Independent Product Reviews

Over the years, FMS products have been reviewed in many industry publications. Discover what so many industry gurus think about FMS products.

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Microsoft Access Products

Alison Balter, a renowned author, trainer, writer and conference speaker in the Microsoft Access community is a big fan of our products and has personally used them for many years. In her book, Mastering Office Access 2003, she wrote about many of our products in her chapter, Third-Party Tools that Can Help You Get Your Job Done Effectively, which you can read online. She covered these products from FMS:

"Suffice it to say that this remains one of the most essential add-ins on the market for the serious Access developer." Mike Gunderloy, Microsoft Online Certified Professional Magazine

Portland Access User Group "Total Access Analyzer is a solid product that any Access developer should have in their toolbox; and one that will pay for itself in short order."
Total Access Analyzer Product Review by Geoff Hollander

Gaining Access

"Conclusion: Awesome! It is not often we can so enthusiastically recommend Tools for Access. But the Total Access Analyzer and the Total Access Detective are simply the best tools of their kind I have ever used. You can produce Access databases of the highest professional quality by using them. They make you look good. They are worth every penny you invest in them." (Review)
Patrick Wood, Microsoft Access MVP
"I find that clients are impressed and comforted when I provide them with detailed documentation about the applications that I build. Total Access Analyzer is an easy-to-use tool that quickly generates documentation sure to impress just about any boss or client. (Read More) Alison Balter, Trainer, Author of Mastering Microsoft Access
Smart Access Review Total Access Analyzer
April 2002, Smart Access eXTRA, Issue 3.4
Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online Review Total Access Analyzer
April 2002, Microsoft Online Certified Professional Magazine
Database Journal Review Total Access Analyzer
January 2002, Database Journal
Smart Access FMS Total Access Analyzer
November 2001, Smart Access, pp. 13-14, 22
Microsoft Office and VBA Developer FMS Ships Total Access Analyzer
October 2000, MS Office and VBA Developer, pp. 8.
Eugene PC Users Group Total Access Analyzer
August 1998, EPCUG.TXT, pp. 5,9
Microsoft Office and VBA Developer Total Access Analyzer: Database Analysis You Can Trust
January 1998, MS Office and VBA Developer, pp. 73-75.
Access Advisor Magazine Access Databases Revealed!
January 1998, Access/VB Advisor, pp. 20-23.
Smart Access Documentation and Total Access Analyzer
November 1997, Smart Access, pp. 13-17.
PC Week Takes Care of Drudge Work
September 8, 1998, PCWeek
PC Magazine Documenting Microsoft Access Databases
March 25, 1997, PC Magazine, pp.382-383
Total Access Analyzer: Access Add-in Assists in Documentation and Analysis
January 17, 1997, Visual Programming++
Total Access Analyzer Straightens Out Access Apps
July 1995, DataBased Advisor, pp. 74-80
PC Week Total Access Analyzer Gets to App's Nitty-Gritty
April 24, 1995, PC Week, page 85
Access Advisor Magazine Get a Handle on Your Microsoft Access Applications
Feb/Mar 1995, Access Advisor, pp. 66-67.
Access Advisor Magazine Total Access 1.0: Missing Utility
Aug/Sep 1993, Access Advisor, pp. 26-27.
Smart Access Total Documentation of Access Databases
September 1993, Smart Access, pp. 10-12.

Advisor Zone

"The FMS Total Access Admin helps you perform tasks such as fixing database corruption and logging off idle users in order to perform maintenance."

Access Administration Tool Eases Maintenance, Corruption Tracking, December 2002

Advisor Zone

"Total Access Startup eases Access deployment. Use the tool to launch a database with the appropriate version of Access every time."

Total Access Startup, July 2003

"Total Access Components is a quick and inexpensive solution to many UI problems that can plague an Access project."
Thomas Wagner, MS Office Pro

Microsoft OfficePRO Magazine Total Access Components
May 2001, Take Control of Your Access Projects.

Denver Access Users Group

Total Access Components
July 1998, Denver Area Access Users Group Newsletter
Access Advisor Magazine Create Custom Buttons, Toolbars, and Tabs
November 1997, Access Advisor, pp. 22-25

"Email jobs are saved so they can be edited and reused. You also get statistics and reporting after a blast has gone out. There's even a programmatic interface in case you'd like to add emailing capabilities to your own Access applications. All in all, a nice piece of work."
Mike Gunderloy, Developer Central 32

Developer Central 32

Total Access Emailer
August 2003, Developer Central 32
ADVISOR ZONE Total Access Emailer
July 2003

"This awesome development tool lets you track differences between database versions"
Thomas Wagner, Access/VB Advisor

Gaining Access

"Conclusion: Awesome! It is not often we can so enthusiastically recommend Tools for Access. But the Total Access Analyzer and the Total Access Detective are simply the best tools of their kind I have ever used. You can produce Access databases of the highest professional quality by using them. They make you look good. They are worth every penny you invest in them." (Review)
Patrick Wood, Microsoft Access MVP

