FmPro Migrator

FmPro Migrator is software from “.com Solutions Inc.” that migrates and converts databases back and forth among FileMaker and other database software: Microsoft Access, various SQL/PHP (Web) systems, LiveCode stacks, Servoy apps, .Net apps, Visual FoxPro, Basic and more.

FmPro Migrator 8.87 is priced starting at $199 for Mac and Windows systems (see compatibility/support) for a limited “Developer Edition”; more capabilities are built into the “Platinum Edition”, priced at $599. The latest version includes updates for macOS Catalina.

FmPro Migrator is a stand-alone application (developed with LiveCode) which quickly and accurately migrates FileMaker Pro, Access, VFP databases to MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 and more.


TextMate is a “powerful and customizable text editor” for the Mac from MacroMates Ltd. with support for “a huge list of programming languages”, HTML markup, and general use. Designed to bridge “Unix underpinnings and GUI” to “cherry-pick the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike”, TextMate offers project grouping, window tabs, text folding, macros, text snippets, regular expressions, syntax highlighting, WebKit-based HTML previews, column editing, auto-completion, visual bookmarks, shell commands and much more (see the TextMate 2 manual and “TextMate 2 Basics” posts for more details).

TextMate 2.0.6 is available as a free open-source download for macOS 10.12 and up (and older versions support Mac systems back to Mac OS X 10.4/PowerPC), or it can be purchased at $56.


MacVim is an enhanced version from Björn Winckler and others of the widely used text editor with its old Unix user interface that predates modern, graphical Macintosh “apps.” In fact, Vim is included in the macOS Unix command-line libraries accessible via Terminal, and MacVim may best serve as a training ground for learning Unix-style editing. Features from Vim include a bullt-in tutorial and a highly customizable/extensible environment, along with comparison and merging of files, extended regular expressions, scripting languages, network support, spell-checking, Unicode support, syntax highlighting, undo/redo history, and quite a bit more. (See the MacVim FAQ and reference manual for more details.)

MacVim 8.1.1722 (157) is freely downloadable charity-ware for OS X 10.8 and later, and Vim also runs on Windows, Linux, VMS, and other operating systems.


Adobe and alternatives discussion continues with lots more about scripting and related issues, plus InDesign document conversion and archiving.

MacInTouch Community updates touch on the following topics, as well: