We released Studio Manager 13.1 in January, but that didn’t stop our work — refinements continue. When you purchase Studio Manager, you receive the most recent subversion. Since December we’ve gone through every layout with a fine-tooth comb and updated the documentation (an ongoing project).

If you look forward to a fiscal year starting July 1st, consider making Studio Manager one of your year-end purchases.  Getting started now will give you time to setup and tweak the product so you will be in full swing for the new fiscal year!

Keep in mind that Studio Manager is extremely modifiable. You can change or eliminate things you don’t find useful for your operation and extend it however you please. Yes. You get access to tinkering with the backend much more than other competing products allow. And, being based on FileMaker, everything is easier to work with, especially when compared to web-based products.

Check out both our iOS tab for iPad and iPhone all the way from iPhone 4 on up to iPhone 6 Plus as well as our Mac-oriented Tour tab which shows you our Mac screenshots throughout the major modules of Studio Manager 13.

This is probably not too relevant — yet! But Janet acquired an Watch on April 24th and is speculating that since FileMaker is owned by Apple, the Apple Watch will be supported sooner rather than later. Studio Manager customers and prospects: let us know if you have an Watch idea for us.

Happy Spring 2015!

You can reach Janet directly at 415 937-0393 (it will ring her iPhone and our land line) or you can email her at janet.tokerud@gmail.com. We like Gmail’s spam filter so much that Janet now prefers it over her domain name address.

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Studio Manager 13.1 Clients tab

Studio Manager 13.1 Clients tab

This is a screenshot of the Clients tab in our new release. Click to see it in full resolution.

Official release of 13.1 is set for January 12, 2015. But, don’t let that stop you from prepaying to get the tax deduction this year. A single user copy of Studio Manager 13.1 is $695. See our full price list on the Price tab.

Studio Manager 13 is available now with a free upgrade to 13.1. What this lets you do is play around for a few days and learn the basics with a very, very similar product (just not quite as nice) and then dive in and get up and running with Studio Manager 13.1 when it comes out on January 12.

Upgraders Get 30-60% off.  You’ll get a 30 to 60% discount depending just how old your current copy of Studio Manager is. You get 40% off if you have Studio Manager 8 which was released in December 2006 as an example.

You will need FileMaker Pro 13 or FileMaker Go 13 for this version. The demo that is up right now is Studio Manager 13 — not 13.1 — yet. You’ll need FileMaker Pro 13 to run the demo but you can just download the free trial version of FileMaker Pro 13 from filemaker.com.

Feel free to contact us including by text with your questions: Contact information is here. We are on West Coast time e.g. Pacific Time so the day is still young and we want to help you out any way we can.

Happy New Year!

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Studio Manager 13.1 Job Cost tracking – click for full rez.

We are still working to get everything just so in Studio Manager 13.1. Studio Manager 13 is about taking advantage of new features in FileMaker Pro 13. FileMaker Pro 12 got us part way to a new land based on FileMaker’s database-flavored brand of CSS throughout. FileMaker Pro 13 finished the job. We did a lot of time on SM12. Then we took advantage of a lot more control over the layouts that we got with 13.

Now with Studio Manager 13.1, we support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. These are iPhones made for Studio Manager and we have been enlarging and providing more functionality with these big screens.

But don’t forget, most creative services firms still sit still at big screens a lot of the time and Studio Manager still excels on the desktop and laptop above all else.

Here’s a Mac screenshot to show you what we mean. The retina-friendly screens will fit 13″ laptops and can be bumped to 150% with a click if you want to go big on your desktop. Click the screenshot here to see it in full quality.

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We are nearing release of Studio Manager 13.1. Besides ruthless testing, we are developing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus layouts. FileMaker Go 13 is killer fast on these new iPhones and there is more room to flex your finger tips and get the results you want.

Janet has settled into using her iPhone 6 Plus as her daily driver and recommends it for Studio Manager 13’s routine data entry for timesheets, task updating and more. The advantage to a fast iPhone app for Studio Manager is that you have it with you when at and away from your desk.

A new demo for Studio Manager 13.1 is also in the works so keep that in mind if you run our current demo on your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The layouts will seem small until our 13.1 demo is out. If you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, this screenshot when clicked will give you an idea of how nice this could be. FileMaker Go 13 is free and supports some nice gestures like the two finger swipe right or left to go to the next or previous records.

