FileMaker software


76 reviews(4.5/5)
76 reviews(4.5/5)

FileMaker is an app development solution that lets users create and deploy apps. Users can make apps across mobile, cloud and on-premise environments, and no programming skills are required.

FileMaker provides built-in templates to create apps for contact management, content management, inventory and task management. The solution can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

FileMaker allows users to customize their apps with their company brands, logos and colors. It provides reporting and charting tools to make summary reports, charts, graphs and dashboards. Users can export data from the dashboard in Excel and PDF format.

The solution helps users create two-way connections with Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL and IBM DB2 data sources. It provides 256-bit encryption to protect data stored in a server. Support is provided via online forum and phone.

Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 10

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  • Gary from Humanus

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    September 2018

    More than a database

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    I've used FileMaker to create everything from a personal time management system to an online volunteer registration database. If you can imagine it, you can build it.

    Pros

    The FileMaker platform combines robust database management with a slick interface for designing a pleasant end-user experience. With some little training, a developer can become quite competent at creating a complete solution. With more experience and training, there's little that CAN'T be done with the system.

    Cons

    I have to say it; the least favorable piece of the system is its pricing structure. It's pricey to use for anything but medium to large scale deployment. Small businesses might find the cost prohibitive, and developers working for small organizations might not be able to produce solutions that are cost effective for their clients. You get a lot of horsepower, but it comes at a price.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jacqueline from DirectEd

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    August 2018

    FileMaker

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    N/A
    Pros

    I like that is simple to find people. Just by typing their name and they pop up. Also, that the information needed is easy to find in the tabs.

    Cons

    When it crashes and it doesn't refresh or it doesn't close

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • ravi from OATI

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    August 2018

    Makes the development rapid

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    We use the dashboard screen of Filemaker for tracking of projects, orders and management of inventory. Filemaker combines our cloud services into one unit. It helps us analsying the project needs through scientific data. It has enhanced visions for our techniques.

    Pros

    It has a complex structure which makes it robust yet it is very easy to use and learn. It makes the planning very easy for our projects. Commands and scripts can be easily combined. It has many custom solutions for different needs and you can get it working in no time. It is very flexible and customisable.

    Cons

    It lacks some of the visualisation techniques for the representation just same as excel sheets. It should also have more licensing options for the small scale to medium scale companies.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Oliver from Ness Digital Engineering

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    August 2018

    Splendid data base software for doing a lot of work.

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    Pros

    FileMaker Platform software is widely used for designing data base production and fast grade applications rapidly. One can create IT assets database with the help of this software. This software saves time and money. Fantastic software for small and medium sized businesses. One can easily gather data base with the help of this software. One can immediately design sophisticated custom application by using this software.

    Cons

    When I write about cons, I would say this software seems to be little bit difficult for the new beginners because of its unique layout. For unlocked items, it is easy to override data but in case of locked data, they are unable to function in scripts. Another con is that it lacks a few of word processing capabilities.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • jairo from CAI

    August 2018

    Very rewarding

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    Organization

    Pros

    Medium easy to use, but with great results, the data base behind it its amazing to access to create your own Exccell customized date based

    Cons

    its difficult ate the start to set up and fill up to get the best results, but its completely worth it

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Reinaldo from Serenis Consulting

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    July 2018

    Its a very good software. You can easily developper other programs and have access to your BDD

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    Its very easy to develop with and I've created many applications for the enterprise that I work for.

    Pros

    You can easily developper other programs and have access to your BDD
    Make links between tables and between files its easy
    It is posible to create the scripts in order to simplify further jobs

    Cons

    The script must be done in the langue of your OS. I work in France, so mines are in french, that dificults the job when i have to search for help in forums cause the scripts that I've found are allways in english and then i have to translate the syntax. NO ALLWAYS EASY

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • John from Rise Interactive

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    July 2018

    Great for small business and DIYers

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    Pros

    The software is extremely easy to use with its drag and drop interface and design functionality. Its good for small inventory management or contact management. The software is fast and self container, its hard to mess up.

    Cons

    It does not scale as well as other database services. If you are using it with more than 100 users or more than 100k records of data, you're not going to get the same performance you expect. For small uses, its perfect though.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    July 2018

    Filemaker Pro Developer for many years

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    Pros

    Filemaker Pro allows you to prototype and built database production grade applications fast. The nicest thing about Filemaker Pro is that you built the database structure, scripts and layouts in the same application. Building lay outs is as easy as drag and drop and doesn't require extensive design skills or knowledge of secondary technologies such as HTML/CSS/JavaScript. Personally I think anyone who's willing to dedicated some time for training is able to become a Filemaker Developer. Another nice thing is that database applications can easily be integrated with mobile platforms.

    Filemaker applications can be hosted online (cloud), on premise on Filemaker Server and locally on the Filemaker client. The applications that I've build with Filemaker run for 10+ years already on a Filemaker Server multi site environment and is in use by 25+ people on a daily basis.

    Filemaker is regularly updated (major versions usually once a year) which introduces new features. These updates make Filemaker better each round, for instance the latest upgrade introduces sensory perception for IOS devices and a new administration console.

    Finally, the development and implementation costs of Filemaker Pro applications are very low compared to enterprise database solutions making it really attractive for SMB. The licensing is server and client based and there is also a subscription based license to be paid annually.

