Apple September 9 Announcements and FileMaker


Yesterday, Apple announced several new products including the iPhone 6, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay for mobile payments. The new technologies available will fuel the next few years on innovation as will iOS 8 which will be released soon. In the mobile space these announcements primarily affect FileMaker Go, the FileMaker client that runs directly […]

Updating to Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks

Question: I see a free offer to upgrade to Mavericks in the Apple App Store. Is there a compelling reason to upgrade? I believe it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on Mac OS upgrades…but only cautiously with excellent backups in place BEFORE upgrading. Mavericks is FREE and it’s been out for a while…so it’s […]

FirstTech Computers, Apple Retailer in Minneapolis Closing


We were saddened to hear today that FirstTech Computers is going out of business after 37 years of servicing the Apple market. To their surprise, employees found out yesterday that they will be closing its doors at the end of the month. This was reported in articles by the Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer […]

Operating System and Productivity Apps FREE on Mac

all new free apps

Who says you don’t get anything for FREE anymore? That’s not true with Apple and the Macintosh. Apple recently released the latest version of their OS called Mac OS X (ten) Mavericks and it is FREE. It includes a few new FREE applications iBooks and Maps. There are also new versions of Safari, Calendar, and […]

Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks is Here…and it’s FREE! Impact on FileMaker


Apple announced that OS X Mavericks, the latest Mac operating system, is free. The major update of OS X Mavericks became available October 22 at no charge via the App Store. Users with systems dating as far back as six years ago will be able to download and install the operating system. Mavericks can be […]

Funny iPad Video Commercials

The iPad is quite versatile but it’s not appropriate for everything. Watch these two commercials to see why.

iOS 7 is Here


We installed iOS 7 yesterday on all our devices. Everything went smoothly. It is really different and will require some adjustment as a user. Just finding things like the Settings app is a challenge. There are many improvements under the hood that will show their usefulness over time. The age of flat icons and Helvetica […]

Apple’s New Announcements and FileMaker


With all the new hardware and software announced today at Apple’s press event, it’s interesting to note how they affect the FileMaker world. See the announcement live here and the individual videos here iOS 7 FileMaker Go (the iOS client for FileMaker databases) will work on the new operating system. Possibly the FileMaker icon will […]

Mac OS Email Application


I’m using a Mac and wondering what application I should use for email. Can you help? I would recommend using the built-in Apple Mail application that comes with Mac OS. Here are some advantages to using Apple Mail: It connects to any mail source…and multiple sources. Gmail, Exchange server, IMAP, etc. all from one place. […]

FileMaker Getting Rid of Bento


Good bye Bento. FileMaker announced this week that it is stopping development and support for its Bento application. As of Sept. 30, 2013 it will no longer be sold. Technical support will be provided for 1 year period following this giving users enough time to migrate to a new solution. From a FileMaker (a subsidiary […]