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Chapter 18. Importing and Connecting > Using FileMaker Mobile

Using FileMaker Mobile

How many times have you wished you could access a FileMaker database you have on your computer when you're on the road? FileMaker Mobile lets you handle browse functions on your handheld, and keep your changes upgraded and synched with your main database. After you've set up the plug-in software to work with FileMaker Pro and installed the software on your Palm OS-handheld device, you can add, delete or modify records and easily keep both database versions up to date.

FileMaker Mobile is emphatically not a mini-version of FM Pro. Its sole purpose is to let you access your data while on the road, and make updates when needed. There are significant limitations on the fields you can transfer to the Palm. A maximum of 20 Text, Number, Date and Time fields can be moved, and no more than 5000 records. No text field can exceed 2000 characters, and no other type of field can exceed 256 characters. Any field that exceeds these limits will simply not be loaded. In addition, you can't define new fields, create relationships or in any other way modify the structure of the original database from Mobile.


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