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FinePeter Consulting Inc.

New York, NY * Tele: 212-598-5868

info (at) finepeter (dot) com * http://www.finepeter.com

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Expertise, Experience, Efficient and Exceptional (SM)

Twenty Six Years of Client Support!

 


Company Info - Mac & PC Support
Affiliations, Associations and Partnerships
Retouching and PrePress - Linda Bendet
FileMaker Pro Database Development

FinePeter Consulting Inc. can provide strategic planning and solutions for the individual and the large or small company, covering all aspects of system integration, networking design and maintenance, and on-site support. We work with you from the initial purchase to final installation. Our Crash Avoidance Strategies(SM) help create a conservative and safe environment to be productive. We can coordinate with either your own or our outside contractors to take care of most needs including reliable sources to purchase your equipment. We can make specific recommendations for a comprehensive training program and offer imaging expertise and pre press support as well as FileMaker Pro database development.

Our web site reflects our sensibilities which are to try and keep as much as we can simple and direct. We feel it is the best way to communicate the often complex nature of technology consulting.

We have associates in other cities like Chicago and Omaha to name just two who cover some of our clients' offices in those locales. We also work closely with a larger network of other consultants around the country extending coverage nationally as needed yet integrated as desired.

M.I.S./I.T. ** Department Setup and Support

We started in 1987 as a Macintosh computer consulting firm. Since then we have added PC and Windows support which is perfectly suited to the needs of a cross-platform office environment as well as FileMaker Pro Database, Photo Imaging Design and Web Development services.

FinePeter Consulting Inc. can act as an affordable Macintosh "M.I.S./I.T. Department" for those companies who do not or can not have a full time on-staff presence by providing weekly or monthly "check ups", data back up implementation and technology support monitoring. We have had much success in supplemental coverage to those companies who already have M.I.S./I.T. Departments but lack either the man-power or experience to handle the specific needs of Macintosh computers. In our capacity as management consultants, we can help you set up your own permanent department if you so wish.

We offer REMOTE monitoring (via dial up modem or our high speed internet connection) of your Mac OSX Servers as well as Data Back Up monitoring and Retrospect scripting as we are a EMC Dantz Solution Provider. We now offer REMOTE DESKTOP SUPPORT FOR YOUR STAFF ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD via our personalized Mac HelpMate software as long as they have an internet connection. We also offer similar services for Exchange Servers and PC desktop computers and Firewalls.

While we do not believe in automatic updating the OS or major third party software, since updates can impact you in a negative way (and there is no easy "undo") we can provide you with monthly visits to keep your software current and operating system "cautiously compatible" . We prefer our clients to not be part of the industry guinea pigs who update just because they are released.

Rates can be hourly, long term or project based depending on situation.

FinePeter Consulting's Computer Services Introduction. In preparing for the first appointment with FinePeter Consulting, we would like to share this information. We are always happy to provide guidance and discussion on any of the points but it should be understood that on-site consulting fees might be wasted unless you, the client, are also prepared for our visit. (HELP in downloading or using Acrobat PDF files - please see bottom of page)

FinePeter Consulting's Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery Information. A brief Acrobat PDF document that asks questions that any company should be thinking about in these times. (HELP in downloading or using Acrobat PDF files - please see bottom of page)

** M.I.S. stands for Management of Information Systems and I.T. is Information Technology. Both these abbreviations generally refer to the departments in companies that handle computer installation, support and standards of use.

COMPUTER SPECIALIZATIONS

MACINTOSH - Crash Avoidance Specialists SM . Development Outsourcing and Technology Strategies from purchase to installation, networking, extensive knowledge of diagnostics, remote network access systems solutions and familiarity with graphics software and telecommunications. Strong organization and corporate skills. Data back up implementation.

Apple Mac OSX File Server, Apple Remote Desktop, EMC/Dantz Retrospect, FileMaker Pro Database Development (Mac & PC), Now Up-to-Date & Now Contact, Netopia's Timbuktu Pro, AppleShare OS9 Server, Kerio Mail Server, Adobe Acrobat PDF technology and PalmOS, BlackBerry PDAs. High End Imaging and Retouching - Production and Design and PhotoShop Training.

