09-04-2008 04:37 PM
ACT!/Palm Treo 650 (AT&T)/ACT! for Palm user rant...
Why is ACT! completely ignoring the Windows Mobile AND/OR Blackberry OS?
I am in dire need of a new mobile telephone as mine is beat-up after 2-1/2 years. Unfortunately, the offerings from AT&T are either Refurbished (aka "used") or models with the teeny-tiny keypads.... same with Verizon, if I wanted to switch carriers after 17 years of AT&T/Cingular/AT&T.
I like the native ACT! application for the Palm plus the larger keypads as I have fat fingers. I will switch to a Windows Mobile or Blackberry smartphone before I purchase a mini-Palm.
Again, Why is ACT! completely ignoring the Windows Mobile AND/OR Blackberry OS? Palm OS appears to be less of a force and will, most likely disappear or be a 1% solution in the future.
Please, please don't tell me to use Link for Palm, GoldMine, Companion, Maximizer, Agendus or any other application that relies upon upon the Palm Desktop or Outlook. I've tried them all. I want a native application that looks, feels and operates as closely as possible to the desktop application.
As bad as ACT! is, it's not that bad (back-handed compliment). I've been a user for at least 6 or 7 years. I have 2 small businesses plus a professional (CPA/Consulting) practice and rely upon ACT! for scheduling, e-mail/contact history, etc.
Too bad Outlook will not implement some of the benefits of ACT! (Outlook s*cks with recurring tasks, for example. The time is not "reserved" on future dates and it is definite one could double-book. Tasks cannot be assigned a specific time. Meetings cannot be cleared, only deleted, after completion. etc. etc. etc. Need I say more? Uncle Bill - Are you listening? Or is it, Steve - Are you listening?)
Am I wrong?
Come on, Sage. Get with the 21st Century - multiple platforms - or wither. /end of rant
09-05-2008 01:13 PM
All I can tell you is, watch this space..... Enhanced support of these devices is absolutley part of our product strategy and near term product plans.
09-06-2008 11:27 AM
I read the document... Apparently, too high-level and too much tech-jargon for my brain. Didn't get what Sage is going to do with respect to Windows Mobile and/or Blackberry except it sounds as if Sage is going to the Handheld Contact model which, in my opinion, is overkill if it is the only option. Good idea for some, but what about those of us who do not need constant sync? How hard can it be to write ACT! for Mobile or ACT! for Blackberry? I don't want to spend an extra $250-$300 per year for constant sync as with Handheld Contact.
Finally, the document specifically mentioned development across different platforms for CRM, not ACT! Several places within the document drew a distinction between ACT! and CRM, so one could infer that development across different platforms for ACT! in an increasingly mobile business world is not part of the strategy(ies).
I would welcome the opportunity to purchase either ACT! for Mobile or ACT! for Blackberry. The Palm OS, in my opinion, is small and getting smaller. Plus, the mobile carriers are reducing their offerings of Palm OS smartphones. It cannot be that difficult to develop an application for either one.
K Glenn Cole, CPA
09-07-2008 03:33 PM
09-07-2008 04:28 PM
04-04-2009 12:25 PM
You might have a look at this post:
Especially the link at the bottom where Palm announced they are dropping PalmOS