Crate Pro is a program written using FileMaker database software. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the world’s largest organizations, use the FileMaker Platform to streamline their business processes, manage essential information, and boost overall productivity. Crate Pro 6 running on the FileMaker platform gives custom crating companies the flexibility to inexpensively design, cost and quote their crate jobs in seconds. FileMaker Inc is owned by Apple, Inc. and will operate on both the MAC and Windows platforms.


The Crate Pro database runs inside the FileMaker Pro programThis is similar to using a spreadsheet file in Excel©. You can add formulas to an Excel spreadsheet then enter data and the formulas will calculate results. In this regard, your Crate Pro database is similar to a very complex spreadsheet. Your license purchase includes the current FileMaker software and licenses.


Crate Pro 6 and FileMaker is installed on your own hardware. It is not cloud based but can be configured to access over a LAN, WAN or VPN from your own computers.



System  Technical Requirements: Hardware and Software requirements


Your hardware and software technical specifications for running Crate Pro are based on FileMaker system requirements. We typically are on the most current FileMaker release. Your initial purchase includes 12 months of updates and new versions to both your FileMaker software and your Crate Pro 6 software. At your anniversary Perpetual plan users will have the option to renew a maintenance plan. Annual lease customers are required to renew their lease for Crate Pro to continue to function. 



CAL computer access license  One CAL is installed on each end user computer that will access Crate Pro 6. The CAL includes an installation of FileMaker Pro database software. For virtual servers the CAL software is installed on the virtual server but the license quantity required is based on each specific end-user computer..  Click Here for detailed system requirements on current release


FileMaker Server software- Optional license for customers preferring the added benefits, security and speed of the Client-Server configuration.   Click Here for  detailed system requirements on current release.


Installing on RDS or Citrix Xen App:  Crate Pro 6 easily installs in the RDS or Citrix environment.  In the virtual environment the CAL software is installed on the virtual server but the required license count is based on each end user computer connection. The number of CAL installations on virtual servers may not be greater than the number of CAL purchased.


Additional information for FileMaker product installation may be found on FileMaker.com




License Plans:



> The Perpetual plan: Companies have the opportunity to split the Full license to maximize their benefit for using Crate Pro while lowering their total costs.The Full license is a combination of a CAL and a DAL.  The perpetual plan offers the option to continue a low cost annual maintenance plan after 1 year. Continued maintenance is highly suggested but is not a requirement for Crate Pro 6 to function. Customers receive 6 months of free live session support from date of purchase.

  • The CAL, or computer access license, is required for each unique computer that will connect to your Crate Pro database (excluding a computer with FileMaker Server installed).
    • Each CAL includes a FileMaker Pro software installation which is installed on each end-user computer 
    • In a Citrix, RDS or virtual environment, the number of CAL required is based on the number of unique client end user computers that will connect through the virtual server(s) to Crate Pro 6. In the case of multiple virtual servers, the number of CAL purchased must equal or be greater than the number of virtual servers.


  • The  DAL, database access license, manages the concurrent  connections into the database by licensed computers. You may not need as many DAL as CAL, such as in the case of shift workers or if a staff member has a desktop and a laptop which will be used to access Crate Pro 6. Companies have the flexibility to decide how many of each they want based on their needs and their budget. 



> The Annual lease plan, is a Full license which is a combined end-user computer access license (CAL) and a concurrent connection (DAL). The initial lease term is 24 months. The lease must be renewed each year following the initial term for Crate Pro 6 to continue to function. Customers receive the initial year of free live session support from date of purchase and have the option to add live support for each succeeding year. 


  • In a Citrix, RDS or virtual environment, the number of CAL required is based on the number of unique client end user computers that will connect through the virtual server(s) to Crate Pro 6. In the case of multiple virtual servers, the number of CAL purchased must equal or be greater than the number of virtual servers.




Network Configurations:


Peer-to-Peer: For less than 5 client computers, your Crate Pro 6 database files can be installed on one of the user computers which will be the Host computer. All other client computers will connect to Crate Pro 6 on the host through your local network, over your VPN, a WAN or regular internet connection.


Client-Server:   FileMaker Server is used in the Client-Server configuration is is separate from your CAL & DAL licenses. Server is an optional purchase for customers with less than 5 computers.  FileMaker Server is highly recommended for speed, security, remote management for IT, automated backups and auto-restart after reboot.  FileMaker Server is required for more than 5 CAL or computer licenses, and for virtual server configurations.