PC/WINDOWS- Cross Platform interconnectivity. Our consultants have expertise with all flavors of Windows: Win7, XP or even older 95, 98, NT or 2000, all with Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange.
We can handle Novell Netware with Novell Directory Services, Veritas Backup Exec, Symantec Ghost, Norton and Mcafee Anti-Virus products, Microsoft Office, Act! as well as Lotus Notes R5.
We support Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices on most platforms and we provide Remote PC Support services including the utilization of LogMein, PC Anywhere, Laplink and WinVNC.
More details upon Request.

EXPERIENCE

Support for small to large corporate environments as well as many individual clientele since 1989.
Often supervises on-premises staff working together as a cohesive department.

One of our clients has offices in four, far apart cities in the United States. The task was to upgrade all offices to Mac OSX but due to the fact that all offices will use Quark Xpress 6.0, which only runs under OSX, the upgrade timetable had to coordinate in all locales to be using the same version of Quark within a day of each other since Quark does not offer full backward compatibility.

The complexity of the project centered around finding the right time in each office based on their own production schedules along with available time for our consultants in each city and this proved to be a logistics nightmare. However, it was completed on schedule with all office users coming in on a Monday to find their machines upgraded and capable of working on the same version of Quark.

In addition, all desktop users at all locations can now be remotely configured and software upgraded from the main office in New York as well as our own remote capabilities.

A example of a long term project: We took a company, over the course of three years, from six Macs in a single room to a network of one hundred machines. This covered multiple floors on a major corporate backbone network and all were connected to file servers, an email server, an event/contact management server and a remote access system network. We helped formulate operational policies and guided their technology needs for many years.

CLIENTS

Many clients are Fortune Magazine listed as well as established long term relationships.
As a matter of fact, more than 85% of our current clients, have been with us for over FIFTEEN years!

Here is a partial listing of some current and past clientele : 

REFERENCES - What Clients Have Said Over the Years

"Peter is extremely knowledgable and is always thinking about preventative measures to keep our systems
secure BEFORE potential problems occur. If any problem arises, Peter works diligently to solve the issue immediately.
He is respectful of our budget and flexible in creating a system that fits our specific needs."

Tyler Bush, Creative Director
Jessica Weber Design, Inc. , NY

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"We have worked with Peter Fine for maybe twenty years. He has been consistently highly responsive,
budget minded and very protective. His credo is to keep it simple and stable.
He has never failed us. We trust him completely. "

Charles Lauster
Charles Lauster Architect, NY

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"Reliable, hands on, consultative and is informed and up-to-date on all hardware
and software related issues. Overall he has ensured that our office systems run smoothly and efficiently."

Polly Carpenter, President
Kathy Calitri, Systems Admin
Carpenter Group, NY

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"Peter cares how our company should spend money when buying new
computers or new software. He always wants to try out something first before doing any major upgrade or
purchase and before making any major changes to our system. Peter offers us remote support as he
checks our systems even at night to make sure that everything is working fine."

Debbie Choi
Head of Design & Production, Sleep Wear
Age Group Ltd. , NY

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"What I am most impressed with is Peter's no-nonsense approach to
his work. He comes in on his regularly scheduled appointment and without wasting any
time (mine or his), immediately gets to the task at hand.

He is incredibly knowledgeable, responsible and trustworthy. Further, during the few times that I've
had to contact him after hours, Peter has always returned my telephone calls promptly... To anyone
considering Peter's consulting services, I'd say they probably wouldn't find a better consultant."

Gilbert Rios
Marketing Dept.
LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae, NY

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"...Peter troubleshoots and solves software and hardware problems in a courteous, timely and
professional matter. On one or two occasions, he has also worked well with our internal IT
technicians to solve network compatibility issues."

Ivan Boden
Manager Creative Services
Insurance Services Organization, NJ

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"If he sees a problem, he identifies it immediately and recommends the most efficient means of
correcting it. Peter responds promptly via email for support and has a vast network of references
including database programmers and specialized software vendors, many of whom I have used to better my business.

