FileMaker Pro 13: The Missing Manual
The book that should have been in the box
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2014
Pages: 942

You don’t need a technical background to build powerful databases with FileMaker Pro 13. This crystal-clear guide covers all new FileMaker Pro 13 features, such as its improved layout tools and enhanced mobile support. Whether you’re running a business, printing a catalog, 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:

  • Get started. Tour FileMaker Pro’s features and create your first database in minutes.
  • Access data anywhere. Use FileMaker Go on your iPad or iPhone—or share data on the Web.
  • Dive into relational data. Solve problems quickly by connecting and combining data tables.
  • Create professional documents. Publish reports, invoices, catalogs, 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.
  • Share your database on a secure server. Add the high-level features of FileMaker Pro Advanced and FileMaker Pro Server.
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      5.0

      The best way to learn Filemaker

      By DragonTrainer

      from West Boylston, MA

      About Me Designer, Developer, Educator, Sys Admin

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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        Comments about oreilly FileMaker Pro 13: The Missing Manual:

        I have been a longtime user of Filemaker Pro and have the Missing Manual for version 8. The version 13 manual is a whole new book. It covers more database design theory and all the multitude of new features. The presentation is easy to follow and very complete. As compared to the older book, the new one is almost 300 pages longer (and in a smaller typeface). It is a most excellent value.

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        3.0

        Good, But Oh So Cute

        By Bryan

        from Seattle, Washington, USA

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        • Cloying

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          Comments about oreilly FileMaker Pro 13: The Missing Manual:

          This is an informative book full of useful and well-organized information, but it's style is inimitable to good technical writing.

          It suffers from excessive cuteness, often coming off as treacly, twee, and patronizing. Its cloying "we're all good friends here, har har" tone is not only a stylistic flaw, but results in a needlessly wordy, diffuse text that gets in the way of its purpose: to inform.

          It's by no means unusable, though I got through it rolling my eyes, wondering if the authors intended to write for children, and wasting energy suppressing the urge to pick up a red pen. I shudder to think of how a young would react to such "Aren't we having fun?!" condescension. In my experience no one – especially children – either likes or benefits from being treated like a child.

          Diffuse language and obsequiousness really are serious flaws in a text: they make it difficult to glean the content. Difficult or esoteric concepts, in particular, are ill served by this approach. It's a shame to see so much solid, useful information is coated in sticky sugar.

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          4.0

          Waiting for FMP14

          By Collargol

          from Switzerland

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          • Intermediate

          Comments about oreilly FileMaker Pro 13: The Missing Manual:

          Very useful upgrade from FMP12. Several errors corrected.

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