From what I understand, you would need Filemaker V3 to start conversion to an later release.. .fm was Filemaker V2 (and earlier ??)
I have no experience myself in anything older than FM5, but have a read through here
As for copying the program over, it may be possible, but you may also mis registry entries / additional resource files which are not obvious, but prevent it from opening once copied. Again.. Not something I have experience with, just basing this off most programs on windows.
Also, Can you not use an ethernet cable to connect the two computers and invoke file sharing to copy the files ?
You could remove the hard drive (an ATA, IDE drive) and connect it to a USB adapter to plug into another computer.
These adapters are 10 to 15 dollars and have three models, they work well.
This has the advantage of using the HD as an archive, that can be plugged into any current computer.
FMP ver 3 through 6 should be able to convert the database. That converted file could be converted by FMP 7-11
Thanks. All sounds very complicated - perhaps beyond my ability to remove hard drives. However, is it still possible to get versions 3-6 and if so how much is it likely to cost?
The link I posted provides a trial version of 6 for the purpose of this, however Im not sure on how obtainable V3 etc is.
"The link I posted provides a trial version of 6 for the purpose of this, however Im not sure on how obtainable V3 etc is."
And the link is where? (I looked at several pages)
I had posted such a link and have lost it.
FMP 3 to 6 will convert version 2 databases.
I'm sorry, I can't find the download. Do you have a specific link?
Not sure what is going on with their knowledgebase... the link did work ( I think )
Edit : Nope.. it didn't, was me copying the wrong link - Stupid I-frame Content... I hate the way their KB is now !
Converting FileMaker Pro 3.0, FileMaker Pro 4.x, FileMaker Pro 5.x, and FileMaker Pro 6 files into a file / data format recognized by later versions of FileMaker Pro is as simple as dragging and dropping your files. As effortless as the procedure is, many things are going on under the hood to convert your files to be compatible with the latest version. While most people will have few problems with their converted files, there are some simple tips and procedures you can perform BEFORE you convert that will assure the most trouble-free conversion experience possible.
The following FileMaker Pro file formats cannot be directly converted using current versions of FileMaker Pro:
FileMaker Pro 1.x
FileMaker Pro 2.x
If the file(s) you desire to convert are in one of these formats, they must first be converted using a copy of FileMaker Pro 3.x though FileMaker Pro 6.x before they can be converted into the latest version. If you do not have a previous version of FileMaker Pro available, you can download a trial version of FileMaker Pro 6 from one of the following links:
Mac 8.x-9.x: http://fmdl.filemaker.com/TBUB/fm/6/Mac/fm_60v1_mac_trial.sit.bin
Mac OS X: http://fmdl.filemaker.com/TBUB/fm/6/MacOSX/fm_60v1_osx_trial.sit
Very many thanks. Do you happen to know if it is possible to buy the version 6 program after the trial has expired?
Filemaker does not sell older versions.
You can sometimes find them on eBay, but are sometimes more expensive than a current version
The ver6 trial will allow you to convert the OLD file to that file version, SAVE the converted file in three places.
The current FMP ver (11) will convert that converted file.
Thank you. However, as the new version is around £250 I was wondering if there was a cheaper option for my old friend who is in his 80s! I thought version 6 might be cheaper. He doesn't need all the bells and whistles, just a way of continuing his catalogue, which is really just a list. Filemaker 2 (which he started it in) offered a convenient layout. I think I will have to examine ways of importing the current data into some cheaper, or even free, database format. If anyone has any ideas please let me know!
Bento on a Macintosh can be had for $50
It has many capabilities and drawbacks.
Open Office is free for both Win and Mac, but is very tecnical.
What is he recording and tracking?