In the long run, I feel that FinePeter Consulting has saved our company time and money while
expediting our business process by working with me and training my staff to use our network and computer systems properly."

Brian Glazer
Lovett Productions, NY

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"Prior to Peter's arrival at Morgan Stanley we struggled with different models, which included full time
Macintosh staff support and none of which were as successful as when he took over the maintenance of the Macintosh fleet."

Stephen Olson, VP
Morgan Stanley, NY

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"Peter took a network, which was crashing every two to three days and helped stabilize it. His company provides us with PC
Network Support and FileMaker Pro Database development. He has assisted us in all aspects of our IT needs on our desktop
Macintosh computers and our servers; from helping to decide what software or hardware to purchase, to best practices for users,
network administration, software and systems support, and user tech support and more.
All is done with the highest degree of professionalism and reliability."

Hindy Malek
One Step Up Ltd. , NY

"He goes out of his way to make sure he is reachable at any given time and is always looking out for the benefit of the
company...He provides a high quality of work and goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything is up and running."

Elliot Adler
System Administrator
One Step Up Ltd., NY

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"In September of 2001, due to the World Trade Center disaster we were relocated to Hartford,
Connecticut. Peter was able to recover all of our data from the back-up tapes he had at his home
office. He specified and helped us order all new equipment and a server to replace what was lost
and then came up to Hartford for two days to get all of our data on to the new server and new
computers, bringing us back to where we were prior to that event. When we finally returned back to
New York City, Peter was there on a weekend to help with the move and installation."

David P. Lolli
Production Manager
OppenheimerFunds, NY

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"Before he came along we had constant problems. Our computers were always crashing and everyone's computer had a different
configuration, which caused multiple complications. Peter upgraded everyone's system and eliminated all of our crashing.
He made sure we all have the latest software upgrades and up-to-date hardware. He set up our file server, improved our network
and organized our fonts and set up our printers, which is crucial to a print production company like ours.

Peter added his PC consultant to our company's support group whom he oversees. He also supervises
his other network specialist who is on call for such emergencies.

FinePeter Consulting has saved us hours of time, increased our productivity and made our work easier.
They have been dependable for around the clock support, have never let us down and have been a pleasure to work with."

Wendy Williams
Creative Director
Simmons-Boardman Publishing, NY


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"Peter's technical expertise and intimate knowledge of the Mac environment has created a smooth
running, essentially problem free workplace for our graphics art department.
He is responsible, efficient and works quickly. We never wait - he gets things done! "

Ellen Cash
V.P. Director of Production
WH Freeman/Worth Publishers, NY

"Peter's performance is outstanding. He excels in all aspects of computer support and maintenance and has consistently demonstrated
a high skill level in every facet of his work. He is persevering in researching and solving technical problems, and is up-to-date in the constantly
changing and evolving world of computer and software development.

Without Peter, it would have been impossible for my department - the Electronic Publishing Center, College Science Division,
to have produced the highly technical, high-end, science textbooks that we are responsible for... In addition, Peter performs his work in an extremely
neat and timely fashion, and tackles all problems in an easy-going, good-natured manner."

Sheridan Sellers
Manager Electronic Publishing Center
WH Freeman/Worth Publishers, NY


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"My working relationship with Peter goes back twelve years and spans three companies. I first hired Peter to handle the Mac
support and maintenance for Prudential Securities in the Mutual Funds Graphics Department.

When I moved on to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins he handled the Mac support for the Controlled Circulation Division and subsequently,
he also handled the same responsibilities for their New York Book Division. He currently provides consulting and support for my own business, Hendrix Design.

Peter has always been the utmost professional: organized, knowledgeable on software or hardware issues and conflicts and operating system requirements.
He is both timely and quick in his work, which is important to me since it means very little downtime. He has good recommendations for
networking and backup issues and he can advise on the best hardware to purchase. He is always available for questions and returns calls promptly."

