eNews – August 2003

E-News | August 2003 | Vol. 2, Issue 3

What’s in this issue:
[01] Waves in Motion Sponsors DevCon Welcome Reception!
[02] Don’t Forget to Stop by Our Booth
[03] Review of Our Developer Tools
[04] Review of Our Solutions
[05] Review of Our Plug-Ins
[06] Meet the Waves in Motion Team
[07] It’s HOT in Phoenix!
[08] Don’t Forget Our Online Support Form
[09] Waves in Motion Office Tour/Brunch
[10] Sky Watching During DevCon


[01] Waves in Motion Sponsors DevCon Welcome Reception!
Waves in Motion is pleased to be one of the main sponsors for this year’s FileMaker Developer Conference.
We are proud to sponsor the Welcome Reception at DevCon this year, right in our hometown of Phoenix!
The Welcome Reception is on Monday, August 25th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
See you there!


[02] Don’t Forget to Stop by Our Booth
We’re looking forward to seeing all our friends – old and new – so don’t forget to stop by and say hi and check out our DevCon Specials.

We’re looking forward to telling you what we’ve got planned for the future.

We’d also like to give you a free gift – while supplies last – so don’t miss out.


[03] Review of Our Developer Tools
Analyzer http://wmotion.com/analyzer.html

Analyzer is the perfect FileMaker Pro assistant. It takes the guesswork out of building, debugging and documenting FileMaker Pro solutions.

Visualizer http://wmotion.com/visualizer.html

See it for yourself! Visualizer is the first entity relationship (ER) diagram completely written for FileMaker Pro solutions. Design, prototype, document and present FileMaker solutions with custom color coding and viewing options. (Mac only)


[04] Review of Our Solutions
CourseWizard http://wmotion.com/coursewizard.html

CourseWizard is a web based professional development and learning management system written in FileMaker Pro. CourseWizard is designed specifically to help both large and small organizations automate the administration of their professional development programs for better coordination and increased accountability. Save time and money automating your professional development program.

Dragon Web Surveys & Quizzes http://wmotion.com/dragon.html

Build internet based surveys and quizzes with no web programming! Create, publish, tabulate, and generate lots of reports using this comprehensive survey and quizzing solution. Run multiple surveys simultaneously, and so much more!

Security Manager http://wmotion.com/securitymanager.html

Security Manager empowers database administrators with a centralized security utility that makes managing user ids, passwords, and privileges a breeze. Users will also appreciate its elegant simplicity.


[05] Review of Our Plug-Ins
Events http://wmotion.com/events.html
Schedule scripts to run anytime; when exiting a field, at midnight, every five minutes, to open and close databases and much more. Build FileMaker robots to automate long and tedious tasks.

Date & Time http://wmotion.com/datetime.html
Store date and time and index dates – all from within FileMaker Pro. With support for native FileMaker Pro date and time formats, Date and Time also conforms to international time standards and includes a fully functional reservation system. 

Charts http://wmotion.com/charts.html
With the Charts plug-in, users can easily create charts in FileMaker Pro with no external application needed. Choose from nine different types of charts with various color and labeling options. Imagine having built in charting capabilities in your sub-summary reports!

String Functions http://wmotion.com/strings.html
String Functions allows for complex strings manipulation and management. No more long and complicated FileMaker native calculations!

eAuthorize http://wmotion.com/eauthorize.html
eAuthorize allows users to authorize credit cards right from FileMaker Pro’s desktop, network or web pages! This plug-in provides fast and secure authorization for FileMaker Pro e-Commerce solutions. FileMaker Pro users can customize it into any solution they build, desktop, network, Internet, and kiosks. It’s fast, secure and easy to use.

Portal Filter http://wmotion.com/portalfilter.html
Have you ever wanted to search your portals? Then it’s time to try Portal Filter! This plug-in adds a filter field to layouts, enabling portals to update on the fly and show rows that match that filter. It’s like searching the portals instantly! Matching text was never so easy.

SmartCard http://wmotion.com/smartcard.html
Imagine turning your database solutions into “smart” solutions. Now, with our Smart Card plug-in, add security, data mobility – all on a computerized “smart card”. The plug-in comes with everything needed to build a Smart Card solution, including a reader, two cards, example files and the Smart Card plug-in.

