Anyone out there have the ability to convert some really old files for me? FileMaker Pro 7 can't read/convert the Filemaker 4 format that pre-dates Claris.
I'm not sure what format do you have, but you can download FM6 trial for converting old (FMv1 etc.) files.
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Are you still able to open those files with the original application version?
You might need to export the records into text files for import into a new version of FileMaker. This recovers the data without any attempt at replicating the user interface, but since the system has changed a lot in the intervening years, there might not be much to gain from trying to reproduce the interface of the original anyway.
No: FileMaker 6 will not do this. But there is a good chance that FileMaker 2.0 or 2.1 from Claris will be able to do it.
We do have an old FileMaker Pro - very old - on a disk image. If you have a very old Mac ... Pre-Mac OS X ... there is a chance you could use this to convert to the next version and then we or other can probably help you to convert to FileMaker 3 format and then to 5 and you will be up and running.
But an old database like this will probably be extremely simple: Has it been in use until now and does it contain valid data?
If so, consider just exporting the data and importing into FileMaker 16.
Filemaker Pro 3-4 is quite good at opening very old files, have you tried that?
I keep FMP4 installed on a virtual machine, just for occasions like these. I can try to open/convert your file if you like.
The last time I had to do this with FileMaker 4 (not FileMaker Pro 4) was to find the old FM 2 or 2.1; pretty sure you can find it through a search in the FileMaker knowledge base (www.filemaker.com/kb). From there you can use FM6 to convert it further and from there open it in FM 12 through 16.
Unfortunately the original system is no longer available for an export. It was a bit of a tedious process, but I now have the BasiliskII emulator running FileMaker Pro 2.1 on my Windows 10 machine. The general idea is detailed for a Mac at:
How do I get access to files created in Filemaker 4 (not Filemaker Pro)?
So thanks for the encouragement to pursue FMP 2.1! I should have what I need from here.
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