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The Great Social Marketing Experiment

April 28th, 2009

Are we late to the party? A month or so ago Marc and I and two of our managers went to a business seminar presented by Holly Green, author of More Than A Minute and she mentioned in her discussion how because of Twitter she managed to secure a guest appearance on the today show. What, the Today show? – I thought to myself. And what is this …”Twitter”… you speak of?

That day, Marc and I thought maybe we were missing out on something so we each signed up for a Twitter account and began posting – not really knowing what we were doing or how this plays in to our bigger marketing strategy. Marc being the less gullible and not as easily influenced business partner was and is more skeptical than I on how we can leverage Twitter and other social media however since then we have started formulating and weaving social marketing into our overall marketing strategy.

Right now this effort remains as ”The Great Social Marketing Experiment” but one that we have fully embraced to see where it might lead. This is what has given rise to a Productive Computing, Inc. blog that will cover some of the more technical aspects of our company’s products and a newly concocted business blog aptly named theBizBros.com.

While blogging has been around for a while, Marc and I have shyed away from anything that distracted us from the nuts and bolts production of our company. Now that much of that is being run by processes and infrastructure and talented individuals we have trained and mentored, we are looking where else we can leverage our own individual talents.

For quite a few years now we have been told that we are missing a brand that we were born with. We have noticed this phenomenon as well. Since we entered the professional FileMaker Pro scene in 1996 I think we can modestly say that we have become fairly recognizable not only as a respectable company within the industry but certainly as individuals on the trade show floor. Our, ahem, short stature and obvious family resemblance (no we aren’t twins) causes great confusion in telling us apart when you first meet us – and don’t even try to tell us apart over the phone. The fact that we don’t seem to ever be separated at events enhances our recognizability – so much so that when we walk into a room one of our favorite colleagues happily announces that “the evil twins have arrived”.

We have been wondering if this persona will be a good brand vehicle for delivering our business experience to the market place. We hope that by us sharing our business experience a dialog can develop with our followers that will lead all of us to learn something. Business is not work for us, it’s really fun and if you feel the same way, we are looking forward to sharing ideas with you in this new social medium.

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Productive Computing, Inc. Announces FileMaker Pro 10 Compatibility

March 9th, 2009

San Diego, CA – March 9, 2009 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, is proud to announce the compatibility of our products with FileMaker Pro 10. Please utilize the product links below to download the latest version of our plug-ins to ensure usability with FileMaker Pro 10.

Though the Core² Invoices did not require any updates, the Core² CRM did. For those of you using Core2 CRM version 1.0.9.0 or earlier with FileMaker Pro 10 please request a copy of the Core Fix Guide from our support department see email link below.

Please note the Fix Guide can be used on older versions of the Core² CRM since they typically adhere to the same standards, however we can only guarantee the results with Core² CRM v1.0.9.0.
A new version of the Core2 CRM is now available for purchase that is not only compatible with FileMaker Pro 10 but has a few new enhancements. The most noticeable enhancements include:

Added the SEARCH button/option to avoid the entire customer pull-down list for tasks, events or notes
Completely redesigned calendar
Added mechanism for handling “orphan” emails aka emails imported into Core from Outlook/Entourage that do not have an associated email address

Should you have any questions regarding the information above or would like to request the Core Fix Guide please contact our support department at support@productivecomputing.com.
Click on the links below to download the latest version:

Address Book Manipulator Plug-in v2.0.3.2: Provides a lightning fast two-way data exchange between FileMaker Pro and Apple’s OS X Address Book.
http://www.addressbookmanipulator.com

Change Printer Plug-in v3.0.3.0/3.1.2.1: 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.
http://www.productivecomputing.com

Core² CRM Solution v1.1.0.0: Allows you and your entire organization to intuitively manage all your company and individual contact information and can be used “as is” or can be customized to fit your specific needs.
http://www.core2crm.com

Core² Invoices Solutionv1.0.0.6: Completely customizable and preprogrammed to be tightly integrated with QuickBooks, this is a complete invoicing and payment module that can be added on to any FileMaker Pro database system.
http://www.core2crm.com

Entourage Manipulator Plug-in v2.0.0.5: Exchange data within Microsoft Entourage® Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, and Mail (POP Accounts ONLY).
http://www.entouragemanipulator.com

eSign Signature Capture Plug-in v1.0.3.0: Allows you to digitally capture and bind signatures to information stored in a FileMaker Pro database.
http://www.productivecomputing.com

