PC Magazine awards Apple’s FileMaker Pro 7 ‘Editor’s Choice – top desktop database software’

PC Magazine selected FileMaker Pro 7 to receive its “Editor’s Choice” award as the top desktop database software in the June 7, 2005 issue, beating Microsoft Access 2003, Alpha Five Version 6 and askSam Professional 6.

The database applications were graded based on database functions, ease of use, application development, deployment, networking and data sharing. In winning the award, FileMaker Pro 7 received an overall grade of “Excellent.”

FileMaker has “long been a leader” in making “databases easy to develop, use and deploy,” reports PC Magazine. FileMaker Pro 7 “builds further on this already strong foundation with improved capabilities for managing relationships, more sophisticated user-access controls, and other subtle improvements,” the review adds.

“FileMaker’s unique combination of power, ease of use and rapid deployment makes it a favorite among both users and developers,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker in the press release. “FileMaker’s continuing success as the most popular easy-to-use database comes from its ability to help customers be more productive in creating, managing and sharing information. We are thrilled to receive this honor from one of the leading technology publications.”

PC Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” is the latest of more than 25 awards and top-rated reviews bestowed upon FileMaker Pro 7 since the product’s launch in March, 2004. In 2004 alone, FileMaker Pro won more awards than those given to its seven top competitors combined. More recently, FileMaker Pro received a 2005 “Codie” award for “Best Database Management Product or Service” from the Software & Information Industry Association (May 26, 2005).

FileMaker Pro is used by millions of individuals and workgroups around the world to be more productive and efficient. Business, education and government customers rely on FileMaker to manage people, projects, images, assets and other information. In addition to being the number one-selling easy-to-use database software, the award-winning FileMaker product line also includes low-cost Applications that automate basic business tasks, ready-to-use Starter Solutions, and tools to create and share solutions from the desktop to the web. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc.

Read the full review here.


  1. And 90% of the business PC world says “WTF is Filemaker?” Then, “Oh, it’s some desktop Mac thing” and promptly dismiss it. Most businesses use MS SQL Server, Oracle, or possibly an open source equivalent.

    The last thing a enterprise needs is desktop SQL servers scattered around under people’s desks; especially in light of the recent focus on privacy of customer data.

  2. …And my last comment wasn’t a slam against Filemaker per se, just a comment on the inherent weakness in the concept of “Desktop Databases”. Any form of customer data belongs racked in a server room with restricted physical access. Not laying around unsecured & unmonitored in various cubicles.

  3. The article linked to is dated 3-12-2004. Is there an updated one we are supposed to be looking at or was this a flukey story that made it’s way out of the dust bin?

  4. “And 90% of the business PC world says “WTF is Filemaker?” Then, “Oh, it’s some desktop Mac thing” and promptly dismiss it.”

    Filemaker is dual platform, so it’s not just a “Mac thing.”

  5. Catalyst.

    SQL DB products and Filemaker are different types of product. SQL products such as MS, Oracle and DB2 are targeted for massive databases and back office type of applications typically found in very large biz. These products are a lot more expensive than Filemaker or MS Access.

    Filemaker is targeted for small biz and workgroups of all types of biz that need to get an application up and running quickly without a lot of development, maintenance, and up front costs.

    As RC points out the Filemaker subsidiary makes products for both Windows and Mac platforms.

  6. Filemaker is used a lot in hollywood because it’s very easy to setup and use. Most post-production people don’t want to be database managers, and setting up a comparable SQL or Oracle solution involves a lot more work than setting up a simple Filemaker database.

  7. Catalyst…
    Yes “business” will use SQL, Oracle, etc., but there are lots of non-enterprise applications for which non-db experts need an approachable DB application. Filemaker is a DB app builder that a neophyte can buy off the shelf Saturday morning and have a running DB app completed and functioning by Sunday nite. Filemaker is NOT tarketed to the enterprise. Filemaker is the best solution for the “weekend” DB administrator.

  8. I was amazed to find that my opthalmologists run their entire practice on Filemaker, from direct acquisition of test results right through to billing, stock control and automatic generation of reminder letters. And all on Macs, of course. The director said that one of the great advantages was the ease of customisation. If they have a new task that they want to incorporate, it only takes a few days, something other solutions didn’t seem to manage.

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