The Upgrade Cycle – Have a Plan

We recently did a check in with a client that we hadn’t worked with in a while to see if they wanted to do any updates, enhancements, or maintenance. We built a custom FileMaker solution for this commercial printing company to replace their paper job tickets and manual production lists for scheduling. In the past, the Production Manager had to go […]

Should I Install MacKeeper?

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Security

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series SecurityYou’ve probably come across ads telling you that you can improve the performance of your computer by installing MacKeeper. While it’s possible that MacKeeper may improve your Mac’s performance, it’s unlikely. Usually, if your Mac is acting slower than normal, it’s because of one of […]

Adware on the Mac

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Security

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series SecurityAlong with fake security alerts, a nuisance known as adware is another type of vulnerability that Macs are susceptible to. (See our post on fake security alerts.) When afflicted with adware, your computer will start presenting a slew of pop up ads when you’re browsing the web and […]

Fake Security Alerts on MacOS

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Security

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series SecurityWhile the Mac is still the most secure operating system known to man, several security threats are becoming more prevalent for Mac users. These threats are actually more of a nuisance than a critical security threat. You don’t have to worry about changing all your […]

Use it or Lose It Year End Tech Budget?

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Often at this time of year we find clients with budgeted technology dollars that are “use it or lose it.” There are several ways we can help you to invest that budget dollar before year-end by doing valuable work or pre-paying work to be completed early in the new year that will […]

What Technology Tool do I use When?

There is a world of choices out there in the technology world. Business owners are faced with the big decision of what software applications are best to run their company. There are a lot of factors involved in making this decision. Here we examine some of those factors that will lead you to an informed […]

Sticking with Apple

If anyone is having a bad day, remember that in 1976 Ronald Wayne sold his 10% stake in Apple for $800. Now with Apple worth $750 billion his stake would have been about $75 billion. Apple is worth more than a lot of big things…for example: the GNP of Switzerland, Google and Microsoft combined, Four Apollo […]

50 Years with Technology

Tim Cimbura, 9/26/15 I just turned 50 years old. I feel as young as ever though I need to wear glasses nearly all the time. About halfway through my life I know there’s a lot more to come. It’s interesting to reflect back on a half century of technology and how it’s influenced my career […]

Get a Powerful iMac computer for only $350 for FREE!

Last month, we wrote about how (assuming you were going to buy a good quality 27″ 5K monitor), you could get an iMac for only $350 more than the Dell monitor alone. Today, that deal is even better! Apple updated their iMac lineup with a new 4K 21.5″ option. But the 27″ 5K iMac that we […]

iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan Releases Coming Soon

Apple recently announced the release dates of two key software products that drive the future of innovation on their hardware and the Apple platform: iOS 9: September 16 for iPads, iPhones, and the iPod Touch Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan: September 30 for Macintosh laptops and desktops watchOS 2: September 16 for the Apple […] is Member of Apple Consultants Network ACN specializes in supporting Apple Macintosh systems for ease-of-use, low life-cycle cost, and reliable virus-free computer operation. All our custom applications and web solutions run completely cross platform on both Mac OS or Windows. With all newer Intel-based Macintoshes, you can run any Windows applications when necessary. On the mobile side we build custom solutions primarily for iOS (iPad […] Mac OS X Desktop Background Image

We’ve created a beautiful inspired desktop background wallpaper. It’s modern, classy, but not overly busy so that you can easily see your icons against the blue background. It is a jpg image set to the ideal size of 5418×3408 pixels at 300dpi as are other Apple-provided desktop backgrounds so that it will look great […]

Windows 10 and FileMaker / WordPress

Windows 10 was released yesterday…and for many people it is a FREE upgrade so the temptation is great to upgrade right away. Take a moment to consider what this might mean for you. Breath deeply, slow down, and read on. Can I use FileMaker with Windows 10? The official supported Microsoft OS versions for FileMaker […]

How to Take a Screenshot

How do I take a picture (screenshot or snapshot) of my computer screen and send it to someone? Perhaps you want to share the way your screen looks with someone who needs your help or you need to include a view of the screen you’re seeing so that it can be enhanced or modified during development of […]

