FileMaker, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of FileMaker Mobile 2 Companion for the Palm OS (Multilingual version), new release of the software allowing users to transfer and synchronize data between FileMaker Pro 5.5 v2 databases on desktop computers and Palm OS handhelds.
Being an unabashed ThinkDB devotee, I'd like to hear from someone who's used both Palm apps for a comparison.
I've tried Filemaker on Mac desktop, and found it a fairly baffling experience for someone flying without a manual... not sure I'd have enough need for it to justify the price/learning curve. Is the Palm version easier/more intuitive to use/learn?
I know Filemaker is more of an "industry standard" but if ThinkDB Palm is to FileMaker Mobile what PaintShopPro is to Photoshop... why switch?
Of course mivox, if you dont have any FileMaker app running on the desktop computer, the advantages of FileMaker Mobile are faily limited. For the price/performance you better stick with ThinkDB.
I have been using FM since a long time. The learning curve was a lot easier then. Just had to learn a little more while upgrading.
What I like about this program is how fast you can develop a vertical market applications with it. My last baby was a touchscreen terminal for doctors in ER. (you know how bad is theyr writing) FileMaker mobile allows me to port the same app to Palm PDAs. All those PDAs are in sync with the main patient database. Doctors can pull and edit the patients records wherever they are with this toy. Total time of developpement : less than 2 months! Total time to port it to Palm : less than 2 days. Basically you just have to adapt the layouts to the PDA screen and watch it fly.
For this case - and many others - it is a true benefit.