The conversion from 5.x to 10.x could be simple or not, depending on your solution. FileMaker Inc. produced a 81 page PDF document (available here) that details the information one needs to know when converting pre 7 files to 7 (or 8 or 9 or 10).
My recommendation? If you are confortable with programming, look at the document and you should be able to make the conversion yourself. Otherwise, hire a consultant and save yourself a possible heap of trouble. If this is a mission critical application, most definitely hire a consultant.
Conversion & Migration: Things To Think About Before Converting Your File(s) To the latest version of FileMaker Pro
Thanks David. I will review the document you mentioned and see if this is a task I want to undertake.
A simple free test to investigate how your files will convert:
Down load and install the trial version of FMP 10
Launch FMP 10 and open your files--you'll get new converted copies of each file.
Test the converted copies and see what works and what's broken.
From my own conversion experiences:
1) Many scripts that launch scripts in other files won't bring the external file's window to the front as expected. A small script fix may be needed for those.
2) Many calculation fields will include numerous calls to "getAsNumber" which was not there in your original calculations--almost always harmless, but clutters up the expressions.
3) Once you've got your converted files debugged, the real fun begins--adding in new features that weren't possible in the older version.
I did exactly as you recommended and with very minor glitches it worked well. I converted two of my old manuscript collections rapidly and quite accurately.
Thanks for the advice/. For some reason however, I noted the notation of fp7 at the end of the converetd files. Do you know what this represents?
The fp7 extension represents the file type. Although FileMaker Pro is at version 10, it still uses the FileMaker Pro 7 file format.
Thanks for the information.
You might also investigate SheepSaver.
It allows Classic apps to run on Leopard.