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  1. Thanks all. We're still pondering how to go about it, as lockdown is making the logistics a bit harder than normal. If we were to buy an individual license for 18, for a Catelina mac, would it be able to access remotely the FM14 database currently on our iMac or is there an issue with using different versions of the software?
  2. Ah, perhaps I'm misunderstanding. From what Ocean West said, I had understood that the Filemaker 'Cloud for Teams package' did not include hosting, so would be £900 plus VAT, and then hosting as a cost on top of that. https://store.filemaker.com If that is the case, then taking Ocean's quote of $85 a month, that's about £770 a year for hosting, coming to £1670 a year plus VAT. Buying the 3 individual licences at £420 each comes to £1260+VAT, which is cheaper, and a one off cost so doesn't cost us every year. We're on FM14 at the moment which I think we bought in late 2015, so we're 4+ years into that single purchase of 3 licences. We already have computers that can run Filemaker, and do time machine/manual zipped backups of the database, so don't need to factor in the cost of computers or backup options. My main concern is that the current method we have of accessing off site I imagine isn't the most secure and may not continue to work a it is based on static IP and port forwarding. Is there a way to have a proper off site access setup which is based on running Filemaker on our own computer?
  3. Thanks for the reply. Great to know that Synology servers can't be used - I had wondered if that was the case. As it's just the 3 of us, and 90% of the time we're using the software on site, the suggestion you've offered comes to just shy of 2000 a year, and seems like overkill for our needs. If we were to buy 1-3 of the individual licences at £432 per licence, we could upgrade to 18 pro advanced for £1300 and unless something has changed, continue to access off site via the Launch Centre remote IP address login. Is there anything that we would gain in going via the Cloud For Teams method and paying someone else to host? Thanks
  4. Hi, We're a very small business of 3 people, and since 2015 have been curating our internal database on Filemaker 14 Pro Advanced. We have it set up as follows: iMac with Filemaker running, this is where the database file is saved. We have set it up with a static IP and can access if off site using the IP address of the office. It's still on an older OSX that can run 14. Macbook Pro x2 - these now both run newer Mojave/Catalina, and although they can see the filemaker database we want to open remotely (or via the onsite network), it crashes on launch. I'd say 90% of the time we work on the database from the iMac on site, but with lockdown it would have been great to access it remotely. At the very most, there'd be 3 of us accessing it at the same time, but most of the time it's just one of us (either in person or remotely). The database is roughly 3gb in size and growing, as we insert images and mp3 audio. In terms of what we have at the moment, in 2015 we bought 3 Filemaker Pro Advanced 14 licences so that all 3 of us could access it at the same time from different computers. What's our best option for upgrading? The 'cloud for teams' option looks too big for us, and is both subscription and contracted lengths of time. 'On Premise' for teams is similar, and both are for 5 users. Single licence is what I believe we did with FM14 - do we definitely need more than 1 licence to continue to do what we're doing and accessing it off site? We do have several Synology servers that we could use to host the database instead if that is better these days, although I don't know how to go about it, but having it on the iMac hasn't been problematic so far. Thanks very much
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