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PCI Releases iCal Manipulator for FileMaker Pro

April 6th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego, CA – April 6, 2010 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, announces the release of iCal Manipulator. This new plug-in provides a bi-directional data exchange between FileMaker Pro and Apple’s iCal application.

KEY FEATURES:

– No XML programming required. All integration is performed with FileMaker script steps and calculations.

– Create, retrieve, edit or delete iCal calendars, events and tasks directly from your FileMaker database.

– Push your FileMaker tasks and events to iCal to take advantage of the iCal pop-up event and task alarms.

– Supports creating, editing, and deleting recurring events in iCal.

– Provides a conduit to access your FileMaker Pro data on your mobile device.

The iCal Manipulator starts at $59.95 for a single user and is compatible with OS X 10.5 – 10.6. Download a demo, view the video tutorials and read our documentation to see how this plug-in can save you time and increase your efficiency.

Plug-in Integration and FileMaker Pro Support:
Want help getting this plug-in professionally installed into your FileMaker solution? Do you have other database enhancements you would like to have programmed? We can help!

The process is easy – complete our online Request a Quote form (RFQ) or call us directly at 760-510-1200 and one of our certified developers can work with you on improving your solution today.

About Productive Computing, Inc.:
Since 1996, Productive Computing, Inc. has been helping its customers become more efficient and profitable by providing a solid foundation of indispensable software and computer support services. These services include custom FileMaker Pro database development, consulting, IT support and hosting services. Productive Computing, Inc. also produces several software solutions such as Core2 CRM, OrgPlanner and IT Asset Manager as well as a suite of FileMaker Pro plug-ins that allow FileMaker Pro to integrate with third party applications including Outlook, QuickBooks, Entourage, the Apple Address Book, iCal, PDF forms, and digital signatures.

Productive Computing, Inc. is one of only a few companies in the United States to have earned the highly respected and exclusive Platinum level membership within the FileMaker Business Alliance.

Productive Computing, Inc.
950 Boardwalk, Suite 205
San Marcos, CA 92078
http://www.productivecomputing.com
info@productivecomputing.com
(760) 510-1200

Press Contacts:
Productive Computing, Inc.
Keith Larochelle
(760) 510-1200

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PCI Announces FileMaker Pro 11 Compatibility

March 18th, 2010
San Diego, CA – March 18, 2010 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, is proud to announce the compatibility of our products with FileMaker Pro 11.   All of our products have been thoroughly tested to ensure compatibility with this latest version of FileMaker Pro.

 

As always it is important that you ensure you are using the latest version of our plug-ins.  For your convenience we have provided the links for each below.  Should you have any questions after downloading please do not hesitate to contact us.

OUTLOOK AUTOMATION:
 
Outlook SendMail  Download Plug-in v1.1.3.3:
Sends plain text or HTML formatted e-mails with multiple attachments while suppressing the Outlook security dialog.  Click for more details.

 

Outlook Manipulator Download Plug-in v4.0.1.5:
Exchange data with Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Journal, Post Items and Mail.  Click for more details.

 

Exchange Manipulator Download Plug-in v2.0.1.5:
Contains all of the functionality of the Outlook Manipulator, plus the added functionality to access multiple Exchange mailboxes and Exchange Server’s Public Folders. Click for more details.

 
 

QUICKBOOKS AUTOMATION:

 

FM Books Connector Download Plug-in v2.0.0.4:
Allows you to exchange data between QuickBooks® and FileMaker Pro using only a handful of script steps that do not require any knowledge of XML!  Click for more details

 
 

APPLE AUTOMATION:

 

Address Book Manipulator Download Plug-in v2.0.3.5:
Exchanges data between FileMaker® Pro and Apple’s Address Book.  Click for more details.

 

Entourage Manipulator Download Plug-in v2.0.0.12:
Exchange data within Microsoft Entourage®  Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, and Mail (POP Accounts ONLY).  Click here for more details.

 
 

UTILITY PLUG-INS:

 

Provides FileMaker® Pro the power to automatically change printers within your scripts. It can be used to coordinate large and complex print procedures and switch between various types of printers/drivers such as: inkjet, laser, label, and PDF. Click for more details.

