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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.