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FmPro Migration Service - Migrates FileMaker to MySQL, Oracle, Access, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, PostgreSQL and FrontBase

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"Just got done with my 20 file consolidation project. It went really
well and thank you for providing this great tool. A real time saver -
took me about 10 hours - I think mainly because the manual was so
clear.
Thanks again for a great app and manual. Definitely worth way more than you charge for it.
Project Stats:
130 layouts
50+ relationships
50+ TOs
100+ Scripts
100+ Value lists
20 files
0 CF's"

Darren Burgess

"FmPro Migrator Developer Edition features support for performing table consolidation projects with FileMaker Pro Advanced 10. The Table Consolidation feature in FmPro Migrator performs an automated batch copy of tables/fields, TOs, relationships, layouts, and scripts."

Philip Michaels
MacWorld.com

"Moving data structures into FileMaker 7 from older versions or other database systems can be a real nightmare. But FmPro Migrator takes much of the pain out of it. ..."


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FileMaker Pro 7 Advanced For Windows and Macintosh
April 2005

 

"FmPro Migrator from .com Solutions lets you use FileMaker Pro (FMP) as a rapid application development (RAD) tool to prototype enterprise-scale databases for MySQL, Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server, and IBM DB2. ..."


FileMaker Solutions Advisor Zone

 

FmPro Migrator saved me hours and hours of learning how-to and migrating my databases.
Thank you very much!

A very satisfied customer,
K Fischer

 

Additional Customers Include:

UCLA
BLM
Pew Trusts
Boston University
Main Medical Center
BellSouth/ATT
SolutionMakers

 


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How can FmPro Migrator help you?


FM Data Migration | FileMaker Data Migration


FmPro Migrator table consolidation panel

Includes:


FileMaker 11-19

FmPro Migrator everything panel
FmPro Migrator consulting panel


FmPro Migrator - The migration tool for FileMaker Pro Graphic

FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 9.12 adds support for FileMaker Pro 19 on macOS and Windows, including Table Consolidation projects.

The FmPro Migrator Batch Transfer 1.0.5 utility included with FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition now includes support for running on 64-bit macOS and Windows operating systems.

Top Features

black bulletFileMaker Data Migration Tool using Direct ODBC Connection Eliminates Errors and Limitations of CSV Exports.
black bulletFileMaker Pro Table Consolidation/Rebuild Projects.
black bulletMigrates Microsoft Access databases (including Forms/Reports) to FileMaker.
black bulletConversion of Visual FoxPro, Access, Firebird and SQL Server to FileMaker Pro.
black bulletFileMaker Pro 2-19 to SQL Databases Migration (MySQL, Oracle, Access, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, PostgreSQL, and SQLite).
black bulletRepeating Fields to SQL Database Conversion.
black bulletImage Transfer From FileMaker Pro Container Fields to SQL databases [Platinum Edition Feature].
black bulletExports FileMaker Pro Layouts to PHP web applications, XML Files, Access Forms/Reports, Visual Studio 2010 .Net 4 Projects & Servoy.
black bulletFacilitates FileMaker Pro/FileMaker Server ESS Configurations to MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server.
black bulletConverts FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Access Databases and Visual FoxPro Projects into Full Featured LiveCode Applications.
black bulletAutomates Creation of Relationships, TOs, Value Lists and Layouts in FileMaker Pro Advanced [for Table Consolidation projects on macOS].

Description

FmPro Migrator - Migration Process Window

FmPro Migrator is a stand-alone application which quickly and accurately migrates FileMaker Pro databases to MySQL, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, PostgreSQL, and SQLite. FileMaker Pro database structure and data are migrated to a database table in the destination database. Large text, repeating fields data and container field JPEG preview images are also migrated without manual data entry.

The Table Consolidation feature performs the automated copying of Tables/Fields, Table Occurrences, Relationships, scripts and Layouts between FileMaker 11 - 19 database files on macOS.

FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition includes all of the features of FmPro Migrator Developer Edition, but also includes license keys for PHP Conversion, Access to FileMaker, FileMaker to Access database conversions, conversion of Access and FileMaker database into full featured, stand-alone, network-able LiveCode application, as well as PHP and BASIC to LiveCode conversions.

Additional features included with FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition include the conversion of Visual FoxPro projects into LiveCode stacks, Microsoft Access database files, FileMaker Pro database files, Servoy projects, Visual Studio 2010 .Net 4 projects. Most Visual FoxPro Form objects are supported, relationships are imported, and Visual FoxPro code is converted into commented code in the converted database project. Direct data transfers from .DBF files are supported for Access, DB2, FileMaker Pro, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite, SQL Server and Sybase database servers.

Feature Comparison Summary

Feature Comparison

To summarize the feature comparison table, FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is required for performing Access and FileMaker migrations, as well as PHP to LiveCode and BASIC to LiveCode conversions. The remaining features can utilize FmPro Migrator Developer Edition or FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition. But in all cases, FileMaker Pro Advanced is always recommended in order to enable the pasting of Table XML code via the Clipboard.

FileMaker Table Consolidation Projects [FileMaker Merge Database Automation]

Support Note: The FileMaker 11 - 19 Table Consolidation feature is supported on macOS.

Consolidating a multi-file solution into a single file improves FileMaker developer productivity because user accounts/privilege sets only need to be updated within a single file instead of dozens of files. Single-file solutions can also be easier to backup/move between computers and even send to users via an email attachment. FmPro Migrator Developer Edition implements automated batch capture and creation features using AppleScript (macOS) and clipboard XML for Tables/Fields, Table Occurrences, Relationships, Value Lists, Custom Functions, Layouts and Script Workspace Scripts using FileMaker Pro Advanced 11 - 19 on macOS.

During the migration process, Table Occurrences and file references are automatically remapped into the new database structure without manual intervention on the part of the developer. TOs are remapped throughout every object of every Layout, Script and Relationship within the new migrated database file.

The 2-pass dependency resolution feature makes 2 automated passes through the Layout creation process in order to resolve dependencies between scripts and layouts. During pass #1 of the layout creation process the layouts are created in the normal manner. FileMaker scripts are then pasted into the new database, thus resolving dependencies between scripts and layouts. Then during the 2nd pass through the layout creation process, the contents of each layout are deleted and pasted again, resolving dependencies between layout objects and scripts.

The Layout text search and replace feature enables developers to quickly re-purpose Layouts between database solutions, by changing specified text strings within dozens of Layouts at once. This intelligent search mechanism is implemented to insure that text is changed only within Layout text objects, thus preventing the accidental replacement of text within TOs or field names.

FmPro Migrator Developer Edition creates both custom and field based Value Lists using the clipboard XML transfer method. Custom Value List items and Custom Function code can also be edited within FmPro Migrator Developer Edition after being imported from the FileMaker DDR XML file.

Access, Firebird & SQL Server to FileMaker Pro

The Access To FmPro Migration Service built into FmPro Migrator Developer Edition provides a fixed-price conversion feature for Microsoft Access database files to FileMaker Pro database files. This feature includes the conversion of Forms/Reports, Queries, Relationships, Value Lists, Layouts and Visual Basic code.

Using FmPro Migrator, Access databases can be migrated to FileMaker 11+ in order to take advantage of FileMaker Pro's legendary ease of use and increased data management capacity. Migrated Access databases can now grow to the maximum 8TB file size offered by FileMaker 11+ and can be run on macOS and Windows.

FmPro Migrator makes a direct ODBC connection to SQL Server databases to automate the mapping of SQL Server columns to FileMaker Pro fields, perform column name to field name conversions and create the tables in the FileMaker database. When using FileMaker Advanced, FmPro Migrator can put the table definition XML code onto the clipboard for easy pasting directly into FileMaker Advanced. On macOS, FmPro Migrator utilizes the Actual ODBC Driver for SQL Server from Actual Technologies to make a direct connection to SQL Server and Access databases (purchased separately).

