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1/21/2015 12:01:00 AM
Updated Production Schedule
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Updated Production Schedule
Updated 21 January 2015

This is a guide to what's coming up next, in order of release. Don't ask me for dates, as I never give them (Why? Click here for an explanation). You can find more information or pre-order these courses by clicking on the links below. Your credit card will NOT be charged until the course is actually released.


I just finished Access Expert 28 and the Advanced DateTime Seminar.


Right now I'm working on a special project for a client who wanted an Asset Tracking Database in Access. If you'd like to contribute any ideas, let me know. I've got a few days of development left still. See this blog post for details.

After that: update to Windows 8 Level 1 to cover the Windows 8.1 changes, followed immediately by Windows Level 2. If you've previously purchased Windows 8 Level 1, you'll get a free upgrade to the new 8.1 version when it's available. I've had my Windows 8 Level 1 class available for a very long time now, but never got around to making Level 2, so there are a TON of people on the Waiting List for it, and I'm going to satisfy you all very soon. Yes, yes, I know... the Windows 10 preview was just released, but it's still several months away from wide distribution and boat-loads of people are still using Windows 8, and asking me for lessons.


I really need to get out the Beginner Level 1 lessons for Office 2013. These will essentially just be re-recordings of Word 2007 Level 1, Excel 2010 Level 1, Access 2010 Level 1, PowerPoint 101, Outlook 101, and possibly new lessons for OneNote and Publisher, although I'm not married to that idea. I know that most of you reading this DON'T need them, but I see that most of my competitors already have 2013 lessons out and I need to do so as well. These shouldn't take very long to make, and I'll give FREE copies to everyone who has purchased the previous Level 1 lesson for those. I'm not making any firm date commitments on these. I'll record them as I have time.


Of course, my goal is to release one new Access class every two weeks. I think this is the perfect amount of time to allow me to produce a custom lesson, and yet give all of you time to digest the previous one. There is still a LOT of material to cover, and Access is - by far - my most popular topic. I've got a couple more lessons in the Expert series to cover (have to finish the Function Guide) and then it's on to the Advanced series with macros and events. I'll be adding an Access class between the other releases, as often as possible.


Several months ago, I started work on a Personal Finance Seminar to handle things like tracking bank accounts, importing data from your bank's web site into Access, checking for duplicates, assigning categories for expenses, and so on. I started this project in early April so I could use it for my own finances to prepare my taxes. I finished the core of it, but it needs some embellishments and polishing. I'm going to try to have this out soon. Tax season is almost upon us... AGAIN, and I know that a lot of you would probably benefit from this seminar as well.

WAITING LIST RESULTS as of November 2014:

As you know, I like to use the WAITING LIST as a means to guide what I work on next. Here are the most popular topics ranked IN ORDER on the Waiting List. This order hasn't changed since June.

1. Access 2013 vote
2. Windows 8 vote
3. PowerPoint 2013 vote
4. Outlook 2013 vote
5. Excel 2013 vote
6. Visual Basic 2013 vote
7. Word 2013 vote
8. Expression Web vote

Here is the list of Seminars, in order:

1. Distributing Your Application (to people who don't have Access, use Runtime) vote
2. Barcode & Inventory (printing and scanning barcodes, inventory control) vote
3. SQL Server (using Access with SQL Server) vote
4. Personal Finance Seminar (importing bank data, check register, budgeting, etc.) vote
5. Access Web Apps vote
6. Invoicing (a quick seminar on JUST making orders and invoices) vote
7. Distributing Front-End Updates (getting updates to your users easily) vote

Like I said, I generally use the Waiting List as a guideline, but it tells me what all of you are interested in. I will say that there are FOUR TIMES as many people interested in Access 2013 as there are the #2 items on the list, Windows 8. So that's one of the reasons I've been working so hard to get all of the Access 2013 lessons out. LOTS OF YOU WANT THEM! So if there's something YOU want to see made into a lesson, VOTE FOR IT!


I have had several additional requests from customers to build a particular seminar NOW because they need it FAST. If this is the case, I am willing to move up your project to the front of the development line. If it's something that I feel I can re-market to the rest of my students, I will charge you a one-time fee of $500 to move your project to the front of the queue. This is in addition to whatever the final cost of the seminar might be. So, if you're really in a hurry, and you really need a database built, consider this option. Contact me for details.


Excel has surprisingly few people signed up for it on the Waiting List. As of right now we only have about 40 people signed up, whereas Visual Basic has twice that, and Access has over 400 people waiting for the next lessons. So you see where my priority has to be right now. YES, I'm definitely going to throw a bunch of advanced Excel lessons in there, but I probably won't get to them until this summer... unless people VOTE FOR EXCEL on the Waiting List.


And, of course, as a disclaimer, NOTHING listed above is set in stone. These are ESTIMATES ONLY. The tutorials I release may change at any time depending on demand, need, customer interest, or even just my whim. I like to keep you guys "in the loop" as best I can, but remember that things may change.

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Dates Comment from David Powell @ 1/10/2015
Hi Richard & compliments of the season.

I owe you a response for your courtesies of a couple of months ago. Will write soon.

Regarding Dates: Hopefully your "all-encompassing" Dates seminar will address issues of non-USA formats. I have spent masny frustrating hours dealing with Dates of dd/mm/yyyy format (my regional Windows setting) granted that Access internally operates as mm/dd/yyyy. I guess there are enough of us to merit attention in this regard. Also, commonly, there are many who operate in yyyy/mm/dd format.
I have fixed the immediate issues that I have had (using '\/' separators). I don't understand why I have had to do this nor, for me, is the interrelationship between Dates used via tables (recordsets), variables and text boxes unambiguous. In many ways internet forums sometimes confuse rather than aid. These days your  clientele is cosmopolitan so I may not be just a lone voice on this subject.

Again Best Wishes
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