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Introducing BYO Cloud Setup, Consultation, and Account Management Services

October 13th, 2016

 

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FileMaker’s newest offering, FileMaker Cloud, is available through the Amazon Web Services Marketplace and provides reliable access to custom apps in the cloud. Users can get the simplicity, performance, and reliability they’ve come to expect from the FileMaker Platform without having to spend time and resources deploying and maintaining a traditional on-site server. With FileMaker Cloud you’ll get low up-front costs, speedy deployment, minimal administrative overhead, instant scalability, and more.

In order to help our customer’s get started with FileMaker Cloud, we have two new services available.

1. BYO Cloud Setup and Consultation – To someone unfamiliar with AWS, setting up a server may seem daunting and could take more time than you have available. Our FileMaker certified developers and Amazon Web Services experts will set up and configure your entire FileMaker Cloud and AWS account for you.

Licensing: We can help you purchase your licensing through the Amazon Marketplace or you can bring your own license. FileMaker Cloud requires FileMaker Licensing for Teams: hourly or annual. It is possible to convert existing FLT licenses to FileMaker Cloud. FileMaker allows a 30 day transitionary period for these conversions.

Instance Type Selection: Depending on your needs, usage, and computing power we will help you choose what type of instance (t2.small, t2.medium, m4.xlarge, etc.) you will want to purchase.

Storage Space Requirements: Based upon the size of your FileMaker solution and desired backup disk space, we can help you ensure that you’re only paying for the space you need.

SSL Certificate Installation: FileMaker Cloud accounts come with a free 90 day trail of a Comodo SSL certificate. If you intend to bring your own SSL certificate, we can install that for you.

FileMaker Cloud Dashboard Review: If you would like to monitor your AWS account going forward, we can walk you through the details and explain each metric on the dashboard.

Backup Process Explanation: It is important to understand how you can access your backups. We’ll show you how to preserve a specific backup and how to restore your solution back to a specific point.

ESS / ODBC / JDBC Access: Stands for External SQL Data Sources, Open Database Connectivity, Java Database Connectivity and deals with data transfer and database accessibility.

Plug-in Installation: FileMaker Cloud supports Linux based plug-ins. It is a good idea to check with your plug-in provider for availability of Linux plug-ins.

FileMaker Database Upload: Once your server is up and running, we’ll make sure your solution is correctly migrated and ready to be accessed.

Hosted File Connection Instructions: In order to take full advantage of the remote access features available with hosting, we’ll provide connection instructions on how to access your database from FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, and FileMaker WebDirect.

Consultation for FileMaker Cloud and AWS: Our Setup and Consultation package includes consultation services to train you how to manage your FileMaker Cloud account yourself. We can instruct you in FileMaker Cloud management, AWS navigation, and FileMaker Cloud billing.

2. The BYO Cloud Managed Service plan includes all labor associated with maintaining your server.  Our AWS experts and FileMaker certified developers will monitor and maintain your FileMaker Cloud so you don’t have to.

Maintenance of your Server – We will handle all coordination and “rollout” of OS and FileMaker Cloud updates.

FileMaker Cloud License Management – If you need to “scale up” and add connections, we can provide assistance adding connections and updating your licenses.

Instance Adjustments – As your organization and hosting requirements grow, we can upgrade you to a larger instance, giving you more file space and faster computing power.

Storage Space Expansions – Is your solution growing? Upgrade your disk space to accommodate for larger file sizes and backup space requirements. Our staff can assess your hosting needs to ensure you’re not paying for something you don’t need.

SSL Certificate Installation – FileMaker Cloud comes with a free 90 day trial of a Comodo SSL. If you intend to use your own certificate, we can handle all installations of new, updated, or renewed SSL certificates.

FileMaker Cloud Dashboard Monitoring – We proactively monitor and review all dashboard metrics to ensure you’re operating at optimal capacity.

Backup Preservation and Restoration – We’ll manage on-demand backup preservation and restoration of your FM Cloud.

ESS / ODBC / JDBC Access – If you have changes in how you access and transfer your data, we’ll update your configuration.

Plug-in Installation – Expanding your solution’s capabilities with a server side plug-in? Let us know and we’ll handle the installation for you.

FileMaker Database Upload – Have updates to your database that you want to make live? Need to add another file to your solution? We can assist with database management – we’ll upload the file and make sure you can easily connect.

Hosted File Connection Assistance – If you lose your link, delete your shortcut, or need help connecting a new employee to your database, we can provide connection assistance to your database for FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, and FileMaker WebDirect.

General Support for FileMaker Cloud and AWS – We’re always here to offer support and assistance and answer questions on basic usability and best practices.