Dealing With Email Spam

How do I deal with all the Spam and junk email I get on a daily basis? (Not referring to the meat product from Hormel.) I don’t have a simple answer for this issue. Spam is a major problem with email in general. If it makes you feel any better, I get close to 1,000 junk mail messages […]

Summary of The March 2015 Apple Event and Impact on FileMaker

March 9, 2015 was a pretty incredible announcement day for Apple’s Spring Forward event. Our people at got together for a pizza lunch and watched the technology unfold on the big screen with immediate commentary by our tech team…almost like being there. Seriously, if you saw it you might ask the question “Who says that Apple doesn’t […]

Updating to Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite

Question: I see a free offer to upgrade to Yosemite 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. Yosemite is FREE and it’s been out for a while…so it’s somewhat of […]

FileMaker and Issues with Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks and Yosemite

We’ve noticed some issues lately with some FileMaker clients running on Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite. They include seemingly random disconnects of FileMaker from the server. The following error messages may appear as a symptom of this issue: “Communication with the host was interrupted and could not be re-established. All affected windows will […]

HTML Email Signatures and Free FileMaker Tool to Create Them

Email has proven to be a critical part of running a business. Whether it’s a small shop that monitors a single inbox or a large corporation tasked with maintaining thousands of accounts, everyone uses it. We, along with many other professionals, have been guilty of attaching images as part of our signatures. Here’s what my […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dialing Your Phone From FileMaker

Update 11-11-15: PushDialer is no longer in development and is not available on the App Store. But, the good news is that there is a better way now! You can set up dialing your phone from FileMaker on MacOS using your iCloud account with iOS 9 and MacOS Yosemite or above. With iCloud support, you […]

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Uses FileMaker to Assist with Leading Edge Technology Training

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health in Minneapolis Minnesota, is the largest non-profit hospital in the Twin Cities. US News ranked it in the top 50 hospitals in the United States. The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern is on the leading edge of making use of medical technology including new portable ultrasound […]

Home safe home with Orbicule’s Witness App

Update 9-15-14 “Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are just around the corner. Both upgrades bring a lot of innovation to your Apple devices, but are unfortunately incompatible with Witness. We have therefore taken the difficult decision to halt further development of Witness. We will continue to support and operate Witness for older versions of […]

Easily Launch a Remote FileMaker Database from a Desktop Icon

It’s easy to open a FileMaker database when it’s stored on your local computer…just double-click on it. However, if you have s shared database stored on a remote server, it’s a little more work. You need to open FileMaker, point to the right network path, etc. Some people have created a small starter FileMaker database […]

Lion and iCloud and Upgrading Your Mac OS/MobileMe System – Do It Now

Apple recently announced their new operating system Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.8) to be released later this summer. It will move the Mac OS and iOS closer together so that you have a more consistent experience across your Mac and iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch devices. It will also make even more efficient use of iCloud. Motivated by […]

Apple’s Tremendous Financial Success and the Future of FileMaker Technology

Apple’s fourth quarter of 2011 was amazing (APPL). Here are a few incredible statistics: Apple is now worth more than the GDP of Greece….literally an entire country. Apple’s revenue was $46.3 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 73%. Apple sold 5.2 million Macs, 15.4 million iPods, 37 million iPhones, and 15.4 million iPads. With a market […]

Macintosh Video Adapters

Nearly all Macs requires an adapter cable to connect to a monitor or video projector. For presenters using Keynote or PowerPoint it is essential that you be able to connect to any configuration. If you have a standard VGA monitor adapter connector, then it is an analog video signal coming from your Mac (even though […]

Easily Share Large Files With Dropbox

I have found Dropbox to be one of the most useful tools I depend on each day. I use it to easily backup and share documents with co-workers, clients, and between my iPad/iPhone/Mac. This particular feature is just one more way it proves its value. Sending large attachments via email is a mess. Many times […]

Dark Screens and Keynote Mac OS vs. PowerPoint on Windows

Question: I have been told that when showing pictures of photos on an external video projector, that it is best to use a Windows PC with PowerPoint…that the Mac and Keynote has the pictures showing up as dull or dark. Is this true? Answer: If you are having issues with presentation slides showing up on […]