Is it possible to access more detailed information to assess if File Maker fulfills my requirements?
If you list out your requirements I'm sure there would be a number of experienced developers would provide some comment for you. Also, you can download the trial version of FM and test it out for 30 days. Create Custom Apps - Free 30-day Trial | FileMaker
Yes! And try some of the starter solutions.
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Hello Chris Cullen
Thanks for responding to my question re Filemaker.
I am currently trying to decide whether to replace my dying (ten years old and bits falling off it) Laptop and my almost totally useless Notebook with a Mac.
I have been using various databases for thirty plus years and stuck with the lazy option of access but microsoft have finally decided that it was too good and so have banjaxed it.
I can still do all I need to on my two elderly PCs when at home (I still occasionally use dos!) but need something reliable when travelling which I do quite a lot of since retiring.
I have tried downloading the trial version of Filemaker on both the laptop (XP) and notebook (Win10) but when I try to set them up I get an error that the necessary files cannot be found.
My research on the internet indicates that the Mac is probably the way to go but I would like to be sure before I spend some more of my children's inheritance.
Thanks, Sid. Older OS versions may not install the current version of FM (trial or otherwise).
If you are comfortable with Windows (or Macintosh) AND need to be running software that seems to not have a equal version for both, then you may have to decide based on those factors.
However, (and I use both platforms), the debate of Windows or Macintosh may take into consideration applications on Macintosh that actually allow you to RUN Windows applications (and you install the Win OS on your Mac!).
Here, see if this helps:
5 Ways to Run Windows Software on a Mac
And there are more links if you search 'Windows on Mac'.
Thanks Beverly for coming back to me.
I would not call Windows 10 an old OS but it still will not work from the links provided.
ok, I missed the Win10. I just know that there is a narrow OS range for installation depending on the version.
FileMaker Pro 14 Technical Specifications | FileMaker
Perhaps you need to post to Product issues (your installation problem)?
Report a Product Issue
Have managed to load a 2012 version of FileMaker on to my Notebook.
It looks promising and I will be testing it out over the next few weeks.
At the moment I am in Australia coming to the end of a three month stay and will test things further once the jetlag wears off.
thanks for your help
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