Thank you for your post.
You have asked questions that have many answers, so let's start easily.
Yes, FileMaker Pro is a more complicated product than Bento, so be prepared to spend some time learning it.
When you imported the Bento information into FileMaker Pro, you can view the data via Table view (View as Table from the View menu). In Bento, you also have one or more Form views. In FileMaker Pro, pull down the View menu and select "View as Form". To move fields around the layout (or add fields), pull down the View menu and select "Layout Mode". Here you can use precise measurements to move your fields, add graphics, etc. While in Layout Mode, you can create a new Layout to view the same information differently, just like you would in Bento.
This doesn't get you to update inventory information, but it gives you a good understanding of how information can be presented on screen. Let me know if you need clarification for any of the above steps.
If you've never used Filemaker before, I suggest learning Filemaker with the Trial version, for example.
Test it out and see if it works for you. If it's too complicated, you're better off with quickbooks, or hiring a Filemaker programer to design your database.
Hello, thank you for your response, I actually understand more filemaker now I played with it I bought a book and I called customer service and they really helped me! :) they tough me how to bring my data from bento using the business solutions templates that they have for free, now I manage to bring my data, but what I want to do now is have an inventory, contact manager and something like a sales order communicate to each other if that makes any sense :P, my question now is how do business people keep track of their sales?, I want something that shows me what I've sold and to whom, can you help me?, sorry if I don't explain myself good, I'm new at all this and don't know the terminology, but I'm a quick learner :), have a good night and thank you in advance!
Hi I already have the trial version I've been playing with it, I was very frustrated at the beginning but now I'm getting the hang of it :), I have change the layouts by my self I'm kinda learning the programming part (scared!!!) do you know how much people charge for designing a data base? I would only need inventory, contact manager and like a sales order sheet, or if you know where I can ask for this service I'm curious if it is not much I would get that done, thank you
It all depends of the complexity of the database. If you are looking for a custom-built, full-fledged system then it could get expensive.
Most people do well starting from a template such as the one you found and using a Filemaker book to tweak it and play with it. You will learn a great deal along the way. It will just take longer.
Thank you for all your help! I'll take your advice :)
It's been a while since your last post, so I imagine you are making good progress.
But here is a tip for learning FM.
When I first started, I taught myself using the templates FM offers. I would work with my db open and a template open and copy and paste items, look at the scripts the template has, study the relationship trees and how they work etc etc etc.
Take a few minutes to look through the other templates to see if they have elements you would like to incorporate into your db.
Trial and error is key in learning database software.
thanks for the advaice that is what i kinda have been doing :) it is very helpfull everybody here is so nice love this forum i never imagine learning about databases to be fun!