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Chapter 7. Converting Files > Importing Data into FileMaker

Importing Data into FileMaker

Moving data into FileMaker boils down to converting your original source document to a file format that FileMaker can handle. (See Table 7.1, Using FileMaker with Other File Formats, below.) When importing, you have two basic choices: move the data into a new FileMaker database (sometimes called converting data) or move it into an existing FileMaker database. If your destination file is an existing FileMaker database, you’ll also need to decide whether to add to the existing records, replace all the records, or just update any changed records.

FileMaker 6 offers several new import options, such as simultaneously importing an entire folder’s worth of files (see page 89) and, on the Mac only, importing images from a digital camera along with the accompanying image exposure data (see page 91).


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