No experience with Filemaker Pro at all, but converted from another DB source and was up and running 2 days later.,
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This review is from: Filemaker Pro 12 [Old Version] (DVD-ROM)
I had a database I created using Omnis software. I really did not want the expense of upgrading Omnis and opted for Filemaker Pro. I knew a decent amount about DB concepts but nothing about how Filemaker works and its interface.
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.