Have you considered an off the shelf non-FM solution? Before you toss me out for heresy, if you're looking for demo-ready solutions for the requirements above, specifically with the e-commerce components, there may be web apps that are already out there for this purpose that would offer immediate access and lower cost.
You could still potentially integrate the data later into FileMaker via ESS, scripted import or API methods.
Just a thought, in case you have a hard time finding someone with a pre-existing solution.
Offhand, one of our COFMUG usergroup developers, Roy Gordon, maintains a solution called BoxOfficePro. It might be something for you to consider:
Mike, the Box Office Pro will only do a few of the things Laura wants. The program was original build with FM 8 but right now it is being rewritten in FM 13 as a FileMaker Go App. I think I've integrated every new FIleMaker 13 user interface feature into the upgrade. I don't think I will be able to make the COFMUG meeting tonight but I would be happy to demo the new Box Office Pro at the next meeting. It would be a good way to demonstrate the new features in FileMaker 13.
Hi Mike and Roy,
This does look good - even though, as you say, it doesn't do everything they want -- yet!
At the low starter price, and now in v13, it may be a good place to start if we end up building in FM.
Is there a way to stream the demo at the COFMUG meeting? If it is too much work to do, maybe there will be another opportunity to demo later.
Thanks for the heads up about this program. I may be back with more questions for you in any case.
Our next COFMUG meeting will not be until March 20th, so you might want to set up something with Roy in advance. I can wholeheartedly recommend him, he's our residential expert at FileMaker Go.
I just wanted to let you know that the off the shelf solution with ESS is definitely what I would like, since the solution needs to be 'in place' by April. Thanks for that suggestion. If the FM community doesn't have one for me, that will be next stop. Problem tends to be a resistance to ESS from the commercial app folks.
Laura, I could do a join.me session with you to show you what I'm working on. I would be available next week. Just to let you know, I don't have any plans to incorporate all of the features you are looking. My target audience is school plays and small community theaters. You can email me at email@example.com or call at 937-642-7755.