Filemaker 5.5 to 5.0 conversion 
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 Filemaker 5.5 to 5.0 conversion
Does anyone know of a tool that will convert a database to a previous
version? There was some miscommunication between my client and my self
on version and the database was developed in 5.5, but they have 5.0.
There's one script that's going to be a bear to convert and I was hoping
there was a tool or script that could be had to do that.
Thanks


Tue, 19 Apr 2005 08:09:52 GMT
 Filemaker 5.5 to 5.0 conversion

I don't think you have to convert in this instance.  Only back to 4.1?

Scott


Quote:
> Does anyone know of a tool that will convert a database to a previous
> version? There was some miscommunication between my client and my self
> on version and the database was developed in 5.5, but they have 5.0.
> There's one script that's going to be a bear to convert and I was hoping
> there was a tool or script that could be had to do that.
> Thanks



Tue, 19 Apr 2005 08:32:16 GMT
 Filemaker 5.5 to 5.0 conversion

Quote:

> Does anyone know of a tool that will convert a database to a previous
> version? There was some miscommunication between my client and my self
> on version and the database was developed in 5.5, but they have 5.0.
> There's one script that's going to be a bear to convert and I was hoping
> there was a tool or script that could be had to do that.
> Thanks

There is no conversion necessary or possible between FM 5.5 and FM 5.0,
as they are the same file format. The only difference is between a FEW
functions available in 5.5 and not in 5.0.  If you NEED one of those
functions to perform this script, you're SOL.

Guests which access the files with 5.0 will be able to perform only 5.0
specific functions. Guest machines with 5.5 installed will have 5.5
features available. It does not matter what version of Server they have,
or which version is hosting the files if it's peer to peer.  FYI, this
also applies to FM 6.

What I would do is build a whole separate script in 5.0 to do the same
thing the script in question does. Then, in a third script, do a
platform test (Status(CurrentVersion) or something like that) and
perform Script A or Script B depending. When they convert to 6.x, then
the newer script will come into play, and this also accomodates if they
just upgrade SOME machines on a network.

Or, if it's one machine and it's really going to be a pain to rebuild,
buy them a friggin' copy of FM 6.  Life is too short.

PS. this is why VERSION is always specified in my contracts. That way
there can be no mis-communication that *I* end up paying for in
uncompensated work.  I also specify default screen size, platform(s) of
guests & host machines and deny all responsibility for setting up the
network config.   All this gained from hard experience. :/
--
Lynn Allen              Allen & Allen Semiotics
FSA Associate           Filemaker Consulting & Training



Tue, 19 Apr 2005 09:23:28 GMT
 Filemaker 5.5 to 5.0 conversion
Both applications share the same file format, and you can mix them freely.
Obviously, any function that takes advantage of a feature not found in the
earlier version will need to be re-built accordingly, but no 'conversion'
process is needed.
--
John Weinshel
Datagrace
Vashon Island, WA
(206) 463-1634
Associate Member, Filemaker Solutions Alliance


Quote:
> Does anyone know of a tool that will convert a database to a previous
> version? There was some miscommunication between my client and my self
> on version and the database was developed in 5.5, but they have 5.0.
> There's one script that's going to be a bear to convert and I was hoping
> there was a tool or script that could be had to do that.
> Thanks



Tue, 19 Apr 2005 09:42:25 GMT
 
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