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Not for the less experienced,
This review is from: Filemaker Pro 11 [Old Version] (DVD-ROM)
I did a lot of productive work with File Maker Pro in the late 1990s with its version 5. So when I began a new project similar to my old one I bought FMP 11 eagerly. But what I found was basically designed for the professional accustomed to fairly complicated, high-level quantification, quite a way from my more basic skills. I found the procedures very hard to figure out, and the on-line instructions obtuse. I bought the Missing Manual for version 10 since nothing is out for 11 year, but found that there are some major changes--making the book a waste of money. Just getting the width of a box with the new Inspector device is incredibly complicated. So I tried Excel for the first time, finding it far easier and quicker to learn, thanks to the so careful, user-friendly 2007 version of Excel and Word. So: watch out if you're not highly trained.
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Initial post: Apr 27, 2010 6:13:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 27, 2010 6:14:22 AM PDT
Tim Cimbura says:
FileMaker is the easiest to use relational database in the world. FileMaker 11 came out only a couple of weeks ago and so the latest books about it haven't fully hit the shelves yet. It's not really fair to give FileMaker a poor review for trying to make it something it is not. If you're looking for an easier to use database that is not as powerful, then try Bento. If you can do everything you need in Excel, then maybe you didn't really need a database in the first place. You can utilize the built-in template solutions of FileMaker immediately without any knowledge of how to build a database. You might give that a try.
Posted on May 2, 2010 3:58:34 PM PDT
S. Ford says:
I agree that this is an unfair review. I don't have the time or desire to learn all the features of Photoshop®, but it's still the best of its class. I think the same goes for Filemaker Pro 11.
Posted on Jun 1, 2010 4:41:36 PM PDT
If Excel was enough to fill your needs than you definetly didn't need a database engine, rating poorly this product gives the impression that there's something wrong with it. By the same standards I can rate anything poorly if I dont know how to use it.
Posted on Dec 6, 2012 11:23:45 AM PST
Sounds like it's more an issue with your own lacking skill set than any real feedback of FM, which doesn't make it much of a fair review. I agree with Tim that FM is the easiest database to work with. I had no database program training at all, but I started working with FM8 3-4 years ago and now have completely designed a wonderful, comprehensive MIS for our company.
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