FileMaker Pro 10 is out, which is great news for the zillions of design firms that use FileMaker to keep track of assets, as well as for billing and for hundreds of other data-tracking tasks.
The interface has changed a bit: the new Status Toolbar at the top replaces the status area (on the left) and the toolbar (at the top) of previous versions. But more importantly, you can now save and recall Find operations, send email directly from FileMaker, view summary reports in the Browse view, and include triggers in scripts so that user actions cause scripts to run.
For a quick overview, see William Porter’s “first look” at Macworld.com, First Look: FileMaker Pro 10.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.