Land line and Janet’s iPhone: 415 937-0393 Google Voice rings both
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We are working on Studio Manager 13.1 for release this month…

When iOS 8 was first released, our tests of Studio Manager 13 with an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was flawless. Just as promised, screens were simply enlarged for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Since the release of FileMaker Go 13.0.7 in late November, things have changed.

This is for the better in the long run. Now the unique virtues of the 6 and 6 Plus screens are better supported. But, you need to make layouts larger. What we are doing with our new Studio Manager 13.1 is to create additional iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus layouts.

We already had iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 layouts so we are used to this sizing issue. It is quite easy to simply duplicate the layouts and widen and lengthen them for the larger devices. However, if you want this to be slick, a little bit of scripting needs to happen and a couple custom functions need to be created to smoothly navigate automatically to the right layout for your device size. Janet has been able to make the changes to the backend within an hour and we are happy to share this information with any of our customers.

We’ve got the little bit of mojo working and now are just duplicating, enlarging and taking advantage of the extra space on the iPhone 6. We are going to go ahead and treat the iPhone 6 as the *normal* iPhone but iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 Plus will each be treated to as much or as little screen real estate as they can handle.

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UPDATED 11/20/14: FileMaker Pro 13.0v4 and FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced (13.0v4) are compatible with OS X Yosemite according to FileMaker Inc.: help.filemaker.com. FileMaker Server 13.0v5 is now shown as compatible.

There are now only 3 minor known graphical interface issues we quote:

  • The Sample Color tool does not work when invoked via right clicking on a field and picking “fill” from the contextual menu.
  • Video launched from an interactive container and played in full screen mode will be enlarged rather than reduced, which may cause video content to be truncated.
  • Highlighted items in field drop down lists are rendered as black text that can be difficult to read.

Keep in mind this compatibility is only for FileMaker Pro 13. It seems clear from the FileMaker help on versions of FileMaker Pro prior to FileMaker Pro 13 that FileMaker Inc. is not going to be able to do thorough testing on these older versions to be able to provide assurances that all will be well in Yosemite.

We encourage our Mac-based Studio Manager customers to upgrade to FileMaker Pro 13 if you want to take advantage of the many amenities available in OS X Yosemite. We’ve seen good results with customers upgrading from versions of of Studio Manager starting with Studio Manager 7. You may be interested in upgrading your copy of Studio Manager as well but that’s not required.

One thing to note about upgrading. If you are upgrading from Studio Manager 8 or so, you may need our assistance in modifying the startup script so that it will allow Studio Manager to open in recent versions of FileMaker Pro. We charge $100 to make this change on your behalf — it requires full access to change this script.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about these things. We are happy to help you sort out any questions you have.

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Check to see if your FileMaker Pro will work with Yosemite

October 16, 2014 Compatibility

Updated 9:40 am, Oct 16. If you are a Studio Manager user, don’t forget to check that your version of FileMaker Pro is compatible before you upgrade to OS X Yosemite or any other version of OS X above your current version. Here is the URL from filemaker.com. As of 9 am, OS X Yosemite is not […]

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Studio Manager 13 Works Even Better on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

October 12, 2014 FileMaker Go

In case you were wondering, the same version of Studio Manager 13 that works on iPhone 5 and 5s, just works on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. We were certainly wondering and tested it out on day one. This screenshot is from Janet’s iPhone 6, but please click or tap to see at full resolution. […]

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FileMaker Inc. Designates Studio Manager 13 as Optimized for iPad iPhone

October 12, 2014 SM News

Above is a screenshot from the iPhone 5s. You’ll see the same thing but larger from either of the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Navigate to studio-manager.com via iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and tap the screenshot to see for yourself at full-size. Janet had a 6 Plus for 10 days before switching to an iPhone 6 […]

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The Free Studio Manager 13 Demo is Available

August 8, 2014 FileMaker 13

The free and full-function Studio Manager 13 Demo is now available. It requires FileMaker Pro 13 or the free trial version of FileMaker Pro 13. We are still selling Studio Manager 12.5 for those who desperately need a good solution for managing their creative services work but aren’t ready to upgrade to FileMaker Pro 13 just […]

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