Studio Manager News Archive
Holiday Sale extended to Jan 31
You have a few more days left to get at least 10% off. See news item below when sale was announced December 23rd. Please call or email me your last minute questions.
Introducing Studio Manager 9.1 + Holiday Sale
Today we are announcing Studio Manager 9.1. It is done and the details will follow. We have several new reports, a bunch of new developer features and lots of good stuff on the back end. Just wanted you to know, if you've been waiting, that we got the upgrade finished.
We are having a sale through January 9. You can get $100 off the single user version of Studio Manager, $200 off the 4-user version, $300 off the 10-user version and $400 off the 20-user version. If those price points don't work for you, you can get 10% off any item in the full price list. You can get 10% off our upgrade price list as well. Happy Holidays! Just call Janet at 415 789-5219 or email her.
Fight the Recession with Studio Manager 9
You Need an Information Cocktail Now. Caught asleep at the wheel per chance? The economy has tanked big time. How do you survive this? Start by getting some decent information so you know where to cut, where to spend. Tighten the screws on waste and wasted time. Charge for all your time, not just some of it.
Quit making math errors and losing money because you lost track of your expenditures. Get your estimates out on time with the right numbers so you get jobs instead of being beaten out by your competitors.
Survival of the Quickest. Recessions are wake up calls. Get going, adapt. Studio Manager 9 gives you all the information you need. You can start now.
New: Cool Online Documentation
We've started building a really cool online site for Studio Manager documentation. We've already started three manuals for (1) Getting Started, (2) Customization and (3) the full User Manual. Anyone can access Getting Started without registration. You will need to be a customer to see the other two manuals. Customers, please email Janet or Sally at tokerud dot com to get a user account for you and your staff. Go take a peek!
Why would you want online documentation, pray tell? No waiting for new manuals. You get up to the minute information. Worry no more. Where did I put that manual?
Content is tagged so you can search and find what you want faster than with traditional manuals. There are more screenshots with better annotation with circles, rectangles, arrows and numbered steps.
It is super easy for us to add content so we add more documentation and cover more of your questions. Of course you can call or email us for help, but you can also leave your comments. And, you can print out or download bite-sized PDFs of lessons as needed.
Our new Studio Manager documentation site has tons of screenshots and illustrated step-by-step instructions. We base our online documentation on a great new Mac (and PC) rapid documentation tool called Screen Steps.
Documentation is an important part of the Studio Manager experience. Yes. We already include online help inside of Studio Manager. It is editable by you. Yes. We already have a well-written user manual. We believe our new screen steps live documentation environment will take you higher.
Free Studio Manager 9 Demo Manual is Up
Now when you download the demo, you will get both the Getting Started 12-page tutorial and the 24-page Demo Manual for Studio Manager 9. If you already have the Studio Manager 9 demo, you can directly download the SM9 Demo Manual here without filling out the form again. We just finished version 2 of the demo manual today.
Please Excuse us while we tweak our CSS
We are currently revamping the look of the Studio Manager site. Your patience is greatly appreciated. We'll finish this up as soon as possible.
Studio Manager 9 Released, Free SM9 Demo
The Studio Manager 9.0 demo is here for download. The Studio Manager 9.0 product is for sale starting at $895 for the single user version. The demo download includes a revised Getting Started manual. Come see. You can buy by calling 415 789-5219 or emailing your card details in multiple emails. We will be fulfilling orders as rapidly as possible. Might not fill on Christmas day but that is about it.
Studio Manager 9 New Features Manual
We have a download for you. Number 2 team member, the brilliant Kathy "Scout" Tomyris, has written a new Studio Manager 9 instruction guide to supplement our existing Studio Manager 8 Manual until we get the rewritten SM 9 Manual out the door. Here's the first version of the SM9 New Features Manual. Control- or right-click and save the file to download it right now. The experience with the downloaded pdf is a little nicer than the experience with the web version. For example, on my 24" iMac, the document is shown with a 2-page spread while the web version is one page at a time.
Studio Manager 9 New Features Page
The SM 9 New Features page is up. Make sure to scroll down and see 10 new screenshots of Studio Manager 9.
Studio Manager 9 on Schedule for Dec 18 Release
We have our heads down completing all the work we need in place to release Studio Manager 9 tomorrow. So far so good. Here's a single screenshot with more to follow.
Helping you hit deadlines. We've done a lot of work to make managing job deadlines easier and more effective. Part of that is giving each employee useful views of his or her deadlines. The Employee tasks reports that go with the views are also selectable for today, 3-day or all unfinished. On screen and in the reports the dates are color-coded. Hot pink is overdue, green is today, black is tomorrow or the next day and after that goes gray.
