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Chapter 7. Working with Relationships > How and When to Use Multiple Files

How and When to Use Multiple Files

The preceding section showed the mechanics of creating a FileMaker system that uses tables from different files. It didn't say much about the reasons why, in general, you might want to do such a thing. We offered the example of needing to work with a pre-existing file “owned” by someone else. This is certainly a relevant case, but there are also reasons why you might choose to build your own systems with multiple files from the start. This section looks over some of the major reasons for using multiple files in a single database solution.

Working with Converted Files

FileMaker 7 represents a very new way of building FileMaker databases. The differences between FileMaker 7 and previous versions are significant enough that converting a system from a previous version to 7 is not quite the easy, nearly transparent process that conversions between different versions of the product have been in the past.


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