FileMaker Software


 

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.

 

FileMaker - Layout objects window
 
  • FileMaker - Layout objects window
    Layout objects window
  • FileMaker - Script workspace
    Script workspace
  • FileMaker - Add animations and transitions
    Add animations and transitions
  • FileMaker - Signature-capture setup
    Signature-capture setup
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 10

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Terri from CarePatrol
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Great Product - our customization was no longer supported well by customer service causing us to drop it

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overall good product for mid - to small size companies
customization support was inconsistent

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integration with email is a nice feature to manage both sales and crm
good options to customize
Good overall CRM

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had server issues
had customization work for years until we outgrew their servers and their apparent desire to continue working with us
we may have simply outgrown them

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Joseph from Web Developer
Specialty: Independent Developers
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

March 2018

March 2018

FileMaker Go complicates, and a copy of FileMaker too expensive

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Functionality and overall ending product. Intermediate use ability. Hard to understand the FileMaker Go

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Ease of use and functionality, I used FileMaker Go and it is limited in its functionality and I was unable to afford a copy of FileMaker Pro

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Wendy from Farrington Nature Linc
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Hard to upgrade

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Allowed us to create a very sophisticated database that could track donors and all direct mail responses

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Every time filemaker upgraded to a new version we couldn't count on functionality continuing so we would have to rebuild

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Shannon from AgroFlite, LLC
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Easy to learn

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FileMaker is a great platform to build applications that you can't find anywhere else. You can make an application easily that is perfect for what you need. There are many videos and documents online to help you learn specific features and structures in order to make it perform the way you envisioned. If you know how to write formulas in Excel then you will pick up FileMaker pretty easily.

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Very easy to learn as you go.
Very forgiving while you learn.
Very little limitations.
Can work with ipads and iphones for the people out in the field as will as back office computers.

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Time consuming.
Does not work with Androids.
Once you do one application then it turns into two then three and it never stops.

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Seddik from EPAC Technologies
Specialty: IT Services
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Filemaker best Solution for small and medium business

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Easy to use
Instant Features deployment without downtime
Available on multi platform
Easy to maintain and to share

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Limited communication with other platforms
Not suited for Big business
Limited reporting capabilities especially Graphics

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Lisa from Consultant
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2017

November 2017

FileMaker for NonProfit DataBase

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Customizable. We know we aren't using it up to its full capabilities but have not been thrilled by what we are using so haven't invested time/money.

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Look and Feel are unfriendly for non-tech users and reporting. We have been unable to easily design and pull queries on our own.

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Vicent from Desarrollo Web Marketing Experiences

May 2018

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.

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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.

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

Review Source: Capterra
 

Dante from norkut

May 2018

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.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Joel from OneStrand
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

May 2018

May 2018

The Best Database Software for Small to Medium Businesses, AND for Beginners Starting Out

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We have done our timekeeping in FileMaker for over two decades. We developed numerous other business solutions that have had a significant impact on our ability to be profitable and become more efficient at everything we do as a company.

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I tried learning databases with SQL and MS Access. It wasn't until I started using FileMaker that I really began understanding how databases work. Although FileMaker is VERY powerful, it caters to beginners in a way that no other software does. The ability to grasp how databases function, how to build them, how to maintain them, and how to develop a solution for yourself, or others, is unmatched. I learned databases with FileMaker and that has helped me understand how SQL works and how databases in general work. All this to say that the thing I like the most about FileMaker is how easy it was to learn along with how powerful it is to develop in. I can make something small for myself, or something huge for a client.

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FileMaker's weakest spot has to do with user interface (layout) tools. Although there is a very good selection of controls available, it pales in comparison to what you can get with other software. Even a free version of Visual Studio will provide you with a lot more layout controls than FileMaker. Although this is FileMaker's biggest weakness, it also means that you aren't overwhelmed with options when designing layouts. That feeds into FileMaker's strengths of being easy to learn.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ken from Akiyama Martial Arts

May 2018

May 2018

Exactly What I Needed

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One-time license purchase; not a monthly subscription. I much prefer to purchase a stable tried and proven product, rather than the plethora of beta cloud apps on the market. Filemaker is highly supported product with a huge support community and it enables developers to develop apps to suit their needs. I went through an exhaustive list of trials with Kintone, Airtable, and business apps such as Mind Body. Filemaker gives me complete control over my own data and app. I can build my own interfaces and dashboards and I don't have to pay monthly. Filemaker reminds me of the legacy MS Access but it is updated for 2018.

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Honestly, I have zero complaints with FileMaker. It has way more power than I will ever use and they offer the good old fashioned, pay once for a license and receive a finished product that doesn't change every week and glitch out (like cloud software).

Review Source: Capterra
 

Richard from BoardingPass C.A

May 2018

May 2018

Very satisfied to work with a platform

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Makes it very easy to move from the "Excel spreadsheet" phase to a fully interactive application.

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It is a good dynamic program with cross-platform capabilities for beginner and novice users. It was not difficult to configure or modify and it was easy to search and extract specific records.

Cons

It is quite expensive software that has limited capabilities. I think it needs some improvements but nothing that has no solution.

Review Source: Capterra
 


April 2018

April 2018

I use this to create and store multiple similar files.

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This software is great for creating lots of files that are similar. You can easily duplicate and then edit the portions that need to be unique.

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Occasionally the system crashes and for some reason files can be lost. If you Back-up you should be fine.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Duane from Dray Design Studio

April 2018

April 2018

I have used the product as both a user/administrator, and as developer.

