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Chapter 16. Networking

FileMaker’s networking abilities make it easy for PCs and Macs to share the same FileMaker database file. Inevitably, layouts will not look exactly the same on each platform. And since the Windows and Mac operating systems use different default fonts—and render them at 96 dpi on Windows and 72 dpi on Macs—text may also appear a bit differently. In some cases, this will force you to add a bit more space to tight Mac-generated layouts used on Windows machines. But, overall, the FileMaker match across platforms is pretty close. Since FileMaker 6 sticks with the .fp5 format used in FileMaker 5 and 5.5, anyone on the network using version 5 or newer can access the same files.

To host a file simply means being the first user to open a shared FileMaker file. Anyone opening the file after the host is considered a guest. The host can set access rights and make file changes that guests cannot. For details, see Table 16.1, Network Rights: Hosts vs. Guests. FileMaker’s network access privileges, by the way, are not the same as the access rights set by your computer’s operating system. For information on setting Web access to FileMaker, see Publishing on the Web on page 255.


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