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Chapter 1. About FileMaker Pro 5.0 > About Upgrading to FileMaker 5.0/5.5

About Upgrading to FileMaker 5.0/5.5

Upgrading to FileMaker 5.0 is quite painless. FileMaker automatically detects the fact that the database was created in an earlier version and prompts you through the very short sequence of steps. We do, however, have to warn you about two significant problems before you move all your old databases to the new version. First, a newly created database or one transferred from an earlier version of FileMaker Pro to the latest one isn't backward-compatible. That is, an .FM5 file can't be read in an older version and there is no way to re-save it in one of the earlier formats. There's no going back. Keep copies of your files in the older format, and don't upgrade to FM5 at all if your database must be accessible on a computer that's not up to FileMaker 5's system requirements.

Second, because the standard FileMaker Pro version has some significant licensing restrictions for Web databases, you may need to make a choice between FileMaker Pro 5's enhanced usability and direct Web connections, and the limited access it provides. If you are a single user who wants to make your database accessible to a large number of people over the Internet, you should either stick with the earlier version you have, or upgrade to the more powerful FileMaker Pro 5.0 Unlimited.


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