When upgrading an operating system to a new version, it is sometimes useful to have a backup of your Boot drive. This makes it easy to revert to the pervious OS.
Superduper! will do this for free on OSX. http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html
Macrium Reflect Free will do it on Windows. http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
Both can use a hard drive or partition or a disk image. External drives or large flash drives are needed to do this.
Upgrade pricing is listed here http://www.filemaker.com/purchase/store/buying_faq.html FMP Ver9 is the earliest listed $179
Student pricing (if you qualify) is here http://www.academicsuperstore.com/ $169
Depending on your needs Bento may be an option $49
Thankyou davidanders that is very helpful
Everywhere I have looked says that Filemaker Pro 8.5 and upwards can be installed on Lion, is this not the case?
Can be installed is not the same as working well or full compatibility.
If you describe the problems, there MAY be a work around.
I assume you upgraded from Snow Leopard OSX 10.6.8 to Lion OSX 10.7.4.
Uninstalled the existing FMP ver 8.5, reinstalled and updated to 8.5v2
Note the update states "(compatible with Mac OS X Leopard)"
FMP Version 8.5, was released in 2006
Yes well, I can't even install, the Installer file just has a big cross through it so thats why I am confused as to why Filemaker themselves (apparantly) have said that 8.5 can be installed.
and yes i have upgraded from 10.6.8 and I am actually trying to upgrade a version of filemaker we have (which definatly does not work with Lion).
OSX was running on Power PC Macs (1996) until the Intel Macs were introduced in 2006.
The code for PPC and Intel was included in applicaitons as a Univeral Binary.
Mac OS X v10.6 "Snow Leopard" does not include Rosetta by default but retains an option in the installer for the user to include it. It can also be automatically installed by the system if needed at a later time.
Mac OS X v10.7 "Lion" neither includes nor supports Rosetta at all. Therefore, with Lion, the current Macintosh platform drops support for PowerPC applications.
In OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple will officially do away with software support for the PowerPC architecture. Mac users may want to look at various applications on their systems to see about removing or updating them if they will not run natively on Intel machines.
I don't believe SuperDuper is free. I had to pay for it in any case.
EDIT: Just checked again, and there is a free version. It's worth getting the paid one though. Big time-saver.
Yes, thankyou. I already know what the issue is I am just confused because a lot of people are saying that 8.5 is working on Lion. However, I have found that to not be the case which is frustrating because this means a downgrade. What I was actually asking is if there was anyway to get 8.5 working on Lion seen as so many people seem to be using it but I guess there isn't.
Thank you anyways