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QuickBooks integration now available in FM Work Orders!

December 16th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego, CA – December 16, 2011 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, is proud to announce the release of Version 1.1.0.0 of our FM Work Orders solution! FM Work Orders is a cross-platform solution which allows an office dispatcher to send out electronic work order requests from their computer to technicians in the field using FileMaker Go for the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Technicians can easily update work order information while on site, digitally capture a customer’s signature and transmit the completed work order back to the office. New to this version is an optional integration with QuickBooks which provides an easy way for dispatchers to bill out completed work orders.

Optional QuickBooks integration including the following features using the FM Books Connector plug-in (plug-in sold separately):
– Bi-directional data exchange of customer information
– Unidirectional pull of items from QuickBooks into FM Work Orders
– Bi-directional push or pull of invoice information between QuickBooks and FM Work Orders
– Integration of tax rates from QuickBooks

Additional Version Enhancements:
– Developer’s Guide (http://www.productivecomputing.com/docs/?p=735)
– Miscellaneous minor updates

Please visit http://www.FMWorkOrders.com to download a product demo, view the tutorial videos, or read the product documentation.

FM Work Orders starts at $799.95 for 1 dispatcher and 1 technician. Additional technicians can be added for $99.95 each. Optional QuickBooks integration requires 1 FM Books Connector plug-in for the dispatcher for $199.95. To add multiple dispatchers or offices, please call us at (760) 510-1200.

Should you have any questions regarding the information above please do not hesitate to post to our forum at www.productivecomputing.com/forum

Follow all Productive Computing, Inc. product and service updates on:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ProdComp

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Marcos-CA/Productive-Computing-Inc/74665198532

Plug-in Integration and FileMaker Pro Support:
Want help getting a 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 For Quote (RFQ) (http://www.productivecomputing.com/rfq) form 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 implementing custom software solutions using FileMaker Pro. Utilizing FileMaker Pro as a rapid application development tool, their certified FileMaker developers can create custom applications that a business can run on their Windows or Macintosh desktop computers, in a web browser, on an iPad or iPhone or shared simultaneously on all of these platforms.

Productive Computing, Inc. also produces several off the shelf productivity solutions such as Core3 CRM, Core2 CRM, Core2 Invoices, FM Work Orders, 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 and iCal, PDF forms, credit card processing, digital signatures and biometric fingerprint scanners.

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

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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FM Books Connector is Now QuickBooks 2012 Compatible!

October 28th, 2011

San Diego, CA – October 28, 2011 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, is proud to announce the compatibility of our FM Books Connector version 4 with QuickBooks 2012 US, Canadian, UK and Australian editions!  The FM Books Connector is a FileMaker Pro plug-in that is a bidirectional data conduit used for exchanging data between QuickBooks and FileMaker Pro.

The FM Books Connector starts at $199.95 for a single user. Existing FM Books Connector customers can purchase an upgrade to this new release at a 50% discount. www.FMBooksConnector.com

Should you have any questions regarding the information above please do not hesitate to post to our forum at www.productivecomputing.com/forum.

Follow all Productive Computing, Inc. product and service updates on:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ProdComp

FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Marcos-CA/Productive-Computing-Inc/74665198532

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 (RFQ) (http://www.productivecomputing.com/rfq) form 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 technology consulting and FileMaker Pro development services.  Productive Computing, Inc. also produces several software solutions such as Core3 CRM, Core2 CRM, Core2 Invoices, FM Work Orders, 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, Constant Contact, Entourage, the Apple Address Book, Apple Mail and iCal, PDF forms, digital signatures, credit card processing and biometric fingerprint scanners.

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

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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iPad – Revolutionizing the Way We Do Business

October 7th, 2011

I am a Windows guy at heart and don’t care much for the zealotry surrounding Apple products; however, I can’t begin to tell you how much I love my iPad.  Aside from all the personal entertainment value it brings; games, music, photos, video, books, it has brought an equal amount of value to my business.

It Just Works:  It doesn’t take a team of IT professionals to consult with me to make the purchase, hook it up or to keep it running.  Therefore its costs are largely fixed which is good for the bottom line and the satisfaction I get from not having to fuss with it is priceless.