FmPro Migrator makes a direct ODBC connection to Firebird databases to automate the gathering of table structure, relationships and transferring data to FileMaker Pro. Firebird relationships are converted into FileMaker Pro relationships and rebuilt in an automated manner using AppleScript on macOS.

FileMaker Pro to SQL Databases

FmPro Migrator - Step 1 - Get Info Icon FmPro Migrator - Step 2 - Get FieldSize Icon FmPro Migrator - Step 3 - Create Table Icon FmPro Migrator - Step 4 - Transfer Data Icon
FmPro Migrator 4 Step Migration Process

FmPro Migrator documents and migrates FileMaker Pro database structure and data to MySQL, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, PostgreSQL, and SQLite. FmPro Migrator interactively reads meta-data from FileMaker Pro databases, gets Field size info for each field, creates the table in the SQL database and transfers data (including images and repeating fields) between the databases.

Using the FileMaker Pro/FileMaker Server External SQL Sources feature, data can be stored within a MySQL, Oracle or SQL Server database but still be used within FileMaker Pro as if the data was stored locally. Thus achieving the reuse of existing FileMaker Pro layouts and business logic. FmPro Migrator facilitates ESS configurations by performing the initial SQL table creation and data transfer to the SQL database server. Critical tasks performed by FmPro Migrator include the automated sizing of SQL table columns based upon FileMaker Pro field contents and the transfer of repeating fields data into a new relational table structure.

Repeating Fields Migration
Many FileMaker Pro databases include non-relational data elements called repeating fields. These fields store multiple values within each field and are associated with the main database record by FileMaker Pro. Manually extracting these repeating fields into a relational database structure can be a time consuming and error-prone process. FmPro Migrator easily extracts FileMaker Pro repeating fields into a child database table in which the records are related to the parent table by the primary key. Each iteration of a FileMaker Pro repeating field is inserted as a new record within the repeating fields table as shown in the diagram below. Migrating repeating fields to a SQL database can be an essential step to setting up a FileMaker ESS (External SQL Sources) configuration using MySQL, SQL Server or Oracle.

FmPro Migrator also migrates repeating fields within FileMaker 11+ databases using auto-generated data transformation scripts. This feature overcomes the lack of repeating fields support within new versions of the FileMaker Pro ODBC driver.

 

Image Export SQL IconImage Transfer to SQL Databases [Image Transfer SQL Video - macOS & Windows]

FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition directly transfers images and attached files via ODBC to facilitate the migration of FileMaker Pro container field binary data into SQL databases. This container field transfer feature supports inserting of embedded [not external] container field data directly into BLOB columns of SQL databases including MySQL, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Oracle, and SQLite.

Currently shipping FileMaker Pro versions support the insertion of images including GIF, JPEG, TIFF, PDF, EPS, and PNG when using the Insert Picture... menu. Inserting binary files of all types is supported when selecting the FileMaker Insert File... menu which would commonly be used for storing spreadsheets and other binary files.

Earlier FileMaker versions supported additional file types which are no longer directly supported (including: EMF+ -Windows Enhanced MetaFile Plus, META - Windows Metafile (enhanced), METO - Windows Metafile (original), XMLO - FileMaker layout, JP2 - JPEG 2000, moov - (old) Quicktime format, PICT, qtif - QuickTime Image File, MacPaint, FPix - FlashPix, .SGI, TPIC - TGA - Targa, .SGI generic bitmap, 8BPS Photoshop). These deprecated file types can also be exported to disk by FmPro Migrator, using an alternate image export feature for older FileMaker 7 - 13 versions.

