Jump to content



This topic is 6569 days old. Please don't post here. Open a new topic instead.

Recommended Posts

  • Newbies

I have a friend that use Filemaker extensively in his business. He wants to take on a new client, but they use MSAccess. He asked me to see if I could find a way that he could do business with this company. Import/Export Filemaker, Access, etc.

Is there any way that he can get Access files into Filemaker. He uses a Mac.


Link to comment
Share on other sites


You can, but it's extensive.

Option 1: Manual export/import

You manually export records from the Access tables and import into FM. The info is only as current as the last import

Option 2: Use SQL queries

Set up the FileMaker file to exchange info using sql statements. You will have to set up an ODBC data source and construct your queries and all that stuff.

Option 3: Migrate to FileMaker grin.gif

There is nothing that Access can do that FM can't. Except Access is a true relational database system, where multiple data tables can be stored in one file. FM's "tables" are the files themselves.


Option 3

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Multiple FM files have never bothered me in the least. The biggest (or perhaps I should say 'only') advantage that I found with Access was real event triggers. (Conditional formats are nice too, but not a big deal.) FM 7 really must include event triggers.

Having said that, I'd never go back to Access for another project. It takes forever to set up the simplest operations, and it gets to be very very slow once you have more than a few objects on a form.

So I'd opt for option 3 also, but that's too easy an answer. Option 1 has its limitations, I'm sure you'll admit. So go with option 2. Be warned that the FM ODBC driver is way way too slow in my experience.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

This topic is 6569 days old. Please don't post here. Open a new topic instead.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.