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I'm using FM Pro 8 and have DB's hosted with FM Server 8 on a Powerbook G4 using OS X.

I have a job DB that's used for job tracking, providing approval process, etc. Up to this point all job materials (Press releases, brochures, etc.) have been stored on a company server and users must access FM DB for current status, sign-off, etc. but access materials on server. I would like to start adding these files (mostly word, pdf, etc.) directly into FM DB so that all materials are easily available.

I understand I can use a container field to store files but need suggestions on whether to store file or just reference. If I use the "Store only a reference to the file" feature I have a problem with users accessing these files since they're connecting to FM DB remotely. If I store actual file in FM DB they need to use the "Export Field Contents" feature and work on document locally which raises concerns about multiple users 'exporting' and working on file simultaneously.

Hope this makes sense.

Thanks.

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