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The purpose of this page is to announce news and forthcoming events related to Access

It will also be used to explain how you can catch up on some
recent events you may have missed including web links and YouTube videos where available.

I hope you find this information useful.

If you are aware of other forthcoming events of interest, please let me know by
email



Access News


Access User Group - Europe

A new online Europe chapter of Access User Groups has recently been launched. This meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 18:00/6 PM London (UK) time.

The new group is co-chaired by Alessandro Grimaldi & myself (Colin Riddington) and provides a forum for IT professionals, developers, and new users to share and learn about Microsoft Access.

The group focus is on innovative and lesser known features in Access with an invited speaker discussing a topic relevant to Access developers for the first 45 minutes of the session. The remaining time is used to answer questions, share ideas and suggest topics for future sessions.

More details are available at the AUG Europe webpage.

Please subscribe to get advance notice about topics planned for future meetings. Do join us!



Access News - YouTube

Great news! Karl Donaubauer (Access MVP) has just released the first edition of a planned series of 'newscasts' where he shares the latest news about Microsoft Access.

The 28 minute video is now available on Karl's YouTube channel.
It is both entertaining and informative. Do check it out!




Forthcoming Events


UK Access User Group (UK AUG) - Annual Seminars      Feb - Jul 2022

I am leading two sessions for the UK AUG seminars this year:
a) Automatic Form Resizing - Tues 8 February
b) Controlling the Application Interface - Wed 8 June

Although originally planned as an all day live event this is now being run as a series of 6 monthly 1 hour sessions between February and July 2022. All 6 sessions are FREE to UK AUG members.

Further details are available from the UK Access User Group website.
Click here to view the full programme for this seminar.



Access DevCon 2022      Thur 28 + Fri 29 April 2022

The full agenda for the 6th annual Access DevCon conference has recently been announced.
Once again, DevCon will again only take place as a virtual event in Microsoft Teams.

The complete list of topics / speakers is as follows:
- Microsoft Access Roadmap Update (Michael Aldridge+Joe Jimenez, Microsoft)
- State of the Dataverse Connector (Maria Barnes)
- Understanding COM (Mike Wolfe)
- twinBASIC Update (Mike Wolfe)
- New Access Front-end Deployment Service (Kevin Bell)
- Access Studio – Managing your queries (Chris Arnold)
- Word Automation in-depth (Crystal Long)
- Annotating Google Maps (Colin Riddington)
- VBA Tips and Tricks (Alessandro Grimaldi)
- Themes – Click Style into your Applications (Peter Cole)
- Practical Tools for Access:
      - Northwind 2.0 (Tom van Stiphout)
      - Continuous datasheets (Chris Arnold)
      - API 32-bit to 64-bit updater (Peter Cole)
      - Translate & Speak (Colin Riddington)


Full details of each session are available on the DevCon website.

In addition, a series of workshops on topics such as Power BI and Power Apps will be run for Access developers if there is sufficient demand. If you are interested in such a workshop, you can register as an interested party on the DevCon Workshops web page.




Recent Events


Access User Group - Europe (AEU)     Wed 2 Mar 2022

The first meeting of the new Europe (AEU) chapter of AccessUserGroups.org was held on Wed 2 March.
It was co-hosted by
Alessandro Grimaldi and myself (Colin Riddington).

The video of the first meeting is now available at the Access User Groups channel on YouTube.

All meetings will be held on the first Wed of each month at 18:00 UK time
Please subscribe to get advance notice about the topics planned for future meetings of the new chapter.



Denver Area Access User Group - (DAAUG)     Thur 17 Feb 2022

I was also asked to run an updated version of my Automatic Form Resizing presentation to the online Denver Area Access User Group on Thursday 17 Feb . The latest version includes guidance on using automatic form resizing with datasheets and navigation forms.

The session video is now available at the Denver Area Access User Groups channel on YouTube.



Access User Group - Eastern Time (ET)      Fri 17 Dec 2021

I recently led a session on Controlling the Application Interface to the online AUG ET group on Friday 17 Dec. Further details about this event are available at the Access User Groups website.

The session video is now available at the Access User Groups channel on YouTube.



Access User Group - Pacific (AP)      Thur 2 Dec 2021

Michael Aldridge is the Principal Program Manager for Access at Microsoft. Michael led a session explaining the Updated Access Roadmap and the new Access Connector for Dataverse.

The session video is now available at the Access User Groups channel on YouTube.



Access User Group - Lunchtime (AL)      Tues 30 Nov 2021

Peter Cole of ThemeMyDatabase.co.uk led an excellent session where he explained how to update API declarations to work in 64-bit Access.

The session video is now available at the Access User Groups channel on YouTube.



Access User Group - Lunchtime (AL)     Tues 28 Sept 2021

I ran a session on Automatic Form Resizing to the online AUG Lunchtime group in Sept 2021.

The 1 hour session showed how to resize and reposition Access forms and their controls for users with different screen sizes and resolutions. The session also covered zooming forms in/out.

All
required code is available FREE.

The session video is now available at the Access User Groups channel on YouTube.



Access User Group - Pacific (AP)      Thur 2 Sept 2021

Crystal Long (MVP) and I jointly ran a session on obtaining Extended File Properties using Access to the online AUG Pacific group in Sept 2021.

The 1 hour session was used to demonstrate two free Access applications used to obtain the extended file properties of any file or group of files in Windows.

All
required code is available FREE.

The session video is now available at the Access User Groups channel on YouTube.



Access DevCon      Fri 23 Apr 2021

I ran a session to introduce the main features of my JSON Analyse & Transform for Access (JATFA) application to the online Access DevCon 2021 conference in April 2021.

This app was designed to make importing and handling JSON files in Access both a straightforward and, in many cases, a largely automated task.

For more information, see JSON Analyse & Transform for Access (JATFA)

The session video is now available at the Access DevCon channel on YouTube.



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