If you stick with filemaker and upgrade, you won't have to export anything, you can just use your new version of filemaker to open and convert the files.
Hi,thanks for the response. Do you know if I can go directly from filemaker 6 to 11 or do I have buy some interim version and then upgrade? I'm told I must save my database as tab-separated, upgrade to Snow Leopard on my Mac and then get Filemaker 11 and import the database. Sound right?
Much obliged for your answer.
I don't see why you'd need to save it as a text file.
You can open even older versions than version 6 directly and filemaker will make new copy of the file compatible with Filemaker 11.
Read the link below for more on the subject.
If it's a simple file, you may be able to just open and go on. Other files--especially complex systems--may need some fixing before the converted copy works correctly in all aspects.
Thanks for the response and tips. I'm terrified to lose data. My catalog represents 20 years of work. Would I be better off gradually going from FM6 to 11? Is there no hope to export the container files with .jpgs to Bento. I really wanted to make Filemaker portable on Bento. Any thought about Filemaker making a Bento-compatible app? they used to have FM on the Go for the Palm.
Again, much appreciate your input. I find the language used in FM dense and Techno-Geek. Wish they had plain-English version.
I don't know what Bento can or can't do, you might wish to post that question on the Bento forum.
Would I be better off gradually going from FM6 to 11?
Not really, that just complicates the process with no benefit to you. The conversion process creates new files with your originals untouched. You can even download a free trial from filemaker and try out the conversion to see if it will work for you. If the conversion doesn't work, you still have your original copies.