Converting FMP4 from Windows to Macintosh 
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 Converting FMP4 from Windows to Macintosh

"I'm new at using FMP4, and was wondering about it's capabilities of converting
from Windows to Mac. Is this easy to do?

Also, can you canvert Access 97 databases to FMP4 (Win or Mac)?"

It is easy to convert FMP 4.x Windows to Mac and back. Just pay attention to
the fonts you use in planning your database. Use only TrueType fonts which are
common to both platforms for best results.

Don't try to move AppleScript-dependent databases or Visual Basic-dependent
databases from one platform to the other, unless you have plenty of time to
re-work the OS integration.

No, sorry, Access to FileMaker is a near-total rewrite/rework. The file
structures may be similar, and your data will move, but none of your forms,
scripts, procedures, layouts, etc. are compatible from one package to the
other. Do be careful going from FileMaker to Access. Field lengths are not
generally a consideration AT ALL in FMP, but they usually ARE in Access.



Tue, 29 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Converting FMP4 from Windows to Macintosh

More thoughts on Mac/Windows cross-platform compatibility:

Many of us develop solutions on the Mac, then tweak the files on Windows and
distribute them with the Solutions Distribution Kit (version 3.0) or the
Developer Edition (version 4.x). If you are in a mixed environment, this makes
a lot of sense, and it does work well.

If you're using the Developer Edition, don't try to network Runtime files.
FileMaker disabled networking in this version of the Runtime. But otherwise,
you CAN network Mac and PC computers which access the same FileMaker Pro 4
solution. One of my solutions is hosted on a Mac and serves PC clients
exclusively, without any significant problems other than the usual Windows
Registry issues.

FYI--Working up a solution on the Mac and deploying it on Windows isn't hard,
but it does make you appreciate the genius at Apple and FileMaker, and wonder
how in the hell Microslop ever became the {*filter*} force in the IT industry...



Tue, 29 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Converting FMP4 from Windows to Macintosh

Quote:

> I'm new at using FMP4, and was wondering about it's capabilities of
> converting
> from Windows to Mac. Is this easy to do?

You don't need to do any conversion.  Just put the database on a Mac
and start using it.  You /may/ need to reassign some fonts if your
layouts use fonts which aren't available on your Mac.

Quote:
> Also, can you canvert Access 97 databases to FMP4 (Win or Mac)?

You can feed the data into an FMP database by saving it in a format
that FMP can read.  One normally uses tab-delimited files for this.

Simon.
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Wed, 30 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Converting FMP4 from Windows to Macintosh

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> is there a way I can access this newsgroup other than through Deja News?
> It won't come up on my regular news server?

Talk to the people who supply your internet connection.

Simon.
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Thu, 31 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 
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