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What experience has anyone had using ACT 2010 Premium on a netbook?

Copper Elite Contributor
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Country: New Zealand

What experience has anyone had using ACT 2010 Premium on a netbook?

Can ACT! 2010 be used viably on a netbook? Can anyone report their experience?

 

thanks

Stephen Buckland
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Country: USA

Re: What experience has anyone had using ACT 2010 Premium on a netbook?

You should not have any issues as long as the netbook meets the ACT! 2010 System Requirements

Greig Hollister

Note: Effective 6/1/13, Sage no longers provides support for the Act! software. This is now provided by Swiftpage.

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Country: USA

Re: What experience has anyone had using ACT 2010 Premium on a netbook?

Stephen, something to watch out for on netbooks is the lower resolution of their small screens - I've clipped and pasted from an article from last July that I found that explains the issues:

 

Intel is relaxing the rules surrounding the screen resolutions found in netbooks. Currently for a typical 10-inch display, the most common screen resolution is 1024 x 600 pixels. There have been a few select models with higher resolution display options, like the HP mini 2140 and the Dell Mini 10 netbooks, but not any that have a 10-inch high-resolution screen as standard.

According to sources in Taiwan, whilst Intel is still sticking to its 10.2-inch threshold for netbooks, it will start to relax the rules surrounding screen resolutions. Therefore, we may start to see more and more netbooks to be released with 1366 x 768 resolutions.

This could provide a further trigger for netbook sales, especially as some bemoan the standard-definition screens. We do find it annoying how some programs just can’t work properly under 1024 x 600 resolutions. It is the vertical pixels (600) that is just not enough sometimes. However, I do wonder whether the text would be a bit too small/sharp for use under long periods.

The first netbook that will have this as standard is the upcoming Sony Vaio W, which is powered by a 1.66GHz N280 Atom processor and comes with a 1366 x768 resolution display. The HP Mini 110 also has the high-resolution display but as a $30 option only.

 

ACT! displays lots of information, with a valuable NAV bar along the left side, and you know the detail screen is divided into the top part and the Tabbed bottom, and it's here that the lower resolutions impact ACT! - you can't see much 'under the Tabs'.  You'll probably have to design a contact layout that fits in better to those screens to avoid constant up/down and left/right scrolling.

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Copper Elite Contributor
Posts: 105
Country: New Zealand

Re: What experience has anyone had using ACT 2010 Premium on a netbook?

For what it's worth I bought an ACER 3810T (SU 3500 processor, 1.4GHz Core 2 solo) 13.3" screen, 4Gb RAM.

My reasons being it came with Windows 7 Home Premium, not the limited Windows 7 Starter, common on netbooks; larger screen and advertised 8+ hours battery life which would be only a slight exaggeration.

ACT runs as well as any other PC. 

 

Cheers, SB

Stephen Buckland
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Re: What experience has anyone had using ACT 2010 Premium on a netbook?

I run ACT! V12.1 premium on a Samsung NC10 with a 1024 x 600 screen and XPSP3 with 1.6GHz Atom CPU and 2GB ram.

 

Not fast, but useable.

 

Main issue is constantly having to scroll screen. I probably ought to create a new ACT! layout for the purpose.

 

Jeff

Jeff Granger
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