BYO Cloud is one of multiple hosting options we offer. Check out www.filemakerhosting.com for more information on our FileMaker Cloud services, as well as Shared and Dedicated hosting plans. Want to figure out what type of hosting is best for you- shared, dedicated, cloud, AWS, FileMaker Server? Call us at 760-510-1200. Email us at sales@productivecomputing.com.

macOS Sierra Compatibility Update

October 13th, 2016

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Apple’s newest OS roll out, macOS Sierra, not only comes with a new naming convention, but also features new Siri functions and the ability to copy and paste from device to device!

If you’re as eager as we are to upgrade to macOS Sierra so you can open your MacBook with your Apple watch, don’t hesitate, because all of our Mac plug-ins and solutions are macOS Sierra compatible.

Here is a full list of our Mac products and a brief explanation of how they can help you automate your workflow!

Solutions:
Core4 CRM v3.0.0.3: Core4 is our flagship CRM solution. Built to be robust and expandable, this business tool allows you to track everything from contacts to sales transactions and from calendar appointments to notes and documents. You can connect the Core4 with your QuickBooks file, Outlook accounts, Address Book, and iCal.

Core5 Starter Edition v1.0.0.1: The Core5 Starter Edition is an intuitive and easy to use CRM solution. It is pre-configured to connect with your QuickBooks file, the Core5 is designed to be immediately deployable.

Vessel Service Solutions v2.3.0.0: VSS was designed for covering ship or water craft breakdown emergencies and allows users to eliminate time-consuming paperwork and processes. Users can tracks boat mileage, maintenance, and fuels ups and use it to track time sheets and pull various reports.

Plug-ins:
FM Books Connector Online v2.0.0.0: Want to save time and energy by eliminating double entry of contacts, invoices or sales transactions? Use this plug-in to connect your FileMaker solution with your QuickBooks Online file.

Address Book Manipulator v4.0.1.0: Avoid the hassle of having to add contacts to your Apple Address Book and then re-type the details into your solution when you back to the office. The Address Book Manipulator allows users to update all contacts in FileMaker or Apple Contacts and then easily push the information from one application to the other, ensuring contact information is always up to date.

iCal Manipulator v2.0.1.0: Add an event once and have it on all your devices. This plug-in directly connects FileMaker with Apple Calendar and supports multiple calendars, recurring events, and tasks.

PDF Manipulator DC v1.0.1.0: Process forms faster by extracting and inserting data between PDF form fields and FileMaker.

Change Printer v4.0.7.0: Automatically changes printers, sets optional printing attributes, facilitates the coordination of large and complex print procedures, and easily switches between various types of printers/drivers.

File Manipulator v4.0.1.0: File Manipulator can copy, move, rename or delete files and folders directly from a FileMaker solution. In addition, you can compress and encrypt file data with password protection, as well as decompress and decrypt file data.

For additional details on product functionality and integration details, please contact sales@productivecomputing.com or call 760-510-1200.

FM Books Connector 64-bit Has Arrived

September 29th, 2016

FM Books Connector V9 is now available. Our big news with this release, what we’re most excited about, is that this plug-in is now FileMaker 64-bit compatible!

Since its debut 10 years ago, the FM Books Connector has been a 32-bit plug-in working with the QuickBooks 32-bit application. When FileMaker introduced its 64-bit technology, we began investing a significant amount of our R&D resources into making our entire suite of plug-ins and solutions 64-bit compatible. It was important to us that our customers were able to take full advantage of the performance enhancements available with the FileMaker 64-bit architecture.

While QuickBooks is still a 32-bit application, we have redesigned the connection conduit in the FM Books Connector plug-in to allow for communication with FileMaker 64-bit.

Though process speeds depend upon the environment that you are running your FileMaker solution in, during internal testing we noticed a significant improvement in processing times. The 64-bit plug-in pushed customers up to 63% faster and pushed invoices 43% faster than the 32-bit plug-in.

Other updates for FM Books Connector V 9 include:
– Added compatibility for QuickBooks 2017 Pro, Premier, and Enterprise US editions
– Added compatibility for FileMaker 64-bit
– Created MSI installer package for easier installation
– Updated Developer’s Guide
– Updated Demo file
– Verified compatibility with FileMaker® Pro 13-15 for Windows (32-bit) and FileMaker Pro 14-15 for Windows (64-bit)

A typical FileMaker to QuickBooks integration enables you to push customer data and related invoices into QuickBooks with the click of a button. The FM Books Connector also allows you to perform vendor or purchase order data exchanges, customer balance queries, time sheet imports, shopping cart orders, general journal transaction, and more.

The FM Books Connector plug-in makes data exchange easy. It seamlessly pushes information to and from your FileMaker solution and QuickBooks file, eliminating time consuming double entry and costly data entry errors, all while maintaining the security and privacy of your vital financial information.

