360Difference Frequently Asked Questions

A Cross Platform Mac, Windows, iOS, and Web Based Estimating Program

What Is "The Separation Model"?

In FileMaker Pro, the separation model typically refers to a design approach known as the “Data Separation Model.” This model involves separating the data layer from the user interface layer and the business logic layer. The primary goal is to create a more modular and scalable solution.

In a typical FileMaker solution, all elements (tables, scripts, layouts, etc.) are contained within a single file. In the Data Separation Model, you create at least two files: one for data (data file) and another for the user interface and business logic (interface file). The data file contains only tables and relationships, while the interface file contains layouts, scripts, and other interface-related elements.

This separation can make it easier to update the interface without affecting the data structure and vice versa. It also facilitates collaborative development since multiple developers can work on different aspects of the solution concurrently.

What Is Claris FileMaker Pro?

FileMaker Pro is a relational database application developed by Claris International, a subsidiary of Apple Inc. It allows users to create custom solutions for managing and organizing data. FileMaker Pro is known for its ease of use and flexibility, making it accessible to users with varying levels of technical expertise.

Key features of FileMaker Pro include:

  1. Graphical User Interface (GUI): FileMaker Pro provides a user-friendly interface for designing and interacting with databases. Users can create forms, reports, and layouts without extensive programming knowledge.
  2. Relational Database Management System (RDBMS): FileMaker Pro allows users to create relational databases, which means they can establish relationships between different sets of data.
  3. Scripting: Users can automate tasks and customize the behavior of their databases using scripts. This allows for the creation of more dynamic and interactive database solutions.
  4. Cross-platform Compatibility: FileMaker Pro is available for both Windows and macOS, making it a versatile choice for users on different operating systems.
  5. Integration with Other Applications: FileMaker Pro can integrate with other applications, allowing users to import and export data, connect to external databases, and interact with various file formats.
  6. Security Features: FileMaker Pro includes features for managing user access and privileges, helping to secure sensitive data within the database.
  7. Web Publishing: Users can publish their FileMaker databases to the web, allowing for remote access and collaboration through web browsers.
  8. Mobile Access: FileMaker Go, a mobile app for iOS devices, allows users to access and interact with FileMaker databases on their iPhones and iPads.

Overall, FileMaker Pro is a versatile tool that can be used by individuals and organizations to create customized database solutions for various purposes, such as managing contacts, inventory, projects, and more.

Do I Need To Leard How To Use FileMaker ProTo Run 360Difference?

The answer is NO. But I do think learning something about the program can be beneficial. The reason being you can use FileMaker Pro to build you own specialized database files and somewhere down the line have them integrated into your 360Difference based solution.

Is 360Difference a Cloud Based Application?

I don’t want to soundlike I am being difficult but the answer is Yes, No, Maybe, and sometimes both.

And to answer the question 360Difference can be used on you desktop or laptop computer as long as you have the FileMaker Pro Application installed to power it.

And can even be used on an iPad equiped with the FREE FileMaker Go wich is the  iOS version of FileMaker Pro.

But you can also deploy 360Difference on a server powered by FileMaker Server and an access it as a cloud based application.

And if that wasn’t enough thank to a plugin from 360Works called MirrorSync .

MirrorSync allows users to synchronize data between FileMaker Server, FileMaker Pro, and FileMaker Go databases. This is particularly useful in scenarios where you have multiple instances of a FileMaker database, such as a central server and local devices, and you need to ensure that the data is consistent across all instances.

Key features of 360Works MirrorSync may include:

  1. Bidirectional Sync: Changes made on either the central server or the client devices are synchronized in both directions.

  2. Offline Access: Users can make changes to the database even when they are offline, and MirrorSync will sync the changes when the device reconnects to the network.

  3. Conflict Resolution: In case of conflicts where the same record is modified on multiple devices, MirrorSync provides options for resolving conflicts.

  4. Customization: MirrorSync can be configured to sync specific tables, fields, and records based on the user’s requirements.

  5. Security: MirrorSync includes security features to protect data during the synchronization process. 

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