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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Wendy from Bierlein Companies, Inc.
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

June 2018

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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Robin from Winar Connection, Inc.
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Very good

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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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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

Pros

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

Cons

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

Cons

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

Cons

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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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Pros

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

Cons

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.

Cons

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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Vaughan from Focus Productions
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2018

October 2018

Customisations galour!

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We managed to combine multiple apps into one single one. To-do lists, stock tracking, quoting, staff movements, freight calculations; everything in 1 place now

Pros

It can do almost anything & allows for the most detailed (anal-retentive) person to make even minute changes to suit their preference.
Powerful, cost effective (for our 10-15 person office) & mobile for our teams on the road.

Cons

Finding a good programmer can be painful.

Review Source: Capterra
 


October 2018

October 2018

Great software

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Great piece of software that any small to large business can use. Has many great features to keep contacts and more organized.

Cons

no cons, great software at a great price.

Review Source: Capterra
 


October 2018

October 2018

For the advanced form maker

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Very comprehensive functionality, many features and the industry's best form making software.

Cons

Complexity for creating simple jobs or simple tasks.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Gary from Humanus
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2018

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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jacqueline from DirectEd
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

August 2018

August 2018

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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

Review Source: Capterra
 

ravi from OATI
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

August 2018

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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Oliver from Ness Digital Engineering
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

August 2018

August 2018

Splendid data base software for doing a lot of work.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

jairo from CAI

August 2018

August 2018

Very rewarding

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Organization

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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

Review Source: Capterra
 

Reinaldo from Serenis Consulting
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2018

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

Review Source: Capterra
 

John from Rise Interactive
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

July 2018

July 2018

Great for small business and DIYers

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 


July 2018

July 2018

Filemaker Pro Developer for many years

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 


July 2018

July 2018

Just Awesome!

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Andrew from Nium, Inc.

July 2018

July 2018

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

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Marlyn from Viajes de Freitas

June 2018

June 2018

Manage your files in a more useful way.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Geneve from Sunnybrook research institute

June 2018

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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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

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Rizwan from Abbott of England ltd.
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Functional and stable tool to use

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Was able to make a custom built inventory management tool.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Edward from Mundo Turismo

June 2018

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.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 


June 2018

June 2018

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

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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

Review Source: Capterra
 

David from Commercial refrigerator supplier

June 2018

June 2018

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

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

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.

Cons

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