Interested in a FileMaker to QuickBooks integration? Check out our overview video on the FM Books Connector and FM Books Connector Online Edition. Whether you are running QuickBooks for desktop or QuickBooks Online you can reap the benefits of a FileMaker to QuickBooks integration. Now, with a new suite of FM Books Connector instructional videos and expanded compatibility, getting started with an integration is easier than ever.

Not a QuickBooks desktop user? Stay tuned for exciting news about our FM Books Connector Online Edition plug-in. Here’s a hint…it has something to do with Mac.

For more information on the FM Books Connector and to download a demo, please visit: www.fmbooksconnector.com or call 760-522-2874.

PCI is Now Offering Dedicated Hosting Plans for FileMaker Server 15

July 18th, 2016
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PCI is Now Offering Dedicated Hosting Plans for FileMaker Server 15

With the release of FileMaker Pro 15, a new End User License Agreement was introduced requiring a dedicated server for each customer.  This new requirement inspired us to develop a new series of hosting plans to accommodate our customers on this new platform.  Using a combination of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and our existing infrastructure we developed three affordable options for FileMaker 15 users.

These new plans allow users to host their solutions in a secure environment taking advantage of the benefits of FileMaker Server 15 with the peace of mind and convenience of having experienced and certified professionals manage and monitor their server.

 

Dedicated Hosting

PCI’s new dedicated hosting plans will offer the same benefits as our shared hosting plans:  free setup, robust backup schedule (daily, weekly, monthly), and SSL Certificates.

– Fully Managed Dedicated Server maintained by PCI so you don’t have to

– FileMaker Server Licensing conveniently purchased through PCI at a discount

– Amazon (AWS) Certified Engineer offers expertise for secure and scalable options

– FileMaker Certified Developers at your service

PCI is your outsourced hosting team!

 

Shared Hosting

Productive Computing will continue to offer shared hosting for those customers that do not need to upgrade to FileMaker Server 15.

 

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FileMaker Server Licensing

If you are choosing a Dedicated Hosting plan, a FileMaker Server license is required. You may provide your own server license or order FileMaker Server through Productive Computing at a discount.  FileMaker Licensing for Teams provides an affordable option to purchase or rent the server software along with access to FileMaker Pro.

 

Need more information about hosting?  Have a look at our overview video:

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Please visit www.filemakerhostingservice.com for a complete list of plans and hosting service details.

PDF Manipulator DC – Your secret weapon for integrating FileMaker with Adobe Acrobat

June 20th, 2016

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With the ways of the tech world going 64-bit, we’re pretty excited about our newest utility plug-in — PDF Manipulator DC Edition.

Are you a heavy PDF user? Check out our overview video to learn how this powerful plug-in can help your company operate more efficiently:
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This plug-in is compatible with:

Windows:
– Win 8/10
– FileMaker 14 and 15, 32-bit and 64-bit
– Adobe Acrobat DC

Mac:
– Mac OS X 10.10 / 10.11
– FileMaker 14, 32-bit and 64-bit
– FileMaker 15, 64-bit
– Adobe Acrobat DC

So what does it do and how is it different than the original PDF Manipulator plug-in?

First off, it has been fully redesigned for more efficient processing and optimized for 64-bit and Adobe Acrobat DC. Second, we have expanded the Mac plug-in’s capabilities to achieve parity with its Windows counterpart for enhanced consistency when doing cross-platform development.

Just like the original, this powerful plug-in provides a bidirectional data exchange between FileMaker® and Adobe® Acrobat Pro. It can:

– Insert or extract data between PDF form fields and FileMaker
Extract text content and metadata from a PDF document directly into your FileMaker solution, eliminating the need to hand key information
– Once the data is in FileMaker, you can search through a PDF’s content and determine what page of the document the searched content appears on
Combine and delete multiple PDF documents into a single PDF from within FileMaker Pro
Insert any number of PDF pages anywhere into an existing PDF document
Delete individual pages or a range of pages from a PDF
Browse for a document from inside FileMaker
Access, open, and save PDFs to file folders

We’re also very excited to announce that this plug-in’s release marks PCI’s transition from downloaded zipped files to installer packages. PDF Manipulator DC is the first of PCI’s plug-ins to feature an installer package for both Mac and Windows downloads, making it even easier to install, register, and uninstall the plug-in.

If you are a current PDF Manipulator customer and wish to upgrade to PDF Manipulator DC, you can do so at a 35% discount for the first year. There are no scripting rewrites needed to convert from PDF Manipulator to PDF Manipulator DC.

As always, we invite you to connect with us at sales@productivecomputing.com
or 760-510-1200.