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.

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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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OSXYosemite

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 listed as to whether any versions of Yosemite are compatible. I hope to see Yosemite added to this list within 24 hours of the official Yosemite release. So check this page before upgrading.

For what it is worth MIT Information & Technology Knowledge base says the OSX Yosemite Gold Master 3 was OK for FileMaker Pro 13 but not for FileMaker Server 13 when I looked at it today.

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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.

You’ll still probably use Studio Manager 13 mostly at your Mac or the occasional PC (we optimize for Mac but sometimes bookkeepers access from PCs) to run your Studio with Studio Manager 13. But you can do core tasks in a pinch from your iPhone: enter time, track and mark tasks complete, check the status of jobs and invoices from your iPhone including the newest models and back to iPhone 4. Of course, even more is possible on the iPad.

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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 due to hand cramps. We’ve tried Studio Manager 13 on both and the iPad mini with retina and iPad Air and iPad 3 and iPad 2 just to be sure everything is legible and operate well via finger.

We are happy to have completed the work necessary and submitted our Studio Manager 13 Product to FileMaker Inc.. Studio Manager 13 passed their tests and is designated as Optimized for iPad / iPhone.

To see it in action download the free full-function demo of Studio Manager 13. You can purchase a fully customizable single-user license of Studio Manager 13 for $695.

Try the Tour and iOS tabs above for lots of screenshots of Studio Manager 13 and basic descriptions of the various capabilities.

Contacts Entry Screen

Contacts Entry Screen

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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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Stealth Launch of Studio Manager 13 — More to Follow

July 30, 2014 FileMaker 13

OK. We have the product available for sale — finally! Yay. We’ve already sold a couple copies to those who couldn’t wait any longer. Now we need to get our demo and demo manual done for those who want to kick the tires. That’s looking like next Monday, August 4th. If you want it sooner, though, […]

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Studio Manager 13 Invoice Entry Screen

July 10, 2014 FileMaker 13

So far in our previews this month we’ve just shown you a couple screenshots on the iPad version of Studio Manager 13. This time we are going to tip our hand on the Mac (and PC if you are so inclined) version of Studio Manager 13. Here’s the entry screen. Click to see the retina […]

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Studio Manager 13 Estimate Entry Screen on iPad and more

July 3, 2014 FileMaker 13

This is our estimates screen on the iPad (it’s still in progress so bear with us). If you are in the field with your client, you might find this useful to close a new deal. Click the screenshot to see a decent full-sized version. Notice the 3 PDFs you can create with one tap from […]

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