I use "Import Records" with "Update existing records in found set" and without "Perform auto-enter..." option.
I'm not importing records, though. I am, for example renumbering membership numbers, or putting data in a new field for a large group of records. Feeling my way along on improving a working membership list. At one time I had 5 check button items in a field, but this hasn't worked well, so I am taking that field apart and putting relevant data in groups of records.
"Export Records" with any format, then edit it, "Import" editted data.
This 3 step workaround can be done without scripting, on any file.
Create a global field (number field is fine) in a globals table. Instead of using the built in modification timestamp value, use an auto-enter calculation in a second field like this:
Case ( IsEmpty ( overrideFlag ) ; normalModTimestamp ; Self )
This way, if the override flag is empty, it'll enter the timestamp. If not, it'll just enter whatever's already there. To stop updates, just put a value in the global field (I just use a checkbox with a value list of "1").
Why cant I just do a script to modify a field automatic setting to go off and on? This is the reason I abaondoned Filemaker for Panorama 15 years ago. Just not able to script a simple bunch of steps , because FMP was built by 43 committees who never talked to each other. You can see it in every step of a medium complex operation. It was starting back with FMP 5 and in 14 it is rampant.
So, the answer is, one can't simply script a set of steps that I do MANUALLY. Thers is no recorder, as there is in Panorama, and other apps, after all these years?
If you do as I suggest, then a script can toggle the field on or off. For that matter, you can export / import via script, as user 19752 suggests.
I can't answer questions of "why". Unless you see "FileMaker, Inc." in the signature line, very few of us on the forum work for FMI. If you want to suggest a change to the product, you can submit a feature request here:
There's also a new forum area for product ideas here:
I would suggest, however, that your requests be made politely, without deprecating comments regarding how FMI builds their product. Insulting the people you want help from is usually not a winning strategy.