Exchange Client Manipulator Plug-in v1.0.6.0: Contains all of the functionality of the Outlook Manipulator, plus the added functionality to access Exchange Server’s Public Folders.
http://www.outlookmanipulator.com

Exchange Manipulator Plug-in v1.0.6.0: Contains all of the functionality of the Outlook Manipulator, plus the added functionality to access multiple Exchange mailboxes and Exchange Server’s Public Folders.
http://www.outlookmanipulator.com

File Manipulator Plug-in v2.0.3.0/2.0.2.4: 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.
http://wwww.productivecomputing.com

FM Books Connector Plug-in (for use with QuickBooks) v1.0.5.1: 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!
http://www.fmbooksconnector.com

Outlook SendMail Plug-in v1.1.3.0: Sends plain text or HTML formatted e-mails with multiple attachments while suppressing the Outlook security dialog.
http://www.outlookmanipulator.com

Outlook Manipulator Plug-in v3.0.6.0: Exchange data with Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Journal, Post Items and Mail.
http://www.outlookmanipulator.com

PDF Manipulator Plug-in v2.0.4.0/2.0.3.6: Allows you to extract all text from a PDF, push and pull data from PDF form fields, combine multiple PDF documents into a single PDF file and more!
http://www.productivecomputing.com

About Productive Computing, Inc.
For over 13 years we have created efficiency through automation by helping our clients increase their productivity via custom database development, plug-ins and packaged solutions as well as providing IT support and web development. Our staff of certified FileMaker developers can assist you with creating or customizing a solution to fit your specific business needs. We don’t assume to know your business that’s why we believe having you show us how your business works gives us the understanding to create a custom solution that is specific to making you more efficient.

Productive Computing, Inc.
Sally Schoonover
sales@productivecomputing.com

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Productive Computing, Inc. Acquires FileBooks Link Product Line from HAPPY Software, Inc.

December 18th, 2008

San Diego, CA – December 18, 2008 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, today announced the acquisition of the FileBooks Link plug-in product line from HAPPY Software, Inc. and the release of a newly enhanced version of the FM Books Connector plug-in.

“This acquisition and product release introduces the consolidation of the two predominant methods developers use when integrating FileMaker Pro with QuickBooks into a single plug-in. As a result, the FileBooks Link product is no longer available for sale however this new version of the FM Books Connector plug-in now offers the additional XML functionality with nearly identical function calls used with the FileBooks Link plug-in. In addition we have detailed technical documentation outlining which FM Books Connector functions correspond to which FileBooks Link functions. These extra functions and documentation were added to the FM Books Connector product in order to provide those developers who are more familiar with the FileBooks Link plug-in an easy and familiar way to use the FM Books Connector plug-in.

By combining the technology and support infrastructure of the these two leading-edge plug-ins, we will continue to drive innovations that help developers everywhere integrate FileMaker Pro with QuickBooks.” – CEO, Marc Larochelle

Existing FileBooks Link customers can continue to use the FileBooks Link plug-in licenses as they always have however no new licenses will be sold.

Under the terms of the agreement HAPPY Software, Inc. will continue supporting existing customers through February 28th of 2009. After February 28th, Productive Computing, Inc. will continue to support the product under their paid support program.

“We look forward to earning the loyalty of existing FileBooks Link customers by demonstrating our commitment to produce an excellent product that provides the best of both integration methods. In addition, we are confident that those customers who are new to using the FM Books Connector will be comforted knowing that their QuickBooks integration projects will have the full weight and strength of our phone support team and custom development staff behind them. We anticipate the transition to be smooth and this acquisition demonstrates that we are committed to having a QuickBooks plug-in for the FileMaker Pro platform that will exist for many years to come.” – CFO, Keith Larochelle

Productive Computing, Inc. has prepared an exchange program for FileBooks Link customers who have purchased a FileBooks Link plug-in license between October 1, 2008 and December 18th, 2008. Those customers who wish to exchange their FileBooks Link plug-in licenses for an FM Books Connector license will be granted a single-user license for each FileBooks Link license they purchased between those dates. Customers who would like to participate in this exchange program should send their request to sales@productivecomputing.com.

The single user price is $179.95 and please note if you already own FM Books Connector you can download this latest version and install for FREE to take advantage of the new features.

Please visit http://www.fmbooksconnector.com for video overview tutorials and a downloadable demo.

