11-05-2013 02:08 AM
We are using ACT Pro 2013 networked by five workstations from an MS standard server 2011. We have two different databases and the users wish to have a different layout with each database. I can only see a way of having one layout per PC. Is there anyway of creating multiple layouts on each PC under PRO 2013?
I have read on the web that the answer may be to upgrade to premium, is this the case?
11-05-2013 02:37 AM
When modifying the ACT! layouts just give each one a different name (save as) then you can select the layout via the drop down list in the top right. They don't have to be named "Basic Contact Layout - 1024x768".
When logging on to different databases it will be up to the user to make sure that they select the correct layout they want to use. Or use the Same naming convention on each database.
11-05-2013 02:47 AM
11-07-2013 04:31 AM
Many thanks for your response.
The main problem we have is that we need two databases open at the same time as data is correlated between the two. We do not appear to be able to acheive this with Pro?
11-07-2013 05:41 AM
When I first started using ACT back in the 80's, I always wanted seperate dbs based on the overall theme of the data. I've since learned that it is better to put everythig in one database and make extensive use of the Id/Status field. In my db I mix customers, prospects, vendors, friends, and family.
As a single user, I don't need to mark contacts as priviate, but in a shared db that would be very valuable to me.
Give some consideration to using 1 db and modify the layout(s) so that one will work for both; otherwise, just change the layout as needed.
Just my two cents worth.
11-07-2013 07:16 AM
I have a client who has purchased additional computers for the users who need two databases open at the same time. They therefore have two screens on their desks, one for each database.
If there's only one user with this requirement, an inexpensive alternative solution is for them to RDP (Remote Desktop) onto the server to access the other database.
Third solution is to upgrade to Premium and set up Act for Web on the server. Users then view DB1 from the installed Act! on their PCs and DB2 via Internet explorer.
As a variation on the theme, I also have another client who has Installed Act! locally and we host the Web database so there's no requirement to set up a web-server on site.
As you can see, all but one of these solutions involved additional cost to achieve.