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ACT Plugin Development: How to access an ACT! Control on the Contacts View.

Astute Commentator
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Country: United States

ACT Plugin Development: How to access an ACT! Control on the Contacts View.

By the way, thank you for the presentation on the plugins. It got me started writing them...

However, I am having a challenge that I can't seem to resolve.

 

I am trying to access a few of the controls on the Contacts View Screen and change their behavior.

 

For example, I am trying to change the Business Phone Number field to automatically call a number i.e. so the 

business phone number field would look like:

           (512)890-9090

 

So if you click on the number, it calls through the modem on a laptop.

 

Does anyone have a code sample on:

   1- How to find the control.

   2- How to change it's color and add a link to it so that when it is clicked that it performs a function.

   3- Also, how can I find the text next to the business phone number and replace it wither with a link or with a button.

 

I've got all the coding on the calling side written. However, I just can't figure out how to change the control to do a function when clicked.

 

Please, any code or hints where to find a solution for this would be great.

 

T

Astute Commentator
Posts: 168
Country: United States

Re: ACT Plugin Development: How to access an ACT! Control on the Contacts View.

Wow, this posting has been on this forum for almost 1 week and not a single reply. Is nobody from the ACT! development group reading these questions? I thought on the webinar that the ACT! dev. support folks were going to be more active.
Bronze Elite Contributor
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Country: United_Kingdom

Re: ACT Plugin Development: How to access an ACT! Control on the Contacts View.

Hi Thatch2,

 

I'm thinking it might be easier to write your own custom control than to get down and dirty going through Windows.Form.Controls collection. 

Vivek Gargav
Caldere Associates Ltd.
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Astute Commentator
Posts: 168
Country: United States

Re: ACT Plugin Development: How to access an ACT! Control on the Contacts View.

Vivek,

 

Thanx. However, that does not resolve my issue. I thought the ACT! development team was going to be more involved in this board after watching the plugin video. I guess I was mistaken. 

Nickel Elite Contributor
Posts: 937
Country: USA

Re: ACT Plugin Development: How to access an ACT! Control on the Contacts View.

We do frequently check this board, however some questions are harder than others to answer, or in some cases our ACC community has better field responses to topics.  

 

Check with the Durgan toolkit I know that tool extensively accesses ACT! views and controls at runtime. 

Astute Commentator
Posts: 168
Country: United States

Re: ACT Plugin Development: How to access an ACT! Control on the Contacts View.

Allen,

 

Thank you for your response. Excuse my ignorance, what is the Durgan Toolkit? Is it part of the SDK?

 

ACC's tend to be primarily integrators and they do not, in general, develop software for ACT!. So it would be nice to have someone from the ACT! API post some new code into this forum so that developers can create better applications for ACT!. As of now, I still do not have an answer to my question and it has been on this forum over 2 weeks. A request like mine should only take a small sample of code.

 

It would be incredibly helpfull to have a qualified developer from ACT! just answer basic coding questions. I am not asking for full coding guidance, but for some simple snippets of code to speed up development. I think ACT! would benefit tremendously from this. Better code, better addon products! Wow, who'd thought!

 

T

 

 

Nickel Elite Contributor
Posts: 508
Country: USA

Re: ACT Plugin Development: How to access an ACT! Control on the Contacts View.

Allen -

 

I'm developing a plugin that scans for intelligence before a poster can submit a comment - do you think there's a market for that?

Richard Brust
ACT! Certified Consultant
richard@rbrDataSolutions.com
Astute Commentator
Posts: 168
Country: United States

Re: ACT Plugin Development: How to access an ACT! Control on the Contacts View.

As my Dad used to say, there's always a moron in the forest. Richard, is your ACC support as good as your comments?