The whole Proof team is in Phoenix, AZ for the 2008 FileMaker Developer Conference. Mike and Corn are presenting sessions on Monday and Tuesday, and we'll be sure to update on how those went.
We are looking forward to catching up with many of our friends and colleagues in the FileMaker community, and to having some time sharing ideas and stories witha great group of talented developers.
If you are like most FileMaker users you use your database to produce merge letters. In fact, I think that the ability to easily produce documents with merged data is one reason many people choose the FileMaker platform. And it works great. Except when you need to have the same letter but with a different paragraph. Or a different sentence. Or a different addressee. Then you are headed for layout mode. Duplicate the layout and change it. Or change the layout with the intention of changing it back. Or create a new one and rename it, say Steve's letter...
Wow. It has been fun watching fmSpark get started. The response to our initial announcement and press releases has been awesome. We have seen the fmSpark release published all over the place. We have received several supportive emails from other developers congratulating us on fmSpark. In the first full week there were over 200 demo downloads from the SeedCode site, and that is with the 4th of July long weekend included! Honestly, that is just very, very cool.
We have had several ProofSupport inquiries recently that have begun with, "I'm not sure if you can help us. We're still using FileMaker Pro 6, and we are having trouble with..." Now, there is no question that we spend most of our time with FMP 9, but we are still very comfortable with FMP 6.