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New system on the way

Recently the good folks over at FileMaker released a new version of their award winning software. As FileMaker developers, we were naturally exited. We've had it a while now, and whilst there are no dramatic innovations to the previous version, there are some nice touches. Though these primarily benefit us as developers. That said as with all major updates to the FileMaker product, we will be updating all our products to bring them up to date with this latest version.
So we've already started, and you can expect to see a new version of the MA Master 2 and MA Club in a couple of months. Sorry it takes to so long, but we've got big plans! The next student management database will incorporate the two existing versions into one. We haven't decided what we will call it yet, so what this space.
Now however might be a good time to email us your thoughts, along with any enhancement requests you'd like us to think about while we work

Blog Posts

Due to the wonderful folks over at Google taking over our blog supplier, it no longer works. This means we've had to set up a new blog page, and also means we've lost all our historic posts. We apologise for this inconvenience. We are looking at alternatives.

Opticon OPN2001 USB Companion Scanner

Though we recommend the OPN2002 bluetooth scanner for recording student attendance using our student management database on an iPad. We're also happy to recommend the OPN2001 for remote scanning of student attendance.

OPN2001 stores scanned barcode values on the device. These are then downloaded using software provided by Opticon to extract the data in to a data file (i.e. csv). This file can now be imported directly into the Attendance History. This is primarily aimed at those instructors who either choose not to or can't take their database with them to each class they teach.

However, functionality is limited, and this option won't be suitable for everyone. The scanned value doesn't tell the database what School and or Class the registration relates to. This means you can only use the scanner for individual classes, unless you are able to extract and save a data file for each class. On importing the data file into your Attendance History, you have to tell the system what School and Class the attendance records relate to. The database will process the imported records, applying attendance to the appropriate students record

Barcoding - iPad & iPhone

If you want to scan barcodes, be it directly into the database on your PC or Mac, or onto an iOS device, we recommend the Opticon OPN2002 bluetooth barcode reader. We’re rather excited about this product as it’s designed to connect via bluetooth directly to an iPad or iPhone. We liked the simplicity of it so much we decided to invest in one so we could build its use and functionality into our Student Manger database. Allowing users to scan student attendance directly into their mobile device.

Look at this YouTube video to see just how simple it is to use.

Try watching this video on www.youtube.com

An indication of our intention to truly expand our products mobile functionality. These enhancements will form part of our planned upgrade around the end of February. So watch this space!

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