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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). In a bit of welcome news, FileMaker 6 sticks with the .fp5 format used in FileMaker 5 and 5.5, and so doesn’t need to convert 5- and 5.5-based files. That also means you can open files created with FileMaker 6 even if you’re still using versions 5 or 5.5. (Veteran users will recall that FileMaker 4 could not open files created by versions 5–5.5.) The chapter also discusses the unspeakable: how to recover data if a FileMaker file should ever become damaged. For information on importing graphics and scripts into files, see Formatting and Graphics in Layouts on page 183 and Using Templates and Scripts on page 209. For information on using FileMaker’s ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) features, see Exchanging Data Using ODBC on page 280. Import and export of XML (Extensible Markup Language) files is covered in Exchanging Data Using XML on page 272.


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