 

eSign Signature Capture Download Plug-in v1.0.3.1:
Allows you to digitally capture and bind signatures to information stored in a FileMaker Pro database.  Click for more details.

 

File Manipulator Plug-in Download Win v2.0.3.2 / Download Mac 2.0.2.5:
A simple utility plug-in that gives FileMaker® Pro the power to copy, rename, move or delete files and folders on local or networked drives.  Click for more details.

 

Allows you to extract all text from a PDF, pull data from PDF form fields, and combine multiple PDF documents into a single PDF file and more!  Click for more details.

 
 

SOLUTIONS:

 

Core2 CRM   Download Win 1.1.2.0 / Download Mac 1.1.2.0 :  Allows you and your entire company to intuitively manage all your company and individual contacts, letters, faxes and e-mail correspondence history, group calendaring, employee task lists, marketing e-mail or letter campaigns, notes and associated documents.  Click for more details.

 

Core2 Invoices   Download Win 1.0.0.8 /  Download Mac 1.0.0.8 :     This complete invoicing and payment module can be added on to any FileMaker Pro database system or purchased as an optional add-on module for Core2 CRM. Plus it is 100% customizable so you can modify it to fit your specific business needs.  Click for more details.

 

OrgPlanner   Download Win 1.0.0.3 /  Download Mac 1.0.0.3 :     This solution allows business owners and managers to record their company’s annual goals, setup their organization chart and define all of the procedures assigned to each position within the company.  Click for more details.

 
 

SPECIAL FILEMAKER PROMOTION: If you are interested in upgrading or purchasing new FileMaker Pro licenses we are offering a 5% discount on all orders until April 9th, 2010.  Click to fill out your FileMaker request today and save!

 
 

About Productive Computing, Inc.:

 

Since 1996, Productive Computing, Inc. has been helping its customers become more efficient and profitable by providing a solid foundation of indispensable software and computer support services.  These services include custom FileMaker Pro database development, consulting, IT support and hosting services.  Productive Computing, Inc. also produces several software solutions such as Core2 CRM, OrgPlanner and IT Asset Manager as well as a suite of FileMaker Pro plug-ins that allow FileMaker Pro to integrate with third party applications including Outlook, QuickBooks, Entourage, the Apple Address Book, PDF forms, and digital signatures.
 
Productive Computing, Inc. is one of only a few companies in the United States to have earned the highly respected and exclusive Platinum level membership within the FileMaker Business Alliance.
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Hottest New FileMaker Pro 11 Features

March 12th, 2010

As your strategic partner and technology advisor, we are very excited to report that the much anticipated FileMaker Pro 11 has been released.  We have outlined some of the hottest new features below.  Included are links to video tutorials to show you how these great new features work.

Charts:  Watch Video
Now your data can take on a whole new dimension with FileMaker Charts in FileMaker Pro 11.  Create eye-catchingFileMaker Pro 11 Combo Box reports in five different styles including vertical bar, horizontal bar, area, line and pie charts.  Plus, make high-impact web dashboards by publishing your charts to the web using Instant Web Publishing.

Quick Reports: Watch Video
Make reports in a spreadsheet-like fashion and get even more out of your data.  Group and summarize your information on the fly directly in Table View to create professional looking reports.  Easily modify your reports by adding, sorting, or hiding fields and records.

Quick Find: Watch Video
In FileMaker Pro 11 you can search for information just as you would in a web browser.  Enter a word or phrase in the search box and FileMaker Pro will search all fields in your layout-right in Browse mode.  Even customize Quick Find to search only certain layouts or fields.

Snapshot Links: Watch Video
Sometimes you need a report where a set of records stays the same but the details change.  Let’s say you want to track the results of sales leads received yesterday.  Create a Snapshot Link file to save a specific set of records at a point in time.  This also preserves the same layout, view, and sort order.  Any changes you make to the file will be updated in the database.  Plus email the Snapshot Link to anyone who has FileMaker Pro 11 for easy collaboration.

Click here to see other new features now available in FileMaker Pro 11.

