Archive

Archive for the ‘Outlook Manipulator’ Category

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

September 7th, 2017

OM-VS-EM
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?”.

EMESvs.OM_Comp_chart_600

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:

YouTube Preview Image

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:

YouTube Preview Image

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.

FileMaker 16 Compatibility Update: Plug-ins and Solutions

May 12th, 2017

FM_16_screen_suite

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 www.buy-filemaker.com.

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.

YouTube Preview Image

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:

Solutions:
Core4
Core5 Starter Edition
Vessel Service Solutions

Plug-ins:
Outlook Manipulator
FM Books Connector
123sync
FM Books Connector Online
Address Book Manipulator
iCal Manipulator
eSign Signature Capture
Biometric Fingerprint Reader
PDF Manipulator DC
Change Printer
File Manipulator

New Utility Tool: Outlook Manipulator Mac Template

April 26th, 2017

OM_Logo_TO_png_450

Now available on our website is a free utility tool for Macintosh-based developers that works hand in hand with the Outlook Manipulator for Windows.

The Outlook Manipulator Mac Template plug-in is a template file that allows Mac FileMaker developers to write scripts from a Mac operating system to be used with the Windows-based Outlook Manipulator plug-in and Windows’ Outlook and Exchange applications.

All functions available to the Outlook Manipulator plug-in for Windows are also available in the Outlook Manipulator Mac Template. However, one important difference is that the Mac Template has zero functionality implemented within it. The Outlook Manipulator Mac Template will not perform any actual data transfer between FileMaker Pro and Microsoft Outlook.

The intent of the Outlook Manipulator Mac Template plug-in is to provide a useful tool for Mac-focused developers and integrators of the Outlook Manipulator plug-in to carry out their development from their preferred environment. For example, a Mac-based FileMaker developer could use the Outlook Manipulator Mac Template plug-in to write up an entire script for pulling emails from Outlook into FileMaker or pushing calendar events from FileMaker to Outlook on their macOS development machine and then access the same script in FileMaker Pro on a Windows machine and perform testing and refinement to ensure the script is functioning as intended. There is no need to rewrite the entire script or comment/uncomment every plug-in function call.

The Outlook Manipulator Mac Template plug-in requires no registration, no extra installations or required resources. To get started, simply download the Outlook Manipulator Mac Template from the link below. Unzip the bundle and place the “PCEMOutlookManipulator.fmplugin” file into either the FileMaker global extensions folder or the direct FileMaker Pro extensions folder in your Applications folder.

Placing the plug-in in the global extensions folder will allow you to open any version of FileMaker and start scripting.
 
ommc1
 
If you place the plug-in in your FileMaker Pro 15 extension folder, you will only be able to script in FileMaker 15.
 
ommt3
 
After you have placed the plug-in in your preferred location, start FileMaker and you are ready to being scripting.

For the Outlook Manipulator Mac Template click here.

For more information regarding Outlook Manipulator for Windows please visit: http://www.outlookmanipulator.com/ and check out the overview video below.

YouTube Preview Image

Important Note: The Outlook Manipulator Mac Template is for development purposes only. For full functionality to communicate directly with Outlook for Windows the full version of the Outlook Manipulator plug-in is required. Unfortunately, communication of any kind to the Macintosh version of Outlook is not available.

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:
 

OM_EM_InfoGraphic_1

 
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