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how does FM store images in the database?

Question asked by DonorTracker on Jul 24, 2009
Latest reply on Oct 7, 2009 by TSGal


how does FM store images in the database?


I generally have FileMakerPro 10 Advanced Mac store my images and pdfs in containers via a link to the file, rather than storing the image/pdf in the database. This keeps my database small and easy to backup, and the image/pdf files accessible should anything happen to the database.


But recently I thought I would store small, thumbnail-size images photos of the people in my dataset inside the database. The images are only 10K jpgs, so I thought, "what's the harm".


But I was surprised to find that each time I add a new 10K jpg, my database appears to grow in size by about 100K.  So my question is: how is FM storing these tiny images, and why does it grow so much, and is there a better format to use than jpg?  I'm open to gif, png, or whatever.