Leslie Hendrix
Owner, Hendrix Design, NY

 

* More Details Can be Provided Upon Your Request *

 

Published Articles:

MacWorld.com article interviewee - online:
"Mac Pro Users Clamor for Hardware Upgrade", March 15, 2012

or click here to get as a PDF.

Subject of a Quark Case Study - Click here to get it as a PDF!

Seminars:

"NYMUG's Question & Answer Forum", MacWorld Expo, NYC, 7/98
"Telecommuting with Your Mac", MacWorld Expos, San Francisco, 1/95 & Boston 8/94
"Online Resources for Computer Arts", ImageWorld Expo, NYC, 9/94

Appearances:

MetroMac's Question & Answer session at all General Meetings, 2001 to present

NYMUG's Question & Answer session at all General Meetings, 1991 thru 2001

National Public Radio/WNYC's "New York and Company" radio show 1995
Manhattan Cable's "ComputerLinks" tv show 1995

Beta Testing:

Apple Computer, EMC/ Dantz, MicroMat, NowUptoDate and Contact, Qualcomm, iPhone Apps and others


In preparing for the first appointment with FinePeter Consulting, we would like to share our Computer Service Introduction. (CLICK HERE) We are always happy to provide guidance and discussion on any of the points but it should be understood that on-site consulting fees might be wasted unless you, the client, are also prepared for our visit.

Downloading and Using Adobe Acrobat PDF files.

Click on THIS LINK if you don't have the Acrobat Reader application and wish to download the version for your computer which can be a Mac, Windows, NT, Unix, Sparc, LINUX, AIX or OS/2 or even a PDA. You can download theses files for use in Adobe Acrobat 5.0 (or newer) PDF format by clicking or option-clicking on the PDF icon or double click (depending on your browser) to view on screen but you must already have the Acrobat Reader and/or a browser plugin installed.


Affiliations, Associations, Partnerships and email Addresses * Back to Top

Apple Regional Champion for NY/CT/NJ, one of six Apple Consultant Network members
asked to help run and organize online forums and regional meeting programs in the USA. 2002 - 2012

ACN Discussions Forum Co-Moderator, 2012 - on

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Pocket PC, Wireless & Beyond Conference , was one of thirty-six PalmOS specialists from across USA
invited to attend and contribute input at Microsoft Offices in Redmond, WA. September 14-16, 2000

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Apple Enterprise Customer Advisory Board - was one of eleven people advising Apple's Executive Committee, including Gil Amelio and Steve Jobs, to assist Apple in growing and supporting its enterprise market under the direction of Don Crabb, 1997-1998

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President, New York City Digital Assistant Users' Group, 1997 to 2014
(group on hold)

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Director of Vendor Relations & Co-Founder
Metropolitan New York Macintosh Alliance, 2001to 2014
(group on hold)

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New York MacUsers' Group, Inc. (NYMUG)
Was one of the largest Mac User Groups with over 5,400 members.
Director of Vendor Relations & Admin of NYMUG BBS, 1992 to 2001
Board of Directors, 1991 to 1995  *  President, 1992 to 1994

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Apple Consultants Network (ACN)

Member since 1993 in all incarnations as ACR, ASPN and ASE

Mac OSX
Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist (ACHDS)

Apple Developer Connection (ADC)

Retrospect Associate Partner (Solution Provider)

DriveSavers Authorized Reseller
We Get You: 10% Discount on Services and More

Live Oak Web Hosting Affiliate
(we host our site here too!)

Apptix Partner - Hosted Exchange & Blackberry

GFI/Max Partner - Anti-SPAM Services
(we use this system!)

Micro-Surgeon Data Recovery Partner
Local to NYC for drive drop off

Seagate Recovery Services Partner

Wetkeys Affiliate -
Waterproof, Rollup Keyboards & Mice

Kerio Business Partner

FastMail & MyFastMail WebMail Service

Disclosure: We have a number of partnerships with other business entities including those listed here. These relationships are often beneficial to both the client and to our consultancy.
Our clients gain with discounted rates, special services or our ability to leverage the relationship and provide better training. We may get discounted or free services and other benefits.
Regardless of any such benefits, we promise that it is against the grain of our being and our principles to ever recommend or suggest a client use one of our partnerships based solely on benefits we may derive.
We firmly believe that any recommendations made will be in the best interest of the client first and foremost.


