Version 1.2 of ShopFileR almost ready

Posted on January 21, 2009. Filed under: ShopFileR |

A peek at the next ShopFileR version…

The new fractional calculator is almost ready.  We are now working on the Help topics.  For those who don’t need a fractional calculator, there is an option to keep the origional decimal only calculator.

 New Fraction Calculator

Other changes to ShopFileR include changing the time display on the main window to conform to your Windows setting.  If your Windows is set to display time in 24 hour format, then ShopFileR will recognize that and display the time appropiately.

The $ currency symbol has been removed in this next release.  It is planned for either this next release, if time permits, or shortly after to format all currency fields based on your Windows settings, including your currency symbol, decimal, and thousands seperator.

A ‘Print’ button has also been added to the individual ‘Note’ page.

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A non-shop use for ShopFileR Notes

Posted on December 1, 2008. Filed under: ShopFileR |

Well, its between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!


One of the really nice uses I have for the ShopFileR notes section is to save my favorite recipes.  I added a ‘Food’ Category and put my most used recipes under that category.  They are easy to find and, when I need them, I just hit the print button to print off a copy to cook from, then when all done, I toss the printed copy.


Storing recipes this way makes them easy to find, convenient, and kept (and backed up) with my other important information.  


The next version of ShopFiler due to be released in January will include my favorite  Chili recipe as an example note.  


Also, in the next version, the Calculator is being updated to allow the entry of, and calculation with, fractions.  As an example, “how many strips of wood 1 5/16″ wide can be riped from a 7 1/2″ board given a saw kerf of 1/8″ ?”


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all!

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Another use for ShopFileR

Posted on October 15, 2008. Filed under: ShopFileR |

One of the main ways that I use ShopFileR is in doing initial research for a new project and saving that information,  keeping it organized and quickly available. 

I typically will setup a new project in ShopFileR then spend some time searching through the various woodworking sites and forums for pictures of similiar projects and gather construction and finishing ideas.  I save the ones I like, as part of the project, either as a web link, or as an .mth file, possibly with comments for later reference.  I also include links to the various suppliers that I may use when purchasing materials for the project, along with keeping an ongoing materials list and notes on the project. 

Its a nice way to keep all the links and information relating to a project together, especially when I need to go back a year or so later and remember, for example, how the finish was done or where to buy matching hardware.

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New version of ShopFileR is available

Posted on September 26, 2008. Filed under: ShopFileR |

Version 1.1a is now available, with several new enhancements.

Projects can now be archived, removing them from the normal Project listing. All information on the archived project is retained and additional menu items have been added to list Archived Projects, Active Projects, and All Projects.


Information on individual projects can now be exported to a text file.  This text file can be imported into a word processor and reformated into an invoice, project record, etc. Data exported for the project includes project notes, material list, (including individual material cost and total material cost) and Time Tracking including total hours and total cost per hour.


Pressing the Export button now gives the option of exporting to XML or to a text file.


To upgrade your ShopFileR to the new version…FIRST DO A BACKUP OF YOUR SHOPFILER, then go to Help/Check the Web for Updates and “download and install” the latest version.  A very simple process.

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A little ShopFileR history

Posted on December 5, 2007. Filed under: ShopFileR |

I mainly wrote ShopFileR for my personal use to solve a couple of problems that I was having in my shop with all of the “e-” data that I was collecting.
1. I lost a link to the pins that I bought on the ‘net for the plantation shutters that I had built…that started the ShopFileR development. I also wanted to keep track of the plans that i did for the shutters, plus some very helpful internet links. In the Projects section, this can be done as well as a bunch of other stuff related to the projects, such as finishing notes(etc.). I can eventually go back to a project that I did years ago and still have all of the information I collected on the project…plans, pictures, links, and notes…all together, filed by project

2. I had collected most of the manuals for my tools in pdf format and was having trouble keeping track of them, plus I needed a tool inventory with pictures, serial numbers, history, cost, etc for insurance purposes.

3. I was collecting quite a few forum  messages and pictures on various projects, jigs, hints, etc that I want to save for future use. Organizing and finding them again was beginning to be a real problem. Plus, on many forums, the pictures are not hosted on the forum but other sites and tend to disappear. Messages also are deleted after a period of time.

I started saving the messages (and other important links) that I wanted to keep as web page .mht files, which saves the entire web page, pics and all, in a nice concise format. I added the ability to ShopFileR to keep track of them.

4. I wanted to be able to take all this stuff with me when on the road in case I wanted to peruse a manual, work on some plans for future projects, have all my woodworking internet links available, etc. ShopFileR will copy itself and everything in its subfolders to a memory stick or another PC. It will also zip itself for backup purposes and optionally make the zip file self extracting.

So those were the biggies for me, but I ended up adding a bunch of other stuff as well, with the idea of the program living on the old pc in my workshop, with a backup to my home office pc.

Thanks for taking a look…You are welcome to download and give the program a try.  If you have any questions or comments please send us an email. 

I  am especially interested in hearing your comments if you decide not to download it and give it a try, or if you do download it, and don’t like it.

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Its here….

Posted on October 30, 2007. Filed under: ShopFileR |

We finally did it…  ShopFileR is launched.

Download it and give it a try.  We welcome any comments pro or con on the program.  Let us know what it is missing or what you would like to see added or changed…or if you even find it useful or not.

Feel free to post any comments on this blog as well.

Thanks for taking a look!

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Posted on September 29, 2007. Filed under: ShopFileR |

We were planning for a release of ShopFiler in September…but it looks as if it is going to be the middle of October before ShopFileR is completely packaged and ready.  Getting the last minute stuff ready such as the software agreement, install package, and help files is taking more time than we thought.  Also doing some last minute testing.

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Hello world!

Posted on August 21, 2007. Filed under: ShopFileR |

Welcome to’s blog.

We are in the beta process of ShopFileR – Desktop software for the workshop to help organize  all of the electronic information that we tend to accumulate for all of our tools, projects, forum messages, pictures, etc.

More information on ShopFileR can be found at

The expected release date for ShopFileR is the first half of September, 2007.

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