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May 2008 - Posts

  • Demo: Customization - get your creative juices flowing

    We're back in Toronto now, after our visits to the Intuit offices in Plano and Tucson.  Though we'll miss the TexMex & Mexican feasts and catching up with other Intuit Developer partners, it is good to be back home.  Based on the feedback we received from Intuit staff, Method is in for quite a ride over the next year, as the business problems it will solve for QuickBooks users are far reaching to say the least.

    As promised, here is the next set of movie tutorials.   I broke it up into 3 parts, each about 10 minutes.

    PART 1: Customization Overview
    Introduction into the built-in features of grids, and overview of each customization area of Method:

    PART 2: Creating your own 'Customer Contact' table and screen
    Here I create a very simple screen that tracks phone calls in from customers.  I show how to create a table and fields, and how to customize the screen it created:

    PART 3: Creating Actions for the Save button
    This is where things get more fun.  In this movie I create an action that looks at which employee the Customer Contact was assigned to, figures out their email address, and sends them an email letting them know that a customer contact has been assigned to them.  This touches on "actions", what an "Action Result" is, and how to use the "Retrieve Value From Table" action.

  • Demo: QuickBooks in the clouds!

    Good morning beta testers. 

    I'm here in the Intuit sales and support office in Tucson, Arizona, showing the staff here what Method means to QuickBooks.  Eyes are bulging, as they can't wait to recommend this to QuickBooks users they support.  Finally, QuickBooks desktop data is available in real time, on the web (a.k.a. "the clouds"!).

    I'm going to be doing my share by educating everyone on the power and freedom of Method by recording some informal tutorials / demonstrations and publishing them here on this blog.

    The first one, about 10 minutes long, is about how Method connects to QuickBooks, and an overview of some of the main features of integration.

    Click here to watch the movie:


  • Spring into Method

    We’re ready!  You heard me right.  As of today, Method is springing into beta!  

    “I can’t believe it, we’re finally ready” – words out of Paul’s mouth after giving the green light to start the beta.  All of us are thrilled to move into the next stage of Method’s production and our beta testers are going to play a key role over the next couple months.

    Starting today, May 1st, we’ll begin sending out invitations to our beta testers who enrolled in the beta program.  If you haven’t signed up for the beta, send an email to and we’ll get you enrolled in the beta process ASAP!

    I can’t wait for everyone to see what we are so crazy about.  I can only relate it to purchasing a really cool gift for someone’s birthday.  Something you know they’ll absolutely LOVE and anticipating the moment they take the wrapping off and share the same excitement.  That alone makes all of the anticipation worth it!

    Alright everyone, if you’ve signed up for beta, you’ll be hearing from me shortly.  If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?  

    See you on the forums and can’t wait to hear your feedback!  

    Be in touch soon!

    Danny Smile

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