By utilizing these new features you will be able to get more out of your FlieMaker Pro solution and have greater visibility into your data.  To help celebrate FileMaker Pro 11’s release, we are offering a special 5% discount off the retail price for the next 30 days.  Click here to get your personalized quote today!

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PCI Releases OrgPlanner Software Solution for Business Owners and Managers

February 9th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego, CA – February 9, 2010 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, announces the release of OrgPlanner, a new software solution for business owners and managers.

The OrgPlanner solution is an easy and concise way to define and document what a company does, how it does it and who is responsible for doing it.

Inspired by author Michael Gerber’s best selling book, The E-Myth Revisited – Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, this software allows small business owners and managers to define and document their company’s Strategic Objective and Organizational Strategy in an easy to use software application.

KEY FEATURES:

Goal Tracking:

• Create business, professional and personal goals

• Specify whether they are short or long term goals

• Break each goal down into manageable tasks

Positions and Organization Chart:

• Create departments, positions and staff members

• Assign staff to specific positions

• Display positions on the org chart of your business

Procedures and Standards:

• Create procedures and standards for each task that your company does.

• Assign procedures and standards to the positions responsible for carrying them out

After filling out the information in this software solution, business owners and managers will have effectively written both a job description and a procedures manual for every position in their company.  This will allow them and their staff to have a clear understanding of the work that needs to get done, who is responsible to perform the work as well as the standards by which the work will be evaluated.

OrgPlanner is priced at $149.95 and is compatible with both the Windows and Macintosh computer platforms.

Please visit http://www.productivecomputing.com/solutions/orgplanner-id-116/ for video tutorials and a downloadable demo of the OrgPlanner software solution.

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Are You Ready for a CRM Solution?

January 29th, 2010

It is relatively easy to identify when a company is ready for a centralized data solution. Often times the inefficiency of a company without a centralized data solution is felt by all employees at all levels but just as often management struggles with how to solve this kind of a problem. Inefficiency manifests itself in all areas causing all sorts of specific problems and usually management tries to solve each problem individually instead of looking at the entire business as one system with many integrated parts. These problems can be incorrect orders, shipments going to the wrong address or lost revenue due to incomplete information.

The indicators listed below may help you decide if your organization is ready for a centralized database solution.

1. Customer or vendor contact info is updated in multiple applications by multiple employees.

Customer and vendor contact information change and get added to frequently. Ensuring that your customer and vendor information is updated at a single source and then shared out to your entire staff is critical to being organized and meeting your customer’s expectations in a timely manner.

2. Customers and vendors know their history with your firm better than you do.

As your staff grows the need to have access to all the latest customer and vendor history is vital. A centralized solution provides a way for any staff member to see the latest correspondence, notes, estimates, invoices, purchase orders and more, giving them the power to do their jobs efficiently without fumbling to find the data.

3. Sales & tasks expectations grow.

With fewer employees and more demands, the old ways of keeping track of contacts, appointments and notes just won’t scale. Not centralizing some of the basic tasks of scheduling, contact management and activity tracking will leave employees to develop their own methods to accomplish their jobs and often times leave management with the task of managing each employee’s activities individually with very little visibility to see what the team or department is doing as a whole.

4. Managers can’t organize data quickly.

Without a way of quickly aggregating data, managers spend most of their timecompiling reports rather than taking action. A centralized solution can access various applications such as Excel, the Web, QuickBooks, Outlook, Entourage, etc. providing the ability to assemble reports faster. Having the power to pull data from various sources quickly makes it possible for them to examine data in more ways then ever before. This insight can make managers more agile in reacting to business challenges relating to sales, production or services.

5. Can’t access critical data from the road.

The ability to see pertinent information while away from the office is critical in today’s business environment. Choosing a solution that works with the various mobile devices your managers use will provide them with the information they need to make decisions from just about anywhere.

If any of the indicators above sound familiar, then your organization is ready for a centralized database solution or Customer Relationship Manager (CRM).

For more information on how Productive Computing, Inc. and it’s Core2 CRM solution can help you solve these issues, go to http://www.productivecomputing.com.

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