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The software is easy to use and relatively easy to learn from a developer's standpoint. It has all of the functional capability one needs to develop a useful database application, such as contact/client management or - in my case - management of an art gallery's permanent collection.

Cons

What do you do when you outgrow the system or want to migrate to a more robust database system? For me this is the major drawback of Filemaker Pro - there are no tools to help you export a complete file that can be imported into another database. You can import text fields and fields with yes/no on/off switches, but you cannot export images/photographs.

This is a major drawback if you are planning to use the product for a couple of years before migrating to a standard relational database.

Basically, Filemaker Pro files are proprietary files and are not accessible to standard relational database methods, such as SQL. This is okay if (a) you will not outgrow the product or (b) you have no images/photographs included in the database.

Review Source: Capterra
 


April 2018

April 2018

Easy to learn and use

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It was so easy to learn and get started with Filemaker. I had never written any type of script before and was so proud of being able to create a useful app that people in my organization could use. It was so nice to hear that I had made someone's day/job easier.

Cons

There are so many different ways to do something that it is sometimes confusing to figure out the best way to handle a situation with an eye to how it may behave in the future in the event that requirements change.

Review Source: Capterra
 


April 2018

April 2018

Not at all a good fit for me. Difficult to use and learn.

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There are pleasant people on forums that will help you, but it feels like such a disservice to have to use people outside of their customer service just to figure out bugs. If the database is already built by someone else well, it's easy to use, but building them is really tough.

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Filemaker is a clunky, difficult to use, out of date database system. It's tough to get any real help outside of finding super nice people on forums.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Grayson from Twist Martini Lounge

April 2018

April 2018

I'd rather just use excel.

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I do not find any benefit for myself or my team.

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It has a few easier options for you to utilize a more graphical element in your files and lots. It also seems to play very well with Apple.

Cons

I hate Apple products and can't think of anything that excel can't do, and if you prefer a graphical use interface then you can use Access with excel. This to me is a beginners intro to spreadsheets. I'm sure it works for some, I just don't care for it.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Deanna from Empire Studios Photography

April 2018

April 2018

Great database software for client management

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I found this software super easy to learn on the job. It gave me instant access to millions of customers, searches, custom finds, everything I could imagine I needed right there.

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We had so many customers and pets in our system it would often crash on us leading to a whole skew of problems at the office and more work when it came back online to catch up all the changes we needed to make to each client file that called.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Regina from Hampton City Schools

April 2018

April 2018

This soft ware is a database program that I use at work for many task. I use it for ordering,

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What I like most about this soft ware is that information and forms can be easily accessed in a secure application.

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What I like least is that it can be slow and you have to be careful when accessing files. Information can be deleted.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Khai from PMFI Enterprises Inc.

April 2018

April 2018

Highly configurable, versatile database platform for business

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Infinitely customizable, Filemaker is able to support your entire business if you desire. From CRM to manufacturing and inventory management right through to accounting. There are some off-the-shelf Filemaker solutions that can work alone or be the basis for further customizations.

Cons

Though it is highly configurable, Filemaker generally requires the help of a consultant or developer if you want it to reach its potential. This can be time consuming and expensive.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

Great Pipeline Database

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Clean interface with user capability to extend advanced options. Being able to customize it the way you want is very user friendly.

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This is an expensive product to maintain with ongoing changes needed weekly. If you are looking to utilize the standard build you will be fine but any changes you will need support.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

Organized File System

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The searchable fields are extremely helpful when working with different clients and events. We've used this system for years, and it's great to have data in one place.

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My version of FM has been shutting down whenever I try to export our list to pdf. That's been a bit frustrating.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Anita from See Life Paulagics, LLC
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Best Database Since DBMaster for the Apple IIe!

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Simplified workflow. Better contact organization. Email from application. Best record keeping product. Ease of use.

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Fairly simple to use. Relational database so that we can keep track of lots of different transactions and contacts etc. The best part is that there are many pre-canned solutions to get you started on using the product right away. Makes workflow simple, fast and easy. It is a very powerful database that can be used in so many ways yet doesn't take up much real estate on the computer. I worked on the DB Master platform for several years and it was so easy, this one is also easy to use once it is setup, but to set it up there are many steps. Once it is set up the sky is the limit for reporting, calculations and even using it as a POS system!

Cons

Must write scripts and lots of code to make it do what I needed it to do, so I ended up hiring a consultant to do the work for us. It was expensive but will pay off with a simpler workflow. Setting it up for your specific needs can be daunting and cumbersome. I would suggest taking a class, looking at training videos and also having a programming background to use it to its full potential.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Codie from Bankers Financial Corp

March 2018

March 2018

Provides a Stable platform for core business functionality

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Powerful scripting options and very configureable. The business finds there is very little down time due to system stability

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Some of the management of the database is unintuitive for users used to using SQL management studio or similar.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

I've used FileMaker for almost ten years. It's reliable, easy to use, and efficient.

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I like that each new version offers more options which suit my needs. I also like that I've never had any technical issues.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Lars from Information Technology and Services

February 2018

February 2018

Great, Easy and Stable, whats not to like ?

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Ease and speed of programming on cross platforms, windows is very well supported, we are just missing Android...

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Maybe we are missing some eyecandy, some new functions for windowing, and perhaps the speed when having many records visible.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Xiao from Icf

February 2018

February 2018

good experience

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Easy to create solutions, easy to create objects needed and intuitive for most of the settings.it is suited for small business.

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I wish it has the capability of exporting to other bi tools for transformation and data analysis easily.

Review Source: Capterra