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Macworld print edition R.I.P.

I don't remember exactly when I started writing for Macworld. More than a decade ago. I reviewed the last six or seven versions of FileMaker Pro for Macworld, but they asked me to do a lot of other stuff, from short reviews to feature articles, about a range of subjects: email apps, calendar and task management apps, photography software and hardware, and a lot more. My work as a freelancer was not been terribly lucrative, but I enjoyed it immensely and I've always been proud to be associated with them.

A good bit of the credit for any value my articles for Macworld might have had goes to my editors. In the last couple of years I've worked with a couple of really good editors at Macworld. One of them, Roman Loyola, was among the senior editors who today find themselves looking for work. Roman improved everything I ever submitted to him and he was a pleasure to work with. If you're looking for somebody with remarkable skills as a writer, editor, and technologist, look h…

CMAssistant 8.1: Exporting location info for a particular route

This post assumes you're using CMAssistant 8.1. Not too many of our licensees have upgraded to 8.1 yet, so I'll make a note where you might need to make adjustments for versions of CMAssistant going back to 6.5 or so.

So, here's the problem. You want a list simply of the location names and addresses for a route in your current delivery system. Here's how you do it.

1. Find the route's current deliveries I am assuming you want to get location info for a current route. There are several ways to do this.
Perhaps the easiest way to do it is to start in ROUTES. Find the route you want by name and go to form view. In the Run Dates tab of the details box on the right, click on the go-to-related-records (">") button in the Delivs column for the first row. Note the delivery date. That ought to be the most current delivery set for that route.

This button (circled in the screenshot above) will jump you over to DELIVS and display just those deliveries. 
A second, a…

UPDATE: FIleMaker Server 12.0v6 released

FileMaker Inc announced today the release of an update for FileMaker Server 12 (standard and advanced) that brings the version to 12.0v6: more info here.

The main benefit of this update appears to be compatibility with Mac OS X v10.9 "Mavericks". If you're using FileMaker Server 12 on a hardware running Mac OS X v10.9, you should download and install the update.


Shortcuts to your FileMaker databases

I spend a lot of time in my FileMaker Pro databases, and I know many of my clients do, too. When you're opening and closing the same databases a dozen times a day, it's nice to have time-saving shortcuts to those files.

There are basically two ways to create a shortcut. You can save the file as a "Favorite" inside FileMaker Pro; or you can save it as a shortcut or alias on your operating system desktop.

FileMaker "Favorites" To save the file as a Favorite inside FileMaker Pro, first open the database. Then, in FileMaker Pro 13's menu, go to File > Open Favorite > Add Current File to Favorites. From that point on, the file will be in your favorites list and you can open it by using the same "Open Favorite" menu.

Favorites are terrifically handy and I encourage you to give them a try.

Creating a shortcut/alias on your desktop or in your OS X Dock
It's just a little trickier to save the file as an alias on your desktop or (on a Mac) in …