Susan Prosser (coauthor) was a journalist when she figured out that most people don’t need more information—they need a way to sift the piles of information they already have. Now she creates custom software that helps people be productive court reporters, bicycle wheel builders, bankers, or business developers instead of reluctant data wranglers. Susan is president and head developer at DBHQ in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been a speaker at DevCon, FileMaker’s annual developer conference, on web publishing, creating charts, and building thoughtful dashboards that give your data a soul.
Susan is married to an architect who is gracious enough to share their house with a slightly domesticated feral cat. She manages stress by launching birds at smirking pigs or lining up plants to form a ring of defense from marauding zombies, but wants you to understand that no actual zombies were harmed during the making of this book. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with links to classic pastry technique videos, bird cams, or jokes about the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Follow @prosserDBHQ on Twitter.
Stuart Gripman (coauthor) is a native of Akron, Ohio, who grew up in suburban Orange County before migrating to San Francisco to get out of the sun. After a two-year stint at FileMaker Inc. (née Claris Corporation), he went on to possess the ephemeral title of webmaster at StarNine Technologies. In 2000, Stuart founded Crooked Arm Consulting to provide custom FileMaker databases for a wide variety of clientele. Crooked Arm’s databases have since benefitted the U.S. space program, fine art patrons, system administrators, digital projection cinemas, vintners, oenophiles, data recovery practitioners, architects, commercial artists, and a Grammy-winning ensemble.
Stuart has some difficulty remembering times when he wasn’t working. Eyewitness accounts of these so-called “weekends” indicate that he’s enjoyed spending time with his wife and their son hiking (in the shade whenever possible), camping, cycling, listening to loud music and playing with Legos. And baking cookies whenever possible. Email: email@example.com. Blog: http://whosthebarber.blogspot.com.
Nan Barber (editor) is associate editor for the Missing Manual series. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and iMac. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanie Yarbrough (production editor) lives and works as a production editor in Cambridge, Mass., where she enjoys biking around the city and loitering at the local coffee shop and library. Email: email@example.com.
Christian Smith (technical reviewer) is a FileMaker 7/8/9/10 Certified Developer and a member of FileMaker Business Alliance, FileMaker Technical Network, and FMPug. Web: www.m3web.com.
Nancy Schmehl (technical reviewer) is a FileMaker developer and member of the FileMaker Technical Network. After 20 years of being a process engineer, she decided to take her passion for data (“she who dies with the most data wins”) and computers in a new direction by building databases instead of just using them. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Van Keuren (proofreader) quit her newspaper job in 2006 to move to Montana and live the freelancing dream. She and her husband, M.H. (who is living the novel-writing dream), have two sons, Dexter and Michael. Email: email@example.com.
Ron Strauss (indexer) lives and works in northern California. He moonlights as a classically trained violist. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve always said technical editors have the toughest job in publishing. I said it over and over again to Nancy Schmehl and Christian Smith, and still they took the job. My bleary mistakes didn’t make it past Nancy’s eagle eye; Christian pointed out omissions and half-truths with grace. Thank you both for your skill and determination. Thank you to Nan Barber, who didn’t burst out laughing when I said that I’d be game for one more book. Mr. Gripman, there is no one in the world I enjoy disliking things with more than I do with you. Your absence from DevCon will leave a vacuum.
Bottomless thanks to my husband Paul, who kept the household running while I spent early mornings and late nights at the office. Finally, dragged unwilling from my depths is a thank you to my cruel master Coffee: Sleep would improve without you, but waking would be unendurable.
I don’t know if I was especially persuasive the day I called Susan and asked her to coauthor another edition, maybe I just caught her at the trailing end of cocktail hour. Whatever it was that got her to set aside better judgment, I’m grateful that it happened. Thank you for signing on one more time and being my favorite curmudgeon ever!
I sincerely appreciate Nan Barber’s patience with me as I pushed the schedule to it’s very limits. I can’t express my appreciation of Nancy Schmehl and Christian Smith any better than Susan has already. Thank you both for so gracefully executing a difficult job. I’m sorry I didn’t make it any easier.
Great heaps of thanks and appreciation are due to my sweet wife Jen and our incredible boy Ben. Your love and encouragement sustain me. I’m looking forward to some serious quality time starting now.
Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index and cross-references to specific pages (not just chapters). Recent and upcoming titles include the following:
Access 2010: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Adobe Edge Preview 5: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Buying a Home: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
CSS3: The Missing Manual, by David Sawyer McFarland
Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, Third Edition, by Matthew MacDonald
David Pogue’s Digital Photography: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Dreamweaver CS6: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Droid 2: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Droid X2: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Excel 2010: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Facebook: The Missing Manual, Third Edition by E.A. Vander Veer
FileMaker Pro 11: The Missing Manual by Susan Prosser and Stuart Gripman
Flash CS5.5: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Flash CS6: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Galaxy Tab: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Google+: The Missing Manual by Kevin Purdy
Google Apps: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
HTML5: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
iMovie ’11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and Aaron Miller
iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Third Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer
iPad: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer
iPhone: The Missing Manual, Fifth Edition by David Pogue
iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual by Craig Hockenberry
iPhoto ’11: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and Lesa Snider
iPod: The Missing Manual, Tenth Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer and David Pogue
Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual by Peter Meyers
Living Green: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Mac OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Motorola Xoom: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Netbooks: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer
NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Office 2010: The Missing Manual by Nancy Connor, Chris Grover, and Matthew MacDonald
Office 2011 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Personal Investing: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider
Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider
Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual by Brett McLaughlin
PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
QuickBase: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
QuickBooks 2012: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Lion Edition by David Pogue
Wikipedia: The Missing Manual by John Broughton
Windows Vista: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows 7: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Word 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Your Body: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Your Brain: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Your Money: The Missing Manual by J.D. Roth
For a full list of all Missing Manuals in print, go to www.missingmanuals.com/library.html.