Re: Software Programs/Databases
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:17:36 -0800 (PST)
On Feb 7, 2014, at 11:37 AM, R Philip Dowds <rpdowds [at]> wrote:

> I concur with Sharon re FileMaker Pro: It (not Excel) is the go-to workhorse 
> of our office — and a program well worth learning for almost any purpose (I 
> personally have more than 1,000 recipes logged into it).  Filemaker is very 
> powerful, but it may seem over-technical to those unacquainted with set 
> theory, Boolean logic, SQL, and relational architecture.

But you don't have to learn any of the more advanced capabilities until you 
want to use them. I like a database over Constant Contact because it is so 
flexible. It will do anything. I also belong to an email list were questions 
are answered. And there are help sites also.

I like Freshbooks over QuickBooks because it has a cleaner more intuitive 
design. I think it does much more but haven't looked at Quickbooks in a few 
years. It does invoicing, time tracking, time tracking by project, etc. It 
would be useful for Workshare, for example.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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