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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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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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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December 2018

December 2018

Making It Easier to Manage My Data!

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Easy to create databases with detailed tutorials for each function. It has made managing all of my paperwork a lot easier and it is simple to share files with coworkers.

Cons

Calculations were difficult for me to figure out at first but after some trial-and-error, I was able to get it just how I wanted it to be.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Matthew from Our Sunday Visitor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Flexible database app for simple to complex needs

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Initially we just wanted to convert our old and outdated database system over to FileMaker, but once others in the company saw the flexibility and ease of use of FileMaker, it's use has greatly increased throughout my company. It's seen a lot of use replacing MS Excel-based "systems", where users have just slapped together a bunch of messy Excel files in a confusing way without any help from IT. These Excel "systems" are growing, causing problems, and then are being replaced by FileMaker databases with great success.

Pros

I like that FileMaker is simple to learn (and to keep learning), with tons of resources available online including their own forums. Between youtube videos and some paid Lynda.com courses I feel very confident I can develop quality database solutions for my company. It's great software and I actually enjoy working with it.

Cons

The recent pricing structure change for version 17 file has me concerned about the direction FileMaker might be taking. So we've held onto version 16 for now and will be waiting to upgrade. Other than concerns about pricing I don't have anything else bad to say about it.

Review Source: Capterra
 


December 2018

December 2018

Relational DB On Another Level

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Started from zero knowledge to having built an entire ERP system for the business. Loving the FileMaker platform.

Pros

Easy to learn and program
Easy to implement into an existing organization
Tons of information out there in regards to tips and tricks!

Cons

Currently the 17.0.2 release under Mojave has some issues that aren't set to be resolved until mid December 2018.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Sacha from Paymentshield
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Immediate development results from renowned multi-platform suite

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Multi-platform deployment of a single code base, company-wide policy administration for internal and online-accounts - benefits are large system changes immediately testable within instantly-deployed self-contained environments for advanced automation and on-the-fly user interface updates.

With a free trial, and a willingness to try a development system that focuses (though is not limited to) linear steps, you can experience truly productive results significantly faster than web-based systems, without compromising deployment options - a really flexible and hugely enjoyable development environment!

Pros

Instant compilation & execution of syntax-free code, visually-based object-linking / selection, immediate UI changes, plug-in and web-service extensibility, multi-platform deployment of single code-base solutions, from desktop to web and mobile.

Cons

Cost is the only consideration when recommending, though in comparison to other systems, it offers better value, just would benefit from a lower entry-level option for people to discover its power.

Review Source: Capterra
 


December 2018

December 2018

The Pit of Despair

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I guess it's a nice touch that it works on both Mac's and PCs.

Cons

The COST is absolutely absurd for a product with so many flaws!

Review Source: Capterra
 

KRISTY from ATLANTA EXPLORATION COMPANY
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2018

November 2018

NICE PROGRAM

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I LIKE THAT THIS PROGRAM HELPS ACHIEVE OUR IN HOUSE GOALS TO DESIGN SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE IN HOUSE APPLICATIONS.

Cons

ANNUAL LICENSE OR YOUR DATABASE IS OBSOLETE

Review Source: Capterra
 

Aaron from Paradigm Technologies
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Very Lacking

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Has some great features and a fairly simple to understand interface.

Cons

Extremely difficult to install or upgrade. Settings have to be adjusted through an API, which can be difficult to do for somebody who is not extremely computer savvy. Customer support is very unhelpful.

Review Source: Capterra
 

David from University of Alaska Foundation
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Easy, powerful do it yourself solution

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I have used FileMaker for 22 years and am continually impressed with its evolution. It has leap-frogged passed Access as a "home database" and now competes with top-level professional data solutions. FileMaker Go is a pleasure to use. I have built my own Contacts solution that is years ahead of anything in the iOS app store. I wish a customer portal could be built to make dealing with support issues easier. The single biggest request, an Android version, falls on deaf ears; likely because FileMaker is owned by Apple Inc.

Pros

The FileMaker platform (desktop, server, cloud, FileMaker Go mobile app) is lightyears in simplicity ahead of Microsoft Access - which I often hear as the "go-to do it yourself" solution. FileMaker is ridiculously simple to use, especially when using a built-in starter solution. FileMaker scales to almost enterprise levels of use. The scripting functionality make creation of custom apps (no longer called "solutions") a very quick affair. FileMaker works with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and the iOS FileMaker Go App. Pricing is very reasonable considering all it does.

Cons

Development of the platform usually runs slower than emerging technologies can be incorporated. There is no Android version of the mobile app. The web app is an acceptable solution for simple solutions, but usually not a good option for apps using complex scripting. Support can be challenging. There is no customer portal to manage keys and payment information.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Benjamin from Diamond Assets LLC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2018

October 2018

Great Software

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It was the tool that helped us develop our CRM. It works great.

Cons

It can be quite slow when on a VPN remotely. Not a big deal though.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Cameron from Epic Marketing
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2018

October 2018

It Does the Job, but Not Well

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It works, it does what it's supposed to do.

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It can be difficult to use and the inferace isn't very user friendly.

Review Source: Capterra
 

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.

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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

FileMaker

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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

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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