I'm running FMPA 10 and 10.6.1 and Spotlight finds all FMP files. Perhaps check your Spotlight preferences to make certain the directory is defined as searchable.
Thank you Rick. I did try searching "kind:filemaker" in spotlight and it did pull up all my FMP files - I do appreciate your help on that. When I try to use spotlight to search for content within FMP files it won't do that. I suppose that simply isn't available?
I assume that
1) there is no spotlight filter for the .fm7 file format
2) accessing and indexing content through a 3rd party software such as spotlight on open FM databases may interfere normal DB operation and eventually harm the database
"Thank you Rick. I did try searching "kind:filemaker" in spotlight and it did pull up all my FMP files - I do appreciate your help on that. When I try to use spotlight to search for content within FMP files it won't do that. I suppose that simply isn't available?"
I just did a Spotlight search on a few field names I use in Filemaker files . . . pretty arcane names unlikely to exist anywhere else . . . and Spotlight found all relevant FMP files. However, when searching for content I know to exist in fields, Spotlight came up blank.
Mac Pro Quad Xeon OS X 10.6.1
Hello Rick. Makes good sense. I could certainly use spotlight to find fmp file names - but trying to find content within fmp (including field names) came up blank. Martin is probably right - giving spotlight access to fmp files might cause some issues with the fmp db itself.
I recently downloaded the FM10 trial specifically to verify that Spotlight finds Filemaker content now. It does not.
A workaround could be to generate Excel exports of all tables that you need to search. These can't practically be real-time current, but I suppose it is better than the dbms being a "black hole".
Note that if you want something *link* spotlight searching of your database content, you can add this yourself using: http://www.fmsearchresults.com
Not free, but it's unlocked and shows you how to search any/all fields in any/all tables in your solution from a global search field.
Hope it helps,
I'm at a bit of a loss as to why anyone would search database content with Spotlight. I mean, one of the most useful and common tasks performed within a database is searching, no? Unless a person isn't certain in which solution to perform the search . . . I could be missing something here.
Thank you for your comments.
I would urge each of you to enter this product suggestion (using Spotlight to find data) into our Feature Suggestion web form at:
Although I could copy your posts and paste them into the web form, there are additional questions asked that only you can answer.
I have noticed that the people who read these suggestions tend to pay more attention to those requests that provide real life examples. Therefore, when entering the suggestion, please don't say "Add this feature". Instead, explain what you are trying to accomplish and how adding this feature would help you achieve greater success/efficiency/etc.