Do I need Server? Syncing images between Pro and Go and Back.
I have created a database so that all 500 or so of my elementary art students can have a digital portfolio of their art work; each with 6 images per year x 6 years. This is a fantastic resource for me to track student growth. I have only used this for one year, and my database is about 4 GB. Way too big. I know that I should have the images external to the fields, and just linked, however I am taking photos of art directly into container fields while teaching, using my iPad. (The kids really like to see their work, and they appear to have more ownership of their completed work.) I am the only one using FileMaker, so I didn't think that I needed "server" - I also just read: http://help.filemaker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10244/~/storing-container-field-data-externally
but to tell the truth, the language is a little confusing. I believe that It talks about the benefits of transferring externally linked container fields to FileMaker Go, but does not address then taking photos in container fields in Filemaker Go, then tranferring into Filemaker Pro. I go back and forth a lot in my databases, from iPad to Mac and back again - I use a script to export container fields in a found set to post in class list order on iWeb (which I realize is out of date.) Any Advice? How do I keep my portfolios updated while storing externally? We do have wireless in our school this year, however security is fairly tight, and PC based, if that matters. I am one of only two Macs in the building. I can write a grant for Server if anyone thinks that this might be helpful to my needs. I hope that I have explained this well.