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I. Introduction to FileMaker Pro > 3. Building a New Database

Chapter 3. Building a New Database

In Chapter 1, you jump-started your first database using one of FileMaker Pro’s built-in templates. All FileMaker templates started out as blank databases. Some diligent FileMaker employees set up the fields and the formatting to get you started quickly, but there’s no magic involved. With just a little knowledge and experience, you can create a database with all the power and fancy features of any FileMaker template. This chapter shows you how to build a contact management database from the ground up.

You really get FileMaker to work for you when you build your own databases. Lots of programs out there can help you keep track of one thing or another, but a database you build can think the way you do. You can design it to capture, organize, and display the information you need to know, when you need to know it—rather than making your business (or life) fit the software. It’s time to learn how to custom-craft a database just for you.


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