FileMaker Pro 6

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-07-15 Print this article Print

Executive Summary: FileMaker Pro 6

Usability Excellent
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
Organizations wanting a database that end users can use with little training or those needing to publish database data to the Web will find FileMaker well-suited to these tasks. Its also a good choice for mixed PC and Mac environments.


FileMaker sells for only $299 per copy (upgrades for current users are half that), so its quite affordable. Theres some cost risk, however, should organizations at some point wish to migrate from a FileMaker database to a SQL database. The data moves over easily, but scripts and forms will be more work to convert.

(+) Multiplatform and PDA support; simplifies database concepts to make the product very accessible; can import and export data in XML format (optionally transforming the data during this process).

(-) XSLT (required to use the transformation features) is a complex and unforgiving technology; XML data must be transformed into a particular format to import it; Web access causes editing disruption for local users of the same database.

  • Microsofts Access
  • IBMs Lotus Approach
  • Corels Paradox

    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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