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New Utility Tool: Outlook Manipulator Mac Template

April 26th, 2017


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.
If you place the plug-in in your FileMaker Pro 15 extension folder, you will only be able to script in FileMaker 15.
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: and check out the overview video below.

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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.

PCI Announces Software as a Service for its Flagship Applications!

May 24th, 2012


San Diego, CA – May 24, 2012 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, is proud to announce the availability of Software as a Service (SaaS) for its most popular solutions running on the latest FileMaker Pro 12 database engine.

Our web-based SaaS will provide you remote access to our select FileMaker Pro Solutions for a low monthly fee and includes a free 30-day trial.

If You Already Own FileMaker Pro 12:
Core2 CRM: $10/month/user (includes subscription to Outlook for Win, Address Book and iCal plug-ins)
Core2 CRM with Invoices: $20/month/user (includes subscription to Outlook for Win, FM Books Connector, Address Book and iCal plug-ins)
Core3 CRM: $35/month/user (includes subscription to Outlook for Win or Mac, FM Books Connector, Address Book and iCal plug-ins)
FM Work Orders: $25/month/user (includes subscription to FM Books Connector plug-in)

If You Need FileMaker Pro 12:
Purchase FileMaker Pro through PCI or…
Subscribe to FileMaker Pro for $15/month/user (requires at least 1 year SaaS commitment)

“We are tremendously excited about offering our products to the public for a one-time purchase or for a low monthly fee under this new subscription model. The ability for a customer to begin using our software on the award winning FileMaker Pro platform without an upfront cost will allow us to bring a new level of efficiency to organizations who would have otherwise not been able to afford it. Helping businesses become more organized and profitable through the use of well designed and easy to use software systems is the goal, and this additional pricing option is a win-win for both our customers and PCI.” — Marc Larochelle, CEO, Productive Computing, Inc.

For more information on Software as a Service please visit

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, the Apple 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 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
(760) 510-1200

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


Hidden Tab Control

October 6th, 2010

The following video demonstrates how to create a FileMaker hidden tab control. There are occasions when you want to utilize a given space on a layout and make the objects that appear in that space dynamic based on the record type that is currently being displayed. For example, you may have customers and vendors in the same table. You may want to display the customer specific fields when you’re on the customer record and vendor specific fields went you are on the vendor record.

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Hi, in this video we are going to take a look at creating a Hidden Tab Control. That’s done with the following steps:

0:06 First you’ll create a standard tab control and put that on your layout. Then you are going to apply the fields, objects or whatever you want to display in that area under each tab. Then you are going to assign a tab panel with an object name. For instance, if I had two tab panels one might be customers and one might be vendors. Finally you will hide the tab and create a brand new script that will switch between tabs using the “go to object” script step. And then you’ll create a layout script trigger which will call your script on record load or at an appropriate time when the data changes. Let’s go take a look at how that’s done now.

0:57 In this video we have a simple contact management database that I just created, and I have two records. One record is a type Vendor and the other record is a type Customer. So there are occasions when you want to use the same real-estate within your layout for different types of information depending on the type of record you’re on. So over here on the right I have a couple of different types of fields. Here are a couple of fields that pertain only to vendors and here’s a field that pertains only to customers.

1:35 So first we’ll draw a standard tab control; like so. I put the customers up ahead of vendors and I’ll go ahead and put the information related to customer on the customer tab and I’ll put the information related to vendors on the vendors tab. Let’s make this a little smaller. And let’s say for example I had some other information down here; I’ll just draw that with it, standard box with a light gray fill. Ok, so a lot of times it’s desired to hide the tab and simply use the area to change dynamically based on the type of record. So let’s go ahead and do that now. Now that I’ve got the tab, let’s go ahead and hide it. Before I do, I’ll go into layout mode and click on each tab panel, open up my inspector and then name the object; in this case I will name that tab customer and I’ll name this tab vendor. Ok, so now we’ll go ahead and hide the object all together. I can make sure I have both tab controls selected which in a sense selects the entire tab control; I’m holding the shift key when I select both of those, and hide and make it where there are no lines, no effects and nothing in the fill. Finally I will double click and make the tab width a fixed width of zero pixels. Back to browse mode and I have completely hidden the tab.

