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Posted on 23 October 2004 at 5:00 pm
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  • Anonymous
    23 October 2004 at 5:00 pm #1857

    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?

    24 October 2004 at 12:53 pm #6872

    Hi Catherine,

    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.

    Vicki Bradley

    26 October 2004 at 2:50 pm #6873

    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


    26 October 2004 at 3:56 pm #6874

    Hi David,

    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.


    8 November 2004 at 10:37 am #6875

    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 for details.

    2 December 2004 at 8:13 pm #6876

    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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