03-12-2015 01:18 PM
firstly being a web developer, I'm of the opinion that anything is possible and with a website anything visible can be controlled (and invisible come to it) so here I am thinking simply replacing the Act logo that displays in the top left of the software would be a doddle however I can't work it out.
I looked through all the installation files and actually found the exact same logo in this location
C:\Program Files (x86)\ACT\Act for Windows\instcfg\actlogo.bmp so I resized my own to the same dimensions, renamed it actlogo.bmp and replaced with my logo. I was then going to do the same on all other machines running the Act software so they got the new logo too. I then booted up Act and the old act logo is still displaying.
Therefore this logo must be picked up from another location but I can't find it anywhere. I figure that as the same logo is sitting in a local directory then it must be there for a reason so Im a little confused.
It is worth noting that my database is on a server and I connect to the database via a client machine running Act premium so would I need to replace the logo on the server itself? I can't see how this would make any difference.
I was intending on doing quite a bt of cuxtomization such as editing the welcome screen, rewriting some of the css etc. so I haven\'t made a good start!
03-13-2015 06:14 AM
03-13-2015 06:26 AM
Hi, thanks for your reply.
It certainly sounds like it isn't possible then. Don't get me wrong, I understand completely that Act would want their branding on there, I just wasn't sure exactly where it was picked up from therefore figured it must be possible. Having no experience of software development, I was interested to know what could be customized and what couldn't.
Now you've said it, it makes sense that a lot of things are wrapped up inside the .exe to avoid the end user being able to get at it,
I'm actually perfectly happy with act and it does everything I want it to do, it's actually no big deal that I can't change the Act branding but have seen another post on customizing the welcome screen so will have a go at that.
Thanks for your reply.
03-13-2015 07:56 AM
While not permanent or as easy as replacing a file, this can be done fairly easily with a plugin. All you'd have to do is look for the control that contains the logo, which should simply be a .Net PictureBox, and replace the image with the one of your choice. Since every time Act starts, it loads the default logo, you'd have to create your plugin in a way that changes the logo every time, and it should remain in memory until Act is closed.
03-13-2015 08:57 AM
03-13-2015 09:06 AM
if there is an option to do that then please let me know, I haven't noticed that type of setting.
Although like the guys said above, it sounds like Act wouldn't make it that easy to simply remove all trace of their brand.
03-13-2015 09:15 AM
03-13-2015 01:16 PM
We are using a 3rd party addin which does exactly what you want: replace the act logo in the upper left corner. so creating an addin is definitely a solution to this problem. there is a demo download available and the also have a good Act-related forum (mostly in german) so maybe someone there can help you.
It's the Actoptimum-Addon.
03-13-2015 03:01 PM
@knif - thanks for the response. It does sound like, after reading your reply, that Ahsan's reply may have been referring to how to do it with my own application and not to replace an existing Act installation (unless I misunderstood?)
To clear up your last paragraph, I have no intention of rebranding and reselling it. I simply wanted to customize it to my client's brand although now you say that, if it was that easy then I guess people COULD rebrand it and resell it passing it off as their own perhaps.