FinePeter Consulting Inc. Contact Information

212-598-5868
* info
(at)finepeter(dot)com


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Li Bendet * Retouching * PrePress * Back to Top

212-598-4022 * libendet(at)finepeter(dot)com

 

Linda Bendet (Li), an associate of FinePeter Consulting Inc. is a computer artist who recognizes the need to know the field from all angles, not just as an artist and designer, but in prepress as well. She extends her high end imaging business to include consulting with designers and agencies in selecting the right service bureau and strategy for imaging.

For the majority of her clients, Bendet works as an Adobe Photoshop specialist using the program for both conceptual comps as well as for producing the final work. After client acceptance for the high-end image setting, she produces both chromes and films separations with matchprints. She works with a number of service bureaus in the New York metropolitan area who specialize in different types of output covering varied price ranges.

Ms. Bendet is also available for traditional projects, whether it be web page imaging design or an advertising brochure, that utilize the standard gamut of desktop publishing software.

She had chaired for four years, the New York MacUsers' Group, (NYMUG) Electronic Imaging SIG. (Special Interest Group) Every month, she took a group of interested members, on field trips around Manhattan to expand their options of imaging input and output. The topics covered high end solutions utilizing the most cutting edge technology to some of the standards for low end output.

Presently she teaches on site at various clients, Adobe Photoshop. She has developed and has taught a three-hour seminar on PrePress called "Designing Beyond the Laserwriter".

This seminar is designed for art directors and designers who know desktop publishing mainly from the low-end comp level but are not preparing their files correctly for high-end output. In this seminar she tries to instill clean file building and help designers in problem solving and learning how to cut prepress costs.

BEFORE & AFTER IMAGING SAMPLES, in Adobe PDF format are available from our main web site.

PDF - Resume & Details
Click here for how to download and read a PDF

High End Retouching
Tommy Hilfiger NYC (2004-2006)
Full-time freelance position at in-house high-end digital photo studio. Retoucing in RGB, on digital shots to be processed through Scene 7® for Tommy Hilfiger E-Commerce site. Creating consistent color correction using clothing samples for color matching. Color correction and retouching in CMYK for print catalogue.

James Chin Group NYC (2001-2005)
JLo lingerie. 80 pieces for catalogue CMYK color corrections to match product.
Madame Alexander dolls. Color correction in CMYK, composing images, silhouetting and color matching.
Citibank ad campaign: Color corrected, retouched and composited.

Westphal NYC (2004-2005)
Color correction, masking, clipping paths and retouching in CMYK for Lancome products.

Aramis NYC (2004)
Color correction and retouching in CMYK for Aramis products.

Shoot Digital NYC (2004)
Color correction and retouching in RGB for Naturalizer Shoes catalogue. Estee Lauder.
Chantecaille Cosmetics NYC (2004-2006)
Color correction and retouching in RGB for posters and other collateral for independent art director.
Backbone nyc NYC (2001, 2004)
Mad Dogs & Englishmen: Photoshop type treatment for liqueur ad. Atkins Diet package shots.
Graphic Systems Group NYC (2000-2001)
Almay, Clinique, and J. Crew: Color corrected retouched RGB and CMYK fashion and cosmetics images.
Stollerman Design/Image Axis NYC (1995-1997)
Bandai, Weight Watchers, Heiniken, Ameritech, Fedders, MONY, and Smirnoff. Applications: Photoshop, Live Picture and KPT Bryce.
Retouched, color corrected CMYK, composited and silhouetted final art.


Advertising Experience

Brandstorms Croton-on-Hudson, NY (2001-2006)
Platinum Group annual report: Image composition, retouching, and prepress production on 7-color job.P&G’s Fabreze and Swiffer brochures.
Kawasaki musical instruments print ads. Brochures, posters and collateral for Pfizer. ASPCA poster project.

Arnold Worldwide NYC (2003)
Retouching on 45 images used in animation for TV spot Trivial Pursuit’s 50th edition.

