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Five Great Interviews from DevCon 2017

With the holidays right around the corner, Devon 2017 feels like a long time ago. If you are missing that exciting buzz experienced at DevCon, we invite you to take a listen to FileMaker Talk’s podcast from DevCon – “ Live at DevCon in Phoenix 2017” . You need to open it up in iTunes, but it will certainly transport you right back to Phoenix (lazy river and 99-degree weather not included).   The podcast starts out with Matt Navarre interviewing Jesse Barnum from 360Works. J

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Richard Carlton Plug-in Review: Biometric Fingerprint Reader

Richard Carlton (Richard Carlton Consulting) recently did a video with our CEO, Marc, and our plug-in developer, Chris, discussing our sleeper plug-in, the Biometric Fingerprint Reader. Released in 2011, this plug-in connects your FileMaker solution to the U.are.U fingerprint reader, enabling your solution to scan fingerprints for fast identification and secure verification. We don’t talk about this plug-in very much nor do we spend a lot of time marketing it, but it’s a well-designed, tried an

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FileMaker Hosting – What Plan is Right for You?

When it comes to hosting your FileMaker solution, there are a lot of options out there. You can host it yourself onsite, you can host with a service, or you can explore FileMaker Cloud. Let’s assume that you’ve decided the hassle and costs associated with hosting your solution yourself are too prohibitive and you’ve decided to host with a service. Now you’re looking at plans. There is shared hosting and dedicated hosting and concierge services for FileMaker Cloud (not discussed in this blog, bu

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Seven Reasons to Use the FM Credit Card Plug-in with your FileMaker Solution

FM Credit Card v1 was first released in April of 2011 and discontinued in August of 2015. After increased interest from clients, we decided to bring the plug-in back to life, bigger and better than ever, and released v2 in September of 2017. If you are a v1 client, you might be wondering, what’s so great about v2? Well, this blog will answer that for you. Here are seven good reasons to upgrade to FM Credit Card version 2. Don’t feel like reading? Check out this quick video from our CEO, Marc

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Core5 Starter Edition CRM – Integrating FileMaker with QuickBooks

The Core5 Starter Edition CRM comes with an impressive level of QuickBooks integration right out of the box. It can connect to QuickBooks Desktop or Online. Core5 is preconfigured to: 1. Import Items, Taxes, Customers, and Vendors from QuickBooks 2. Push contacts to QuickBooks 3. Push invoices to QuickBooks 4. Pull balance due for invoices 5. Pull most recent payment date It also has the ability to set flags on customer or invoice records to notify the user that something has been updated

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PCI Performs BigCommerce Integration

We recently assisted a customer integrate BigCommerce with their Core4 CRM FileMaker solution. BigCommerce is an online platform that helps businesses build an e-commerce presence. The platform allows customers to build and customize their site, take orders, and manage shipping. Our client sells restoration parts for the MOPAR auto industry and they recently upgraded to FileMaker 16. We were asked to write a routine to help them better integrate BigCommerce with their elaborate FileMaker sol

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Musicians Make the Best Developers?

Our CEO, Marc, recently wrote a blog for Elusive Moose asking the question “Do musicians make the best developers?” and exploring the correlation between developers and musical talent/ inclination. Is there a link there? If so, why? If you are looking for a fun and quick read, check it out at: https://elusivemoose.com/2017/10/musicians-make-best-developers/ View the full article

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macOS High Sierra Compatibility

macOS High Sierra was released on September 25 and we worked diligently to test and update each of our plug-ins to confirm compatibility with the new OS. If you have updated to High Sierra make sure you download an updated plug-in. Each plug-in comes with an updated demo file and many plug-ins feature new functionality, updated documentation, and bug fixes. Plug-ins: FM Books Connector Online v2.0.3.1: Available for client or server-side deployment and compatible with FileMaker Cloud, the FM

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Let’s talk integration – FileMaker to QuickBooks Integration

Earlier in the year our CEO, Marc, did a webinar for the Blue Feather Group/ Atlanta FileMaker Dev Group all about integrating FileMaker and QuickBooks – but before we get into that, let’s talk a bit about why Marc spoke on this topic. Here at Productive Computing we have made it our business to know all there is about QuickBooks and FileMaker integrations and to offer our clients an array of products and services to help them get up and running with an integration. We offer: – The FM Books

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

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, suc

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Get your QuickBooks Licensing at Discount Through Productive Computing

Big News! Well, if you’re a QuickBooks user or thinking of getting started with QuickBooks then this is big news! We are officially an authorized Intuit Reseller – meaning we can save you money on your QuickBooks licensing. We pursued becoming an Intuit authorized reseller because we wanted to make it even easier for our clients to get up and running with their FileMaker and QuickBooks integrations; our aim was to create a one-stop shop for the convenience of our clients. Now you can purchase

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

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 Fil

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Our First FileMaker Cloud Compatible Plug-in – FM Books Connector Online Edition

With the advent of FileMaker Cloud (FMC), we took a close look at our list of plug-ins and selected the one we felt was the best candidate for Linux compatibility. As any business owner knows – most business decisions come down to time and resources. We knew making a plug-in Linux compatible was not necessarily going to be a small investment on the part of our plug-in developer’s time and talent. We needed to choose the plug-in that we felt would be most attractive to FMC users and we decided t

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