Untmom, I can partially answer your question, but you might want to make a new thread so that your question becomes the topic and you get more replies. I recently bought Bead Manager Pro. BMP and Filemaker Pro are two completely seperate entities, both are database softwares; Filemaker Pro (owned by Claris) is a broad spectrum database while Bead Manager Pro is Specific to managing beads or beading related companies or activities.
I was managing my beading activities by using the Open Office database, but I just wasnt able to make the database do what I needed. I finally caved and bought Bead Manager Pro after endlessly comparison shopping between the different bead management databases. While I have not used it to its full capabilities, I do love what I have used it for so far. I've used it for inventory, price setting, vendor management, piece inventory, and customer management. I have not used it for reports or bills of sales as my business is new and my sales are mostly very informal (at the moment). I'm sure there are other things I can use it for but have not yet discovered. I am still setting everything up and things change daily. Its very user friendly and comes with a great on-line tutorial. If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask.
Sharon-(that's my TWIN sister's name also!! LOL!) Thank you so much for the great information. I think I'm going to go ahead and purchase this software. I do not have a bead business, unless you want to count MY accumulation of beads (!), but I really do need something to track it with. Just got new computer at the office and put MS Office Pro 2010 w/ Access on there, but this sounds more like what I am looking for.