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One of my favorite new features in FileMaker Pro Advanced 18 is the ability to nudge objects in layout mode 10 pixels/points at a time. You've always been able to move objects one pixel/point at a time using the arrow keys on the keyboard but now you can throw in the Shift key and nudge them 10 pixels/points at a time. I use it when I want to object to move in one direction horizontally or vertically. The mouse is just not accurate enough and often ends up moving the object both horizonally and vertically.



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Dull Boy
FileMaker files were stored in clear text prior to FileMaker 7 so, if you opened a FileMaker file in a text editor, you could see the phrase "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" in the header repeated over and over. No, it's not a virus! My understanding is the developers just needed to take up some space in the header and that's what they came up with. Today, modern FileMaker files are stored in Unicode so I'm not sure if the phrase is still there.



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John Mark Osborne

John Mark Osborne of Philosophy of FileMaker

My Passion
The first time I touched FileMaker was when I worked as a graduate assistant at San Jose State University. I was handed a FileMaker database and told to fix the labels. I can't say it was love at first site but it did begin a lifelong love affair with FileMaker. Not until I started working in technical support across from a guy named Michael Whitney did that spark ignite a fire of passion for this unique product. I'm not sure Michael knows how much he meant to my FileMaker career but kudos to you buddy and the fun we had sitting across from each other.

My Career
For the past twenty years, I have been making a living as a database developer at my company Database Pros. This entire web site is driven by FileMaker! I first started working with FileMaker because I really liked the product. I've done just about everything in the FileMaker market from writing a book, recording videos, speaking at the Developer Conference, teaching live classes, editing multiple magazines, running a popular FileMaker web site, speaking at MacWorld and probably a few other things I've forgotten over the years. My current projects are The Fireside FileMaker Podcast and video training.

Where Am I?
I live in Chino Hills, California with my beautiful wife Aida but I grew up in Silicon Valley. I have two children, Liza and Ryan. Both children have graduated college but still come over often for meals at our house. I also have a food blog so I try my new recipes on my wife and children. If I could make a living cooking, I would but FileMaker enables me to cook all I want. Thanks FileMaker!

Fun
I have a few hobbies. I usually have a nice craft beer while I'm cooking (but, not while I'm developing FileMaker) and I'm also brewing my own beer from time to time. Cooking is my main hobby though and something I do almost daily. I do enjoy the company of my dogs on our early morning walks but the day is mostly devoted to FileMaker. Night time turns my interests towards Anime like Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, Ruruni Kenshin, Bleach, Attack on Titan, YuYu Hakusho, Dragonball Z and so many more that I can't name them all here.

What is the Philosophy of FileMaker?
When I was in college, I was fascinated with philosophy classes and how philosophers think through the subject they are trying to prove or disprove so thoroughly. Philosophers focus on a subject like a laser and attack it from all sides, to a degree that most people consider ridiculous. I have used the philosophical methodology throughout my database development career to reveal advantages and disadvantages in order to choose the best solution for the problem at hand. I'll apply the same approach to writing this blog, never leaving any details out or holding back because it is a trade secret.

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All FileMaker, All Mac
Instead of taking the easy way out and choosing one of the many plug-and-play blogging platforms out there, I decided a blog about FileMaker had to run on the FileMaker platform. So, I developed my own blog solution, customized to my particular requirements. Not only that, all the beautiful screen shots, custom artwork, late night coding and endless hours of writing are done on a Macintosh. Even the server hosting the FileMaker solution is a Macintosh! I'm proud to support the most innovative technology company in the world!