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Design Layout not on new PC

I mad some changes to my Contact design layout, adding a few new fields.

I copied the database to another PC and the changes aren't there.

Where are the changes stored please?

 

Thanks

Simon

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Re: Design Layout not on new PC

Did you copy the database or just the layout?
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Re: Design Layout not on new PC

On old PC

Closed SQL via Manage Computer.

Copied the whole directory structure in ACT (in My docs)

 

On new PC

Closed SQL 

Installed the structure on the new PC

Started SQL

 

All the data is fine but the contact screen layout is the default.

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Re: Design Layout not on new PC

Check the layout folder to see if your modified layout name is listed
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Re: Design Layout not on new PC

The only files in the layout folder, on the PC on which I made the changes, are:

 

Basic Company Layout - 800x600.aly + .cly + .gly

Basic Company Layout - 1024x768.aly + .cly + .gly

 

Simon

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Re: Design Layout not on new PC

Go to the same folder on the first machine and copy the files over.
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Re: Design Layout not on new PC

Thats what I'd done.

I coped the whoke folder structure in My docs under Act to the new PC.

That includes the layout folder.

 

I also tried selecting the other layout 800x600 but its still not showing my added fields.

 

Thanks 

Simon

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Re: Design Layout not on new PC

Did you actually check the files in the layout folder on the other machine?
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Re: Design Layout not on new PC

The Layout folder is under

C:\Users\PWD\Documents\ACT\ACT For Windows 10\Databases\PrintworksDirect-database files\Layouts

 

I closed SQL, via Computer/Manage

Used Explorer to copy the folder structure

ACT\ACT For Windows 10\Databases\PrintworksDirect-database files\Layouts

 

from the "from" pc to a memory stick.

 

I inserted the memort stick in the "to" pc and loaded up ACT. I then used the "open" function in ACT to open the database.

The Contact screen did not reflect the changes.

 

I then tried again by copy the folder structure into "My Documents" on the "to" PC and opened the database from this location.

Sam i.e. changes not there.

 

It would seem that the contact screen changes are held elsewhere, maybe in the program files folder ?

 

Simon

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Re: Design Layout not on new PC

Simon -

 

Not entirely sure what you got going on, but here are a couple of best practices moving forward that can help avoid these types of confusions...

 

1)  On the PC that will host the database, do not install/create the database in the defualt location that is in 'documents' - to combersome and challenging to manage.  We always create a folder on the root of the desired drive of the host system called simply '\ActData'.  All database are created/placed there.  This way you always know for sure where your databases (and their files) are.

2)  When customizing a layout - never customize the defaults - As soon as you open the layout to be changed in the designer, IMMEDIATELY do a 'Save as' and give it a new name.

3)  When naming the new layout file - always include the version number in the name - example:  'MyNewLayout-800-v1'.  Undoubtedly you will need to tweek this again in the future, so the updated version will by named 'MyNewLayout-800-v2', and so on.  Do not worry about having multiple files, they are small, and since they are named clearly, there is no room for confusion.

4)  Once you save the (soon to be updated) layout file to its new name, somewhere in a corner or some visible, but out of the way place - add a text control/label and enter the version number matching the file name version -i.e. - 'V1'., etc.  With each new version, you will update this to match the new version #.  This will give you and your users immediate feedback as to which file you are currently viewing.  Again - no guessing.

 

Hope this helps as you move forward with Act!