    Cons

    The pros of Filemaker Pro heavily outweigh its cons but here is a few:
    - Performance of applications is nowhere as good as that of enterprise solutions, especially when multiple clients from different sites connect to an on premise hosted server.
    - Filemaker has its own scripting engine, which is pretty good, but some functions/operations can be a bit difficult to implement due to its limitations which is easier in SQL.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    July 2018

    Just Awesome!

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    Pros

    My experience in designing relational databases is from MS Access 2003 - before they changed the interface. Filemaker is very reminiscent of that style of simplicity and functionality.

    Cons

    Honestly, it's hard to complain about FM because it just works. Whereas the question is not, "What do I dislike?" but rather "What do I like least?" I will say that I am left longing for more visually appealing templates and themes. That would be nice.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Andrew from Nium, Inc.

    July 2018

    This product is revolutionizing the way I operate my day to day business.

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    Pros

    I honestly have only scratched the surface of what FileMaker is capable of doing. As I go further down the rabbit hole, I am finding that there are so many tools to aid in my ability to create unique business solutions.

    Cons

    While FileMaker has what seems to be an endless amount of possibilities, it can make it difficult to feel like you know what you are doing. I would recommend getting some initial training or watching tutorial videos.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Marlyn from Viajes de Freitas

    June 2018

    Manage your files in a more useful way.

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    Pros

    Automates and easily manages your mobile application services, ten a great advantage speed and flexibility in any development.

    Cons

    You need a server to run your applications, it all depends on the size and complexity of your project.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Geneve from Sunnybrook research institute

    June 2018

    Another admin set it up. I did not have much training using the software but it has not been easy

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    Pros

    It allows me to do billing for my facility. I like that I have my user accounts , fee per instrument etc all in one program

    Cons

    Not intuitive. Unless training has been provided it's hard to figure out how to use on your own. Also I have to import my online Instrument calendar separately.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Wendy from Bierlein Companies, Inc.

    Specialty: Other

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    June 2018

    First data base I ever used!

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    This database has been used at both my jobs over the last 20 years....so it must tried and true to be used for so long.

    Pros

    I was brought into a job where I had to learn this program on my own. With the "help" tab and a little ingenuity I was able to pick up on the concept right away. I was able to build my own forms from the already set up data base. As years went on we had to change the forms and the information we collected and it was a cinch to figure out without the use of the "help" tab. When I moved into a new job I was able to test my knowledge of FileMaker pro in an updated version. As I had the basics down I was able to figure out how to use it for calculations as well as counts and general use of the database. I had to pretty much put together a balance sheet using a data base. It was interesting and fun to figure out.

    Cons

    I don't really have anything I can remember that was irritating to me that I thought should be done differently.

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  • Rizwan from Abbott of England ltd.

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Functional and stable tool to use

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    Was able to make a custom built inventory management tool.

    Pros

    Solid program, and it does what you need it to do. Can do a lot of custom work with it, and very quick to implement.

    Cons

    Not a lot of cons, can be slow at times, but otherwise it works. Would suggest keeping changes to a minimum, once it works, don't mess with it.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Robin from Winar Connection, Inc.

    Specialty: Other

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Very good

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    Pros

    It's very easy to use. It's very easy to work with layouts and to make changes in Filemaker if needed.

    Cons

    Occasionally the system will go down and will need to be rebooted, but I think that's something you'll find with other systems also.

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  • Edward from Mundo Turismo

    June 2018

    Upload your files and manage them in the best way.

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    I like to use this file manager since it is easy to use and connects with your clients as well.

    Pros

    Is a software that facilitates the handling of files in which you can use it to upload it to your server, the attractiveness of FileMaker is that it is lightweight and the interface is very simple and didactic so that you can upload your files in the best way.

    Cons

    It is sometimes complicated with the connection since there are times when files are dropped and uploaded halfway, it should cancel the upload of files if this happens.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Development of mobile applications, desktop and web easily and with excellent learning curve.

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    Pros

    I used FileMake for its ease to create applications with charts that can be displayed on different devices. Also for the simplicity to make your application can be scalable. I started using FileMaker without any knowledge of the platform and in a short time I had a first version of a CRM that was used by 100 users, from different devices and with integration with other web applications.

    Cons

    If you often use object-oriented languages, finding a way to organize, encapsulate and reuse the source code can be a challenge. Another aspect that I think could be improved is the autocompletion in the script editor

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • David from Commercial refrigerator supplier

    June 2018

    Developer using FM for the past 2 years. Started from no knowledge to building entire ERP systems.

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    Pros

    Development process from inception to implementation is quick
    Straight forward interface building
    Simple user management
    Performance is great
    Yearly updates are always something to look forward to

    Cons

    Cost is a bit much now with version 17 changes to licensing costs. However the software does a really great job and does what it was designed to do perfectly.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Vicent from Desarrollo Web Marketing Experiences

    May 2018

    Upload a large amount of files for your hosting.

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    It makes it much easier for me to upload files and images in order to use it on my website, database or apps.

    Pros

    Very useful system with communication to the database to use the files that you enter from filemaker and management of contacts with the clients available for your projects, ideal to make a trade development.

    Cons

    It becomes somewhat slow in terms of the response that appears in the emails, sometimes requests checks for the communication of files.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Dante from norkut

    May 2018

    Excellent multiplatform to manage your databases for your application.

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    It offers great performance for the management and creation of simple elements that need to be tested with a database.

    Pros

    A truly complete multi-platform, easy to use and quick to adapt at any time, providing a very good management of data and contacts for clients.

    Cons

    It is somewhat expensive, it is complicated when migrating a database but it is something that has a solution.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
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