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Why FileMaker?

Anyone who's used FileMaker much will readily sing its praises. It's the most popular Macintosh database program, which explains why many folks assume it's a Mac-only program. In truth, it's now also the second most popular stand-alone database program for Windows (Windows users now account for 60 percent of the program's users). Anyone who hasn't used FileMaker may wonder what the fuss is all about. Two words—clean, simple—explain FileMaker's appeal:

  • The interface: FileMaker has been around since the mid-1980s, virtually forever in the constantly changing world of software. Unlike some programs, however, FileMaker's interface—the menus, buttons, windows, and steps required to get work done—has grown simpler, not more complex over time. This simplicity, and the resulting consistency that appears across the program, make it easy for you to focus on your work instead of puzzling over the program itself.

  • Cross-platform consistency: FileMaker works so consistently on Windows and Macintoshes that your databases can move with you as you, and those using your databases, switch between platforms.

  • Simple yet powerful: Folks who carp that FileMaker isn't as powerful as, say, Oracle, are missing the point. Heavy-duty database programs are super: super powerful, super hard to learn. FileMaker isn't. An example: FileMaker lets you build Web databases without learning CGI (Common Gateway Interface) scripting. If you are lucky enough to know CGI, FileMaker can use your scripts. More importantly, if you don't know a CGI from an SMB, FileMaker can help you solve your problems on your own. Even if your firm has its own Information Technology department, that staff is probably already overtaxed. With FileMaker, you won't need IT's help as often—and when you do, they'll also save time using FileMaker's powerful behind-the-scenes features.


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