Marked Birds Database – Importing data from an old version into a new version

When a new version of the Marked Birds Database becomes available and you have already started using an older version, everything that you have added to the old version can be imported in the new version.

See these steps explained in this video:

Step 1. Make sure that your current version of the Marked Birds Database is not opened.

Step 2. Follow the instructions to install the Marked Birds Database.

Because the database is empty, the introduction screen appears. It will guide you through the process.

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Step 3. Follow the step to set the size of the message window.

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Step 4. In the next step, choose “I have a previous version and want to import data from it” and click Import Records.

Step 5. Click Browse and go to the folder where your previous database is stored (the one you want to import data from) and double-click the file that ends with the extension .fmpur.

The file looks like this on Windows:

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The file looks like this on Mac OS X:

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Step 6. Click Start Import.

The import will start. Let it run until it is finished. Depending on the number of records that need to be imported, this can take a few minutes.

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When completed, an overview is displayed. This is for reference only and shows the total number of records that have been imported into each table.

Note that not all tables may have records imported. For example: if you are not tracking primary patterns, the total will read zero.

importing-completed

Step 7. Click Continue.

The Preferences appear.

Step 8. Check that these are set correctly.

Step 9. Click Close.

The Bird Overview layout appears.

Step 10. Check that everything that you expect to be in the database is in there, such as the latest birds, observations or locations that you have added.

That’s it, you’re done!

Note: It is advised to keep your previous version as a backup.

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