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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

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!

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.

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 or call 760-510-1200.

PCI Announces Plug-in Compatibility for Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10

October 22nd, 2014

For Immediate Release:

San Diego, CA – October 22, 2014 – Productive Computing Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, provided an update today regarding the compatibility of its Macintosh line of FileMaker Pro plug-ins with Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.


The following plug-ins are compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10:

Address Book Manipulator v3.0.3.1:


Change Printer v4.0.6.0:


eMail Marketing Connector v1.0.4.1:


File Manipulator v3.0.0.1:


FM Credit Card v1.0.2.6:


Outlook Manipulator for Mac v1.0.4.0:


PDF Manipulator v3.0.0.1:


Why the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is Renowned and Productive

October 16th, 2013

The historic Del Mar Racetrack, located in the Northern San Diego coastal suburb of Del Mar, CA, has a prominent reputation of being one of North America’s major horse racing venues. The venue coined the slogan “Where the Turf Meets the Surf,” and was built by founding members Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, Oliver Hardy, Joe E. Brown and other Hollywood insiders. On July 3, 1937, Del Mar first opened its doors with Bing Crosby personally greeting the very first fans. Over the following decades, Del Mar would inevitably become one of the finest thoroughbred racing scenes offered on the West Coast. To this day thousands of attendees migrate to Del Mar each race season to place bets on the stunning thoroughbred ponies.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) books a myriad of racegoers each year with many being booked by group reservations. In 1998 Marc Larochelle, President of Productive Computing Inc., was working on the computers at Del Mar when he noticed the company was using very dated methods for making their group reservations. Employees of the DMTC were walking around and manually recording group reservations with twelve paper notebooks. Only one reservation could be taken at a time per notebook. When Marc witnessed this he knew something had to be done in order to boost their efficiency. He soon approached the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and offered to automate the ticketing system for their Group Sales department.

Marc finished development of a custom FileMaker Pro system for DMTC in about four months. As a result, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club could simultaneously book reservations in every area with any staff member. Reservations could conveniently be booked with customized pricing based on seating area and date. In addition, the system incorporated confirmation letters with custom merge tags to be sent to clients for each group reservation. Thus, the DMTC gained the ability to keep track of all reservation correspondence history quickly and easily. With the success of the automated group reservation system, PCI was soon brought on again to generate an accounting report. This report, known as the Sales Summary Report, was developed by Paul Dacanay and provided a “bird’s eye” comparison of ticket sales for all areas across current and previous years. With Paul as the main developer, the custom-built FileMaker Pro system Productive Computing designed would predominantly increase DMTC’s operational accuracy and control.

The following year in 1999, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club asked PCI to create a nametag system for the Group Sales department’s entrance and seating. They initially requested development for printing tags to a thermal ticket printer; however, this wasn’t possible in FileMaker without incorporating some sort of plug-in. Richard Arakelian subsequently created the Change Printer plug-in for this purpose. Change Printer effectively enabled communication with their thermal ticket printers, and at the same time, added the ability to send a print job to multiple printers with just one script. The plug-in facilitated group nametag printing with attendee details on each perforated sticker including Group Reservation Name, Area, Seat Number, and Race Event. This powerful print automation allowed the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to print both nametags and confirmation letters with a single button.

Productive Computing would continue to keep the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s FileMaker Pro database system up to date in the years following. New features and updates are consistently applied in conjunction with FileMaker’s latest version releases.

“Building a solid FileMaker Pro solution in 1998 that is still in use today is a testament to both FileMaker and the creative minds of the Productive Computing staff. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s database showcases FileMaker’s continuous capabilities in flexibility and scalability. We are proud to enhance the efficiency of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s historic establishment, and will surely be committed to supporting and improving the system for years to come.” —Marc Larochelle, CEO, Productive Computing Inc.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has gone down in history as one of Productive Computing’s oldest clients. The FileMaker Pro system developed for them was one of PCI’s first projects and continues to successfully be in use to this day.

Productive Computing Inc. – DMTC Developers:

– Creator: Marc Larochelle

– Change Printer Developer: Richard Arakelian

– Main/Current Developer: Paul Dacanay

Productive Computing Inc. held its latest staff appreciation event at the Del Mar Racetrack on August 30, 2013. PCI booked a group reservation with tables at the Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant, an appealing trackside dining eatery. Staff members and their respective guests wore perforated nametag stickers all labeled with “Productive Computing Inc.” reservation details. With the significance of DMTC as a client in mind, the staff was thrilled to take advantage of the Group Sales database and experience first-hand what PCI had developed. Whether it was the charming luxury of the Spanish-themed architecture, the anxiety of betting on races or enjoying the live concert series, the place “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” certainly lived up to its prestige and celebrated history.


About Del Mar Thoroughbred Club:

Since founder Bing Crosby opened the doors in 1937, this historic institution has served as a seaside attraction for high-stakes fun. With the rhythmic clacking of competing thoroughbred horse races, the track has lured fans of all ages and backgrounds, providing a battle zone for bettors and, oftentimes, a playground for the stars.

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Compatibility for Mac OS X Lion 10.7

August 3rd, 2011

San Diego, CA –  August 2, 2011 – Productive Computing, Inc. a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, provided an update today regarding the compatibility of its Macintosh line of FileMaker Pro plug-ins with Mac OS X Lion 10.7.  This release has been timed with FileMaker, Inc.’s biggest annual event, the FileMaker Developer’s Conference which is being held in San Diego, California this week.  For those customers who are attending the conference, Productive Computing is offering a 20%-30% discount for all purchases made at the show so be sure to stop by the booth for a product demo and huge savings.

The following plug-ins are fully compatible with Mac OS X Lion 10.7:

Address Book Manipulator v3.0.1.0
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iCal Manipulator v1.0.1.0
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FM Credit Card v1.0.1.0
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PDF Manipulator v2.0.4.0
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File Manipulator v2.0.3.0
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Change Printer Plug-in v4.0.1.0
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eMail Marketing Connector v1.0.1.0
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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) ( 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 recently awarded the exclusive FileMaker Business Alliance Partner of the Year award.

Productive Computing, Inc.
950 Boardwalk, Suite 205
San Marcos, CA  92078
(760) 510-1200

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