Computer programming is what I do for a living, but the computer is also one of my favorite toys, as well as one of my most useful tools.

I began programming as a hobbyist in 1980, learning about the Basic programming language on my son's Radio Shack computer. On retiring from the US Army in 1982, I went to the Apple II, programming in both Basic and Pascal, as well as in assembly language.

While employed as an engraver, I began working toward an AS degree in programming. Most of that involved Pascal and C on MS DOS and PC DOS computers.

In February 1988, I was hired by Robin Casady of CasadyWare as a PC DOS programmer. My job was to convert  CasadyWare's Macintosh PostScript and screen fonts, Fluent Laser FontsTM, for use under Windows 1.0. After CasadyWare merged with Greene, Inc. to become Casady & Greene, Inc., I began doing some programming on the Macintosh. Once I started programming on the Mac, I lost all interest in other platforms.

My first commercial software product was the Macintosh-only application, InfoGenieTM, which was first published in 1995 to replace the QuickDEX II desk accessory. InfoGenie was a relatively simple flat database application that had a freeform text field and optional, user-designed named fields. It also inherited QuickDEX's lightning-fast search capability.

When OS X came along, InfoGenie was rewritten as iData™ Pro, with one version for OS 8.6 through OS 9, and another for OS X, up through version 10.2.

In June of 2002, I was laid off, but continued to work on iData Pro. In July 2003, Casady and Greene, Inc. went bankrupt, and I became the owner of InfoGenie and iData Pro. I joined with Robin Casady to market iData online. I did the programming, while Robin did almost everything else — tech support, web page design, and marketing. Robin also did a pretty good job of keeping me in line when my program design ideas get too user-unfriendly. We worked together under the company name iData Partners™.

In July 2004, I began work on iData 2, which began sales in August 2004.

By November 2006, I had added about 30 new features to the product, and it became iData 3. Over the next seven years, another 20 or so new features were added to iData 3. Among the serious new features were label and envelope printing, phone dialing, and syncing datafiles on networks.

Along the way, we released iData Mobile™ for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and iData Lite™ as a cheaper version of iData Pro, designed for synching datafiles to iData Mobile. Because iOS at that time did not support the editing of text styles, both of these apps used a

In August 2014, we finally came out with iData Pro™ 4, with another eleven new features, as a replacement for iData 3. Since its release, quite a few more features have been added.

In March 2016, Robin Casady decided to "retire", leaving me as the lone "iData Partner". I'll keep the iData Partners name, though.

In July, I released iData Kwik, which is basically a replacement for iData Lite, but sold through the Mac App Store.

At the same time, I released iData Mobile Plus, which is a free replacement for iData Mobile, available through the iTunes Store. This version includes support for styled text and the inclusion of images in the Notes area.

All of these versions of iData are available through the iData Partners Web site. I hope to continue enhancing all of my products to keep up with changes to Apple's Mac and mobile operating systems and hardware.

In addition to programming, I designed a few fonts for C&G.

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