2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 15, 2011 10:24 AM by philmodjunk

    Switching between Filemaker 9

    AdrienneFrie

      Summary

      Switching between Filemaker 9 & 11 causing database problems in Filemaker 11

      Product

      FileMaker Pro

      Version

      11

      Operating system version

      Mac OS 10.5.8

      Description of the issue

      We have two people working on the same database, however one person has Filemaker Pro 9 while the other has Filemaker Pro 11. The database works well in Filemaker 9, however once we switch over to Filemaker 11 certain fields don't always appear and are difficult to recover, also crashes periodically. Specifically our unique number field for our records keeps disappearing. Are these two versions of Filemaker not compatible? Are there any easy fixes for this issue?

        • 1. Re: Switching between Filemaker 9 & 11 causing database problems in Filemaker 11
          TSGal

          Adrienne Frie:

          Thank you for your post.

          The file structure for FileMaker Pro 9 and FileMaker Pro 11 are identical, so there should not be any compatibility issues between the two versions.

          FileMaker Pro 11 is more strict with damage in a file.  That is, FileMaker Pro 11 may find errors in a file where FileMaker Pro 9 won't.  I would therefore run a Recover (File menu) on the database file using FileMaker Pro 11, and then use the Recovered file with FileMaker Pro 9.

          Please let me know if you continue to run into difficulty.

          TSGal
          FileMaker, Inc.

          • 2. Re: Switching between Filemaker 9 & 11 causing database problems in Filemaker 11
            philmodjunk

            Both versions should be compatible, though features unique to FileMaker 11 won't work in 9. They both use exactly the same file format as well.

            Most likely guess here is that your file is damaged with some latent corruption that FileMaker 9 "tolerates" but causes crashes in 11. Try running a recover from FileMaker 11 and see what is reported. Even if no problems are reported, test the recovered copy to see if you still get crashes in FileMaker 11.