Denver Access Users Group Newsletter

Total Access Detective
March 1999, Denver Area Access Users Group Newsletter.
Access Advisor Magazine Total Access Detective Keeps Up with Changes
January 1997, Access Advisor, pp. 14-19
PC Magazine Comparing Access Databases
January 21, 1997, PC Magazine, page 240
Smart Access Total Access Detective
March 1996, Smart Access, pp. 7-8

"Total Access Speller is ideal for both users and developers...Total Access Speller is a solid product. If you need spell checking in your applications, you should get Total Access Speller.", Paul Litwin, Smart Access

Hand On Total Access Speller
August 2002, Microsoft Office Solutions Magazine, page 37-38.
Access Advisor Magazine Total Access Speller
August 2002, Advisor Magazine, page 38.
Smart Access Total Access Speller
March 2002, Smart Access
Smart Access Total Access Speller
January 2002, Smart Access eXTRA, Issue 3.1.
Access Advisor Magazine Spell Check Your Access Data
May 1995, Access/VB Advisor, pp. 90-91
PC Magazine Spell-Checking for Microsoft Access
March 28, 1995, PC Magazine, page 314
Smart Access Total Access Speller
December 1994, Smart Access, pp. 14-16.

"With an intuitive, easy-to-use Wizard interface and the Access Basic (or VBA) interface, Total Access Statistics makes it easy for users or programmers to perform statistical analysis. It generates the analysis you need with output in a useful format: tables. If you need to perform advanced numerical analysis, consider Total Access Statistics.", Pam Hazelrigg, Access/VB Advisor

MCPmag Online Review Total Access Statistics
February 2002, Microsoft Online Certified Professional Magazine
Access Advisor Magazine Analyze Your Data with FMS Total Access Statistics
May 2001, Access/VB/SQL Advisor, pp. 43.
Access Advisor Magazine Statistics That Don't Lie
July 1997, Access/VB Advisor, pp. 10-11
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Total Access Developer Suite
April 1999, WinPlanet Online Review.
Visual Basic Programmer's Journal Total Access Suite Pro
April 1997, Visual Basic Programmer's Journal, page 73

"It's not very often that one runs into a product that is useful to so many members of an IS team. A network administrator can use it, because data backup is typically something assigned to this person; a corporate developer or DBA can use it to maintain Jet databases in their optimal state; and a consultant can use its e-mail notification capabilities. It's so easy to run that, in a pinch, even a power user can use it. Total Visual Agent is a real find, a rare combination of ease of use, and "bang for the buck." In the end, no other competitor even comes close!", Thomas Wagner, MS Office and VBA Developer

MCPmag Online Review Total Visual Agent
January 2002, Microsoft Online Certified Professional Magazine
Access Advisor Magazine Database Maintenance Relief
January 2001, Access/VB Advisor, pp. 10
Microsoft Office and VBA Developer Magazine Total Visual Agent FMS' Database Maintenance Tool
May 2000, MS Office & VBA Developer, pp. 58-59
Access Advisor Magazine Total Access Agent Is Better than Backup
March 1997, Access/VB Advisor, pp. 12-14
Smart Access A Couple of Gems from FMS: TA Agent and TA CodeTools
September 1996, Smart Access, pp. 6-9
Total Access Agent
July 1996, Visual Programming++
PC Week Tool for Database Upkeep is Administrator's Dream
April 15, 1996, PC Week, page 75

"I was certainly surprised how much the product had changed over the years. You can still "scramble" a project and obfuscate the code, but today CodeTools is much richer.", Thomas Wagner of MS Office Deployment and Development

Smart Access Total Visual CodeTools
August 2002, Smart Access, page 17-18.
MSDN Magazine Define Enterprise-Wide Coding Standards
April 2002, MSDN, page 11
Smart Access Total Visual CodeTools for 2002
February 2001, Smart Access eXTRA, Issue 3.2
Microsoft OfficePRO Total Visual Developer Suite
March 2001
Access Advisor Magazine

"Finally! Someone has come up with a tool that actually helps you write code for your Access applications!" - Craig Bobchin, Access/VB Advisor

Microsoft Office & VBA Developer Access Coding Made Easy
October 1998, MS Office and VB for Applications Developer, pp. 56-59
Access Advisor Magazine Put Clean, Consistent Code in your Access Toolbox
May 1998, Access/VB Advisor, pp. 18-23
Access Advisor Magazine The Best Help for Writing Code
February 1997, Access/VB Advisor, pp. 14-19
Smart Access A Couple of Gems from FMS: TA Agent and TA CodeTools
September 1996, Smart Access, pp. 6-9

