Filemaker Beginner Tutorial - contacts database

Get to know Filemaker by designing a simple contacts database with some fun features.
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Instructed by Guy Stevens Development / Databases
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  • Lectures 9
  • Contents Video: 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

In this course you will learn how to make a complete Filemaker database system for your company.

In this case it will be a contact database. We will be storing contacts, creating notes and seeing their address on a map. We will be creating tasks to keep track of the things we need to do and see which tasks are already done.

This is a course for people who own a small business and can’t afford to buy expensive software packages to manage their administration. For people who don’t want to spend hours each week doing boring, monotonous paperwork that can be automated and be made fun and professional looking.

I included the Filemaker file in the course for download so you can easily look at my file if you get lost somewhere or if there is something you want to look at more closely in detail.

At the end of this course you will be able to start your own FIlemaker projects and build them exactly the way you want them so they work for your company and not the other way around.

What are the requirements?

  • People can simply start with the Filemaker Pro demo version and see if it works well for them. There is no need to buy anything.
  • There is no prior knowledge required. You can simply follow this course and learn as you go.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create their own custom Filemaker database system for their business.
  • Create tables with the correct fields and correct field types.
  • Create layouts that work well on a computer as well as on an iPad or iPhone.
  • Centralise their data so that everything is stored in one place.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for people who are a bit computer savvy and want to automate the paperwork of their business.
  • This course is for people who are pretty organised and expect to find all their data stored in one central place.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
06:13

The Filemaker file can be downloaded here.

In this lecture we will have a look at what our finished file will look like.

And we will learn to navigate in Filemaker.

Section 2: Building our Database
09:11

Here we create our first table and add all the necessary fields.

19:13

We will make a layout for our contacts so we can more easily enter data.

16:24

Here we link two tables together and add notes to a specific contact.

08:53

Another related table. But this time we have more fields and more options.

08:13

Finding the tasks embedded in the contacts layout might be a little bit difficult. So we'll create one central layout for all tasks.

18:48

Our first scripts. Now this is exciting! Some repetitive tasks can easily be done by scripts that can be triggered by a button.

13:58

For easy navigation we will be making a menu. This way we can more easily navigate between the different layouts of our database.

06:21

Here we create a list for our contacts for easier navigation.

The finished file is also available as extra download.

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Instructor Biography

Guy Stevens, Filemaker freak

For years I was trying to figure out a good system that would be flexible and allow me to do some proper invoicing and stock management. After years of messing around with Excel files I finally had had enough and went looking. I found Filemaker and discovered a great tool that was packed with great functionality. I dove right in, started to learn everything I could. What started as a simple invoicing database became two and I was always looking to add more and more. I kept running into problems which forced me to find solutions and slowly I started to get to know Filemaker like the back of my hand. Now years later I have taught loads of people how to work with Filemaker and how to solve difficult problems. I have created very complex setups which have taught me everything I need to know about Filemaker.

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