Craig Schlossberg grew up surrounded by beautiful clothes. His family has been in the apparel industry for many years, and the needs of the fashion world were very familiar to him. So it was no surprise when Craig — now a software designer and engineer — created Image Info.
"I started Image Info to provide the fashion industry with state of the art image–based databases to help their sales and merchandising departments respond to buyers requests and market trends," Craig recalls.
FileMaker Pro is the centerpiece of Craig's solution, and, he says, it runs the front office of large and small fashion apparel and accessories businesses and handles the data perfectly. "With installations typically between 15–100 users per customer, and databases with 60,000+ records, each with multiple images," Craig enthuses, "the solution sings across the network and gives invaluable information to keep all areas of an organization in sync with each other."
Image Info Pro was first introduced in 1994 and within 5 years Craig had thousands of licensed users from small and mid–sized designers and manufacturers to industry giants like Donna Karen, Calvin Klein, Polo Jeans, Jones Apparel and Nautica.
With each new release, the complexity and capabilities of FileMaker Pro have increased exponentially while its elegant simplicity and ease of use have remained rock solid.
A long time developer in FileMaker, Craig has been testing FileMaker Pro 10 and he is delighted with the results. "Version 10 exceeded all of my expectations," he says. "The customizable toolbars allow developers to escape the boundaries of the layout and completely separate functionality from data. The live sub–summaries in browse mode and auto–maintained sorts add yet more powerful tools to an already well stocked toolbox."
As a FileMaker user for many years Craig appreciates the way the software remains easy to use. "With each new release, the complexity and capabilities of FileMaker Pro have increased exponentially while its elegant simplicity and ease of use have remained rock solid," he says. And he adds, "the advanced recovery features are a great help. I love the ability to save search requests. We've been building that functionality into our databases for 14 years! And I'm also delighted with the built in SMTP email sending which is a tremendous help."
Still Craig had no difficulty in choosing the feature he was most pleased to see in FileMaker Pro 10. "The new status bar is my favorite feature," he declares. "It allows me to keep only the buttons the user needs in a predictable place far away from the data. It's a great addition."
And the Script Triggers? "Almost perfect! We've wanted this ability for a long time. I'm still testing certain aspects but I'm very excited about the prospects. As for the improved tab order creation, finally, I can insert a field into the middle of the tab order. Thank you!"