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Custom Reports - these examples will help you learn how to program your own reports
Data Dictionary - describes the data files and fields that can be used in custom reports, exporting, etc.

Support Links

MacWindows - searchable web site for Mac/Windows integration
Microsoft Windows - everything official you'd want to know about Microsoft Windows
Macintouch - the best source for up-to-date Macintosh news. Updated daily
Macfixit - searchable troubleshooting site by the author of "Sad Macs." Updated daily

Recommended Tools

Retrospect - an excellent backup system for both Mac and Windows servers.

Disk Warrior - Alsoft's utility for checking and fixing Mac hard disks.

Drive Genius - Another utility for hard drive recovery and optimization.  Allows (among other things) partition size management without data loss.

RealVNC - Free VNC client/server software for Windows PCs and servers.  Very useful for remote administration.  For Macs, consider Vine Server (formerly OSXvnc) and Chicken of the VNC.

MySQL 5.5 Compatibility


We hope you all had a Happy New Year! We are pleased to announce that we are now supporting MySQL 5.5 with our latest version of C&P (10.3). Don't forget about all of the great GUI tools that work with MySQL like Sequel Pro (OS X only) and Navicat for MySQL (Available in Free & Paid version)

OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Compatible Version of C&P X Released

In addition to fully supporting OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) it also includes many enhancements which were nearly all submitted by users as wishlist requests.

Like its predecessor, 10.1, 10.2 is a universal binary and carries all the previous optimizations for Intel-based Macs.

Like previous versions, C&P X 10.2 works on a wide variety of workstations and servers:

WORKSTATION: Any new Intel-based Mac (or) late-model PowerPC-based Macs with 1gb RAM and Mac OS X 10.4 or later. C&P X 10.2 also runs on any late-model Windows-based PC. Supports Windows Vista.

SERVER: Apple Xserve running Mac OS X Server 10.4.4 or later or Windows Server 2003.

MySQL 5.0 Downloads


Looking for MySQL 5.0 Server downloads? Here are the links you will need:
MySQL 5.0 Database Server
MySQL GUI Tools(Includes MySQL Admin and Query Browser)

ODBC Administrator in Snow Leopard


OS X 10.6 no longer includes the ODBC Administrator. Fortunately, another is available here (and it's free and works fine with C&P).

Snow Leopard Compatibility


Our testing has found no issues with C&P X running in Apple's new Snow Leopard (10.6) operating system.

C&P X 10.2.3 SQL Security Update
Updating to 10.2.3 will strengthen security in SQL databases (MySQL and MS SQL). Once the database is converted, previous versions of Clients & Profits will no longer be able to connect, due to not meeting the new security requirements. Make sure to update all applications before converting the database.

Windows Vista 64-bit
C&P X has been successfully tested on Window Vista 64-bit. The only difference in the installation is the application installs in Program Files (x86) by default.

SQL Server 2008
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is now supported by Clients & Profits Pro (using Express Edition) and Enterprise Edition.

Note: there is currently an issue with importing databases using OS X, so please use Windows in the meantime (this applies to SQL Server 2005 as well).

MySQL 5.x Compatibility
Our latest supported version of MySQL is 5.0.51b, which can be found here. If a newer version is installed and isn't working, uninstall instructions for MySQL (for OS X) can be found here.

macOS Sierra 10.12 Update


As you may already heard Apple has released a new OS, Mac OS Sierra. Our initial testing with the preview and current release has found no issues or compatibility conflicts running Clients & Profits Cloud or Clients & Profits X. We recommend checking with your IT staff before updating as they may advise a waiting/testing period before you install the OS X update.

OS X El Capitan Compatibility


Our testing has found no issues or compatibility conflicts running Clients & Profits Cloud or Clients & Profits X on the pre-release version of the new El Capitan OS (OS X 10.11). The new OS is scheduled to be released tomorrow Wednesday September 30th. We recommend checking with your IT staff before updating as they may advise a waiting/testing period before you install the OS X update.

Note: As with the previous OS X Server update, hosting the built-in database for Clients & Profits X is not recommended with this legacy technology. If you would like more information on Clients & Profits Cloud please call our sales team at 1-800-272-4488.

OS X Yosemite Compatibility


Our testing has found no issues or compatibility conflicts running Clients & Profits Cloud or Clients & Profits X on the new Yosemite OS. We’ll be releasing more information as we have it available. Using Yosemite Server for hosting the built-in database is still undergoing testing at this time.

OS X Mavericks Compatibility


Current versions of Clients & Profits are now fully compatible with OS X Mavericks.

Both Clients & Profits X 10.4 and the new Clients & Profits Cloud Upgrade are fully compatible with OS X Mavericks. Earlier versions of Clients & Profits X (10.3.x and below) are not currently compatible. We strongly suggest to users of earlier versions of Clients & Profits that they not upgrade their OS at this time.

OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Compatibility


Our testing has found no issues or compatbility conflicts running C&P X on the new Mountain Lion OS.

OS X 10.7 (Lion) & Lion Server Compatibility

Our testing has found no issues or compatbility conflicts running C&P X on the new Lion OS. However, testing with the new Lion Server App we have experienced connection issues from Windows based machines to the built-in database format. Currently we only suggest hosting the built in database on Lion Server in all Mac environments.

Tech Notes

Cross-Platform Sharing -
Step-by-step instructions on configuring a Windows server to host a database for both Mac and Windows clients.

Saving C&P Reports as Acrobat PDFs
- How to use Adobe Acrobat to save picture-perfect digital copies of estimates, invoices, and other Clients & Profits reports.

Custom Reports Basics - Everything there is to know about using Clients & Profits report writer

- How to export data from Clients & Profits to other applications

Importing Logos - How to paste your company logo onto estimates, invoices, purchase orders, and insertion orders

Importing Time - How to import time into Clients & Profits

Online Tutorials

Learning Clients & Profits
teaches the basics of adding jobs, costs, and billings

Closing the Year
walks you through the complete year-end closing process

Inspiron Zino HD (starting at $249) Inspired by (or completely ripping off) the Mac mini, Dell has their own small form factor computer, though it starts at a fraction of the price. Running Windows Vista or 7 (both 64-Bit) and with enough power for most productivity tasks, it's a convenient system for anyone with non-power user needs. For the aesthetics-conscious, it offers 10 different designs for the top.

MacBook (starting at $999) Recently updated. Improvements include the low 4.7 pounds weight, a 10-hour battery, a brilliant LED-backlit 13" display (1280x800), and the new multi-touch trackpad. Under the hood it starts with 2.4GHz,2GB memory, 250GB hard drive, a 8x DL SuperDrive, and a 256MB NVIDIA graphics card. Outside the office, AEs will find this mac a worthy companion and when they need a little more real estate back in the office, it can support an external display up to the 30" Apple Cinema HD Display.

Cisco Aironet 1131AG - wireless access point ($354)
This ready-to-install, easy-to-manage access point offers high capacity, high security, enterprise-class features to deliver wireless LAN access with a low total cost of ownership. Designed for coverage in offices and similar RF environments, this unobtrusive access point features integrated antennas and dual IEEE 802.11a/g radios for comprehensive and predictable coverage, providing a combined capacity of 108 Mbps.

With optional Cisco WirelessPLUS software, the Cisco Aironet 1130AG Series may be configured to support the OfficeExtend solution for secure, wireless teleworking.

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