Help! Automatic iOS upgrade has locked me out of my logbook.

The problem is related to an out of date FileMaker Go App that doesn’t work with the new iOS. Go to the App store and look for a more recent version.

The ‘logbook9.fmp12’ logbook file will then need to be transferred to this new FMG app. If you have a recent backup this is easily emailed back to your iPhone as an attachment. You will then be given the option to open the file in the newer App.

Otherwise you can pull it from the old FMG App using third party backup software such as iMazing ( which you should be able to download for a PC or Mac to link up with your iPhone.

Data security and logbooks

If you have any lingering worries about data security and potentially identifiable information you may have recorded over the years within your logbook, now is a good time to do some spring-cleaning.

Most of the logbook fields are designed as safe, non-specific ‘pick-list’ options. The fields where you may have inadvertently entered personally identifiable information are:

  • Ref
  • DoB
  • User 1
  • User 2


  • Ref
    Click on the field name ‘Ref’ (white text, blue background). This will call up a routine that allows you to replace all entries in this field with a new sequence of ascending numbers based on order of entry into the logbook.


  • DoB
    Dates of birth can similarly be scrubbed from the logbook by clicking on the field name ‘DoB’ (white text, blue background). The routine first uses any entered DoBs to calculate an age that is permanently stored in the ‘Age’ field prior to deletion of all dates of birth.


  • User 1 or User 2
    Check the contents of the ‘User’ fields by clicking on the field name (as above).   This will reveal any terms entered into the field so far. If you spot an identifier that should be removed, use the search facility to highlight these entries so that they can be amended.

Want to change the operations list?

The logbook makes use of a contextual list of operations. So when you pick a specialty, you will be presented with a list of operations relevant to that specialty… but maybe the list isn’t as relevant to your practice as you would like it to be?

The solution:

Change the list to suit your needs.
The ‘Operating Table’ can be found via:

  1. Scripts > Toolbox > Open Operating Table
  2. Layouts > DESKTOP > Operating Table

Click on the ‘+’ icon at the bottom of the table to add a new entry.

Each new entry must have a ‘specialty‘ label (enter this carefully to ensure the operation appears under the correct list) and an ‘operation‘ which will then appear listed in alphabetical order.

Close the ‘Operating Table’ window when you have finished (on a laptop), or return to the main menu layout on iOS.

FileMaker Pro software for Sierra

The self-contained Mac logbook/work diary runtime packages won’t work in Sierra/High Sierra, but FileMaker do permit download of a free time-limited but fully functional trial version of the Mac FileMaker Pro software that could be used, for instance, to try out printing all the reports for an upcoming appraisal?

The current (version 16) trial software can be downloaded from:

Install the trial, then open the ‘logbook9.fmp12’ (or WorkDiary.fmp12) file from within the FileMaker trial program.

Previous trial versions compatible with the logbook/work diary were also available via:

5 New Year tips on merging logbooks

Tip #1

Unless you have to… don’t do it!
Instead move your up to date ‘logbook9.fmp12’ file from one device to another as an email attachment. It will open if you put it in the relevant logbook folder to replace the existing file on a PC/Mac, and it will open in FileMaker Go on an iOS device.

Tip #2

If your cases are coming from an older or different logbook version, you can import them on a Mac/PC from one of the standard automatic text file backups (look in the logbook ‘backups’ folder). The fields are automatically aligned if you use the top menu: ‘Scripts’ > ‘Importing Cases’ > ‘Update from a previous version’ routine.

Tip #3

If you have already started a second version 9 logbook, you can only merge logbook files and cases on a Mac/PC.

  • Open your Mac/PC logbook
  • Go to the menu bar at the top of the screen: File > Import Records > File…
  • Change the ‘Tab-Separated Text Files’ option to ‘FileMaker Pro Files’
  • Select your other ‘logbook9.fmp12’ file with the additional cases in it
  • Change the import order from ‘Last Used’ to ‘Matching Names’
  • Go for it! (you can still delete the imported cases if it all goes wrong)
  • If the import results in duplicates of some cases, these can be safely eliminated later in the ‘Toolbox’ section.

