FileMaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual
The book that should have been in the box
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2012
Pages: 958

You don’t have to be a techie to use FileMaker Pro 12, but you do need to know what you’re doing. With this crystal-clear guide, you’ll learn how to create a powerful database that lets you do almost anything with your data. Whether you’re running a business, printing a catalog, or planning a wedding, you’ll learn how to customize your database and put it to work.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Get started. Tour FileMaker Pro’s features and create your first database in minutes.
  • Catalog your data. View, sort, and shape information in dozens of ways.
  • Create professional documents. Publish reports, invoices, and other documents with ease.
  • Harness processing power. Use calculations and scripts to crunch numbers, search text, and automate tasks.
  • Add visual power and clarity. Create colorful charts to illustrate and summarize your data.
  • Think like a developer. Dive into the high-level features of FileMaker Pro Advanced.
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      3.0

      Ebook Version Hard To Navigate

      By robertk

      from Gilford, NH

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Expert
        • Intermediate
        • Novice
        • Student

        Comments about oreilly FileMaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual:

        First, I generally love the missing manual books I have - specifically the printed versions. Because I like having software manuals and other reference materials on my iPad, I decided to go with only the ebook version of the FMP 12 Missing Manual. While the content is fine, I find it very challenging to find my way around the "book". There are no page numbers, so there are no page numbers in the table of contents. You can click on the link, but even going through the TOC requires that you swipe from page to page to find what you're looking for. I suppose one could write down the locations but that's cumbersome. Even for something so simple as finding the index, I found myself swiping through page after page of the TOC since there's no other easy way to get to it. Well, actually, I tried using the scroll bar to go to the end of the book and then swiped the other direction but that, too, is very cumbersome. I finally found my way to the index but of course there are no page numbers there either since there aren't any in the book. Admittedly, I've never given the navigation of an ebook much thought and with most of the ebooks I have it doesn't require much. With this one it does.

        In general, the content of this book is very good, but I wish I could have purchased the printed version and gotten the ebook version for no extra charge. That way I could use the "real" book most of the time, but had the ebook for when I'm sitting in the airport or other places where I don't feel like lugging the printed book with me.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT BOOK! well written and easy to ind

        By Wingkeel

        from Erie, Colorado

        About Me Business Owner, Educator, Entrepreneur, Project manager, Student

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Concise
        • Easy To Find Anything
        • Easy to understand
        • Great Index
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Struggling Beginner

          Comments about oreilly FileMaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual:

          I bought Filemaker-12 developers Manual, and spent two days trying to figure out how to set a variable. Out of sheer frustration, I bought The Missing Manual. Twenty minutes after opening it up, I not only had my variables defined but had a fantastic interface for my database! The CD files alone are worth the cost of the book if you're trying to learn Filemaker Pro.

          These folks don't assume your an idiot but they also know how to make it understandable without wasting out time with being wordy. If you're struggling as a new Filemaker Pro user, this book is your way out. Entrepreneur

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good, but lots of "see also" problems

          By Barbara, tech writer extraordinaire

          from Sebastopol, CA

          About Me Designer, Developer, Maker

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to understand
          • Well-written

          Cons

          • Too many errors

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            Comments about oreilly FileMaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual:

            I've only spent a few hours with this book so far, but I like the info, the writing style, the content etc. My main problems are with the "see page x" cross-references. Many of them are wrong. A few are off by exactly 30 pages, so if I don't find what I'm looking for on the page they give, I can flip back 30 pages and there it is. Others are just off by a few pages, or I haven't been able to find the reference at all.

            As a tech writer myself, I know that these references are usually generated automatically within the authoring tool, so I'm not sure how so many of them can be wrong. But someone either needs to re-generate the whole doc source to correct the numbers, or needs to do a detailed copy-edit and fix them all, posting them here as errata.

            Also, the index could be better. They mentioned one feature in passing and said "You'll learn how to do that." But I couldn't find any references to that feature anywhere in the index or TOC. I finally tripped over it by accident. When I use a reference like this, I live and die by cross-references and the index, so I would like to see them be corrected and improved.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Anticipating The Release of FMP 12: TMM

            By macjay

            from Mountain View, CA

            About Me Creative Businessperson, Developer, Maker

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Concise
            • THE Missing Manual
            • Well-written

            Cons

            • Can't Cover Everything

            Best Uses

            • Intermediate
            • Perfect for Intermediate

            Comments about oreilly FileMaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual:

            I'm jumping the gun here, but I have both the iPad and print version of Prosser and Gripman's "FMP 11: TMM" and it's a five star work for those of us whose skill set is somewhere in between "new to FM Pro' and "Certified Developer".

            FileMaker 12 doesn't radically alter the basic principles of FileMaker Pro, but it introduces some specific new features (ExecuteSQL, Design Surface + FileMaker Go 12) that open up a spectrum of creative possibilities for "databases" and "Apps". There's plenty to cover here that's not in the FMP 12 manual nor official training materials, and I trust the latest installment in the FMP: TMM series will once again fill in the gaps nicely.

            At the very least, five stars currently represents my anticipation for the release of this book.

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