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 and we used to build custom systems for these clients one at a time before creating Studio Manager.
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 is working on our update to 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 (or 14 will do) to Run Studio Manager 15.
On the Mac side, 2012 or later Macs work great and you can scrape by as a user with anything that can run Yosemite for FileMaker Pro 15 or Mavericks for FM14. If you are using a PC, then go for a reasonably speedy machine but most will work fine. 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 you’ll get with Studio Manager.
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 SSD boot drives even small ones all around whenever you are drive shopping.
Studio Manager Rated Best
Even though it has been a while now since we’ve seen an evaluation of software for this category, we did gain top honors last time around. Creative Business 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 the product for cross-platform use. With the tiniest of exceptions, 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.
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!