Laptop Replacement: The iPad replaces 95% of what I use to use my laptop for.  True, I will still bring a laptop on a long trip if I have serious computing to do, but the reality is that most of us use a laptop for is keeping up with e-mail when we are out of the office.  While the phone can do that same thing in a pinch, the screen size and tiny keyboard renders it very inefficient.

Convenience:  Laptops require mice or the clunky use of the track pad, you have to lug a small suitcase with you, big power cord, long boot-up times, short battery life, connecting to the Internet isn’t hard but it isn’t effortless and it isn’t easy to do in a car – yuck.  An iPad requires nothing.  Flip the cover open and you are in.  Put it under your arm, in your backpack, it’s light, run it in the car, bus, taxi, plane.  Small enough to be easy, large enough to be useful.

Built-in Productivity: Built-in wireless and cell phone connection to the Internet is a must have.  If you can’t be easily connected, it defeats 50% of the purpose of having the device.  E-mail, calendar, contacts, web and maps are all critical to our businesses and all are infinitely more useful when connected to the Internet no matter where you are.

Productivity Apps: DropBox (www.dropbox.com):

This free app and service allows to you store and share files and folders as well as synchronize them with multiple devices across the Internet.  So your phone, laptop, home computer, work computer, iPod Touch and iPad all have the same files on them – like magic!  Absolutely great for documents you are working on or that you refer to regularly and can be selectively shared with other people too.

Productivity Apps: GoodReader (www.goodreader.net):

GoodReader allows you to open and view different types of documents.  It supports PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, iWork 08/09, high resolution images, audio, video, and text files.  It can even be used in conjunction with your shared DropBox files.

Productivity Apps: Square (www.squareup.com):

Square is a free hardware reader and free app that allows you to swipe and process credit card transactions in the field.  When you swipe a VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card, there is just one simple 2.75% fee.  If you enter credit card numbers manually, your cost will then be 3.5% + 15¢ per transaction.  There are no monthly fees or hidden costs and signup only took me 5 minutes.

Create Your Own Custom iPad Software Using FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go (www.filemaker.com/products/filemaker-go):

Using FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go unlocks the ability for you to easily build custom software applications for use on your iPhone or iPad as well as your Windows or Macintosh computer – no programming experience required.  With this software and only the technical skill level required to use Word and Excel, you can build your own iPad application.  Imagine creating an app that could be simultaneously accessed and shared by your office staff, subcontractors, remote sales people and technicians in the field on any number of devices.  You could build a system to track prospects at a trade show, process sales transactions, fill out surveys, complete work orders, manage on-site event details, check inventory levels – the uses are limitless.  To review some starter templates and get more ideas for creating custom iPhone and iPad software using FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go, visit www.YourAppService.com

Because of the iPad’s ease of use and tremendous value that it brings to both our personal and business lives, I strongly believe we are seeing the very beginnings of the next computing revolution.  This is a wave that I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of and one that my life and business has benefitted from.  Now the only trick is to figure out how to get it away from the kids!

For more information about creating your own custom iPhone and iPad application for at little as $349.95, contact Josh Mazur at sales@productivecomputing.com

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PCI Launches YourAppService.com for Affordable iPad Application Development

September 30th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

San Diego, CA –  September, 30 2011 – Productive Computing, Inc. a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, announces the launch of a new web site and service offering called YourAppService.com.  This service utilizes FileMaker Pro as a rapid application development tool to create custom applications that you can run on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch mobile devices for as little as $349.95.  These applications run under the FileMaker Go App which is purchased separately on the iTunes App store.  Once installed, these custom apps can run as a standalone application on your handheld device, transfer data to a Mac or Windows computer or be shared with to multiple users using a server in your office or hosted on the internet.

App features can include any of the following:
– Customize the app to your specific needs
– Run the app on your Windows or Macintosh computer with the purchase of FileMaker Pro
– Host the app in the Cloud to share it with multiple people and devices simultaneously
– Capture signatures into the app
– Search on any or all app data fields at once
– Create custom check boxes, radio buttons and drop down lists
– Display pie, bar and line graph charts in the app
– Create calculations, reports, and dashboards in the app
– E-mail orders, receipts and other data from the app to a customer or co-worker

Choose from a pre-defined basic or advanced template for your custom app or select a “blank” template to start from scratch.

