Excelisys Releases The eX-BizTracker 4, a Jump-Start Template That Dramatically Advances FileMaker Pro® Customization
Excelisys, Inc., (www.excelisys.com) announced the release of The eX-BizTracker 4, the next generation of the popular flagship eX-File business productivity template for small- to medium-sized businesses. The eX-BizTracker 4 maximizes the latest innovations in FileMaker Pro® 12, resulting in a much leaner customizing tool which is easier to use and extend.
The redesign uses development standards modeled after recommendations at www.filemakerstandards.org, with primary keys using the Get (UUID) function for simplified synchronization with offline devices. The redesigned more modern flat-design user interface includes fewer layout elements by capitalizing on FileMaker Pro 12’s enhanced layout options. It includes fewer scripts through script parameters and significantly fewer fields throughout, moving many standard routines to custom functions. Using the ExecuteSQL command to access data streamlined the relationships graph, resulting in a far more nimble product.
“Advancements in FileMaker Pro 12 provide exciting opportunities for simplification of complex solutions. We have succeeded in adding long-awaited features while reducing the complexity of the solution as a whole.” says Doug West, Product/Project Manager with Excelisys who was the Lead Developer on the eX-BizTracker 4 team and adds, “With fewer fields, scripts, and table occurrences, it’s now much easier for developers to understand the system at a glance and extend the functionality of the solution.”
“This (version 4) is a HUGE deal because it takes advantage of a lot of rich features introduced in FileMaker Pro 12 which was released at the beginning of 2012, “ says Christo, Founder and President of Excelisys. “Our BizTracker was completely rewritten; Doug West, Product/Project Manager with Excelisys who was the Lead Developer on the eX-BizTracker 4 team, did a phenomenal job with it. There are cool things that developer ‘nerds’ will love about its design, and “Bob the Business Person” will also love it….especially the time and money it saves them!”
The eX-BizTracker 4 incorporates a host of elements to enhance usability features and functionality, including CRM to manage both companies and/or organizations and individuals, allowing for multiple addresses and contact methods for each, along with activity logs, reminders and email. The integrated document management and storage provides seamless functionality with customers, orders, invoices, POs or products, with optional encryption, improving ability to track products (goods, services and fees) along with inventory management. The updated features allow The eX-BizTracker 4 to integrate with common off-the-shelf products such as QuickBooks, and third-party software/services from companies such as FedEx, UPS and SalesForce
Current modules include Customers, Vendors, Products, Documents, Orders, POs, Inventory, Bills, Shipments, Reports and Preferences (settings and users). Mobile modules, anticipated soon, will allow specific actions in the field including inventory control, shipping/receiving, order handling, CRM and documents management.
The eX-BizTracker 4 is available as a free fully-functional demo which is complete and useable by the end user. If the services of Excelisys are retained, an unlocked version is provided, offering even greater flexibility of customization for the end user or the developer of their choice.
The eX-BizTracker 4 is the latest evolution of Excelisys’ “jumpstart” template. Nearly 100,000 users have downloaded the original FileMaker Business Tracker, created by Excelisys for FileMaker Inc. when FileMaker Pro 7 was released in 2004, making it one of the most popular free templates from FileMaker, Developers and end-users have found the GUI and feature-set a money- and time-saving tool, offering a “jumpstart” advantage in building intuitive custom solutions.