It is possible to collect data in a local filemaker file and then import the data into the main file if you can get access more directly than through your web browser.
This works well if you are only creating new records to be added to the main file. If you are modifying existing data, things can get very messy very fast if two or more users might by even the slightest chance be updating the same file and the complications grow geometrically with the number of users who might do this on separate copies of the data.
Thanks for your answer. I will only be creating new records, not modifying existing files so I don't have to worry about that. And no one else would be updating the files while I'm inputing the data.
I didn't quite understand what you meant by "if you can get access more directly than through your web browser." If you mean is there a way I can get access other than through the internet, I don't think so. I'm on the east coast and the company is on the west coast so the only way (that I know of) is to do it online. I hope that makes sense and thanks again for your help!
Not using a browser was what I had in mind. If your IT folks set it up. It may be possible to access your database remotely via a WAN setup much like you would over a local area network. If you can open the file via OPen Remote. It would make such an import much easier.