Basic Template Package: $349.95
– Optional use of 1 basic app template below OR
– Optional selection of the basic “Blank” template which includes: 1 data entry screen with up to 20 fields, 1 list view screen with up to 10 fields.
*Both options include 1 revision request.  Additional revisions can be purchased at the hourly customization support rate.

–  Customer/Prospect Notes
–  Property/Equipment Inspections
–  Field Checklists
–  Mailing List Sign-ups
–  Surveys
–  Home/Business Asset Inventory
–  Event Planner
–  Real Estate Listing Details/Notes
–  Expense Tracking
–  Time Tracking
–  Travel Itinerary and Details
–  Passwords Vault
–  Project/Event Budget Tracking

Advanced Template Package: $699.95
– Optional use of 1 advanced app template OR
– Optional selection of the Advanced “Blank” template which includes: 2 data entry screens with up to 20 fields each, 2 list view screens with up to 10 fields each.
*Both options include 2 revision requests.  Additional revisions can be purchased at the hourly customization support rate.

–  Sales Order Taking
–  Service/Work Order Details
–  Member/Attendee Name Roster
–  Inventory Tracking/Look-up
–  Rental Property ROI Calculator

Optional Add-ons
–  $199.95 for additional screen (data entry, list, print or report)
–  $49.95 for additional 10 fields
–  $291.53 for FileMaker Pro to run app on desktop or laptop computer
–  $19.95 per month for app hosting (sold separately)
–  $175 per hour for additional customization support (sold separately)

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 technology consulting and FileMaker Pro development services.  Productive Computing, Inc. also produces several software solutions such as Core3 CRM, Core2 CRM, Core2 Invoices, FM Work Orders, 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, Constant Contact, Entourage, the Apple Address Book, Apple Mail and iCal, PDF forms, digital signatures, credit card processing and biometric fingerprint scanners.

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

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 New Features and Enhancements to Core3 CRM for FileMaker Pro

September 23rd, 2011

PCI Announces New Features and Enhancements to Core3 CRM for FileMaker Pro

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego, CA – September 23, 2011 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business

Alliance, today announced the release of a new Core3 CRM version 3.1.0.2.

This new version has been greatly enhanced with the following features and modules:

– Apple Address Book Integration including a bi-directional data exchange for contacts using the Address Book Manipulator. (plug-in sold separately)

– iCal Integration including a unidirectional one way push of events and tasks from Core3 to a specific iCal calendar. (plug-in sold separately)

– Inventory Handling Module allows you to keep basic track of all items on hand.

– Phone Call Log tracks all call activity and phone call correspondence history.

– Credit Card Processing using the FM Credit Card plug-in for Authorize.net and PayPal gateways. (plug-in sold separately)

– Contact Record Security with the ability to make contacts visible to specific Core users.

– Enhanced E-mail Support for setting the “FROM” field when sending e-mail with the Outlook Manipulator plug-in.

– Dashboard and Preference Enhancements including additional columns, fields and user log in information.

– Dynamic Navigation and Module Navigation Tab allows developers to easily add, remove or modify module names and tabs in the Core3.

– Miscellaneous Minor Updates to further enhance your Core3 experience (full list found on the PCI web site).

Please visit the http://www.core3crm.com to download a product demo, view the tutorial videos or read the product documentation.

“Our products department has been working hard to build in more requested features that previously required customization. We are proud to now announce that these customizations come “out of the box” in our standard Core3 CRM solution.” – Melinda DePalma, Product Manager

About Core3 CRM

The Core3 CRM provides a completely open and customizable CRM platform that includes company and individual contacts, tasks, letters, faxes, call log, e-mail, group calendaring, sales opportunities, estimates, orders, invoices, inventory, projects, time tracking, dashboards and reports. In addition, it is preprogrammed to work with 3rd party applications such as Outlook, QuickBooks, Apple Address Book, iCal, Authorize.net and PayPal through the use of optional add-on FileMaker Pro plug-ins.

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 technology consulting and FileMaker Pro development services.  Productive Computing, Inc. also produces several software solutions such as Core3 CRM, Core2 CRM, Core2 Invoices, FM Work Orders, 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, Constant Contact, Entourage, the Apple Address Book, Apple Mail and iCal, PDF forms, digital signatures, credit card processing and biometric fingerprint scanners.

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

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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