FMS Email Newsletter

December 2015

For Microsoft Access, SQL Server,
Visual Studio .NET, and VB6 Professionals

Happy Holidays!

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We hope you and your loved ones are doing well this holiday season.

Since our 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 YouTube video news video 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?

For the latest notifications, keep following us through our Like Us on Facebook Facebook page, FMS BlogBlog, and FMS TwitterTweets.

All the best,

Luke Chung


Find differences between Microsoft Access databases and objects with Total Access DetectiveMicrosoft Access Object and Database Comparisons

Total Access Detective Ships for Microsoft Access 2016 and 2013

Find exactly what is different between Microsoft Access databases, objects, code, and dataWe 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 Differences List
  • 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 discounted price.

Free Trial Download for Total Access Analyzer Microsoft Access Database Documentation and Analysis: Total Access AnalyzerMicrosoft Access Design AnalysisMicrosoft Access documenter

Total Access Analyzer Ships for Microsoft Access 2016

Total Access Analyzer 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 also available.

We are delighted to announce the release of Total Access Analyzer for Microsoft Access 2016 with many new features:

  • Support for Microsoft Access 2016, 32 and 64 bit versions
  • New Suggestion: Incorrect Link to Subforms
  • New Suggestion: Relationship Field Cross-Reference and Field Type Comparison
  • 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.

Free Trial Download of Total Access SpellerSpell check Microsoft Access forms, reports, macros, etc.Spell check Microsoft Access forms, reports, macros, etc.Spell Checker for Microsoft Access object designs

Total Access Speller 2016 Ships

Total Access Speller for Microsoft Access 2016Total 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.

Common spelling errors on Microsoft Access forms and reports

Visual Studio .NET C# Developer Job OpportunityHelp Wanted: Experienced Visual Studio .NET C# Web Developer

Are you interested in becoming one of our developers? We're looking for an experienced C# web developer to join our Professional Solutions team. If you've created and deployed web sites using C#, MVC, JavaScript, CSS, SQL Server and related technologies, we're interested in you.

This is a permanent, career position with our core development team in Tysons Corner, Virginia offices (just outside Washington DC). You'll be creating innovative solutions to help our clients and internal needs. For more information and how to apply, visit: Microsoft Visual Studio .NET C# Web Developer

Microsoft Access White PapersMicrosoft 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.

Microsoft Access 2016 Blank Image on form

Microsoft Access 2016 Invisible Picture Image

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:

Microsoft Access VersionsMicrosoft Access Version Releases, Service Packs, Hotfixes, and Updates History

We've updated our Microsoft Access version history page with updates including Access 2016.

Read the page for more information and links for the free updates: Microsoft Access Version Releases, Service Packs, Hotfixes, and Updates History

Let us know if there's more information you'd like us to add.

Microsoft Access White PapersMicrosoft Access 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:


Web Apps

Vote and join the discussions!

Microsoft Access White PapersMicrosoft 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.

Link Master Field Should Reference the Control Rather than Field

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

We've redesigned our web site to give it a more modern look with a new home page, animation, menus, and search. We hope you like it!

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