11-27-2009 03:01 AM
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?
11-27-2009 08:59 AM
On old PC
Closed SQL via Manage Computer.
Copied the whole directory structure in ACT (in My docs)
On new PC
Installed the structure on the new PC
All the data is fine but the contact screen layout is the default.
12-01-2009 05:15 AM
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
12-02-2009 02:34 AM
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.
12-02-2009 08:11 AM
12-04-2009 02:57 AM
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 ?
12-04-2009 07:31 AM
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!