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October 2008

Welcome to the latest Databuzz eNews. In this edition we will bring you up to date with some of the recent projects we've been working on and share some tips about working with FileMaker.

We hope you enjoy this edition and welcome your feedback.


Data Manager Update


Our flagship product Data Manager continues to receive great reviews from our customers who are now using it in a variety of different industries on Windows and Macintosh platforms. Data Manager is a Customer Relationship Management software (CRM) that lets you track your Contacts in one central location and communicate via email, SMS and mail merge letters all at the click of a few buttons. You can also set follow up Action Plans so you don't forget to keep in touch.

You can download a free trial copy for both Windows and Macintosh or click on the screenshots below to see Data Manager in action.

datamanager home screen data manager contacts screen

We are about to embark on the planning for the next version of Data Manager. Up for consideration are new modules for Project Management, Time sheets, Products and Sales/Invoicing. Let us know your thoughts and what you would like to see in the next version of Data Manager.

Also don't forget that you can access the online help guide by clicking the Help button in any Data Manager screen.

Recent Projects


We've been hard at work on a number of interesting projects recently for a diverse range of clients and solutions including:

  • ID Card System: we were engaged to create a FileMaker solution that allowed staff a club to take photos of club members with an attached web cam and then print ID cards directly from the FileMaker system
  • FileMaker Web Interface: we've built a number of web interfaces to FileMaker systems recently, including using the built in Instant Web Publishing and also the more advanced PHP custom web publishing using FileMaker Server 9. We've also helped a number of clients upgrade from FileMaker Pro v5/6 using the old CDML technology to FileMaker Pro 9 and PHP
  • SMS Integration: we've been integrating FileMaker into SMS Gateways for over 6 years and we love adding this feature to customers databases so they can send SMS Messages directly from FileMaker to one or more contacts at the click of a button
  • FileMaker Website Integration: we also worked on a number of challenging projects that have involved the integration of FileMaker with customers web sites. We have also created some internal systems that let us view databases on our website so we can see from within FileMaker all the contact requests and trial requests we receive so we don't have to re-enter that data into FileMaker

Contact Us for more information of if you have any questions about custom FileMaker Pro consulting.

FileMaker Training Videos


If you're new to FileMaker or want to learn a bit more about it's features there's some great short training videos on the FileMaker website. These help explain the use of a particular feature of FileMaker Pro 9, such as the Save as PDF and finding and sorting records. Don't forget the built-in help that you can access via the Help menu in FileMaker Pro also has lots of useful information that can assist you with getting the most out of your investment in FileMaker Pro.

There's also a series of extended webinars that usually run for around 60 minutes that you can view online or download and watch offline.