About Productive Computing, Inc.
Since 1996, Productive Computing, Inc. has been helping companies become more efficient and profitable by providing a solid foundation of indispensable software and support services. From custom FileMaker Pro database development, consulting and products, to IT support, web site design and hosting services, Productive Computing, Inc. is your strategic partner for all your company’s technology needs.

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

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Core2 CRM Now Exchanges Data Between FileMaker Pro and Entourage Using Our Popular Entourage Manipulator Plug-in

December 10th, 2008

San Diego, CA – December 10, 2008 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, announces the release of a new enhanced Core² CRM for FileMaker Pro.

The Core² CRM is the perfect multi-user, cross-platform solution for getting your company’s data centralized and organized. This latest version features an enhancement to allow bidirectional data exchange between Microsoft Entourage and FileMaker via our Entourage Manipulator plug-in. Now Mac users will have the same power that the Windows users have had to update their mobile devices with contacts, appointments, etc.

Along with this enhancement comes the ability to work with International phone formats with the click of a button. We hope that these enhancements will provide everyone no matter the platform or country the flexibility and power they have been looking for in a CRM solution.

This enhanced version includes the following new features:
• Specifically designed to exchange data with Microsoft Entourage
• Push your contacts, calendar, tasks, and e-mail from FileMaker to Entourage so you can update your iPhone or other mobile device to take on the road.
• Populate FileMaker Pro with your Entourage E-mail for archiving purposes and quick search capability. Now you can import your e-mail messages into FileMaker from Entourage for a complete archive of e-mail history for all correspondence.
• Retrieve and archive Entourage e-mail attachments directly in FileMaker. You can either embed or reference the attachments!
• Support international format for all date, time, time stamp fields
• Added support for dynamic international phone formatting in the preferences area.

A site license of Core² CRM is priced at $499.95 and can be bundled with discounted copies of FileMaker Pro licenses. Reseller program available.

Core² CRM is native to and compatible with FileMaker Pro 8 or later.

Please visit http://www.core2crm.com/index.php?ID=391 for video tutorials and a downloadable demo of the Core² CRM software solution.

About Productive Computing, Inc.:
Since 1996, Productive Computing, Inc. has been helping companies become more efficient and profitable by providing a solid foundation of indispensable software and support services. From custom FileMaker Pro database development, consulting and products, to IT support, web site design and hosting services, Productive Computing, Inc. is your strategic partner for all your company’s technology needs.

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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Core2 CRM Now Exchanges Data Between FileMaker Pro and Entourage Using Our Popular Entourage Manipulator Plug-in

December 10th, 2008

San Diego, CA – December 10, 2008 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, announces the release of a new enhanced Core² CRM for FileMaker Pro.

The Core² CRM is the perfect multi-user, cross-platform solution for getting your company’s data centralized and organized. This latest version features an enhancement to allow bidirectional data exchange between Microsoft Entourage and FileMaker via our Entourage Manipulator plug-in. Now Mac users will have the same power that the Windows users have had to update their mobile devices with contacts, appointments, etc.

Along with this enhancement comes the ability to work with International phone formats with the click of a button. We hope that these enhancements will provide everyone no matter the platform or country the flexibility and power they have been looking for in a CRM solution.

This enhanced version includes the following new features:
• Specifically designed to exchange data with Microsoft Entourage
• Push your contacts, calendar, tasks, and e-mail from FileMaker to Entourage so you can update your iPhone or other mobile device to take on the road.
• Populate FileMaker Pro with your Entourage E-mail for archiving purposes and quick search capability. Now you can import your e-mail messages into FileMaker from Entourage for a complete archive of e-mail history for all correspondence.
• Retrieve and archive Entourage e-mail attachments directly in FileMaker. You can either embed or reference the attachments!
• Support international format for all date, time, time stamp fields
• Added support for dynamic international phone formatting in the preferences area.

A site license of Core² CRM is priced at $499.95 and can be bundled with discounted copies of FileMaker Pro licenses. Reseller program available.

Core² CRM is native to and compatible with FileMaker Pro 8 or later.

Please visit http://www.core2crm.com for video tutorials and a downloadable demo of the Core² CRM software solution.

About Productive Computing, Inc.:
Since 1996, Productive Computing, Inc. has been helping companies become more efficient and profitable by providing a solid foundation of indispensable software and support services. From custom FileMaker Pro database development, consulting and products, to IT support, web site design and hosting services, Productive Computing, Inc. is your strategic partner for all your company’s technology needs.

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

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