Filemaker Pro 12 [Old Version]
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- Tackle any task - Get built-in professionally designed Starter solutions and themes to help manage your tasks in minutes.
- Build a database tailored for your unique needs. To get started, just drag and drop Microsoft Excel data into FileMaker Pro.
- Get step-by-step reporting tools, including eye-catching charts, to help manage and automate tasks. Easily create and email reports in Excel or PDF.
- Safely share with iPad, iPhone, Windows, and Mac users
- Securely publish your databases to the web in a few clicks. Create surveys, registration sites, customer feedback forms, and more.
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If you are using Lion or Mountain Lion for Mac, any version older than 11 would not work on your computer. It is important to note that database for 12 is not compatible with 11 or older. For many people, it may make sense to stay with 11 for a while longer in order to be able to exchange information with other people still using older versions of FileMaker.
In my opinion, there now may be one clear reason for preferring 12 over 11 - Retina Display MacBooks. With Mountain Lion as OS (but apparently not Lion), FileMaker Pro 12 gives crystal clear texts. I don't think this is true for 11.
I'm only giving 4 stars because of some bugs that interfere with my use (see a long list of known bugs in various versions of FileMaker at [...] ) as well as lack of a stronger finder function - something that would temporarily or optionally highlight search terms found in the database.
1. FileMaker 12 is a major release. Along with it comes a new database file format change...the first since FileMaker 7. Although conversion of your existing files will be fairly painless, there must be testing and planning in the upgrade of this software. If you haven't yet converted old databases from FileMaker 5 format, you've got two file format conversions to do to get up-to-date. If you remember the migration from .fp5 to .fp7 as being painful and expensive, the migration from .pf7 to .fp12 will be nothing like that. FileMaker 12 is a release that builds the infrastructure possible for even more future innovation.
2. You must upgrade your FileMaker server, clients, and databases all at the same time. Everyone will need to be running FileMaker 12 to access your updated databases. No more mixing and matching of server and client 9, 10, and 11. There may also be increased system requirements. For example, FileMaker 12 will not run on any older PowerPC based Macintoshes anymore. You may need to upgrade your operating system to a more recent version before you can install FileMaker 12.
System Requirements for FileMaker client: Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard, and 10.7 Lion (Leopard and PPC no longer supported on the Mac OS.) Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2, and Windows 7
3. If you run any plug-ins or other software that integrates with FileMaker, you'll want to wait until new versions are released that are fully compatible and tested with FileMaker 12.
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I did purchase two books on Filemaker: Filemaker 12 In Depth and Filemaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual.
I exported my old DB in Tab delimited format. Looked into one book to figure out the import and I had my whole DB converted in a few seconds. I defined the format definitions for the loaded fields without any help from the books.
I stumbled on the layout formatting section to build a display and update screen for my data. I did not have to read anything, I found most of the layout process to be intuitive. Now I am happily working with my DB.
I guess my whole point is I found Filemaker Pro to be intuitive ... the only advantage I had was my experience with other DB's. That is not to say I did not have to look in the extra books for some tricky functions I wanted to build, but I had no trouble finding the information. The Help directly from the program worked well also with links to documentation and forums which gave examples of 'how to do' things.
I am happy with this software for my own purposes which currently are not heavily processing based, but the scripting language seems fairly reasonable.
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