SignBank8 new improvements

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Aug 7 14:27:46 UTC 2006

SignWriting List
August 7, 2006

Ha! You know, I tried to answer with a long email, but just threw  
that out because you haven't seen the new SignBank8, so what is the  
point until you can use the up-to-date database? SignBank8 is not  
SignText! Without SignText and SignPuddle we would have no  
SignBank8...the three programs are intertwining and being used  
together...and of course you could not figure out SignBank without a  
manual or some training...but that is coming...

SignBank is like Microsoft Excel in that it is a database, not a  
writing program...I could not figure out Microsoft Excel very well  
myself until I read the tech docs that back it up...just a point...

Anyway, patience...I want to get started too but I have more work to  
do on it...

Val ;-)

On Aug 7, 2006, at 5:43 AM, CWren at wrote:

> no, I figured that out alright.  Once I get in Signbank, nothing  
> does anything.  I can scroll thru a list of 259 signs in the  
> dictionary, but I can't add or change anything.   I click on new  
> record...  and nothing happens.  I click on other buttons... and  
> nothing happens.  I can get the symbols in the far right grid to  
> change by clicking on the arrows above them, I can get the  
> handshape list to scroll by clicking in the scrollbar.  That's  
> about all I can figure out how to do.  I am normally pretty good at  
> figuring how to work programs by 'playing' with them.  This one has  
> me baffled.  And as far as ease of use-- I like SignText MUCH MUCH  
> better.  Not counting that I cant use SignBank--  the interface is  
> just awkward.  I have to click thru all the movement arrows before  
> I can find the specific list I need.  Of course, I may be doing it  
> all wrong.  ::grin::  I am SO looking forward to the new one!
> ---------------------------------
> Cherie Wren
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> Re: [sw-l] Fingerspelling in vertical columns
> Hi Cherie and Val and all,
> the SignBank has one irritating twich (I think this is inherent to the
> Filemaker):
> You have to clikc 'Navigate' to open, and if you close any one  
> window, you
> shut the whole thing down. So amybe this is the reason you har  
> trouble,
> Cherie?
> Ingvild
> >From: "Valerie Sutton" <sutton at>
> >Reply-To: sw-l at
> >To: sw-l at
> >Subject: Re: [sw-l] Fingerspelling in vertical columns
> >Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 18:57:22 -0700
> >
> >SignWriting List
> >August 5, 2006
> >
> >On Aug 5, 2006, at 6:09 PM, Cherie Wren wrote:
> >>I would love to test it.  I got my new computer this
> >>weekend, so I can do some work at home, now.  I don't
> >>have filemaker at home, I can see if we have it at
> >>work.  And depending on how similar it is to the old
> >>SignBank-- which I couldn't figure out at all!
> >>::smile:: cherie
> >
> >Hello Cherie and Everyone!
> >That is great. Thank you. But you will need FileMaker 7, or 8 or  
> 8.5  to
> >run SignBank 8. It will not open in any version before FileMaker   
> 7. And
> >SignBank 8 is not on the web yet, because it is not ready yet.
> >
> >SignBank has several databases that work side by side. Each  
> database  works
> >differently than the other database because each database has a   
> different
> >purpose....So we need to start with one database and learn  it,  
> and then go
> >on to the next one and learn it, and so forth...
> >
> >The manuals are out of date and have to be re-written, so maybe  
> we  should
> >wait until I have those done, so you won't feel so frustrated  as  
> before. I
> >am afraid it may take me the month of August to complete  the  
> manuals...
> >
> >It will also take me the month of August to get donated copies of
> >FileMaker for people...
> >
> >I want to complete your one story Jack and Jill with the long  
> credits  and
> >ASL poetry explanation, and make our first PDF from the Document   
> Maker,
> >and then share it with you.
> >
> >So September is going to be the exciting month, but August is just
> >catching up with so many projects half finished ;-)
> >
> >Congrats on getting a new computer! What kind did you get?
> >
> >And I hope your new school year is going well...
> >
> >Val ;-)
> >
> >
> >

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