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What's new? 2017 will certainly be an interesting year, loaded with disruptive politics and economic volitlility. We would love to hear from you, we're always interested to know what you are working on, and the kinds of challenges you are facing.
Recently a good friend directed me to a couple of great articles published in Steelcase's '360'. Anyone interested in workplace trends should read these (several times):

'Offices on the Cutting Edge, Don't just shrink. Rethink.' and 'How Emerging Work Strategies are Changing the Workplace'

Best wishes, Jacqui
On the brain
Organizations of every stripe, world-wide are merging, restructuring and looking for ways to reduce real estate costs. 100% of these need to analyze and re-invent their facilities. Programming and planning specialists should be preparing for a huge wave of RFPs. The earnest desktop applications are uniqely suited to this task, the firms using these tools have a significant advantage in winning projects, keeping fees competitive and managing to stay profitable. Time to do some marketing…
Fields of (good) questions:
Q: One of our user's created a project some time ago, and because they now have a new laptop with a new installation of the system files, we can't find the project. How do we find and connect to it again?

A: If you still have access to the files from the old machine (a backup is usually made before a machine is wiped), you can do a search for the file that stores this information. Do this: 

1. Search for the file that stores the project and pathing information - depending on which application was in use, it is named either “SRP11Lib.mdb”; or rDs10Lib.mdb; or iFs11Lib.mdb;
2. From WINDOWS EXPLORER, OPEN it (in Microsoft Access);
3. From the TABLES tab dbl click to open the ‘PROJECTS’ table;
4. You will see one or more records, with each of the projects that the user has created and the full path to where the project data files are stored.
5. Print out (menu bar select FILE; PRINT) or copy the information you need to a temporary place (like OneNote or a .txt document); CLOSE the file, you are finished with it. 6. OPEN the APPLICATION; from the main screen click the PROJECT NAVIGATION button; and RESTORE the project file.
Q: My client has asked for a copy of our completed room data sheet information in electronic form. What's the best way to do this? S.E., Chicago A: If your client only needs to view or mark-up the reports on screen, the easiest and quickest way is to save the set of final reports as .pdf files. If your client wants to be able to edit and recalculate totals you should find out what format they prefer - a simple export routine can be added to the application to create a deliverable file in just about any file format.
Q: We're upgrading to Office 2016 soon. Will the Earnest applications we use need to be upgraded too?

A: No upgrade is necessary, as long as the version of Office is 32 Bit (Earnest applications are not compatable with Access 64 Bit). If you plan to reinstall the Earnest desktop application files you may want check with us to confirm that you have the latest version. Update and replacement files are free to Subscribers, otherwise there is a minimal charge.
What's coming.
Calling for Feedback!
In early 2018, we plan to release upgrades to both Earnest SRP and Earnest iFs. In addition to some really exciting enhancements, the new version will be compatable with Office 64 bit. We are calling for feedback and suggestions from our SRP and iFs users - let us know what you would like to see in the new versions!
Introducing Earnest MKT!
Thursday, April 10, 2014

At last, our newest product is ready for its close up! Earnest MKT is a no-nonsense database application designed for the unique business development and marketing efforts of architecture, design and engineering firms. We are releasing v1.0 this month and beginning the marketing efforts in earnest. Information sheets and Free demos are now available.

Find out more!
A New Earnest App in the Works!
Thursday, October 10, 2013

And now, something FOR the Marketing Department: Introducing "Earnest MKT". 

Over the years, Earnest Development has developed nearly a dozen different "Marketing" database applications for a variety of Architecture, Interior Design and Engineering firms. As custom applications each address a unique set of requirements, but all have in common a solution for managing information on project statistics, clients and prospects, proposals, RFPs, submittals and marketing materials. These firms wanted software that works the way they do, something not so narrowly focused on leads, like 'Salesforce' or CRM packages, and yet much more efficient than an unwieldy collection of spreadsheets and word documents. These applications were designed from scratch, because there is really nothing "off the shelf" that addresses the unique business development needs of this industry. 

We are convinced that a standard Earnest application would be welcome and popular with our client base, so we have begun. Like all of our products it will be task specific, it will be easy to use and it will be customizable. We're calling it "Earnest MKT" and plan to be releasing version 1.0 in April 2014. If you have ideas to share, or if you would like a test drive let us know!
Access 2010 and Sharepoint!
Monday, April 26, 2010

Last month we worked with the Microsoft Access Development Team in Redmond WA on final testing of the BETA version of Microsoft Access 2010. We focused on the new Web-enabled Access database development tools, and experimented with uploading a web-enabled Earnest SRP directly to Sharepoint, using the newly introduced Access Services. This promises to be a less expensive solution for developing browser-based applications that can be deployed to a Sharepoint environment, as opposed to a full SaaS or Cloud-ready application. More on this soon!
Revit data.
Monday, April 26, 2010

A number of our customers have asked us to experiment with importing and exporting data between Earnest applications and Autodesk's Revit. SaaS We have several examples now of how this can reduce data imput and QA hours by mapping data from drawings against programmed data in Earnest rDs and Earnest SRP, and furniture quantifications in in Earnest iFs. There are a lot of exiting opportunities to explore here.
What We're Reading
Thursday, October 10, 2013

"There's An Architecture App For That: Products + Application" - ARCHITIZER - http://www.architizer.com/blog/a-plus-products-apps

"Understanding the Business How to Get Good, Usable Requirements, Part One" by Kim Goodwin, BOXESANDARROWS - http://boxesandarrows.com/understanding-the-business

"The End of the Internet? The government collects our texts and emails. Our columnist wonders why we’re so surprised." by Karrie Jacobs, - METROPOLIS - http://www.metropolismag.com/October-2013/The-End-of-the-Internet/index.php?cparticle=2&siarticle=1#artanc
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