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Creeping Labels
Does the information on your labels creep up or down such that the last labels on the page are at the top of the label? The most-likely reason the labels are creeping is due to the Body part being too big or too small. However, let's start with the first row of labels. Does the first row of labels hit exactly where you want it to? If the labels are too low, decrease the size of the Header part. If they are too high, increase the size of the Header part. Once you have your first row printing correctly, move on to the rest of the rows. If they are creeping up, you need to make the Body part bigger. If they are creeping down, you need to make the Body part smaller. When you change the size of the Body part, any change is multiplied over the number of rows of labels you have. Change the Body size as much as the difference in position between the first and second rows of labels and all the labels should adjust correctly. It may take a few tries.

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DevCon History
Here's a list of the FileMaker Developer Conferences* through 2020:
#  Year  Location
23  2020  Nashville, Tennessee**
23  2019  Orlando, Florida
23  2018  Grapevine, Texas
22  2017  Phoenix, Arizona
21  2016  Las Vegas, Nevada
20  2015  Las Vegas, Nevada
19  2014  San Antonio, Texas
18  2013  San Diego, California
17  2012  Miami Beach, Florida
16  2011  San Diego, California
15  2010  San Diego, California
14  2009  San Francisco, California
13  2008  Phoenix, Arizona
12  2007  Orlando, Florida
11  2006  Orlando, Florida
10  2005  Phoenix, Arizona
9  2004  Phoenix, Arizona
8  2003  Phoenix, Arizona
7  2002  Palm Desert, California
6  2001  Orlando, Florida
5  2000  Palm Desert, California
4  1999  San Diego, California
3  1998  Monterey, California
2  1997  San Jose, California
1  1996  Santa Clara, California
* Name changed to Claris Engage in 2020 to match renaming of FileMaker, Inc. to Claris.
**Due to the COVID-19 virus, this conference was changed to a virtual conference.

Fireside FileMaker Podcast

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Everything Changes
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Version: FileMaker 19
Category: General
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Michael Rocharde and I started the Fireside FileMaker podcast way back in 2019. We've recorded 45 episodes along with our good friend Marc Larochelle. But, all things come to an end... at some point. I'm proud of the work I've done on the Podcast so I want to share some of my favorite episodes. There will also be a listing of all the Podcasts in case you are just discovering the show. Thanks for your support and Happy FileMaking!

Everything Changes

If you haven't every listened to an episode of Fireside FileMaker, I think the best way to start off our Podcast is by listening to our fifteen minute intro. It'll give you an idea about how we think about FileMaker and what to expect in our shows.

Everything Changes

The Calculation Dependency Tree
I've known Darren Terry since my days in Claris Technical Support. I've always admired him for his vast FileMaker knowledge and enthusiasm to share. He's also very humble so he doesn't make any claims to his expertise... but, I will! In this Podcast, we asked Darren to discuss the calculation dependency tree. In other words, what makes the different types of calculation types decide to update? It's a complicated subject matter, given the number of places a calculation function can reside, but Darren covers the subject matter with the deft of a virtuoso. He even gets into tangent discussions which I found incredibly interesting.

Everything Changes

Alexei Folger
I guess we didn't have a better title than to just list Alexei's name but trust me, she knows her FileMaker stuff! I also met Alexei in technical support when she was hired to support the new version of FileMaker for Windows. She went on to support enterprise Claris clients in her capacity as a Systems Engineer and now works as an independent FileMaker developer. Her knowledge of the recovery process in FileMaker including how files become corrupt, how they can be fixed and how to minimize corruption are second to none.

Everything Changes

A Knight in Shining Armor
David Knight, aka Speedy, is one of those rare individuals who succeeds without trampling on others. I would trust him wholeheartedly with my FileMaker project and you should too. One of the reasons you can trust me on this is because I've known Dave for over twenty years. I met him at a Developer Conference and have enjoyed exchanging ideas with him at every DevCon I attended. We talk about all kinds of things in this Podcast but the subject that stands out for me is how he treats his employees. I can't do it justice here so you'll just have to listen.

Everything Changes

Punishing Performance
Wim Decorte is one of the smartest developers in the FileMaker market. Is there anything he doesn't know? While he specializes in FileMaker Server, he can enter any FileMaker conversation and keep up his end and likely, and kindly, get your respect. That's why I hand selected him to teach courses on FileMaker Server. If you haven't listened to Wim Decorte, you really are missing out.

Everything Changes

Going Vertical
If you've listened to any of the Fireside FileMaker episodes, you've probably heard Marc Larochelle. I don't have an exact count of the episodes he participated in but it's easily half of them. Why, you ask? Marc knows so much about the FileMaker market, having started his own development firm, recorded seemingly endless videos discussing FileMaker and is in the running for having attended the most DevCons ever. What I picked out for this blog article is an episode where we interviewed him for his experience in creating and marketing vertical market FileMaker solutions.

Everything Changes

A Conversation with Claris
When's the last time you heard of a product manager staying with a company for two decades? It rarely happens but Rick Kalman believes in FileMaker and this Podcast will demonstrate just how committed to the platform he is. Along with his trusted colleague, Robert Holsey, Rick's team pushes FileMaker to the limit not just by working overtime but by thinking about the best way to achieve a desired end. These two gentleman don't hold anything back and give us great insight into the future of FileMaker.

Everything Changes

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Complete Listing
For a complete listing of all 45 episodes, simply visit the archive page for Fireside FileMaker.

Other FileMaker Podcasts
The most active PodCast (other than ours) is The Context Podcast. Our two PodCasts couldn't be more different but they provide solid information to which you can be sure will help you in your FileMaker career. The only other active PodCast is FileMaker Talk Podcast by Matt Petrowsky and Matt Navarre. They haven't released anything for a year so I hope they are just taking a hiatus.

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