Archive for the ‘Biometric Fingerprint Reader’ Category

Richard Carlton Plug-in Review: Biometric Fingerprint Reader

November 30th, 2017

Richard Carlton (Richard Carlton Consulting) recently did a video with our CEO, Marc, and our plug-in developer, Chris, discussing our sleeper plug-in, the Biometric Fingerprint Reader.

Released in 2011, this plug-in connects your FileMaker solution to the U.are.U fingerprint reader, enabling your solution to scan fingerprints for fast identification and secure verification. We don’t talk about this plug-in very much nor do we spend a lot of time marketing it, but it’s a well-designed, tried and true, a workhorse of a plug-in. If you are curious to learn more, check out the video below.

In this 15 minute video they cover:
1. What is the Biometric Fingerprint Reader
2. How the plug-in works
3. Why companies need and use the plug-in (integration example)
4. What the plug-in is and what it is not
5. Demo of the plug-in
6. Discussion of practical application
7. This is Windows only plug-in – is there the possibility of a Mac version?

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FileMaker 16 Compatibility Update: Plug-ins and Solutions

May 12th, 2017


FileMaker 16 was just released and that blue color scheme is not the only thing that’s new! FileMaker 16 is debuting with some exciting updates for both Windows and Mac users.

For example:

– The Window’s version of FileMaker now has independent windows!
– FileMaker Go now supports animation and transitions with scripts, enhanced signature capture, and custom paper sizes.
– And among the many new features in FileMaker 16 for developers – you now have the ability to copy and paste value lists, utilize an enhanced data viewer, and integrate with new JSON functions, enhanced cURl options, and external script steps.

For a complete list of new features and to buy your upgrade today (at a discount) check out

To prepare our products for the FileMaker 16 release, we’ve implemented FileMaker external script steps in all of our plug-ins. These scripts will only be accessible when the plug-in is run in FileMaker 16 and allows a developer to specify plug-in functions as script steps instead of as calculation results.

Using script steps instead of the more traditional methods can make scripting within a solution more direct, as well as help with data entry validation. Some functions accept calculation-style input, while others accept a Boolean “true” or “false” option, and others employ a drop-down list for the developer to choose an option from. As stated earlier, the functionality of the plug-in script step is identical to its functionality as a calculation function.

Here is a video from our CEO, Marc Larochelle, with more information about external script steps.

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Currently, all of our plug-ins have been updated to provide this plug-in script step functionality when used with FileMaker 16. Along with the external script steps, calculation functions will still be provided for use in development; this is to ensure that scripts already integrated with any of our plug-ins will still be viable and functional, and the developer now has the option to utilize the plug-in script steps at his or her discretion.

For the latest information or downloads, please click on the product you’re interested in:

Core5 Starter Edition
Vessel Service Solutions

Outlook Manipulator
FM Books Connector
FM Books Connector Online
Address Book Manipulator
iCal Manipulator
eSign Signature Capture
Biometric Fingerprint Reader
PDF Manipulator DC
Change Printer
File Manipulator

Productive Computing, Inc. Releases Biometric Fingerprint Reader Plug-in

February 1st, 2011

San Diego, CA – February 1st, 2011 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, today announced the release of the Biometric Fingerprint Reader Plug-in for FileMaker Pro.

The Biometric Fingerprint Reader plug-in allows for fast identification and secure verification capabilities that enable your FileMaker Pro scripts to recognize individual users without requiring passwords or card swipes. This technology can be used to recognize and authenticate individuals based on who they are, instead of what they know (passwords or PINs) or what they possess (keys or swipe cards). It does not replace the built-in FileMaker Pro security model but simply augments it to provide your solutions an additional layer of user authentication. This can be used in a variety of ways.

Common uses of biometric authentication in software solutions:

– Accountability – Fingerprints can link actions to specific individuals – deterring inappropriate behavior and eliminating fraudulent activity.
Workforce Management –  Fingerprints provide accurate time and attendance tracking, reduce waste and ensure accuracy.
Loss Prevention – Supervisor fingerprints can be required for special actions, facilitating adherence to corporate policies.
Compliance – Fingerprints can be used to provide an audit trail identifying who came in contact with sensitive data. 

 The Biometric Fingerprint plug-in works with the U.are.U 4500 Reader device made by Digital Persona. This device was specifically designed for business critical applications that require a high-level of durability and high degree of accuracy from fingerprint readers. The compact design, high quality metal casing and special undercoating ensure reliable performance over the widest population of users. The unsurpassed performance and design deliver unequaled accuracy with dry, moist or rough hard-to-read fingerprints in any shared environment. 

A single user Biometric Fingerprint plug-in license and hardware device is priced at $299.95 and compatible with FileMaker Pro 8 or later on the Windows platform. 

Please visit product page to download a product demo, view the tutorial videos or read the product documentation.