For Microsoft Access, SQL Server,
Visual Studio .NET, and VB6 Professionals
We hope you and your loved ones are doing well this holiday season.
last email newsletter, we've celebrated our 29th birthday and revamped our
web site. What an incredible journey we've had over the
decades! A big part of this was our commitment to Microsoft Access when I
saw its introduction at Comdex in 1992 (history).
It's hard to remember what the PC world was like back then. If you want
a throwback, check out this
clip debut of Access with a much younger Bill Gates.
We are delighted to announce the availability of several of our products
to support the
new Microsoft Access 2016 and older versions. This
includes the release of Total Access Detective for
Access 2016 and 2013, Total Access Analyzer
2016, and Total Access Speller 2016. More information
on their enhancements are discussed below.
Unrelated to Access, in mid-November, I had the honor of speaking at a
UN Conference in Vienna, Austria. It was a meeting discussing the
civilian response to counter-terrorism and violent extremists. Our data
analysis and visualization product, Sentinel Visualizer, addresses some
of the challenges organizations face. It was an intense experience as
the meeting started on the Monday after the Friday bombings in Paris. We
hope sanity and safety prevail. I learned a lot more about the
complexity of the issue and there are no quick fixes (news).
I've also appeared on
several more national TV news
shows as they need someone with technical knowledge. Who knew I
was qualified to discuss Tom Brady's cell phone on Fox Business news?
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All the best,
Total Access Detective Ships for Microsoft Access 2016 and 2013
are delighted to announce the release of Total Access Detective for
Microsoft Access 2016 and 2013. Total Access Detective lets you quickly find differences between any two databases or two
objects in your current database. Know exactly what
changed at the table, field, property, control, macro line and VBA
module code level. You can even compare tables for data differences.
The latest version offers many enhancements from the previous versions:
- Support for the 32 and 64-bit versions of Access 2016 and 2013
- Module and Text
Comparison Option to Ignore Line Numbers
- Search Bar to Filter Objects and
Properties by Name
- See and Filter Tables based on Whether itís Linked
- Procedures with
- New Manual and Help File
For more information on the enhancements, visit:
Total Access Detective 2016 and 2013
Existing Total Access Detective customers can upgrade for a
Total Access Analyzer Ships for Microsoft Access 2016
Total Access Analyzer is the most popular Microsoft Access add-in of
all time! It examines every object in your database to document
what's there, how it relates to other objects, and analyze how your
entire database works. With detailed object, macro and VBA code
analysis, Total Access Analyzer finds over 300 types of issues to
help you avoid errors, identify unused objects and code, suggest
design enhancements, improve performance, and recommend best
practices. Almost 400 presentation quality, customizable reports are
We are delighted to announce the release of Total
Access Analyzer for Microsoft Access 2016 with many new
- Support for Microsoft Access 2016, 32 and 64 bit versions
- New Suggestion: Incorrect Link to Subforms
- New Suggestion: Relationship Field Cross-Reference and Field
- Enhanced Cross-Reference of Aliased Tables in Queries
- Pass-Through Queries are Not Cross-Referenced
- Windows 10 Support
- New Manual and Context Sensitive Help
For additional details, visit
New Features in Total Access Analyzer 2016. Existing customers can
upgrade at a discounted price.
Total Access Speller 2016 Ships
Total Access Speller
helps you avoid typos on the screens your users see. Spell check labels,
captions, validation text, status bar, navigation bar, and other properties
to avoid embarrassing mistakes. It is now available for Microsoft Access 2016 (and earlier versions). A free trial is also available.
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Microsoft Access 2016 and Invisible Picture Images
and Microsoft Updates
When Microsoft released Microsoft Access 2016 in October, we quickly
discovered a serious bug that affected backward compatibility. We wrote
about it in this blog post:
Microsoft Access 2016 and Invisible Picture Images.
Images on forms, reports, buttons, etc. were missing. Some images
appeared but others were blank. Our research revealed that this impacted
the 32-bit version of Access (not the 64-bit) and was related to
databases that had its Picture Property Storage Format set to Convert.
Databases that had that setting when the images were inserted into it,
appeared blank in Access 2016. The only exception was form images in BMP format. If the
image was GIF, JPG, PNG, etc., they appeared blank.
We explained a way to bypass this bug and implemented in our add-in
products that we shipped for Access 2016.
New Updates for Microsoft Access
Fortunately, on December 8th, Microsoft released an update for Access
2016 that addresses this issue and others. An update for Access 2013 was
also released, though this issue never affected 2013. For more
information on the problem, workarounds, and download from Microsoft, Here are the
Microsoft KB articles for the new updates:
Access Version Releases, Service Packs, Hotfixes, and Updates History
We've updated our Microsoft Access version history page with updates including
Read the page for more information and links for the free updates:
Microsoft Access Version Releases, Service Packs, Hotfixes, and
Let us know if there's more information you'd like us to add.
Team wants to Hear Your Suggestions via User Voice
A new management team is in place for Microsoft Access and they are
actively seeking feedback from the user community on the future
direction of Microsoft Access. They're using this
User Voice site
where you can review suggestions and vote for your preferences.
There are already many suggestions and you can provide feedback. You
are given 25 votes to select the ones you like. The Access team has already
flagged several "Under Review" which means they are looking into them in
detail. Here are a few we like:
Vote and join the discussions!
Access Subforms Link Master Fields Should Reference the Control Rather than Field Name
We've updated our Microsoft Access paper on
Subforms Should Reference the Control Rather than Field Name for Link
Master Fields. Make sure you're linking on the control name rather than field name if the value can
change. The dangers of not setting this correctly are discussed in the
article with a sample database showing the difference between a control
versus field reference. It also discusses what happens if you reference
a name that's both a control name and field in your form's RecordSource.
The new Total Access Analyzer for Microsoft Access 2016 detects Link
Master Field references to fields rather than controls, and offers it as
a suggestion to correct.
FMSINC.COM Web Site Redesign
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