We are a small London-based international charity looking to improve our database. We have been using Filemaker Pro (Mac) for the past few years, but our set-up is not very user-friendly, and we would like to upgrade. Can anyone recommend a good database solution that is Mac compatible and inexpensive?
I was in your position two years ago. We desperately needed to get a new database but found that there just wasn’t much out there that could accomodate Macs. We decided to keep with Filemaker Pro (we were using 2.1) and got a Filemaker Pro developer to work with us using FP 6. It has taken 18 months to get a functioning database but it can analyse and give us reports. I can give the the name of the developer if you want (e-mail me privately).
I hope this helps.
Given the availability of second user PC’s to charity, why would you want to stick with using a mac for anything other than graphic design?
I know it is a big step, but the choice of software package, and the ease of use and functionality are worth making the break for
We thought long and hard about going over to PC’s instead of Macs but decided to stick with what we know. There is no-one dedicated to IT here and most people have been here long enough to know what to do with a Mac.
If you are wedded to MAC and Filemaker, you might consider ebase. It is a free open source fundraising and membership database written with Filemaker. It has been around for a while now and has many enthusiastic users. See http://www.ebase.org/ for details.
ebase is reasonable, free, and open source open source. certainly worth a look.
It’s based on Filemaker Pro in which you set up reports to run in ebase.
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