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Sharing a database on multiple devices

Question asked by dudefish on Nov 16, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 16, 2016 by philmodjunk

I have a database for tracking maintenance on pianos at a University School of Music.  I want to be able to access it and update it from my personal MacBook Pro that already has Filemaker Pro 12 on it, and the University MacBook Pro which has Filemaker Pro 14 on it.  I already have the database on both laptops but want to be able to update the database from either laptop and see the updates from the other.  I also plan to make an iPad Mini version of the database and would like to be able to put filmmaker on 2 different minis and be able to update the database from those 2 devices as well.  As I am trying to figure out the best way to do this, I am so confused about how to do this economically.  Filmaker Pro, Filemaker Server, Filemaker Cloud, Filemaker Go, Filemaker Bento... I thought this would be simple, but it looks like it might cost a lot of money to make this happen with annual fees and such.  But perhaps I am misunderstanding the process.  Could someone explain what I will need to be able to update my database from 2 laptops and 2 iPad Minis?