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Which is right for your integration? Outlook Manipulator or Exchange Manipulator SE?

September 7th, 2017

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If you are interested in integrating your FileMaker solution with Microsoft Exchange or Outlook and you have taken a peek at our site, you have probably seen that we offer a plug-in for each. To further muddy the issue – you’ve probably noticed that the Outlook Manipulator works within the Exchange Environment.

So which plug-in is right for your integration- Outlook Manipulator or Exchange Manipulator SE?

We have a comparison chart you can reference if you have feature specific questions, such as, “I need to manage contact data including photos; which plug-in should I use?”.

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If your questions are a bit more complex, we’ve outlined a few user scenarios that could help you make a decision.

When to use Outlook Manipulator:

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1) “Speed is paramount.”

If you want immediate or expedient responses from the plug-in and want to see your data appear immediately in your mail program (in this case, Outlook). Although the Exchange Manipulator SE plug-in will get the data into your mailbox quickly, it will still take time for the background syncing processes to pull and populate the data within your app from the Exchange account.
Outlook Manipulator, in this case, would be best because it is being generated first in Outlook and then pushed to the Exchange account via the sync mechanism.

2) “I use iCloud/Google/an IMAP account for my mail/contacts/calendar events.”

If you are using a non-Exchange account for managing your mail, contacts, and/or calendar events then you need to go with Outlook Manipulator. The Exchange Manipulator SE plug-in is only designed to communicate with Exchange accounts; it cannot access iCloud/Google/IMAP/POP3 accounts. The Outlook Manipulator, since it communicates to Outlook directly, is able to talk to these other account types because Outlook can talk to these other account types.

3) “I don’t have the budget to perform a lengthy plug-in scripting migration.”

Converting the scripts and schema that reference Outlook Manipulator to use Exchange Manipulator may be costly or time consuming; though the functions are nearly identical in name, their underlying mapping, how each function is recognized and specified in FileMaker’s scripting engine, is completely different. If you don’t want to convert the plug-in, we offer development assistance using the Migration Guide and a paid tech support call (or two, depending on how much needs to be converted), or you can simply continue to use Outlook Manipulator.

When to use Exchange Manipulator SE:

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1) “I need to access my mailbox information while out in the field.”

If you work on the go and need a mobile solution (or already have one) then you need the flexibility that a FileMaker Server enabled plug-in offers. The Exchange Manipulator SE will allow you to push and pull data from FileMaker Server – you can do that via Perform Script on Server (for FileMaker Go) or directly from a WebDirect interface.

2) “I need to phase out my robot syncing machine” / “I don’t want to set up a robot machine to sync.”

Again, this is tapping into the power of a server-side plug-in. Your robot machine is/would be set up to push and pull data with an Exchange account or multiple Exchange accounts and this process can be completely replaced by setting up scheduled scripts to be performed by FileMaker Server. Processes can be automated in these scripts for performing mass pushes of information from FileMaker to Exchange pulling data in or performing any combination of features the Exchange Manipulator SE plug-in offers.

There are, of course, other situations that may muddy the water between which plug-in to use. Hopefully, these guidelines have given you a better idea about which plug-in is the best choice for your situation. If not, give us a call at 760-510-1200! We’re happy to talk with you about your integration situation and help you determine which plug-in is right for you.

Check out www.outlookmanipulator.com or www.exchangemanipulator.com for more information on each plug-in.

Exchange Manipulator is back and now it’s Server-Side

August 17th, 2017

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As some of you may remember, a while back we offered three Outlook Integration plug-ins: SendMail, Outlook Manipulator, and Exchange Manipulator – all were sold at three different price points and offered a variety of different functionality.

In November 2015, we made the decision to simplify our Outlook Integration offerings and combined the functionality of the three plug-ins into one, which is our current Outlook Manipulator plug-in. Outlook Manipulator v7 can push and pull data between FileMaker and Exchange via Outlook and has the ability to communicate to any Exchange mailbox for any user on the system.

Then, earlier this year, we decided to resurrect Exchange Manipulator, but with more functionality and server-side compatibility. We creatively named it Exchange Manipulator SE (Server Edition). We wanted to give our clients the ability to use the plug-in directly with Exchange – circumventing the Outlook application altogether. Similar to Outlook Manipulator, this plug-in can talk with Contact, Calendar, Task, Mail and Note data from any Exchange mailbox or with public and shared folders in an Exchange environment.

Check out our overview video:
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What can the plug-in do?
Depending on your needs, the Exchange Manipulator SE plug-in will allow you to:
· Import and parse emails to create a complete archive of all email correspondence
· Send plain text or HTML formatted emails with multiple attachments from FileMaker
· Send official Exchange meeting requests and cancellations directly from FileMaker
· Accept, decline, and tentatively accept meeting Exchange invitations
· Push or pull tasks and notes between FileMaker and Exchange
· Set due dates for tasks and mark tasks as complete
· Get and set contact images
· Send email “On Behalf of” or “From” another user in the Exchange environment
· Save messages as .eml files (allows you to archive your email in a FileMaker container or elsewhere)
· Send official Exchange meeting requests to required and optional attendees
· Set reminder rules to utilize the pop-up reminders within your chosen calendar application

Why did we make it server-side?
Some benefits of a server license include:
· Added convenience of installing the server plug-in on one machine
· Unlimited users on one server
· Ability to automatically update changes to users’ Exchange mailboxes using FileMaker Server’s scripting engine
· Communicate directly to Exchange without requiring Outlook
· Communicate directly to any Exchange mailbox
· Push and pull information from any device using FileMaker Pro, Go, and WebDirect

One Last Note.
It is a common scenario that with multiple users there are multiple requests being passed simultaneously and these requests may conflict with one another. The Exchange Manipulator SE is scripted to allow and handle this reality. Using FileMaker’s Perform Script On Server script step, developers can call on the server-side Exchange Manipulator SE plug-in scripts in order to perform various tasks, without waiting for a response. This allows FileMaker to queue up numerous requests simultaneously, such as adding a contact while pulling the contents of an email message, while also scheduling an upcoming meeting. The tasks will be executed in the background by FileMaker Server, allowing users to send the tasks off and move on in their workflow.

