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Filemaker Pro 12: Missing Manual: sample files missing online!

Great book but (thus far through Chap 3) the sample files needed for the tutorials are missing. The downloadable CD zips ONLY contains the Filemaker tutorial databases.

Checked the Missing CD zips for previous edition of book (Filemaker Pro 11). ALL the files are there, so I'll use them when possible.

Someone should really fix this problem...
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  • Hello Felicia,

    I'm glad to hear you're enjoying FileMaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual.

    The full set of files for the book are on this page: http://missingmanuals.com/cds/fmp12mm/

    Those files contain everything you need for the tutorials. If you can be more specific about what you're looking for that you're not finding, I'll do my best to help you.

    Nan Barber
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  • Sorry about my earlier (deleted) posting. I was unable to do a certain exercise in the book because I incorrectly followed procedure. My apologies.

    It still seems as though the downloadable files for Chapter 2 are the wrong ones, or incorrectly labelled, however. I have emailed O'Reilly tech support about this.
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  • Hi Brooklyn Guy,

    I read your earlier post before you deleted it; you certainly have a right to be confused by the filenames or if the instructions in the book were unclear. I will make sure the correct files are uploaded to the Missing CD page.

    Please let me know if you continue to have any problems with the book or the example files.

    Nan Barber
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  • 19 days after Felicia started this thread—over three weeks!—and the missing files are still not available. I'm on page 103 of the book, looking for "Venn Logo.png" file in the "FileMakerPro12MM_Ch03_missingCD" but it's not there. I'm in a race to finish the book before my FMP trial runs out, and setbacks are deadly when it comes to maximizing my study schedule.

    Am I missing something here? Am I looking in the wrong place, or have I downloaded the wrong .zip file? (I've downloaded it 6x in the past week.)

    I've given up on Nan providing the correct files. I've been corresponding with her via email for a week, and she's no longer responding to me.

    Can anyone help? There are a lot of files that the book references, especially for learning how to control FMP Layout when editing layouts, and because of positioning and gradients and the like, it would really be helpful to have the files that are supposed to be available to buyers of the book.

    If anyone can help me, that would really be great. I like FMP a lot, and I'm really enjoying learning it, but this book has caused me a lot of grief because of all the errata, incorrect Figures, and missing files that are supposed to be in the Missing CD .zip file archive but aren't.

    I guess I'll follow Felicia's lead and download the FMP Version 11 Missing CD .zip file; I worry a little, though, that it won't have all the files, or the correct ones.

    Thanks for any help, anyone, who has any (other) ideas. Appreciate it.
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  • I’m no longer confident that O'Reilly has any integrity when it comes to customer support.
    Version 11 Missing CD .zip file is not a self-expanding zip file that properly creates separate folders. The folders have to be created by hand, then each of the files in the .zip archive must be unzipped into its respective folder by hand.

    The Version 11 Missing CD .zip file definitely has more files than the Version 12 Missing CD .zip file. And some of them are ones missing from the Version 12 Missing CD .zip file. But not all of the files you will need can be found in the Version 11 Missing CD .zip file. For instance, the Chapter 3 files provided do not include the "Venn Logo.png" file.

    The "Ch02_aBatiste" file needed in Chapter 2 is in the contents of the Chapter 3 zip file of the Version 11 Missing CD .zip file.

    I expect other files are missing or in the wrong folders in the Version 11 Missing CD .zip file.

    Felicia's suggestion was great, and it does provide a few of the many files missing from the Version 12 Missing CD .zip file; but there are problems, and you're looking at at least a half hour's work just to set up the file organizational structure properly.

    It's a shame that a $40 book that claims "...every single Web address, practice file, and piece of downloadable software mentioned in this book is available at missing manuals.com. It's not true.
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  • Hello, Sandy,

    My email address is nbarber@oreilly.com. I haven't received any messages from you there, but if I do, I'll be happy to respond!

    I know you've emailed customer service and I hope they responded to your satisfaction. I simply stopped responding to you here on 10/2 because you said you had resolved your immediate problem on your own.

    I'm very sorry to hear that you're still having problems with the example files. It's not right for something mentioned in the book to be missing. I didn't find anything missing in my own testing, and my understanding was that the example files for this book were intended to stand on their own, without borrowing from any previous editions, but I obviously missed what you're talking about on page 103.

    I'll consult with the author and supply the missing files, and I apologize for not having done that sooner.

    Nan Barber
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  • Folks,

    I've already emailed Nan about this.

    In any case, it's fine for her to say "I'm very sorry to hear that you're still having problems with the example files," but HELLO, they still haven't been fixed! This is THREE WEEKS after Felicia started the thread.

    I've given up on this book. I am just going to blow through it as fast as possible. What with the missing files in the Missing CD .zip, errata on every other page, misinformation, misdirection, inaccurate page references throughout the book...I would spend 100 hours just addressing the problems with this book and never get through it (I'd be so frustrated).

    I don't think I'll be posting anymore here. I have to cut my losses.

    It's really beyond me how a top-notch publisher like O'Reilly and a team composed of Susan Prosser, Stuart Gripman, Nan Barber, and O'Reilly's proofreading team can release such a flawed product, charge so much for it, and then brag on the inside back cover about the files we're going to get for free in the Missing CD (many of which files are not even there).

    Once upon a time, I loved O'Reilly and their books. Not anymore.
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