and drop files into your database, render images faster, and securely store and manage data externally.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Just to tell you where I'm coming from, I've been a FileMaker user and Developer since 1997 so I'm pretty familiar with it.

Much of what v12 offers is what I call 'skin deep' and is mostly for developers: laying out fields while in Layout mode is a lot easier with visual guides to help you line up fields; the product comes with a handful of pre-built "themes" (most of which are, unfortunately, kinda blah so you'll have to replace their color schemes with more appealing colors and textures. [I don't know why some of them are so gray and dingy-looking]), and there are some improvements with graphics capability--but there's nothing really substantial in the new version that knocked my socks off or blew my hair back.

Looking for new commands for coding scripts and such? Not much under the Sun, there--only a few of them. Perhaps my biggest gripe is that formatting text and rules is still as crude as ever. *sigh* C'mon, guys--databases not only have to crunch data but have to look visually appealing as well (that includes text, rules [vertical as well as horizontal], easy-to-make grids for charts, etc.)

Perhaps the biggest caution I have for upgraders is that with v12 you'll be requested to save any pre-v12 FMP file as a v12 file when you open it; you won't be able to open it with a pre-v12 version again after the conversion so .fp7 goes bye-bye in favor of the new .fp12. The file conversion only takes a few seconds--and so far I've had no problems--but the real problem comes with the number of users of the product. If it's just you alone using the product at home or work, fine, but if there's more than one user then each one will need to upgrade to v12 to open the converted files.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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I upgraded from Filemaker Pro 9, because of the time limit on upgrading from 9 to 12. I installed the program, and converted all of my databases to Pro 12. My Contacts database kept crashing after being converted to Pro 12, usually when I pasted text into a text field or sometimes when I clicked in the text field. Called Filemaker tech support who told me to use the Recover command, then export the records to a different file, clone the Contacts database (with no records), then import the exported records to the new cloned database. Even after doing that twice the database kept crashing. I then used the Contacts database which came as an example template and imported records into their own template database. The file still crashed often. Tech support said that Filemaker Pro 12 is much more sensitive to database corruption than Filemaker Pro 9, and that causes these errors and crashes. I finally decided that I liked Filemaker Pro 9 much more since it never crashed, and did everything I needed my Contacts database to do, and did not need the new features of Filemaker Pro 12. I returned the program because it was too unstable and highly inconvenient for day to day use. I would not recommend FIlemaker Pro 12, and I have used Filemaker for more than 20 years on Windows and Macintosh platforms. This upgrade was the worst that I can remember in many years.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I have used Filemaker for probably 15 years. I always recommended the product to others, at times when Filemaker struggled to survive. My attitude now is that the new 'versions' they come out with are merely minor updates, priced to reward users' product loyalty with ripping them off for $180. If it was $99, it probably wouldn't be worth it really (vs. just keeping v. 9, 10 or 11), but the sense of being ripped off wouldn't be so strong. At $99, Filemaker would be making a good profit - as this is merely an upgrade - but they are now arrogant in their strong market share. Time to tell FM to piss off, as far as I'm concerned.

For Windows users, MS Access is a great deal compared to FM, especially bundled in Office 2010 Pro. Unfortunately I recently bought Office 2010 Business, not realizing that then was the time to dump FM. For small biz and home users, bail out of FM and get yourself OpenOffice Base - it's F-R-E-E!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing upgrade May 9, 2012
By OccDoc
Was really hoping for a significant usability & functionality upgrade. Things like dynamic portal sorting and more analytic functions were hoped for, but nowhere to be seen in this version. This is really all about cosmetics...a few more templates and a few tools that are supposed to help in layout design. I found that the design tools are really minor refinements in how commands operate, rather than real new improvements. Graphing is a little more robust, but far from a quantum leap...you cant even change the orientation of text labels in a scattergram chart, should the labels overlap (making the graph useless). Speed is no faster. Reliability is similar. File format has changed so backwards compatibility is gone. Ultimately, I agree with other reviewers and would call this a very disappointing minor upgrade. If I had to value the upgrade, I would say that its worth about $29 -$49, not the $179 that they want. To me, its an expensive upgrade for a few "Apple-esque" visual bubble gum. Cmon Apple/Filemaker, you can do better...this is not much different than v9!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars filemaker pro12 great
Ex DB2 and ACCESS user - I'm loving my filemaker pro12
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Published 16 months ago by Douglas C Janelle
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Published 18 months ago by W. Wong
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't Upgrade from Version 8.5
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Published 19 months ago by Edward Campbell Jr.
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Published 20 months ago by M. Cohen
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I have Filemaker pro from it's beginning and I upgraded up to vers. 11. I made up my mind not to upgrade as I feel I am being screwed by this company. Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by Nean
5.0 out of 5 stars dave's review-filemaker pro 12
Wonderful product.Since receipt, have finalized several needed databases.
I do have one problem with labels though; contatination of words-impossible to complete a simple data... Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by dave
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