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January 29, 2009

FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual--New from O'Reilly: Clear, Concise Answers to the Questions You Have

FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual Sebastopol, CA—With just a few mouse clicks, FileMaker Pro 10 can print corporate reports, manage a mailing list, or run a small business. So why do so many people never unleash its power? Because they don't have FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly Media, $39.99 USD) by Susan Prosser and Geoff Coffey--the hands-on, friendly guide to everything you want to do with FileMaker.

Susan Prosser, a FileMaker Certified Developer says, "FileMaker Pro 10 is a game changer. The new interface, with the toolbar moved to the top of the screen, has all its old power, plus some great new tricks. The new toolbar is slick and modern, but old hands will need to re-orient themselves to the look and feel. And Script Triggers give database developers unprecedented power. Using them properly means changing the way you think about handling automation."

Keeping these changes in mind, the authors knew they would be writing to a diverse audience. As Susan notes, "We knew that the Missing Manual needed to serve experienced users who would want to harness the new power quickly. But we also took care to keep new FileMaker users in mind as we wrote."

Each chapter in this fully updated edition covers the latest timesaving features of FileMaker Pro 10, including saved finds and a redesigned toolbar that reveals information and features more clearly than ever. You'll learn how to import information from the new Bento consumer database (Mac only), write scripts to make your database even easier to use, and send email without leaving FileMaker. This guide will help you get in, build your database, and get the results you need, whether you're running a business, pursuing a hobby, or planning your retirement. It's the ideal guide for non-technical and experienced folks alike.

With this book, you will:

  • Get your first database running in minutes and perform basic tasks right away
  • Catalog people, processes, and things with streamlined data entry and sorting tools
  • Use your data to generate reports, correspondence, and other documents with ease
  • Create, connect, and manage multiple tables and set up complex relationships that display just the data you need
  • Crunch numbers, search text, or pin down dates and times with dozens of built-in formulas
  • Outfit your database for the Web, and import and export data to other formats

You'll also get objective advice on which features are really useful, and which aren't. To make the most of this database, you need FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual--the book that should have been in the box.

For a review copy or more information please email maryr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Geoff Coffey has been helping people solve problems with FileMaker Pro for over 12 years. He is a partner at Six Fried Rice (http://sixfriedrice.com), a FileMaker Pro consulting and training firm based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Susan Prosser is a reformed journalist who has developed FileMaker databases for more than 15 years, but returns to her roots by writing curriculum for other developers.

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For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596154233

FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual
Susan Prosser , Geoff Coffey
ISBN: 9780596154233, 831 pages, Book Price: $39.99 USD, £30.99 GBP
PDF Price: $31.99 USD

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