About… Studio Manager
Geetings! Janet Tokerud here. I am the founder and architect of Studio Manager and this is our Studio Manager product site. We’ve been working with the creative services sector for more than two decades. We used to build custom systems for these clients, one at a time, before creating Studio Manager as a product.
We are the exception to the rule among competing providers in the creative services systems sector. One of us is a designer (Kathy Scout Tomyris) and one a FileMaker expert who works with lots of creatives (Janet). Scout also does a lot of FileMaker for us both on the product and in customizing Studio Manager for individual customers. Right now, Scout as chief designer has just finished work on our most recent update: Studio Manager 15.
Sally Shannon also helps out on Studio Manager in the marketing, testing and layout work. We have a lot of layout work around here because every time FileMaker updates, something better becomes possible in terms of the user interface.
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You’ll need FileMaker Pro 15 (although 14 will do) to Run Studio Manager 15.
On the Mac side, choose an iMac or Mac mini that was released in 2012 or later. You can scrape by as a user with any Mac model that can run at least Yosemite (MacOSX 10 or higher) for FileMaker Pro 15 or Mavericks (MacOSX 9) for FM14. If you are using a PC, then go for a reasonably speedy machine and relatively current model. The speed of the server makes a significant difference (see below). The speed of your client machines is also a key determinant of the responsiveness over an internal network (LAN) or an internet-based connection (WAN). The larger your network and number of nodes (computers & laptops + mobile devices) the more important it becomes that you use the faster devices. Makes sense
FileMaker.com breaks down all variations of requirements for FileMaker 15 on their Technical Specifications page.
Make sure anyone who does lots of reporting in Studio Manager has a reasonably fast machine. We strongly recommend installing super-fast SSD boot drives as the easiest and most economical way to improve performance of an existing computer.
Studio Manager Rated Best
Even though it has been a while now since we’ve seen an evaluation of software in this category, we did gain top honors last time around. Creative Business magazine surveyed creative services firms regarding business software and published the results in their May/June 2003 issue. Studio Manager was rated highest by users in the category: integrated management programs. According to Creative Business users liked it because of: “Simplicity.” and “Reasonable pricing.” “FileMaker base allows endless customization.” “Very versatile. Lets me configure things my way.” “Has all the tools needed.”
Works on Windows
Knock on wood, so far we haven’t gotten a single complaint from a PC user. Expect Studio Manager to work as well on your PC as it does on a Mac!
We are the first to admit that Studio Manager was built first for the Mac. But, FileMaker, Inc. has made the best cross-platform database around and we’ve carefully designed this product for cross-platform use. With the tiniest of exceptions (see next sentence), every feature of Studio Manager runs cross-platform.
Because there are small differences in font metrics between platforms, you may run into a few minor font-wrap issues on some layouts (which you can easily correct) but the functionality is flawless.
Because Studio Manager is built to run in FileMaker Pro, it is extensively customizable. Change the formatting of screens or fonts. Translate field labels into a different language. Adjust report layouts so they look like you printed them on your letterhead. Add additional reports and layouts.
We are available to help you customize Studio Manager at our regular consulting rates. Because we built it, we are really good at changing it , but don’t feel for a minute that you are locked into working with us.
As a Studio Manager customer, you have the ability to change anything in the product on your own or using a local FileMaker consultant of your choice. And, we are still very happy to help you, or your favorite consultant, if you get stuck or have a question.
We have a program that certifies qualified FileMaker Pro consultants worldwide. And there’s more Studio Manager knowledge tucked away in the minds of other consultants and customers who have done major customizations that we don’t yet know about. See our Consultants page for more details.
Deals on FileMaker
If you don’t already own copies of FileMaker Pro or you need to upgrade to a newer version, the expense can be significant – or not! Our advice. Call FileMaker, Inc. at 408 987-7000. Try FileMaker.com’s Buy button on their front page. Then shop around!