Filemaker lost the option to convert or import DB files in an earlier version (do not remember which)
You might download a demo FMP ver6 here and see what works.
I am fairly new to FMP myself, but I recently imported 12-15 tables from Alpha Five, which uses the DBF file format. (Foxpro 2.6)
Here is how I did it:
1. I created an empty database and empty tables with the same field names as the DBFs that I wanted to import. I kept the new empty database open.
2. From the File menu I selected Import File and then when the Select File window popped up I selected the first DBF file to import.
3. I then mapped the fields from the source (DBF) to the target (FM7) table.
4. All my records were imported and then I just followed the same process with each table.
5. Set my relationships between tables in FMP.
I read in the FM Knowledgbase that you have to have the Advanced version of FMP to import the DBFs.
I am not sure if the Dbase IV files will import, but I think they will. They are DBF file format.
I am using Windows XP SP3 and FMP Advanced 10.0v3. I still have about 10 more databases to do using this procedure. Once I did a couple it was a snap.
Hope this helps you in some way.
One of the useful things that Filemaker did with the v3 bug fix update for Filemaker 10 was to add back the DBF import capability that many users missed and were requesting.
Thus Filemaker 10v1 or v2 couldnot, FMP 10v3 can.
FM Adv Ver. 10.3 can no longer drag and drop DBFs into Filemaker. However, you can open (and it will convert it) a DBF just not in the FIlemaker QuickStart Screen. If you want to import more than 1 DBF into the same FM file, you would have to open/convert each one separately and the combined them after they are FM files.
You should be able to do this without having to individually open and convert the DBF files.
Just select Import Records | Files and choose the DBF file type to import from a DBF file into an existing or new table.
I've been able to import the databases individually. I've had a problem with MEMO fields with the first character of every paragraph being dropped and I've also had some other issues that have led me to just keep the older databases on PCs running dBase.
I've been able to import the databases individually. I've had a problem with MEMO fields with the first character of every paragraph being droppedI'd forgotten about that issue. It's a bug filemaker is aware of: Bug importing dBase data into File Maker Pro 10 Demo (OSX)
and I've also had some other issues
Have you reported those other issues to Filemaker? Doing so might help others who still need to import DBF data into filemaker.
The other issues are not bugs like the MEMO field problem, it's just all the other stuff that won't import and has to be recreated manually. I've got a custom help file that was incredibly easy to build and easier to use in dBase (Put the cursor on the field in question and push F1) - I haven't found a way to recreate that. Custom display screens will have to be recreated, as will reports, indexes, views and most of all the custom menus that made adding, deleting, modifying and retrieving data incredibly easy for the end users.
I haven't given up on FM, but I'm afraid that at the very least any transition will have to wait.