FM Pro, OE5, Outlook, WinFax Pro

FM Pro, OE5, Outlook, WinFax Pro

Post by John McKa » Sat, 03 Jul 1999 04:00:00


I'm not aware of any defacto standard, although I agree that it would be great
to have many programs be able to read from and write to a common database.  The
problem seems to lie in the extremely varied possibilities of a database.  I've
designed a few FMP solutions that just use Filemaker to do all that from
Filemaker.  A contact manager can be made to send e-mail, fax, print
letterhead, etc., by using script steps and helper apps like outlook and
Winfax.  Outside of that, there's not too much I can suggest!

John McKay

> x-no-archive: yes

> Query!

> I'm tired of maintaining separate databases for email, general
> client info and fax info. I've got all the data on FMPro and have
> to export periodically and import into OE5, Outlook and WinFax so I have
> the same data in each db. Is there any way to get all four
> programs to refer to the same database? (Why MS didn't combine address books
> with OE5 and Outlook, and why different users can't elect to share the same
> address book in OE5, I'll never understand. What a waste of space.)

> I know this is asking a lot, but it would save headaches.

> If there is no working answer, is there a defacto multi-platform
> address book database format that all software developers have
> yet agreed upon? Someone should seize this opportunity.

> Regards,

> Chris


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