Just to add additional info:
Running Filemaker Pro Version 11 on single pc Windows 7
Saw you never got an answer to your question. i'm trying to solve the problem that you've already solved however. i only need read-only access for a small application i'm writing in VBA for Excel. Any guidance would be much appreciated. I don't have a copy of FileMaker, just the data files. i'm on a single pc running win 7.