Studio Manager 9 Due Dec 18
We are finishing up Studio Manager 9 right now. Last minute additions, documenting, testing. You will need FileMaker Pro 9 to run Studio Manager 9. For a while, Studio Manager 8 will continue to be available as well. SM8 requires FileMaker 8.5.
Studio Manager 9 Nearing Completion
We are still adding features to Studio Manager 9. We know good and well that (1) some awesome designers are among our current and prospective clients and (2) some of you have a special knack for system design. You might not be able to build it yourself, but you know how Studio Manager can be made better. If you are one of those people and you give us a really good idea that we can incorporate into Studio Manager 9 in the next couple of weeks, you can get a significant discount off on your product or upgrade price.
Savings Available For Good Ideas. This a last minute thing, but if you have a good idea, now is the time to let us know. You'll have a chance at shaping the direction of Studio Manager 9 and beyond. Please explain your idea(s) in scanned in sketches, screenshots, PDFs, email and a short conversation if you need to, we are listening right now.
One of the Customizations You've Already Made May Qualify. Show us your cool additions and mods. Even if you've modified Studio Manager so much that you may not want to upgrade, it probably wouldn't hurt you to have a free copy of the single-user version of Studio Manager 9 to steal from. Who knows?
Studio Manager 8 Running Great in FileMaker 9
When it comes to databases, no news is good news. In four months, we've not heard of a single problem from our customers who are running Studio Manager on FileMaker 9. Full compatability was expected, but after 4 months even the conservatives among us can feel confident moving ahead with an upgrade.
Especially if you are running FileMaker Server, FileMaker 9 moves things ahead in a safe direction. Server 9 keeps you abreast of data events via email and can notify you every time it verifies a backup or has a problem. Good thing to have in place to protect your precious business data.
FileMaker 9 is looking really good and FileMaker Inc. has spiffed up their website to show it off. We encourage you to explore the site if you are interested in FileMaker 9.
We've got conversion advice for you over on our FileMaker Fever blog. And a bit more information on Studio Manager Bulletin.
Studio Manager 8 on FileMaker 9!
Preliminary testing shows, as expected, Studio Manager 8 is fully compatible with FileMaker 9. FileMaker Pro 9, FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced were released July 10. Since FileMaker 9 uses the exact same data format underneath the hood, we expected to have full compatability.
We have have had no reports of errors of any kind regarding FileMaker 9 as of 8/19. We have now switched over to using FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced as our daily tool of choice. We highly recommend the software.
We also recommend that you sign up for the Maintenance program that gives you better pricing on future releases in exchange for paying a fixed annual fee. Currently, when you buy a site license or 10 user license as part of a Volume License agreement, you get 1 year of maintenance free.
Studio Manager 8 in FileMaker Newsletter
Good News! FileMaker Inc. is featuring Studio Manager 8 in its May newsletter. Yay! We love this kind of thing since our marketing budget does not allow for PR expenditures -- at least not yet. This will get the word out to people who may not know we exist.
If you are one of the newsletter readers who just heard about Studio Manager 8, there are tons of screenshots here along with a free demo. Do not hesitate to call or email your questions or comments!
Studio Manager 8 Featured by FileMaker Inc.
Studio Manager 8 is one of only ten "Ready-made solutions" featured on the FileMaker, Inc. website. This honor was bestowed upon us in their "Creative Pro" industry solution category. The description of Studio Manager 8 is not 100% correct (we have multiple pricing and they only show the new single-user price) but we don't care. We are thrilled to have this important show of support from the developers of FileMaker Pro. They are in a great position to recognize quality products.
Update 4/26/07: Our 15 minutes of fame on the FileMaker page lasted over two months. Thanks, FileMaker, Inc.!
Studio Manager 8 Getting Started Guide is Out
Important Tool for Evaluating and Understanding Studio Manager 8. This short step-by-step hands-on tour through the Studio Manager 8 demo is up and available for download. We are going to go easy on you on this one (no form to fill out) and give you a direct link right here. Download Now.
Studio Manager 8 Product is Out
It's here! We've finished our landmark Studio Manager 8 product release. We are thrilled to introduce a massively streamlined, refreshed and beautified Studio Manager to the world.
This is the Studio Manager makeover that we've been wanting to do for years. Studio Manager 7.7 was already packed full of amazing capabilities.
Even though every bit of the power is still there, it looks like Studio Manager went on a diet. FileMaker 8.5's groundbreaking tab controls have allowed us to clear clutter and create a much more attractive UI.
If you like or love Studio Manager 8, it will be proof that good design makes all the difference. We think we have proof here. Please come and try the demo if you haven't yet. And if you've tried the demo, what are you waiting for? The new year is coming!
