Reducing the size of PDFs from Preview

I am a big fan of the Preview application that is the default PDF/image viewer in Mac OSX. Discovering that I could use it for scanning was a revelation that might have included a bit of a jig. And the signature feature… brilliant!

Craft of FileMaker, The Design Studio

In case you missed it, Craft of FileMaker is running another Design Studio workshop this October 24-26, 2011 in New York City. If you have ever thought about learning a formal software user-experience design process, this is it. And, having actually taught these workshops with Don, you are going to be in for a really fun ride.

Sign up here,, and mention this discount code, "Proof'

Thank You, Boston FileMaker peeps.


A big thank you to BAFDA, MIT FMUG, Harvard ABCD FileMaker's Working Group, and FileMaker Inc. for hosting all of us in Boston for our little conference on design and user interaction. I had a great time hanging out with lots of amazing, passionate developers. 

Plus, the kind folks at MIT FMUG hooked me up with these for the kids! 

Totally. Awesome. Cheers!

Ernest Presenting at Boston FileMaker Conference, Oct 13

The nice folks from Harvard's ABCD FileMaker Working Group, Boston Area FileMaker Developer's Association and MIT's FileMaker User Group have invited me to present at their little FileMaker conference this coming Thursday.

Here's the exerpt from their evite:

DevCon 2011 Recap Part Deux

Just a quick note to thank everyone who filled out my session evaluations--your comments are invaluable and will help me make the next one even better (God(s) willing).

One more thing; I am planning on releasing the client-side form validation demo; hang tight, it may take me a couple of days to get to it! If you are desparate, email me ernest.koe[at] and i'll get you an advance copy.