FileMaker Pro 14: The Missing Manual

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You don’t need a technical background to build powerful databases with FileMaker Pro 14. This crystal-clear, objective guide shows you how to create a database that lets you do almost anything with your data so you can quickly achieve your goals. Whether you’re creating catalogs, managing inventory and billing, or planning a wedding, you’ll learn how to customize your database to run on a PC, Mac, web browser, or iOS device.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Dive into relational data. Solve problems quickly by connecting and combining data from different tables.
  • Create professional documents. Publish reports, charts, invoices, catalogs, and other documents with ease.
  • Access data anywhere. Use FileMaker Go on your iPad or iPhone—or share data on the Web.
  • Harness processing power. Use new calculation and scripting tools to crunch numbers, search text, and automate tasks.
  • Run your database on a secure server. Learn the high-level features of FileMaker Pro Advanced.
  • Keep your data safe. Set privileges and allow data sharing with FileMaker’s streamlined security features.
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About the author

Susan Prosser is a reformed journalist who's stopped trying to bring information to the people and now helps them manage the data they already have. She is a FileMaker Certified Developer and has developed FileMaker databases for 12 years, and also trains and writes curricula for other developers.

Stuart Gripman is the founder of Crooked Arm Corp, a full-service FileMaker Pro consulting and development firm based in Berkeley, California. A FileMaker Certified Developer, he has written for both Macworld and MacLife.

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Publisher
"O'Reilly Media, Inc."
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Published on
May 13, 2015
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Pages
972
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ISBN
9781491917435
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / Databases / General
Computers / Databases / Servers
Computers / Desktop Applications / Databases
Computers / Desktop Applications / General
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This content is DRM free.
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Available on Android devices
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Used by millions worldwide, FileMaker Pro is an award-winning database program for managing people, projects, images, assets, and other information. It's easy to use and totally customizable--so long as you know what you're doing. But FileMaker Pro doesn't come with a printed manual, so FileMaker Pro: The Missing Manual is the authoritative, jargon-free book that should have been in the box.

FileMaker Pro: The Missing Manual approaches FileMaker the way FileMaker approaches you: it's user-friendly and seemingly straightforward enough, but it offers plenty of substance worthy of deeper exploration. Packed with practical information as well as countless expert tips and invaluable guidance, it's an in-depth guide to designing and building useful databases with the powerful and pliable FileMaker Pro.

Covering FileMaker for both Windows and Macintosh, FileMaker Pro: The Missing Manual is ideal for small business users, home users, school teachers, developers--anyone who wants to organize information efficiently and effectively. Whether you want to run a business, publish a shopping cart on the Web, plan a wedding, manage a student information system at your school, or program databases for clients, this book delivers.

Author Geoff Coffey has many years of experience using FileMaker Pro (he was, in fact, an early beta tester for the product). Author Susan Prosser is a FileMaker Certified Developer who trains other developers. Together, Coffey and Prosser show you how to:

Get FileMaker up and running quickly and smoothlyImport and organize information with easeDesign relational databases that are simple to use, yet powerfulTake advantage of FileMaker Pro calculation capabilitiesAutomate processes with scriptingCustomize FileMaker Pro to your needs and preferencesShare information with other people (coworkers, clients, and customers) and other programsUnderstand and select the best security options

What could easily come across as dry and intimidating--things like relational theory, calculations, and scripting--are presented in a way that is interesting and intuitive to mainstream users. In no time, you'll be working more productively and efficiently using FileMaker Pro.

The FileMaker Pro 10 desktop database lets you do almost anything with the information you give it -- especially with this book as your guide. Clear, thorough, and accessible, FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual helps you get in, build your database, and get the results you need, whether you're running a business, pursuing a hobby, or planning your retirement. It's the ideal guide for non-technical and experienced folks alike.

Each chapter in this fully updated edition covers the latest timesaving features of FileMaker Pro 10, including saved finds and a redesigned toolbar that reveals information and features more clearly than ever. You'll learn how to import information from the new Bento consumer database (Mac only), write scripts to make your database even easier to use, and send email without leaving FileMaker.

With this book, you will:

Get your first database running in minutes and perform basic tasks right awayCatalog people, processes, and things with streamlined data entry and sorting toolsUse your data to generate reports, correspondence, and other documents with easeCreate, connect, and manage multiple tables and set up complex relationships that display just the data you needCrunch numbers, search text, or pin down dates and times with dozens of built-in formulasOutfit your database for the Web, and import and export data to other formats

You'll also get objective advice on which features are really useful, and which aren't. To make the most of this database, you need FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual -- the book that should have been in the box.

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