If you've been waiting for a fresher look in Studio Manager, your wait is over!
Seriously, though, we are here to answer any and all questions. We'll even give you a rough estimate for any customizations you think you need. Email and call. We'll be at the ready.
This is the season when finding a system like Studio Manager 8 is at the top of the to do list.
Studio Manager 8 Demo is Out
Drum roll please. It has been a long haul to get Studio Manager 8 out the door. This will be at least a two part process. First out the door is the Studio Manager 8 Demo and the Studio Manager 8 Demo Manual.
You are gonna love this new release. For quite some time now, we've been promising an overhaul of our Studio Manager interface. We had over 300 layouts and no simple way to change styles on multiple layouts at once.
We were waiting for FileMaker to release OS X transparency tools and what not but got tired of waiting and just said enough is enough! So, we grabbed FileMaker 8.5's new tab control features and ran with them.
Now we have these amazing new native tabs in Studio Manager 8. You'll see more tabs but in return you'll see less on the screen, more white space, a simpler UI and even professionally designed icons! One of our clients helped us out.
We recommend that you hustle yourself over to the downloads page pronto and check this stuff out. If you don't have time or inclination to download and try the demo, check out all new screenshots in the left column.
We Overhauled our User Manual
If you've never written a software manual before, you have no idea how much work this is. We don't just cut and paste. We examine every sentence and screenshot and make the words sing (or at least make sense) and make the page designer-friendly. All done. Now we can get back to the software part like we like. Customers: drop me an email to get a copy.
Studio Manager 7.7 Released
Yay! We got our latest baby out into the world. Version 7.7 delivers a major upgrade to our new Job Specs capability introduced in version 7.6 plus the usual tweaks we make to the back-end, interface and performance. Read all about and see our most recent release on our Studio Manager 7.7 New Features page. There's a new demo with all of the features of the new 7.7 product and a revised demo user manual available for free download.
Studio Manager 7.6 Released
Read all about our most recent release on our Studio Manager 7.6 New Features page.
Update: Free Demo User Manual
We have rewritten our 23 page Demo User Manual. This short manual gives you an overview of Studio Manager and includes lots of screen shots. If you haven't already done so, you can download the Demo User Manual now.
Free Updated *Getting Started* Manual Available
We have rewritten our 11 page Getting Started manual and modified the demo data to match. This short little guide walks you through some typical things you can do with Studio Manager. It's quick and, by the time you are done, you'll have a sense of what owning Studio Manager would be like. If you haven't already done so, you can download Getting Started now.
Free Studio Manager 7.5 Demo
Take Studio Manager 7.5 for a spin. Download the full-function free demo now.
Studio Manager 7.5 Released
See our Studio Manager 7.5 New Features page for details.
Making Studio Manager Talk to iCal and Addressbook
We've got a client doing some neat things. He has a script that lets him send Studio Manager tasks to his iCal calendar. And he also can use the Addressbook. It may be a while before we find the time to put iCal integration into Studio Manager, but we are looking into it. Meanwhile, for those of you who need calendaring yesterday and like iCal, we want you to know it is possible to talk to iCal from FileMaker in case you've got an AppleScripter in your midst who could throw something together. Our customer said he found it surprisingly easy to do.
Studio Manager 7 is FileMaker 8 Compatible
FileMaker Pro 8 was released on Monday. There is no data format change with 8, so Studio Manager 7 runs perfectly on 8 without modification. If you have Studio Manager 7, you can upgrade to 8 if you like. It's faster. They've eliminated some of the tiny bugs in 7. It has clairvoyance (auto-complete using previously entered values) for any field on a layout that has clairvoyance checked. And you can turn this on by clicking a checkbox for any field in Studio Manager.
Studio Manager 7.0 Selling Briskly!
We don't have a big marketing budget (OK, that's an understatement). We are happy to report increased sales and upgrades with Studio Manager 7! Things are going swimmingly. Studio Manager 7 is a single file that packs a big punch. You just double-click to open it and get your work done with the push of a button. It's easier than ever to use, but even more powerful.
Probably due to our ruthless and relentless testing, we've had to make hardly any bug fixes. However, we have been improving Studio Manager 7 in subtle ways ever since its release in March, so if you've been waiting, you can be certain that the product you buy today is powerful and robust. By the way, we aren't naming any names, but we have an 80-person design firm using Studio Manager 7. And they were our first beta tester, so they've been using it for over 6 months now. If you are ready to take your business to the next level, Studio Manager 7 is ready for you.
We are using our new Studio Manager Bulletin blog more and more to keep you up to date with what is happening. Please check it out.