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Crate Pro is a program written using FileMaker database software. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the world’s largest organizations, use the FileMaker Platform to streamline their business processes, manage essential information, and boost overall productivity. Crate Pro 6 running on the FileMaker platform gives custom crating companies the flexibility to inexpensively design, cost and quote their crate jobs in seconds.


Understanding FileMaker Pro and your Crate Pro Database:


The Crate Pro database runs inside the FileMaker Pro program. This is similar to using a spreadsheet file in Excel©. You can add formulas to an Excel spreadsheet then enter data and the formulas will calculate results. In this regard, your Crate Pro database is similar to a very complex spreadsheet.


You will install FileMaker Pro on your computer(s) up to the number of CAL licenses purchased. The Crate Pro production database files will be installed on only one computer. The Crate Pro database files must be installed on a computer that has either FileMaker Pro installed or FileMaker Server, if purchased depending on the license configuration purchased.




Section A:  What license configuration did you purchase? 

  • Stand Alone – Crate Pro is installed and accessed from a single computer. You have a single CAL and DAL license purchased. 
  • Peer-to-Peer - The Crate Pro databases resides on one computer with FileMaker Pro, and is called the ‘Host'. All other computers up to the number of CAL licenses purchased will install FileMaker Pro only. These are 'Clients' .  The Host can also function as a Client. Clients connect to the Host via your LAN, a WAN, or VPN. 
  • Client-Serve- The Crate Pro databases reside on a computer with FileMaker Serversoftware. This configuration has a number of benefits such as greater file security, faster processing time, the ability to host multiple databases should you have multiple locations with unique customers, pricing, materials, etc.. FM Server also allows for automated backups, auto restart after a reboot, and remote control for administrators. 
    •  FileMaker Server is required for RDS and Citrix installations
    • FileMaker Server is required for 6+ clients and is optional for 5 clients. FileMaker Server is not available for less than 5 clients.




Section B:  Technical Requirements: FileMaker software is installed on all computers that will access or host Crate Pro.  


 *September 2021 upgrading to FileMaker 19  products

FileMaker Pro 16 for client computers  (All configurations) 

FileMaker Server 18 


FileMaker 19 Technical Specifications:  Review specs for FileMaker PRO for all installations and FileMaker SERVER for client-server installations


*macOS 11 Big Sur requires FileMaker 19 products and is not backwards compatible



Section C: New Installation Documentation:  


Select the installation documentation based on your license configuration purchased and your FileMaker versions. If unsure, contact Support@CratePro.com


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Section D: Updating Crate Pro   and/ or   FileMaker software


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!! Data migration to a newer release is limited to one or two previous releases. Please update when  available to avoid fees for migration assistance or the lose of the ability to migrate. We send notices of new releases and versions via our newsletters. 


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