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FileMaker Layout Design Intensive

OK, the Data Modeling Intensive is one of our most critical classes and even though we have a good time in that course, this class blows the fun factor out of the water! We predict that FileMaker 12 will be known in years to come as “the Big Design Release” because of all the great new layout design features. What makes this class so great is that after learning the FileMaker tools for layout design, we will spend the rest of our time learning the other tools!

There are several FREE, extremely useful tools and websites that we will explore in our quest to learn how to fully customize a layout and give it that professional touch that makes your UI (User Interface) sizzle and shine. We will clue you into our favorite tools and websites and show you what you need to know.
NOTE: Attendees will receive a special gift of one of the best books we’ve found on user interface design!

Best for...
  • Developers who have no creative skill whatsoever (welcome!)
  • Developers who want a power boost to grab all the latest and greatest FM12 design features
  • Developers who are bored with their own layout design and whose users, unfortunately agree
  • Developers who want to know how to get the most out of the sweet new features
  • Developers who are dissatisfied with the time it takes them to create and manage their layouts

    *Required Hardware: Users must provide their own iPad or iPhone and have installed FileMaker Go from the iTunes App Store before class. FileMaker Go is FREE!

    NOTE: The class requires work in FM12, so students who want to use their own laptops should take them AND have FM12 Advanced installed before they come. Surefoot can provide students with workstations upon request.

    IMPORTANT: Students attending this course should have a solid understanding of fields, data modeling, layouts, calculations, scripts, reporting, portals and script triggers before taking this course.

Course Length & Price

1 day (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); $395
Note that enrollment is limited by class size, so register early to reserve your seat.

Schedule of Upcoming Classes

To register for a specific class using a credit card, please select your class and complete the online registration form—or call us at 800.946.5433 to speak in person.

* October 14, 2013 (Mon) in Redwood City, CA Register Online

Classroom Locations

For location details, please view our directions page.


Our instructors are practicing consultants who bring valuable real-world experience and best practices to the classes they teach.

Lee Lukehart is a veteran FileMaker trainer and has earned every developer certification that FileMaker has offered (15/14/13/12/11/10/9/8/7). He authored the popular white paper on FileMaker Pro Charting and the TechNet webinar on advanced charting techniques.

An enthusiastic FileMaker advocate, Lee has presented sessions at Macworld Expo, Bootcamp for FileMaker, and the last four FileMaker Developer Conferences (DevCon). He has written articles for FileMaker Advisor, and served for a year as the "Advisor Answers" columnist in Advisor Basics for FileMaker magazine.

Lee has been using FileMaker to solve client problems for more than two decades, and he began creating and providing FileMaker instruction formally in 2004. His students appreciate his attentive manner and patience in the classroom, and they say his responsive training style makes learning new skills fast and fun.

Jim Medema has trained more than 1000 students in the art and science of relational database development using FileMaker products and related supporting applications. Jim has earned every developer certification and authorized trainer certification that FileMaker has offered (15/14/13/12/11/10/9/8/7).

Originally trained to be an educator, Jim guides an ongoing conversation in every class about best practices - the tasks, techniques and habits that set apart the exceptional from the average. In the same way that knowing how to use a hammer and saw won’t make you a master carpenter, knowing what a FileMaker feature does won’t make you a star developer. Jim's goal is to guide you to knowledgeable and then on to exceptional!

Course content can be intense, but we always laugh and eat well! Oh, and for what it’s worth, Jim’s B.A. was in English, so your chances of actually understanding the class without a geek translation device are extremely high!