Thanks, everyone! When I worked as a programmer (I'm retired) I used programs with DBs attached, so have experience in both. Sometimes I feel a little too constrained about how Database oriented Filemaker is.
The reporting limits may or may not be a big deal... most of my reports are just generated to PDF for viewing or saving. The 'meat' of the application is taking and process dog sports entries... my Filemaker application is for Barn Hunt. So mostly a person will enter their dog into a trial, get an email confirmation.. the software tracks the people, dogs, events... and allows the secretary to score individual runs for each dog, produce results, email results and export a spreadsheet that is used by the Barn Hunt Association, so needs to be formatted to their specifications and uploaded to their site.
I don't like that the Filemaker Runtime doesn't support PDF exports. And it's XLS exports are also limited.
I can't require these dog clubs to buy a full Filemaker license. They are small and don't make money and usually just want to break even so they can put on more trials. Most of the applications that exist now are just Access DBs thrown together to track these things. I prefer my Mac and develop on my Mac and want to provide both a Mac and Windows application.
Can the Windows version be produced on the Mac, or is Windows required? I have a Windows laptop but it's old and slow.
I may try Xojo for another type of dog trial I'm planning on doing an application for... Scent Work. I've been working on my current one since last July and it's just about ready to go.