Much of this book concentrates on tools for data entry—for getting data into a database system. But that information often needs to be extracted again. Sometimes the extraction takes the form of a report of some kind. At other times, the best choice is simply to export the data into some specific format so that another program can import that data and work with it using different tools than might be available in FileMaker. Reasons for exporting might include the following:
• Perhaps you know someone who is compiling a quarterly report in Excel and needs some numbers from your FileMaker system.
• Perhaps the payroll system needs a list of employee names that you have in FileMaker.