"Total Visual SourceBook can give you an edge when it comes to that specific time frame. It allows you to be more productive in the same amount of time, therefore more profitable. How can it do that? SourceBook consists of thousands of lines of VB/VBA code - tested and debugged - ready to use in your project. Just plug it in and watch it go. You may not need all the code that ships with SourceBook right away, but the time you save when you do need it will recoup the costs for the product in short order.", Thomas Wagner of MS Office Deployment and Development

Helping Hands UK Total Visual SourceBook
February 2002
Microsoft OfficePRO Total Visual Developer Suite
March 2001
Total VB SourceBook
Sept/Oct 1999, Visual Developer, page 40
Visual Basic Programmer's Journal VB SourceBook
Buyers Guide, Spring 1999 , VBPJ, page 68
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4 out of five stars!
VB SourceBook
January 1999, WinPlanet Online Review.
Visual Basic Programmer's Journal Borrow Code from the Library
November 1998, VBPJ, page 15
Total VB SourceBook 5.0.1 for Microsoft Visual Basic
August 14, 1998, Visual Programming++

"If only all software was this well-written, well-documented, and provided this much value" - Diane Winger, Access/VB Advisor

Microsoft Office & VBA Developer Total Access SourceBook: FMS Inc.'s VBA Library
September 1998, MS Office and VB for Applications Developer, pp. 58-60
Access Advisor Magazine Getting it Straight from the Source
October 1997, Access/VB Advisor, pp. 26-27
Total Access SourceBook
July 18, 1997, Visual Programming++
PC Week Speeding Access Development
December 2, 1996, PC Week, page 99

Microsoft OfficePRO

"Every time I look at the package with the little blue-and-green tag reading "What's your time worth?" I think about the thousands of lines of ready-to-use code that come with it. I must say that on more than one occasion Total Visual SourceBook has made the difference between a marginally profitable project and a soundly profitable one. I cannot imagine any VB programmer who could live without this excellent tool.", Thomas Wagner, Total Visual Developer Suite, March 2001

Database Developers Group

Total SQL Analyzer PRO
May, 2002, Database Developers Group
Tremendous Bang for the Buck
May, 2002, asp.netPRO Magazine
Visual Studio Magazine Document SQL Server Databases
March, 2002, Visual Studio Magazine
Total SQL Analyzer
December, 2001, SQL Server Central.com
DNJ Online Performance Check
November, 2001, DNJ
Total SQL Analyzer
October 10, 2001, SQL Server Central.com
Total SQL Analyzer
July 31, 2001, AngryCoder.com

Visual Studio Magazine "Total SQL Statistics can help your VB application deliver data quickly from your database to your consumers without having to re-enter or transform it." - John Pearson
Total SQL Statistics, Visual Studio Magazine, November 2002, page 17

"...It's a great way to pick up some of the best practices in .NET coding", Rick Wayne, Software Development

"FMS has a long track record of delivering excellent value to Microsoft Access and VB developers. It looks like they'll be keeping this up with .NET developers.", Mike Gunderloy, MCPmag.com

Total .NET Analyzer
December, 2003, Visual Studio.NET
Visual Studio Magazine Analyze Your Code
August, 2003, Visual Studio Magazine, page 11
ZD Net Australia Improve Code Confidence
May, 2003, ZDNet.com.au
Code Critic
December, 2002, Software Development, page 20
Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online Analyzer That
November, 2002, MCP, Mag.com

"The mother of all Visual Studio code libraries...they're going beyond code, the first round of downloads included some hints for working effectively with VS .NET and a white paper on macros.", Mike Gunderloy, MCPmag.com

Total .NET SourceBook
July, 2003, DevCity.NET
Visual Studio Magazine Leverage a Coding Cheat Sheet
July, 2003, Visual Studio Magazine
Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online The Mother of all Visual Studio Code Libraries
January, 2003, MCP, Mag.com
Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online One Place for Everything
December, 2002, MCP, Mag.com

"The end result is a tool that you can just use, as if it had been built in all along. And after a while you'll wonder how you did without it.", Mike Gunderloy, MCPmag.com

Visual Studio Magazine Understand Your Variables
November, 2003, Visual Studio Magazine
Visual Studio Magazine Total .NET XRef
October, 2002, Visual Studio Magazine, page 19
Access Advisor Magazine Total .NET XRef
August 2002, Advisor Magazine, page 38
MCPmag Online Total .NET XRef
May 1, 2002, MCP Mag.com

"The Total .NET Developer Suite looks and feels very much like it is OEM and not a third-party add-in.", Sanders Kaufman, Builder.com

"If you are looking for a small but powerful statistical calculation engine, Total VB Statistics can help. It is flexible and easy to use, and best of all, it writes the code for you.", VBPJ Review

Visual Basic Programmer's Journal Performing Statistical Analysis
May 1999, Visual Basic Programmer's Journal, pp. 19-20.

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