Thank you for your post.
There are several options available.
1. Have the database file hosted by FileMaker Pro, and have the other users access the main database file from FileMaker Go. Create accounts so that certain users can only see specific records. This would allow real-time updating of the file, and there would be no reason to split up the database into four copies.
2. If you need four separate copies, then make four clones of the file (copy with no records), and import the relevant data into each copy. At some time, you could then import each of the four copies into the main database file.
3. Use a third-party product that allows syncing. I know of GoZync (SeedCode) and MirrorSync (360Works). This would allow the four users to make changes, and then sync back to the main database file.
Let me know if you need additional clarification.
Thanks so much for getting back to me, TSGal.
We really do need four separate copies so your second option sounds ideal. I've made the four clones and am trying to import relevant records from the larger database into one of them; can I ask, how do I specify which records I want to import? Is there a way to identify a range of records for a bulk import?
Very many thanks
In the main database file, find the records you want to import. Then, in the clone file, when you import, select the main database file, and only the found records will be imported.
If you are doing a range of records, you will need to hide the records you don't want imported. For example, if you want the first 1,000 records to appear in the first clone file, go to the record 1,001, pull down the Records menu and select Omit Multiple. An "Omit Multiple" window will appear saying "Starting from the current record, omit ___ records." At this point, enter a very large number (100000). Another window will then appears saying "Starting from the current record, only <n> records can be omitted." Click OK, and then click Omit. Only records 1-1000 will be available. You can then import the first set of records.
The second batch may be a little tricky. Pull down the Records menu and select "Show All Records". Go to record 1, pull down the Records menu, select Omit Multiple, and omit 1000 records. This will leave you at record 1001, but it shows record 1. Go to Record 1001 (which is really record 2001), and Omit the remaining set of records. In the second clone file, import the records from the main database file.
Let me know if you run into any difficulty or need me to clarify further.
That worked an absolute treat, thank you very much!