SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — London’s Metropolis Studios, Europe’s largest independently owned recording complex, has implemented a custom system built entirely on FileMaker 14, the platform that allows users to quickly create and run custom solutions that work seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. The platform is used to help speed up a multitude of processes across the entire organization. Over the past 25 years, Metropolis has seen the likes of Adele and the late Amy Winehouse make sweet, chart-topping music within its studio walls.Click here to read the full story and watch the video.Being the fast-paced creative business that it is, as Metropolis grew, its business requirements grew with it, including its finance and invoicing demands. Metropolis sought the services of SAP and its enterprise-class finance system; however, it soon became clear that the solution wasn’t meeting the company’s business requirements.Facing the need for an alternative solution fast, Metropolis, already having used solutions built on FileMaker in other areas of its business, set about building a turnkey financial system in mere weeks. Once the system was implemented, Metropolis quickly realized that the FileMaker solution was faster, smarter, more agile and inherently more upgradeable than its SAP predecessor.
The FileMaker database has been around since 1985, first for the Mac and then for Windows, moving from being a simple flat-file system to a more powerful development tool. Despite its increased functionality (including the FileMaker Go app for iOS that extended it to mobile devices for viewing and updating databases), FileMaker remains far easier to use for building database applications than competing applications like Microsoft Access.The new release, FileMaker 14, brings the development interface up to date with a new script workspace in FileMaker Pro and Advanced (where you build databases and create the layouts and scripts that turn them into database applications), and adds mobile web publishing to FileMaker Server 14 to extend mobile options beyond iOS.FileMaker gives you the familiar tools of a database system: records stored in tables that can be connected by relationships; layouts on which you can place fields (including calculated ones), add themes and apply styles; and scripts for creating reports or sending emails. You can also do more complicated programming, complete with branches and loops in your code. The layout and database management is all done graphically, and FileMaker 14 keeps this admirably simple. However, the scripting tools have been long overdue for an update.
Review: FileMaker Pro 14 continues to make the best better
by Gary Coyne on June 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm
FileMaker (an Apple subsidiary) recently released version 14 of their award-winning database software that’s been around 30 years (and I should know; I bought the version 1 in 1985). This release is interesting in that while there is a good range of new features, there are a also few updates to some of their core tools. And, like a true geek, the place where this release shines for me is the spectacular update to their scripting. Is it perfect? No, I feel there are several areas where some UI improvements are still needed. Nonetheless, there are new tools, new scripting opportunities, new UI features, and some very powerful server features. So sit back, pick up your beverage of choice, and read all about it.FileMaker Pro is a database software application that lets you create and manage databases. What’s a database? Consider an electronic collection of business cards where you can search for plumbers, plumbers in your state, and/or plumbers that do house calls. A web search engine is a database, but the contents are based on what’s on the web. If you have an organization and you want to look up members of that organization, you need a custom database.
Some people refer to themselves as “recovering lawyers.” And then there are the lawyers who call themselves “recovering programmers.” At least, that’s how Naperville, Illinois, attorney Mark Metzger describes himself.Although his busy law practice revolves around business law, real estate, and elder law, his technology background does not go to waste and plays an important part in his success. Not only does Mark often represent high-tech businesses — he also uses his technology know-how to increase his firm’s efficiency and provide the best possible representation to his clients.One of the ways he does this is by using databases, which play a pivotal role in streamlining his practice and keeping his small law firm competitive. “We use database tools to generate documents. So, I input information about a case into the database one time and then can, for example, scan IRS forms into the database. If you think of the blanks and boxes on the IRS forms as fields of information, I’m using database tools to pull that specific information from the database and automatically insert it into the IRS form.”Of course, that sounds simple enough, but what does it really mean? What exactly is a database and why is this idea important? When I asked Mark this question, he replied: “A database is a collection of records, which consist of a collection of fields, each of which you can think of as discrete boxes. Examples of this concept are the card catalogue in a library. An individual card is a record of a book and each card is formatted in the same way — title, description of the book, the Dewey Decimal assigned to it, etc. Another example of a database is a telephone book which organizes entries as the first and last name and a phone number. Those are three fields of information and so that’s the record and the book is filled with a collection of those records and each of those pieces of information are discrete fields. And, database software is a blank slate data maker tool that you can use to configure that data to do whatever you’d like. It’s like a spreadsheet.”The database software program Mark uses in his practice is Filemaker Pro. “All the information we need to collect about a client is stored in Filemaker and from Filemaker we can automatically generate many of the documents we need during our representation of a client,” he explains. “When we collect and input all of those pieces of information into Filemaker at the start of the case and they later become useful, whether we’re seeking to search or sort or format that data or are trying to glean information from it.”
Apple gets PR boost from Swift scoldingJefferson Graham, Marco della Cava and Edward Baig, 5:33 p.m. EDT June 22, 2015HTML51200k MP4700k MP4200k MP4400k MP41800k MP4FlashWhat happens when a major pop star takes on tech giant Apple? She wins the war. Jefferson Graham explains how she did and why. By Sean Fujiwara(Photo: Getty Images) 152CONNECT 238TWEETLINKEDIN 16COMMENTEMAILMORENEW YORK — Apple Music just got a platinum push from Taylor Swift.Thank the pop superstar for generating a weekend of headlines for Apple’s new streaming-music subscription service that Apple hopes will take on industry leader Spotify.In the course of one day, Swift managed to get tech behemoth Apple — a company not known for backing down in a fight — to reverse its decision to withhold indie artist royalty payments during a three-month free trial of Apple Music.