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William Porter

William Porter

William Porter is an independent software developer who mostly works for law firms doing litigation. He has written for TidBITS, Macworld, MacTech, and various technical publications. In another life, in another century, he was a classics professor who wrote a book about Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”

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FileMaker 16’s Invisible Brilliance

With FileMaker 16, FileMaker Inc. has released a significant update to one of the world’s most popular database platforms. William Porter looks at some highlights of FileMaker 16 and explains why they matter to users and developers — and potentially to the rest of the Internet.

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iMac Users, Be Careful Where You Insert that SD Card

The iMac has two vertical slots in the right side, one for the SuperDrive and one for the SD card reader. What happens when you accidentally miss the SDXC slot and insert an SD card into the SuperDrive? William Porter admits to making the mistake (and explains how he recovered from it) and suggests that a small design change could reduce the frequency of this common error.

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FileMaker Pro 8 Gets Serious

On August 29, 2005, in the keynote address at FileMaker's annual developers conference in Phoenix, FileMaker, Inc. President Dominique Goupil announced the immediate release of FileMaker Pro 8 and its more powerful alternative, FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced

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Upgrading an Old iMac to Mac OS X

Just before Christmas, with a little help from my friends in the TidBITS community, I upgraded two old iMacs to Mac OS X. When Jaguar was first released, I purchased the Mac OS X Family Pack (5 installations) with these machines in mind, but I had put off upgrading the iMacs for a couple of reasons

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FileMaker 7.0v3 Update Offers Numerous Fixes

FileMaker 7.0v3 Update Offers Numerous Fixes -- On 05-Oct-04, FileMaker, Inc., posted free updaters that bring previous versions of FileMaker 7 (both Pro and Developer; see "FileMaker Pro 7: Can You Say Paradigm Shift?" in TidBITS-721) up to 7.0v3

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FileMaker Pro 7: Can You Say Paradigm Shift?

I wouldn't describe the last several versions of FileMaker Pro as ho-hum, but I wouldn't exactly call them exciting. The addition of XML support in FileMaker Pro 6 was so revolutionary an enhancement that most developers still don't know what to make of it two years later

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Mailsmith and Distributed Filtering, Part 2

Last week I explained how you can use Mailsmith's distributed filters to manage your incoming mail in flexible and efficient ways. This week I concentrate on outgoing mail, with a few tips on handling mail you do not expect - and may or may not want. Filtering Outgoing Messages -- In most email programs, the mail you send is all lumped together in a single Out box on the assumption that you probably don't want to read something you've written

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Mailsmith and Distributed Filtering, Part 1

We've never met, but I know something about you: you're getting more email this year than you did last year, possibly a lot more. If you simply let messages pile up in your incoming and outgoing mailboxes, sooner or later you'll have an organizational nightmare on your hands

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Mailsmith 1.5: Lean, Mean Email Machine

It's safe to assume that nearly everyone with Internet access uses email, but you can't assume that everyone needs the same features in an email client