Why can't I import data from Numbers, an Apple product, directly into FileMaker 14? I can import directly from Excel Spread Sheet, Microsoft product, into a database.
This has been discussed in the past. While FMI is an Apple subsidiary, they operate semi-autonomously, which does not guarantee any form of support for apple specific formats. Since filemaker is cross-platform compatible, that discourages using proprietary formats. Still, .xlsx and filemaker were both around a lot longer before .numbers files even existed.
You can export CSV or XLSX files from numbers for further importing into filemaker. Since this compatibility exists, there's no real need for filemaker to support .numbers directly unless there was a high demand for it. Given the last post like this was a year ago, it doesn't seem like it is (in eight years, I've never had a client that wants numbers to filemaker).
Is FileMaker not supporting Numbers? If so, why?
There is an ideas section on this community to suggest import compatibility for numbers though. I would post a request there if it hasn't already. If it has, then upvote to show your support:
ditto! I was disappointed that numbers spreadsheets were not on the "importable" list for FileMaker.
Thanks for confirming that FileMaker can not import directly from Numbers. I will continue telling my Apple customers who do not have Excel to open the spread sheet in Numbers and export as CSV then import into Filemaker.
I find it strange that FileMaker and Numbers are incompatible since they are both products of Apple.
FileMaker is not an Apple product. FileMaker is a product of FIleMaker Inc.
FileMaker Inc. happens to be an Apple subsidiary, but it is not a division of Apple, like the division that makes Numbers. There is no top-level link to FileMaker from Apple's website. Tim Cook is not speaking at Devcon. FileMaker isn't part of Apple's product keynotes.
argumentum ad nauseum, There is a difference.
And yet there are very good reasons why Numbers should be an import/export choice for Filemaker. One great reason is Numbers' ability to store imagery in a field. So on import, a picots stored in a Numbers document could be directly imported into a FileMaker container field. Similarly, on export, container fields could be pushed into a Numbers column.
put a request into IDEAS.
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