FileMaker Pro 13: The Missing Manual

Errata for FileMaker Pro 13: The Missing Manual

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Other Digital Version
United States

the link to the download for work files downloads an older version (or so it appears from the title):


LInk Text:

Link address:

downloads the following file:


Note from the Author or Editor:
Thanks for noticing this. I've forwarded it so that the IT folks can fix the link.

In the meantime, the older files should work for most of the early tutorials.

Anonymous  Jul 13, 2014  Jul 31, 2014
Page NA

The Files links for the Chapters don't work for Chapters 9 and 10.

Also, the link to download ALL the files is the same as the link for Chapter 1.

Anonymous  Jul 16, 2014  Jul 31, 2014
United States

The file that is supposed to have all the sample files for all the chapters has only one file and there is no such thing as a .fm13 file as stated on the downloads page:
Download all of these files:
(all .zip files referenced below contain the .fp13 file)

Note from the Author or Editor:
Confirmed two issues:

The download page refers to ".fp13" files. The proper file extension is ".fmp12."

The download that should be a zip file of all the book's files is just a single file (the one for Ch01).

Larry Schunk  Jul 17, 2014  Jul 31, 2014
Printed, PDF, ePub
United States

At Location 614 of 22974 the note box at the top says:

field called "Modified changes" appears when you

Should read:

field called "Modified" changes when you

Note from the Author or Editor:
The second note on page 13 should read:

If you try this on the sample People file provided on the Missing CD page, then you?ll notice that a field called ?Modified" changes when you click out of the record. You?ll learn what that field is used for

Larry Schunk  Jul 19, 2014  Aug 08, 2014

There are no PDF files (that are referred to in the printed edition) available from the downloads. Could you please post them on to the downloads either separately or as a single file.

Note from the Author or Editor:
The errata report doesn't list a page or chapter that is missing PDFs. However, I downloaded the Chapter Three files, which I know uses a PDF and png. Those chapter files don't have the proper supporting files. The contents don't agree with either of the two sets of files I've submitted.

Anonymous  Dec 30, 2014  May 29, 2015

On the following page, you have given a link to Microsoft's Visio but see the same link for SmartDraw, OmniGraffle and ConceptDraw as well. Just a few moments with a good text editor and it will be sorted out. Thank you for a great series of books, BTW!

Note from the Author or Editor:
On the Missing CD page for this title, for Chapter 5, please change the web page links to match their text (e.g. the text "" is currently linked to a Microsoft website).

Dickon R Thompson  Aug 31, 2015 
Page 85
United Kingdom

it says to insert pdf file that came with download - have been all through download files and the only files included in the download are fm files - there are no other files types in the download unless you open the completed exercise file and choose to export cell contents! kind of defeats the object of the exercises!

Note from the Author or Editor:
Please take the PDF from the URL below and add it to the CH 03 folder of the Missing CD.

Allen Jennings  Oct 21, 2014  May 29, 2015
Printed, PDF
Page 112

Missing space after full stop (period).

(…} and become inefficient.This is especially important (…)

The space is NOT missing in the ePub version.

Note from the Author or Editor:
The space is missing between the second to last and the last sentence in the warning on page 112. Please add the space in.

Philippe F. Lorre  Sep 01, 2014  May 29, 2015
Page 150
Second paragraph under no.2

Last line above the second note should be corrected to "you must reimport the file for it to work": i,e, remove the words "the file" after "must".

Note from the Author or Editor:
The paragraph following Step 2 should read "...but you must reimport the file for it to work."

Colin G.F. Brockie  Oct 10, 2014  May 29, 2015
Page 194
Last bullet item in list at bottom of page (Timeslips::Job ID to Jobs::Job ID)

This is not an error in the printing of the book but a discrepancy between the name of a table and a field in the Missing CD fmp12 files from Chapter 5 That is the names between the book and the file are different.

The table in the file, "Ch05_JobsInvoices START.fmp12" says that the table is is named, "Timecards" with a field named, "Timecards ID". In the book's text and illustration the table and field are named, "Timeslips" and "Timeslip ID" respectively.

The discrepancy also occurs in the "Ch05_JobsInvoices FINISHED.fmp12" file.

Easy enough to fix but thought you might like to know to avoid any confusion.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Corrected sample files have been submitted to replace the versions currently on the Missing CD page.  Apr 16, 2015  May 29, 2015
Page 295
Figure 7-33

At the beginning of the text after FIGURE 7-33

The page break line (circled).....

In the picture to the left, the vertical break line is not "circled" but "squarred" or "framed".

In the previous version manual (FM 12), it was "circled".

Note from the Author or Editor:
Please edit the caption of Figure 7-33 to read: "The page break line (indicated with a box around it) shows where your..."

Jean-Marc Proulx  Oct 19, 2014  May 29, 2015
Page 311
Last paragraph

Refers to the "Number Formatting Layout" - there is no layout named this - closest looking one is: "Data Formatting Layout"

Note from the Author or Editor:
The first sentence of the last ¶ on page 311 should be:

"In this chapter's example file, People.fmp12, go to the Data Formatting layout..."

Allen Jennings  Nov 01, 2014  May 29, 2015
Page 345
Last paragraph

"Navigate to the Slide Control layout" in People.fmp12 - there is no layout by this name nor any that look like the example to work with!

Note from the Author or Editor:
Step 1 in the tutorial that starts at the bottom of page 345 should read:

1. In the People.fmp12 example file, create a new layout (Ctrl+N or Command+N) and name it Slide Control.

Allen Jennings  Nov 03, 2014  May 29, 2015
Page 346
instruction 6

(this is instructions for working with the missing Slide Control layout)

"drag the Composer Photo field..." there is no Composer Photo field in the database.

Looking at the "Photos" layout the photo field is called "container" but nothing by the instructed name.

Note from the Author or Editor:
A revised Chapter 8 "People.fmp12" example file has been submitted for inclusion in the Missing CD. The individual file can be downloaded from the URL below:

Allen Jennings  Nov 03, 2014  May 29, 2015
Page 353
Fourth callout from left of Figure 9-3

The current callout says, "Contest pop-up" but I believe the intent is "Context pop-up" where the word "contest" is incorrect.

Note from the Author or Editor:
The callout that says "Contest pop-up" should read "Context pop-up."

Bill Allen  Apr 22, 2015  May 29, 2015