The nature of the Hamilton Center's research work demands that many of the research databases take full advantage of FileMaker Pro's relational features. And now with the graphical user interface in FileMaker Pro 7, preparing relational databases is much smoother and more efficient. "It's a truly awesome addition to the product," Ken declares.
This feature allows Ken to work around complex data management problems with less effort than ever before. For example, when monitoring tests administered to patients, it's often necessary to track and update specific information according to tests performed closest to a given date. "In prior versions of FileMaker Pro, this was all scripted and fired off after hours," Ken explains. "With 24 different tests, this was rather time consuming. Now with the new relationship model, I was able to make this a calculation, so it's always up to date with no scripting. The new version of FileMaker Pro makes this possible."
Ken is also impressed with FileMaker Pro 7's new integrated security layer and its provision for multiple tables in a single file. "We've only scratched the surface with the new features," he enthuses, "and already I can see the time savings. I can estimate completing some tasks 60 to 70 percent faster, so the time savings are not only fantastic, but the expanded developer tools also make it easier to do more. FileMaker Pro 7 adds so many new features, yet it retains its familiar, simple, easy to use interface. With so many new and improved features, FileMaker Pro 7 is short on the learning curve yet long on the 'oooh–ah!' curve."