3:55 Now let’s create a script; I’ll call it Switch. And the script is going to be simple. We are just going to create an IF statement that says “If the type equals customer”, and the magic is using the go to object script step. And if it isn’t the customer then it’s obviously the vendor in this case, but you could do several tab controls or several tabs I should say. You could have a customer type, a vendor type, an employee type and you can switch tabs accordingly. So if the type of record is customer; we’re going to go to the object customer, if not we’ll go to the object vendor. And that’s the script and the whole script is called Switch. 

5:00 Finally go to layout mode or you can actually go right directly to Manage Layouts, and I will edit that and perform a script trigger. It says “On record load, call the Switch script” that we just created. Back to browse mode. Now notice I’m on record 1 and I’m on a type of customer. If I flip to record 2, because that’s a vendor, I’m now displaying the vendor fields. And you can see here that it’s seamless; that there are fields that are on top of each other because they are hidden behind a Hidden Tab Control.

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Hottest New FileMaker Pro 11 Features

March 12th, 2010

As your strategic partner and technology advisor, we are very excited to report that the much anticipated FileMaker Pro 11 has been released.  We have outlined some of the hottest new features below.  Included are links to video tutorials to show you how these great new features work.

Charts:  Watch Video
Now your data can take on a whole new dimension with FileMaker Charts in FileMaker Pro 11.  Create eye-catchingFileMaker Pro 11 Combo Box reports in five different styles including vertical bar, horizontal bar, area, line and pie charts.  Plus, make high-impact web dashboards by publishing your charts to the web using Instant Web Publishing.

Quick Reports: Watch Video
Make reports in a spreadsheet-like fashion and get even more out of your data.  Group and summarize your information on the fly directly in Table View to create professional looking reports.  Easily modify your reports by adding, sorting, or hiding fields and records.

Quick Find: Watch Video
In FileMaker Pro 11 you can search for information just as you would in a web browser.  Enter a word or phrase in the search box and FileMaker Pro will search all fields in your layout-right in Browse mode.  Even customize Quick Find to search only certain layouts or fields.

Snapshot Links: Watch Video
Sometimes you need a report where a set of records stays the same but the details change.  Let’s say you want to track the results of sales leads received yesterday.  Create a Snapshot Link file to save a specific set of records at a point in time.  This also preserves the same layout, view, and sort order.  Any changes you make to the file will be updated in the database.  Plus email the Snapshot Link to anyone who has FileMaker Pro 11 for easy collaboration.

Click here to see other new features now available in FileMaker Pro 11.

By utilizing these new features you will be able to get more out of your FlieMaker Pro solution and have greater visibility into your data.  To help celebrate FileMaker Pro 11’s release, we are offering a special 5% discount off the retail price for the next 30 days.  Click here to get your personalized quote today!

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Entourage: Send as HTML with Default Signature

October 31st, 2009

The following video will demonstrate how to set Entourage to create new Emails formatted as HTML and use an HTML formatted signature.  As simple as this concept may seem, configuring Entourage to invoke this specific behavior may not be readily apparent or intuitive.  It turns out that there are three separate areas that need to be configured in Entourage none of which are on the same screen or in the same area of the settings.

Oh and for those of you who are using Entourage and FileMaker simultaneously, you may want to review the Entourage Manipulator plug-in which gives you the ability to transfer data between contacts, calendars, and tasks-not to mention the ability to push and pull e-mail. To find out more visit: Entourage Manipulator

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Hi, in this video we’re going to talk about Entourage 2008, create HTML e-mails with an HTML formatted signature.

There are three requirements to make this happen. First, you need to create a formatted signature. You do that under the tools menu. Second, you want to adjust account settings to include a signature on new e-mails. That’s done in the accounts area. And finally, you set e-mails to be a HTML formatted by default. That’s done under the preferences area.

Here we have Microsoft Entourage 2008. First we’ll click under tools and go to signatures. I’ve created a new signature here called “My Work Signature”.  If we take a closer look at that we can see we have John Smith at ABC company. And this toggles between HTML or plaint ext. I set it to HTML and even made the company name bold.

Second, under the Entourage menu, you want to click “account settings”. Make sure you’re at the options area and choose the default signature to be in this case “My Work Signature” (or whatever signature you have set up).. The default is typically “none. “So make sure you have that set to the signature you’ve just created.

And then finally, also under the entourage menu, you want to select preferences. Here you want to click the compose area and make sure that your mail format is set to HTML.

Now, let’s test it. File/new/mail message.  I’ve got a new mail message here and you can see it’s ready for HTML formatting. And “John Smith” (the signature) has been entered automatically.

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