FileMaker Container Field Transfer - Image Export to SQL

 

Convert Layouts, Scripts, Relationships, Value Lists to Functional LiveCode Desktop and Mobile Applications

The LiveCode Conversion feature built into FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition provides an automated FileMaker Pro to LiveCode cross-platform desktop/mobile applications conversion feature. This feature includes the conversion of layouts/forms/reports, scripts, relationships, tab controls and value lists. Features of the FileMaker database are logically grouped with easily updated libraries [SQL_Library, Value_List_Library, Relationships_Library] within the new stack file architecture.

Convert Layouts to Functional PHP Web Applications

The PHP Conversion feature built into FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition provides an automated FileMaker Pro to PHP web applications conversion feature. This feature includes the conversion of layouts/forms/reports, scripts, relationships, tab controls and value lists. This feature leverages the automated layout and relationship importing features of FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition.

FileMaker Pro developers can convert existing or new FileMaker Pro database files directly into functional PHP web applications within a few minutes. The converted PHP web application uses the contents of existing layouts to build dynamic web forms having insert, query, update and delete features. Almost all layout objects are converted, including: charts, image fields, tab controls, custom value list menus, field-based value list menus (single and dual field), checkboxes, radio buttons and vector graphic objects (rectangle, rounded rectangle, oval/circle).

Convert FileMaker Pro to SQLite

Convert FileMaker Pro database files into SQLite, in preparation for performing an automated conversion into LiveCode for building desktop or mobile applications. SQLite is the portable database of choice for mobile application development, if data needs to be stored on a mobile device.

Automated Batch Transfer (Mirroring, Data Sync) [Platinum Edition Feature]

The FmPro Migrator Batch Transfer utility is included with FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition licenses. This new utility enables automated data transfers (data sync, mirroring of data) from FileMaker Server Server to SQL databases (MySQL, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQLite).

What it is:

black bulletAn Economical Tool - Most data sync products cost thousands of dollars in licensing and consulting setup costs. FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition combined with the FmPro Migrator Batch Transfer utility offers a more economical alternative.
black bulletNo Changes Required to FileMaker Database - As long as an ODBC connection can connect to each base table in your FileMaker database, the data can be quickly transferred into one of the supported SQL databases. This is a data pull type of operation, and not a triggered push of data from the FileMaker database.
black bulletDevelopment Sync Tool - FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is typically used for the development of SQL database applications based upon source FileMaker database files. The FmPro Migrator Batch Transfer utility is useful for keeping development servers in sync with the original FileMaker database during development and testing of new applications.
black bulletOne Way Data Sync for Web Servers - For low traffic websites it may be necessary to occasionally update product catalog info for instance. For high traffic websites the batch transfer process could update a local SQL database, and then SQL database mirroring/replication features can transfer the data to the SQL database server running the website.
black bulletmacOS & Windows Compatible - macOS 10.12 -> 10.15 versions are supported at this time, and Windows 7 -> Windows 10 are supported.

What it is not:

black bulletTransaction Based Data Sync/Mirroring - This utility truncates the destination database tables and then transfers all records to the SQL database each time it runs. There are other well respected products in the FileMaker marketplace which are designed to transfer records individually on a transactional basis. Some of these products include:
360Works MirrorSync
Brilliant Sync™
black bulletImage Transfer Tool - FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition includes a separate Image Export to SQL Database feature. The image transfer tool is only designed to be run interactively.
black bulletRepeating Fields Transfer Tool - FmPro Migrator Developer Edition includes a separate Repeating Fields data transfer feature. Since Repeating Fields are a deprecated feature in the FileMaker database, it is necessary to manually run a script in the FileMaker database to concatenate the repeat values together before reading the data via ODBC. This process does not lend itself to automation. Furthermore the design goal for the batch transfer is to avoid making any changes to the FileMaker database beyond adding base table TOs to the relationship graph. A base table TO is required in order for the OBBC driver to read the data.
black bulletTwo Way Data Sync - The data transfer occurs in only one direction - from the FileMaker database server to the SQL database.
black bulletCompatible with macOS 10.12 -> macOS 10.15 Catalina versions are supported.

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