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Anyone have experience with FMS products for Access?

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I'd like to hear from anyone who has used any of the products from FMS
at www.fmsinc.com.

Just curious about your experience with these products.
Nov 13 '05 #1
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Lauren Wilson <???@???.???> wrote:
I'd like to hear from anyone who has used any of the products from FMS
at www.fmsinc.com.


Quite good products. Any specific questions?

Tony
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Nov 13 '05 #2

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On Fri, 12 Nov 2004 00:59:35 GMT, Tony Toews <tt****@telusplanet.net>
wrote:
Lauren Wilson <???@???.???> wrote:
I'd like to hear from anyone who has used any of the products from FMS
at www.fmsinc.com.


Quite good products. Any specific questions?


Well yes actually. I've been considering using their Total Access
Emailer to enhance my current Email feature of an app we have. It
would save me the trouble of writing my own SMTP engine. What I was
HOPING it would do was to allow either text or HTML to be typed into
the same message composing window with an option to allow sending in
either format. From what I can see though, the only way you could
get HTML into it would be to compose it first in an HTML editor (Like
Front Page or Dreamweaver) and then copy and paste the HTML code into
the HTML window. Such an approach renders moot the number one
advantage of our current system which allows the user to insert data
base variables into the message AS it's being typed by clicking our
variable buttons on the right side of the message compose window. I
talked with FMS over a year ago and they said the product did NOT
include an HTML editor but they thought that was a good idea and would
consider it. Apparently it was not considered a good ENOUGH idea
because as far as I can tell from their demo version today, it still
has no HTML editor integrated into the program. Any thoughts on this
Tony?
Nov 13 '05 #3

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In my last job, I used Total Visual Agent for backup tasks. It seemed
like a reasonably professional application and did all that it was
supposed to.

HTH.
Nov 13 '05 #4

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RE/
your experience with these products.


Generally good, but was disppointed with their query analyzer that stopped
building the heirarchy when it hit a work table.
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Nov 13 '05 #5

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Lauren Wilson <???@???.???> wrote in message news:<t1********************************@4ax.com>. ..
I'd like to hear from anyone who has used any of the products from FMS
at www.fmsinc.com.

Just curious about your experience with these products.


There should be reviews of FMS stuff just about everywhere. Search
here, and other places. Check places like angrycoder.com. I know
Danny Lesandrini has done a bunch of them.
Nov 13 '05 #6

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Sometimes a bit pricy for what they do I think.

But if it's going to save you hundreds of hours then they're obviously a
bargain.

I've got Visual Code Tools, Total Visual Sourcebook, Total Visual Memo (or
whatever it's called), Total Access Analyer.

Of these I've only really used VCT a lot. And found it useful. For instance
my error reporting routing logs line numbers and VCT inserts them. And
things like just tidying up code, indents & spacing etc. it's good for.

The Sourcebook contains quite a lot of code snippets that look to my like
very very thin wrappers round standard VB/A functionality. But to be fair
I've not looked into it that much.

The other 2 I haven't really used enough to give a fair opinion.

Overall it seems their products are good, and they do 'what they say on the
tin'. But sometimes it's better to do something yourself. For instance I was
considering their auto front end updater and Access starter (Total Access
Startup?). And much as I believe in spending money for useful tools I didn't
want to pay at that point in time. So ended up writing my own in VB. It
didn't take very long, I learned a bit, and of course it's custom isabel
however I want it.

HTH, Mike

"Lauren Wilson" <???@???.???> wrote in message
news:t1********************************@4ax.com...
I'd like to hear from anyone who has used any of the products from FMS
at www.fmsinc.com.

Just curious about your experience with these products.

Nov 13 '05 #7

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They're OK ish. Not as good as the advertising sometimes puffs them up to
be. And they're not cheap. You need a real reason to buy them. They're a bit
'rough round the edges' too. You know, labels on forms (their forms) that
don't display properly and suchlike.

Visual Code Tools I use a lot and it's saved me a lot of time. Inserting
line numbers, formatting text, inserting default error handlers etc. I
haven't used it's comment creators, or SQL and rst creators yet. I'll try
that part of it sometime. It's formatting, especially if you use line
numbers, can sometimes be a bit odd.

Visual Source Book has got some useful stuff in it. It's also got a lot of
very thin wrappers for existing functions. Hardly used it. I'm going to
start using it more, since somebody here reminded me that you can use it as
your own code library.

Total Memo I bought and haven't used once. Didn't do what I wanted. Might
investigate again.

Total Access Analyser I bought and ran a couple of times and it told me 3000
things that were wrong with my database. Might investigate again.

Some things, like the FE updater, or whatever it's called, look a bit
expensive for what they do. I wrote my own in VB in a couple of days, saved
the money, learnt a lot and have something I can adapt/extend for the
future. Visual Agent looks OK, except I don't think it runs as a service, so
you've got to leave a user logged onto the server, probably with Admin
privileges, which is a bad idea generally. Read the specs very carefully
before you buy to make sure it does what you want it to.

Yours, Mike

PS, if you work for FMS and you're just 'shilling' then all their products
are worthless.

"Lauren Wilson" <???@???.???> wrote in message
news:t1********************************@4ax.com...
I'd like to hear from anyone who has used any of the products from FMS
at www.fmsinc.com.

Just curious about your experience with these products.

Nov 13 '05 #8

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I have both the Access and the VB total source books and have gotten a lot
of usage out of them.
"Mike MacSween" <mi************************@btinternet.com> wrote in message
news:41*********************@news.aaisp.net.uk...
They're OK ish. Not as good as the advertising sometimes puffs them up to
be. And they're not cheap. You need a real reason to buy them. They're a bit 'rough round the edges' too. You know, labels on forms (their forms) that
don't display properly and suchlike.

Visual Code Tools I use a lot and it's saved me a lot of time. Inserting
line numbers, formatting text, inserting default error handlers etc. I
haven't used it's comment creators, or SQL and rst creators yet. I'll try
that part of it sometime. It's formatting, especially if you use line
numbers, can sometimes be a bit odd.

Visual Source Book has got some useful stuff in it. It's also got a lot of
very thin wrappers for existing functions. Hardly used it. I'm going to
start using it more, since somebody here reminded me that you can use it as your own code library.

Total Memo I bought and haven't used once. Didn't do what I wanted. Might
investigate again.

Total Access Analyser I bought and ran a couple of times and it told me 3000 things that were wrong with my database. Might investigate again.

Some things, like the FE updater, or whatever it's called, look a bit
expensive for what they do. I wrote my own in VB in a couple of days, saved the money, learnt a lot and have something I can adapt/extend for the
future. Visual Agent looks OK, except I don't think it runs as a service, so you've got to leave a user logged onto the server, probably with Admin
privileges, which is a bad idea generally. Read the specs very carefully
before you buy to make sure it does what you want it to.

Yours, Mike

PS, if you work for FMS and you're just 'shilling' then all their products
are worthless.

"Lauren Wilson" <???@???.???> wrote in message
news:t1********************************@4ax.com...
I'd like to hear from anyone who has used any of the products from FMS
at www.fmsinc.com.

Just curious about your experience with these products.


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