File Tools http://wmotion.com/filetools.html
Take control! FileTools provides complete file management over your file-related tasks. Import files of any format. Export data however you like. Generate web-ready product catalogs that update with the click of a button. If you need to manage create or work with files in FileMaker Pro, you need the FileTools plug-in.

Variables http://wmotion.com/variables.html
Create dynamic memory variables that users can create quickly and recall at any time with no relationship requirement to refer to them. Additional memory can be used to store temporary data.


[06] Meet the Waves in Motion Team
Linda Costello
With a particular passion for our education products, Waves’ Director of HR and Finance, originally from Massachusetts, has been with the company for five years, and is happy to see that DevCon is being hosted here this year so she can finally attend.

Mufaddal Khumri
An exceptional software developer newly arrived at Waves is affectionately known as “Muffi” to those of us who would otherwise mangle his name.

Andrew Kohtz
Formerly our “midnight marauder” who would sneak in at night to perform his networking magic, Andrew is now Waves’ fulltime system administrator, not to mention a Dragon expert to boot!

Vince Menanno
Vince is frequently a speaker at DevCon (check out the Vendor Session this year), MacWorld and many FileMaker User Groups. At any DevCon, you’ll also find our musically inclined President at the Jam Sessions!

Jeff Ralph
Our thorough and precise CourseWizard expert often prefers working in the wee hours. It’s not unusual to be saying good morning to him as he is actually leaving the office for the day.

Utkarsh Shah
Please help us welcome our newest employee! Utkarsh brings his software development skills to the outstanding team at Waves as we prepare for the future.

Marcus Silving
Our fearless C.E.O. and expert FileMaker developer, Marcus is frequently the glue that binds the diverse personalities at Waves into a cohesive team.

Vicky Wells
Ask our Director of Sales how she is and more likely than not you’ll get a cheerful “Bordering on magnificent!”. The favorite part of her job is getting to talk to all our amazing customers.


[07] It’s HOT in Phoenix!
Yes, everything you’ve heard about the weather is true – it is HOT in Phoenix.

You know it’s August in Phoenix when:
– the temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly
– you discover that it only takes two fingers to steer your car
– you learn that a seat buckle makes a great branding iron
– you discover that asphalt has a liquid state

BUT – it’s a “dry” heat. 🙂

Joking aside, a dry heat is much easier to take than when it’s humid. But, it is still really hot and you need to be prepared.

Things to remember:
– Drink plenty of water – even if you’re not thirsty
– Wear a hat – always a good idea to keep the sun off the old brain box
– Use sunscreen – another good idea, or you may get burned to a crisp in mere minutes!
– Dress for the weather – casual is the theme for the conference anyway, so dress for comfort!
– If you head out for a walk – make sure to carry water with you – you’ll be glad you did!


[08] Don’t Forget Our Online Support Form
Have a question about some of our products? Need a little help or a push in the right direction?

Then please visit http://wmotion.com/support.html and fill out our support form. Someone from our support staff will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Don’t forget to take a look at all the available White Papers while you’re there!


[09] Waves in Motion Office Tour/Brunch
Come and see where the magic happens!

Please join us for an informal brunch and office tour on Thursday, August 28th from 9am to Noon.
Our offices are at:
4131 N 24th Street
Suite A201
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Stop by for a tour, a chat and a bite. We look forward to seeing you!

If you’re hoping to join us for brunch, just drop me a quick email (vicky@wmotion.com). We want to make sure there’s enough brunch for everyone!

PS We’re only a 12 minutes away from the airport (honest – we’ve timed it) if you’d like to stop in on your way home.


[10] Sky Watching During DevCon
Mars will be putting on its best show for us – during DevCon!

CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH MARS

Never again in your (or my) lifetime will the Red Planet be so spectacular. The Earth is catching up with Mars, an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August Mars will rise in the east at 10 p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m. But by the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30 a.m. That’s pretty convenient when it comes to seeing something that no human has seen in recorded history.

So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month. Share this! No one alive today will ever see this again.

For more information check out:
http://www.discover.com/aug_03/featsky.html
http://www.spaceweather.com/delights/mars2003_Invade.html>
http://pweb.jps.net/~tgangale/mars/index_new.htm