> I wondered if there are any third party tutorials of similar nature for FM Pro
Here's one site with video tutorials: www.vtc.com
> So 9 different forms in one record, each with the ability to be duplicated as many times as necessary, is it possible.
Yes. But, in Filemaker, what you call "forms" and "sheets" would be "related tables" and "records" within those tables. In your situation, you would have a "master" table with "job" records, and each job record would have related tables/records connected to it. You can create as many related tables and records ("forms/sheets") as you need.
15 rooms? Piece of cake.
Well that's good news. Going to watch a couple of those tutorials before purchase as I'm not quite sure how to install just yet. I have two user accounts on my mac, one for work and one for personal stuff, I will of course be using it for work, but during the learning stages I'll be learning in my own time and would prefer to learn from my personal user account.
If I install and set up in user account personal, am I going to have problems using FM Pro in my user account work. Will it ask for another license.
One last question before purchase, I'm assuming I can put the database file itself on my idisk and that I can obtain another copy of FM Pro to use that database between two (or more) macs.
One way to get another trial copy of filemaker is to install it on a computer that you didn't previously install it. If you have access to another computer, you might try that so you can play with it some more to help you evaluate it as well as better understand the training videos.
I highly recommend FMPro for your needs. You will not only find it very versatile but also very easy to work with and the support here is fantastic! I only recently started using it having most all of my relational database experience in mySQL, MS SQL, and MS Access and yet the learning curve has been minimal to say the least. I have only had a couple of things stump me and soon as I posted the issues here I got very prompt courteous assistance by the many fine people in this growing community.
As long as you are polite, and present your issue properly (with all information needed) the FM community I find is eager to help fellow users and developers alike. I would recommend this software to anyone needing any type of organization solution.
Food for thought: Thought I would also mention that with FMPro you can also build a solution that communicates very well with a SQL server database making expansion possiblilites nearly endless.
> If I install and set up in user account personal, am I going to have problems using FM Pro in my user account work. Will it ask for another license.
Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that a single FMP licence allows you to have a primary installation (say, on your work computer) and a second installation of the software on another machine (like your home laptop) provided the second installation is for your exclusive personal use. As far as I know, the licence is linked to the computer, not a specific account on a computer.
> One last question before purchase, I'm assuming I can put the database file itself on my idisk and that I can obtain another copy of FM Pro to use that database between two (or more) macs.
Your database files themselves can be copied and used on any number of machines.
Further information about licensing here: www.filemaker.com/company/legal/faq_us.html
If I can use the license on a second computer that might work with two user accounts on the same computer. Of interest my trial started all over again in my second user account, so I guess it needs the license key entering into both users, if indeed the license key allows it.