For more information and to download a demo visit www.exchangemanipulator.com.

Outlook Manipulator and Exchange Manipulator are now One—Bigger, Better, and Ready to Dominate

November 17th, 2015

 
It’s. Here.

The plug-in you’ve all been waiting for!

Outlook Manipulator v7 is now compatible with Outlook 2016 and Windows 10. But as we subtly hinted at before that is not all that is new. Outlook Manipulator and Exchange Manipulator are now one— and this expanded plug-in is ready to take your business to a whole new level.

Outlook Manipulator v7 allows FileMaker® Pro to communicate with Microsoft® Outlook Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Mail, and Notes. This plug-in can be used with a user’s default folder in the stand-alone version of Outlook, as well as public and shared folders within an Exchange or Office 365 environment. This updated plug-in also gives FileMaker Pro the added power to communicate with any Exchange mailbox. Pretty powerful, if we do say so ourselves!

 
Still unconvinced? Check out the infographic below to learn about some of the common uses for Outlook Manipulator v7:
 

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Additional Goodies. The plug-in also offers the following features:
– Send e-mail “On Behalf Of” or “From” another user
– Send meeting requests to required or optional attendees
– Display Outlook records from the FileMaker interface
– Save messages as .msg files
– Access recurrence patterns

Added Exchange functionality includes:
– E-Mail: Send e-mail “On Behalf Of” or “From” another user in the Exchange environment
– Exchange Mailbox: Larger enterprise organizations can now push or pull data between FileMaker and Exchange via Outlook and access any exchange mailbox for any user on the system
 

The Outlook Manipulator plug-in starts at $120 per user/ per year.

In need of multiple seats? We have 5, 10, and 25 seat packages available – as low as $78 per user.

Click here for additional pricing information.

As always, we invite you to contact us with your questions or comments— sales@productivecomputing.com or 760-510-1200.

PCI Announces Plug-in Compatibility for Microsoft® Outlook 2013 and Windows 8

May 20th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego, CA – May 20, 2013 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, is proud to announce the compatibility of its Outlook Manipulator line of FileMaker® Pro plug-ins with Microsoft® Outlook 2013 and Windows 8. Each of these plug-ins conveniently provide a bi-directional data exchange between Outlook and FileMaker Pro.

Updates Include:
– Added support for Microsoft Outlook 2013
– Added support for Microsoft Windows 8
– Updated dates to include international formats
– Updated scripts for opening shared folders
– Updated demo functionality for re-authentication to Outlook
– Enhanced plug-in error checking
– Updated scripting for “Apply Filter”
– Updated CSS standards
– Updated Developer’s Guide

The following new versions are available:

Outlook Manipultor V6.0.0.0

 

 

 

Download Latest Version:

http://www.productivecomputing.com/downloads/Outlook_Manipulator/OutlookManipv6.zip

 

Exchange Manipulator V4.0.0.0

 

 

 

Download Latest Version:

http://www.productivecomputing.com/downloads/Exchange_Manipulator/ExchangeManipv4.zip

 

Outlook SendMail V3.0.0.0

 

 

 

Download Latest Version:
http://www.productivecomputing.com/downloads/Outlook_Send_Mail/OutlookSendMailv3.zip

 

Existing plug-in customers may purchase an upgrade at a 35% discount. For more information please visit http://www.ProductiveComputing.com to download product demos, view tutorial videos, or read product documentation.

 

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 form (RFQ) 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 Core4 CRM, Core3 CRM, Core2 CRM, Core2 Invoices, FM Work Orders, OrgPlanner, Music Director Pro 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, Apple’s Address Book and iCal, PDF forms, credit card processing, digital signatures and biometric fingerprint scanners.

In addition to building custom and off-the-shelf FileMaker Pro solutions and plug-ins, Productive Computing, Inc. is a full service FileMaker Pro hosting company. FileMaker hosting services allow customers to host their own FileMaker Pro solutions on Productive Computing servers in the cloud instead of purchasing and supporting the necessary server infrastructure themselves. These same servers also provide the infrastructure for customers who would prefer to subscribe to Productive Computing’s Core4 CRM, Core3 CRM, Core2 CRM, and FM Work Orders products under a SaaS (Software as a Service) pricing model.

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
www.productivecomputing.com
info@productivecomputing.com
(760) 510-1200

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

Outlook Manipulator Plug-ins Compatible with Microsoft Office 365

March 13th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego, CA – March 13, 2012 – Productive Computing, Inc. a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, provided an update today regarding the compatibility of its Outlook Manipulator line of FileMaker® Pro plug-ins with Microsoft® Office 365. Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud based service that provides secure, anywhere access to contacts, e-mail and calendars, Office Web Apps, web conferencing, and file sharing. When used in conjunction with Microsoft Outlook, the Outlook Manipulator family of plug-ins will give you access to the Office 365 contacts, e-mail and calendars.

The following plug-ins are fully compatible with Microsoft Office 365:

Outlook Manipulator for Mac v1.0.0.9
Download Latest Version:
Click Here

Outlook Manipulator v5.0.1.2
Download Latest Version:
Click Here

Exchange Manipulator v3.0.1.2
Download Latest Version:
Click Here

Outlook SendMail v2.0.1.2
Download Latest Version:
Click Here

 

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) 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