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PDF Manipulator DC – Your secret weapon for integrating FileMaker with Adobe Acrobat

June 20th, 2016

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With the ways of the tech world going 64-bit, we’re pretty excited about our newest utility plug-in — PDF Manipulator DC Edition.

Are you a heavy PDF user? Check out our overview video to learn how this powerful plug-in can help your company operate more efficiently:
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This plug-in is compatible with:

Windows:
– Win 8/10
– FileMaker 14 and 15, 32-bit and 64-bit
– Adobe Acrobat DC

Mac:
– Mac OS X 10.10 / 10.11
– FileMaker 14, 32-bit and 64-bit
– FileMaker 15, 64-bit
– Adobe Acrobat DC

So what does it do and how is it different than the original PDF Manipulator plug-in?

First off, it has been fully redesigned for more efficient processing and optimized for 64-bit and Adobe Acrobat DC. Second, we have expanded the Mac plug-in’s capabilities to achieve parity with its Windows counterpart for enhanced consistency when doing cross-platform development.

Just like the original, this powerful plug-in provides a bidirectional data exchange between FileMaker® and Adobe® Acrobat Pro. It can:

– Insert or extract data between PDF form fields and FileMaker
Extract text content and metadata from a PDF document directly into your FileMaker solution, eliminating the need to hand key information
– Once the data is in FileMaker, you can search through a PDF’s content and determine what page of the document the searched content appears on
Combine and delete multiple PDF documents into a single PDF from within FileMaker Pro
Insert any number of PDF pages anywhere into an existing PDF document
Delete individual pages or a range of pages from a PDF
Browse for a document from inside FileMaker
Access, open, and save PDFs to file folders

We’re also very excited to announce that this plug-in’s release marks PCI’s transition from downloaded zipped files to installer packages. PDF Manipulator DC is the first of PCI’s plug-ins to feature an installer package for both Mac and Windows downloads, making it even easier to install, register, and uninstall the plug-in.

If you are a current PDF Manipulator customer and wish to upgrade to PDF Manipulator DC, you can do so at a 35% discount for the first year. There are no scripting rewrites needed to convert from PDF Manipulator to PDF Manipulator DC.

As always, we invite you to connect with us at sales@productivecomputing.com
or 760-510-1200.

Vessel Service Solutions. Think AAA for the Sea.

April 12th, 2016

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Our wonderful products team here at PCI has been hard at work on Vessel Service Solutions (VSS) 2.0 – a new and improved vertical solution for the boat assistance and towing industry.

VSS was first released over two years ago in January 2014 and sold as a customizable framework for covering ship or watercraft breakdown emergencies – kind of like a Big Mac – you could have it your way. We provided you the burger and bun and you decided all the delicious toppings you wanted. The idea behind the product was to help an industry, which relied heavily on 20th century processes (think scans and faxes), streamline their workflow by going paperless and digital.

VSS has come a long way since then. We’ve taken this framework and turned it into a truly wonderful and efficient solution with expanded functionality—yet still delightfully customizable.

Here’s how it works.
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The process is simple enough—but saves the dispatcher and captain considerable time eliminating double entry and doing away with the necessity to print, scan, or fax any paperwork. The entire process from receipt of the order to sending it for payment takes place in one interface.

Other than an efficient orders process, the solution also offers users the following modules to track almost every aspect of their business:

Fuel logs per boat with information including: engine hours, location, and cost per gallon.
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Maintenance Log where users can make an entry each time maintenance is performed on a boat.
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Maintenance Schedule that graphically shows the viewer when the next required maintenance is to be performed.
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Time Sheets where personnel can link day and night hours worked to a specific order, calculate commission totals for an order or bill by the unit (ft. yd. mi.) for services performed.
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– A variety of reports can be pulled on Orders, Boats, and Time Sheets.
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Preferences is where the magic happens. This is where the user can customize some modules, manage QuickBooks, add boats and ports to the fleet, manage personnel contact information and update QB items/ services.
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VSS is packed full of all types of goodies and nifty features for the user—much too much to discuss in a blog. If you’re interested in learning more about what else this solution has to offer contact us at sales@productivecomputing.com or 760-510-1200.

We also invite you to visit our website www.vesselservicesolutions.com for addition product information, capability overviews, and instructional videos.

Databases 101

March 12th, 2013

With the constant development of database technology, it is important to understand the logic and language of these advancements.  Many experts agree that database development could be one of the most advancing areas of business technologies today.  In the simplest form, a database is the storage of data.  Database software is what drives the technology by computing data.  Whether it is a webpage, a car, or even a sprinkler system, if it has an electronic interface the technology involved is based from computing data.  Understanding database technology and terminology can help you to take advantage of these emerging areas.  You will be able to communicate more effectively and make the most of database technologies.

There is a variety of database software such as FileMaker, Microsoft Access, or in its simplest form Microsoft excel.  A database is created from a list of Fields (columns), Records (rows), and Tables (worksheets) which make up a single file.  A field is a single piece of information; a record is one complete set of fields; and a file is a collection of records.  Database technology is really that simple, three main components.  Yet the logic used to access and perform activities with this data is what makes it complex.

Components of a Database Defined:

Database Software – A programmable tool designed to store, access, and sequentially and automatically carry out a sequence of arithmetic or logical operations

Database – A collection of data organized for rapid search, retrieval, and updating

Database File – A block of information related to computer storage

Database Table – A set of data elements that is organized by using a vertical column and horizontal row model.  This model uses columns as field names such as name in column 1 and phone number in column 2; it uses rows to track records such as John Smith in Row 1 and Mary Smith in Row 2.

Database Language – SQL (Structured Query Language) – Based on Calculus and Algebraic logic provides a common database language to today’s data management tools

Relational Database – The use of common characteristics or objects found in multiple data sets to link them together, based on mathematical terms attributed to Edward Cob at IBM in 1970 for example variable x in table one = variable x in table two.

Syntax – Common forms, behaviors, and principles for constructing universally used computer language systems

Open Source – Public or free computer code which can be further developed by any end user (similar to Wikipedia)

Data Redundancy – Repeating or duplication of data or fields in multiple locations (tables)

Data Normalization – The process of organizing data into small groups or modules with well defined common relationships eliminating anomalies and potential corruption

If you’re confused, don’t worry that was a crash course.  Hopefully you gathered that a good majority of our database technology is built on old fashioned arithmetic.  However much like calculus and algebra not everyone understands theories, formulas, and logic the same.  With many databases this can be the difference between an effective use of technology and a misunderstood tool.  A database is only as effective as the architect and developer who design it.  Having the end user and daily work flow in mind will help translate advanced logic into simple terms.  In addition, creating an intuitive interface which the user has a good experience viewing, searching for, and updating data is crucial in utilizing a database and its successful implementation.

Using a database with your business could be mission critical to its success, regardless of the industry, company size or internal growth cycle.  Each department has valuable data it works with and without a centralized source for it to be tracked it will get lost, forgotten, or never passed as a shared resource. A database will provide accountability and a quantifiable way to review results.  Many databases are advanced enough to automate simple tasks like sending emails or alerting customers on account related activities.  It is also worth mentioning that a database will provide an insurance policy in the form of backing up and securing your information as well.  A good database will improve overall efficiency, individual operations, and offer reliable accurate information for strategic decision making.