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Can FileMaker do all this?

Question asked by GarethForwood on Jul 17, 2010
Latest reply on Jul 18, 2010 by davidanders

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Can FileMaker do all this?

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Hi there,

I just downloaded a trial for FileMaker Pro 11, but before I purchase I was wondering if FileMaker is capable of everything I need.  I am an aviation photographer with about 5000 photos currently catalogued in Excel (I know, rather primitive).  I am looking to use FileMaker both as a photo catalogue but also to aid me in my workflow with the images.  I briefly considered Bento 3, but I require the autofill function that can only be obtained with a relational database.  Essentially I am looking to create something similar to the JetPhotos.Net website, but for only my own locally stored photos.

The main things I'm after are:

  1. RAW image support (Canon CR2 files) - i.e. the ability to display the raw image similarly to Jpeg
  2. The ability to attach multiple photos (i.e. the original CR2 and an edited Jpeg) to one record
  3. The ability to open a photo from FileMaker in an external editor (Photoshop CS5)
  4. The ability to select certain photos from the database to be added to a separate database that will be on my website (this feature will be added a long way down the track...)
  5. The ability to extract certain EXIF information (i.e. date taken, camera used etc)

I am currently mucking around with the Windows version under trial while I wait for my new iMac to be delivered, after which time I will run FileMaker on the Mac.

Many thanks in advance for any advice that can be offered.

Gareth.

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