Lally, Mcfarland & Pantello - Pharmaceutical NYC (2003)
High-end retouching in CMYK and Kodak Approval output for various ads and annual report materials for established clients.
Developed concept pieces with art directors for FluMist and other pitches.

Digitas NYC (2002-2003)
High-end retouching and Iris output for various ads. CMYK, spot channels for Pantone inks.
Alex Tsao Creative Services E. Stroudsbug, PA (2001-2006)
Merrill Lynch, Selected Funds and MFA: CMYK & RGB Color correction, retouched and composited for print ads, annual reports and web page preparation.

D’arcy NYC (1996-2000)
Staff: Uncle Bens, Scope, Swiffer, Philips/Norelco, Joseph Abboud, Always and Pampers: Color correction and retouched and composited on final art for magazine ads. Scope: Large format billboard. Coke International, Pampers, Merrill Lynch, Crest, Ernst and Young and Prilosec: Creative concept pieces for new business.


Publishing

Time Warner Books (2005-2006)
Color correction, silhouetting and retouching book covers for various art directors.

Benchmark Education Co. Pelham, NY (2001-2002)
Color correction, composited, silhouetted and retouched for covers and inside images in several book
series, catalogues, posters, and book boxes for educational book company grades 1-6.

St. Martin's Press NYC (2001-2002)
Color correction, composited, silhouetted and retouched on final art for several book covers.

Simon and Schuster NYC (1998-2000)
Color correction, composited, silhouetted and retouched on final art for book covers.

New Choices Magazine Pleasantville, NY (1999-2001)
Designed and created photo illustrations, color corrected, composited, silhouetted and retouched images
for featured stories in several issues.

Gerald Marks Pulltime 3-D NY (1992-1996)
MTV, IBM, AT&T, Sony Imax, Scholastic and Quark Magazine, Japan: Created high resolution 3-D anaglyph
and random dot stereograms for print media and transparencies.


Training and Seminars

FinePeter Consulting Inc. NYC (1999-2002)
Roche Laboratories, W. H. Freeman, Richard Leeds International, The Bond Market Association:
Customized Photoshop training, one-on-one training and seminars addressing new version features.

E&B Giftware Mt. Vernon, NY (1997)
Photoshop, customized training for art directors.

Electronic Directions NYC (1994)
Taught Quark at training facility and on site at Toys R US.

FCB HealthCare NYC (1994)
Taught Quark level 1 and 2 to art directors at Pharmaceutical ad agency. One-on-one training in Photoshop.

MacWorld Conference San Francisco, Ca. [1995)
Panel moderator and speaker at Prepress seminar: How to Avoid Costly Mistakes.

NYMUG (New York Mac Users' Group) NYC (1993-1997)
Developed prepress two hour seminar on a monthly basis geared toward art directors. Instructor in Photoshop
and Quark level 3 courses. Moderated panel discussion on prepress at Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Chaired a special interest group Electronic Imaging. Took group on monthly field trips addressing various
options for image accessing and output available in the Metropolitan area.

Reviews

NYMUG - New York Mac Users' Group NYC (1995-2000)
Reviewed for the Mac Street Journal: Adobe products, Photoshop 3.0, Photoshop 6.0 and InDesign 1.5

MetroMac - Metropolitan New York Macintosh Alliance User Group NYC (2001-2002)
Reviewed for digital publication MetroMac Express: Adobe's InDesign 2.0, Pixilogic's ZBrush1.23 and
Binuscan's Photo Retouch Pro1.6



FinePeter Consulting Inc.

FileMaker Pro Database Development

We have consultants who design and develop powerful,
user-friendly databases in FileMaker Pro

for both Macintosh and PC-based platforms.


Major corporations, advertising-design agencies,
businesses, manufacturing companies and individuals.

DataBase Clients include:

Age Group Ltd.
Lovett Productions, Inc.
One Step Up
Roche Laboratories, Inc.
Scott Rudin Productions, Inc.
W.H. Freeman & Co. Publishers

Please contact us for detailed information on our FileMaker Specialists.


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