by Ricardo C
This article is about the integration of database softwares to portable devices such as the iPhone and the iPad. More people are using these devices for work purposes, so applications for these devices must be developed. One of the applications that jumped into this is FileMaker. As the company claimed, this application starts a “new era of databases, empowering users to create stunning customer database apps for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the Web.” FileMaker is heavily focus on media implementation on databases; making the database more enjoyable for the user. FileMaker claims that with this application database creating is easy to do since it improves chart visuals, reporting and file searching features. FileMaker also provides the user with different themes for their database giving them a fresh look. As far as the multimedia integration, FileMaker enhanced the database with support of drag-and-drop files to store such as PDFs, video, photos, audio, and documents. The application will also manage linked files and organize them on the disk and even encrypt them for extra security. With its iPhone and iPad integration, users can now record video and audio directly into container fields and they can share it with other clients.
According to IT and facility manager James Pierson, Rampart Hydro Services, “The use of FileMaker Go 12 enables us to get timely and consistent data from the field eliminating the hodgepodge of spreadsheets, hard-copy forms, and the odd flap torn off an old cardboard box. I love the idea of FileMaker Go specific script steps, making it easier to take advantage of the growing capabilities of iOS.”
I think that the way people work on their computers has changed since the introduction of smartphones and tablets and people are getting used to be on the go instead of a desktop computer. The integration of database application for these mobile devices is convenient for a large group of users. Another point that FileMaker covers is the ease of its database interface. Users may get intimidated with the difficulty of using databases, and FileMaker is creating an easy way to use databases. The users need a more attractive interface and more interactive way to work with databases, and I believe that the way FileMaker is doing this is the future of databases. I personally use my smartphone a lot and sometimes I work on my projects and school work on it; by having an application that would make my work more attractive and easier is a great aid to increase productivity.
Staff. (2012, April 4). FileMaker 12 launches with new templates, iOS apps now free. AppleInsider | Apple news and rumors since 1997. Retrieved April 5, 2012, from http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/04/04/filemaker_12_launches_with_new_templates_ios_apps_now_free.html