Tip #4

Get rid of old copies of logbooks on iOS devices, otherwise if you try to copy a new ‘logbook9.fmp12’ file to the device, iOS will automatically rename it ‘logbook9 1’ to prevent two files having the same name. This then causes confusion, especially with backups.

Tip #5

If you are trying to import cases from another source (e.g. Excel spreadsheet) the process is more complicated, and you will have to map the spreadsheet fields manually to the logbook fields during the import process.

These are the names and format of the 24 core data fields within the logbook:

  • Date (in DD/MM/YYYY format)
  • Ref no (optional)
  • DoB (in DD/MM/YYYY format as an alternative to ‘age’ )
  • Sex (M/F)
  • ASA (1-5)
  • Priority
  • Specialty
  • Start (in HH:MM format)
  • Finish (in HH:MM format)
  • Anaesthetic 1 (traditionally airway technique)
  • Procedure 1
  • Procedure 2
  • Procedure 3
  • Incident 1
  • Incident 2
  • Incident 3
  • Supervision
  • Operation
  • Notes
  • User 1 (contents entirely up to you)
  • User 2 (contents entirely up to you)
  • Anaesthetic 2 (traditionally regional blocks)
  • Age (alternative to DoB in years as a decimal e.g. ‘10.5’)
  • Trainee ID (optional locator)

iOS 11 incompatibility

If you can no longer open your logbook after an iOS update, your FileMaker Go version (not the logbook itself) is probably out of date.

The logbook datafile ‘logbook9.fmp12’ runs on all versions of FileMaker Go (12-16) but, iOS 11 has been designed to run only 64-bit apps and so Apple have effectively abandoned ship on older 32-bit versions of the app. FileMaker Go versions 15 (released March 2017) and 16 (released July 2017) are 64-bit, and so continue to work fine after the iOS 11 upgrade.

The Solution

  1. Go to the App store. Search for the new 64-bit version (16) of FileMaker Go as it will have been distributed as a different app.
  2. Install it to your iOS device.
  3. Then use either iTunes or iMazing ( to get the ‘logbook9.fmp12’ file off the old FileMaker Go app on your iPhone, and onto a laptop/desktop computer.
  4. Email the ‘logbook9.fmp12’ file to yourself as an email attachment.
  5. Open the email on your iPhone after you have installed the newest version of Filemaker Go, and the mail app will offer you the option to install it to the new FMGo version.

For more info on moving files see:

OS X Sierra and High Sierra incompatibility

So… you’ve just upgraded your Mac’s operating system and the logbook will no longer work! The good news is that your data is still safe, but regrettably the decision to block FileMaker Pro runtime on OS X Sierra and High Sierra is down to Apple… ironic considering they make both products, but completely beyond anyone else’s control. I’m writing this post on a Mac, but sadly won’t be upgrading my OS X for that very reason. In terms of making a logbook that will work on all devices, the College is currently commissioning a server-based logbook from a commercial company called ‘Nomensa’, but it is likely to take them some time to complete it. FileMaker Pro has been a useful platform up until this move by Apple as it works on all versions of Windows from 95 through to 10, and all versions of OS from 9 through to El Capitan. We have used it since 1996 so it has stood the test of time reasonably well as a cross-platform engine. If Apple see the light and remove the block we will adapt it, but there isn’t any way round it at present.


  1. All the reports are available on iOS, but you need to locate your ‘logbook9.fmp12’ within the ‘RCA Mac Logbook 9’ folder. To upload your ‘logbook9.fmp12’ to an iOS device:
    – First download the free ‘FileMaker Go 16’ app from the app store on the iOS device
    – Then email your ‘logbook9.fmp12’ as an attachment to yourself and open the file on the device using FMGo
  2. To upload to PC:
    – Install the PC version of the logbook from
    – Replace the ‘logbook9.fmp12’ file in the PCs @logbook9 folder with your old mac ‘logbook9.fmp12’ file
  3. If you just want to produce a one-off set of reports, try this