What version of FileMaker, if any, do you have installed? When you say "stand alone" what does that mean for your specific database? Was it a run time copy of the database?
What operating system are you using?
Hi, I exported it from Filemaker Pro to "Stand Alone" I am not certain what a run time is. Basically you could open the stand alone database (copy) even if you did not have Filemaker Pro. None of my dissertation faculty had access so I made it stand alone.Currently, I have no Filemaker Pro software on my machine. I believe I have Vista. Thank you for your help.
Basically you could open the stand alone database (copy) even if you did not have Filemaker Pro.
That is a runtime database solution. It was created with a developer copy of FileMaker (what we now call FileMaker Advanced).
Currently, I have no Filemaker Pro software on my machine.
What do you have on your machine? A single file or the entire folder in which it was contained? A runtime system consists of an entire folder with:
1) the database file(s) (default file extension: .USR)
2) a "crippled" copy of the application file (file extension.exe)
3) and "support" files needed by the application in order to open and run the file.
As far as I know, a runtime version of Filemaker 5 (don't know about 4) will run on Vista, but haven't tried that myself.
If you only have a copy of the database file or you do but it just won't run on Vista, you can download a 30 day trial copy of FileMaker 11, (NOT filemaker 12) and use it to convert and open your file(s). You'll need to remember any passwords you defined in the original file in order to open the converted copy--use the password as both the account name and then also as the password to open it and you'll need to capitalize the password exactly as it was entered in the original file.
With the file open, you can export the data from your files to text files or excel spreadsheets in order to extract your data should that be useful to you.
The download link for FMP 11 trial (Thanks to a post by DavidAnders): http://info.filemaker.com/Us_en_FileMaker_Pro_11_Trial.html
I have everything all together in a file - database files, crippled copy and support files. I will try FileMaker 11 and see what happens. Thank you for the link!
Also, the runtimes only work on a given platform, either mac or windows so if you created this originally on the mac, it won't work on windows and vice versa.
Hi I downloaded the Filemaker Pro 11 from the link and tried to open my FileMaker Pro runtime copy to no avail. I actually have Windows 7 and have a Sony Vaio. Any other suggestions? Thank you for your help. This database was done in 1997 on a Windows computer.
I have uploaded the image of my dissertation Filemaker Pro Clone folder that won't open. I am using Vista on a Sony Vaio. This Clone file was recovered from my old computer. Thank you for any and all assistance.
A COPY of "HTP Narratives Clone.htp" should be renamed "HTP Narratives Clone.fp5"
This should allow Filemaker 11 trial to convert it.
From Filemaker Wikipedia
FileMaker files are compatible between Mac and Windows. File type extensions are
- .fm since FileMaker Pro 2.0
- .fp3 since FileMaker Pro 3.0
- .fp5 since FileMaker Pro 5.0
- .fp7 since FileMaker Pro 7.0, (including FileMaker Go 1.0)
- .fmp12 since FileMaker Pro 12
- Indicates Standard and Advanced
Self running applications (runtime, kiosk mode) are platform specific only.
I think I was able to convert fp5 file but now it has a dialog box which I cannot fill out as I am using the trial version. I do not have a username or password for Filemaker Pro 11. Any work arounds? Many thanks!
Try using admin for the account name and leave the password box empty.
Once you have the file open, go to file options and specify that the file open this file with the same combination of admin and no password. This way, you won't be asked for a password the next time you open the file.
Sadly I was denied. "admin" as username and password blank did not work. Any other suggestions?
Then apparently, you had a password defined in the original runtime file.
If you know this password, you can enter it twice, once as the account name and once as the password (That's how the conversion process converts the original password settings.) Passwords in FileMaker 11 are case sensitive even though they were not in FileMaker 5. You'll need to use exactly the same capitalization as was used in the original file to get the file to open.
Thank you everyone for all your help!!!! I opened my dissertation database after 7 years!!! WHew! Now I just need to export to an excel spreadsheet and I should be good to go for a while.
Take a look at the export records menu option. You can export your data to excel, tab, csv or a number of other file formats.
There's also a "Save as excel" option that may also be useful.