I often hear things like "We are just a small office, do we really need the 'Pro' version?" or "How is much the regular version and what is the difference from the 'Pro' version?"
I often wonder why it is the way it is.
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Maybe we can get a FileMaker Pro Turbo GT with 426 Hemi Carburetors
I would prefer simple and self-explaining wording as FileMaker AND FileMaker Developer.
Didn't used to be, you know. It started out as just FileMaker. (Well, actually, it started out as Nutshell.) It worked its way thru other variations such as FileMaker Plus and FileMaker II before FileMaker Pro (1990) became the alphabetically-based method of distinguishing the newest product from its predecessors. Somewhere along the line there, somebody had invented the concept of numbers, and some bright guy in marketing said "Hey, rather than change the name of the product with every new release, why don't we just number each version?". Somebody at Apple heard about this as well, and decided to go all in on the concept, which is why their operating systems have cat and mountain names plus decimal digits beyond the "10" that they've all shared since OS X was released back in 2001.
Like language, this stuff wasn't designed, it "just growed".
I was amused a couple of months back by another commenter on this very forum who pointed out how bland and undistinguished the "FileMaker" name itself was: "Right. It makes files. Unlike any other word processor, spreadsheet, camera app, drawing program, page-layout designer, or any other program that anybody's ever used on a computer."
I had some thought about it and posted a few ideas here:
MBS Blog - Thoughts about FileMaker app
When the Macintosh II came out we saw Claris apps doing the same thing, MacWrite II, MacDraw II etc. Then they started adding Pro to everything. So it goes way back.
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