• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint

Chapter 7. Converting Files

No software program is an island. This chapter focuses on using FileMaker to build bridges by converting files from older FileMaker versions, bringing data from other application files into FileMaker (importing), and formatting FileMaker data so that other programs can use it (exporting). The chapter also discusses the unspeakable: how to recover data if a FileMaker file should ever become damaged. For infor mation on importing graphics and scripts into files, see Formatting and Graphics in Layouts and Using Templates and Scripts. For information on using FileMaker's ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) features, see Exchanging Data via ODBC.

To convert files from earlier FileMaker versions:

1.
While running FileMaker version 5, choose File > Open ( in Windows/ on the Mac) and navigate to the file created using an earlier version of FileMaker. Once you find it, click Open.

2.
A dialog box will appear, alerting you that the older original file will be converted and automatically renamed by adding Old to its name (Figure 7.1). (By default, the new FileMaker 5 version of the file will be given the original file's name.). Unless you want to type in another name, click OK. A new version of the data will appear in Browse mode.

Figure 7.1. A warning dialog box asks you to rename older FileMaker databases you convert to version 5.



PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint