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on ‎03-04-2010 03:23 AM

I should also have included email address and web address fields too of course.


See also this idea for a similar approach to entering new contacts:  Drag and Drop Information


Part of the intention of my idea includes this idea: Automatically Create Companies from Contacts

by Nickel Super Contributor
on ‎03-12-2010 07:58 AM
Graham - eGrabber's Address Grabber = your time on beach
by Gold Contributor
on ‎03-13-2010 03:40 AM

I too would like to see an automated data entry facility in ACT!


As a half-way measure what I do is put a large memo field on the contact screen and then paste the name and address information from whatever source into that field. I then cut and paste from the memo field to the correct ACT! address fields. Saves flipping back and fourth between screens.


The most annoying example of this is if you Create a New Contact from Outlook, which pops up a window with the Contact name and Email address filled in, but won't then let you tab back to the original email to cut and paste the other information.



on ‎03-14-2010 01:31 PM

Hi Len, Address Grabber certainly looks useful. I'm not on ACT2010 yet which apparently is the version it is compatable with, but if and when I upgrade it will be one of the first things I will look at. I am still disappointed that I would have to buy an addon to make ACT - a specialist contact database - work efficiently at entering new contacts!!!

Do you use it yourself or have any first hand reports of how effective AddressGrabber is? In my concept I envisage having some measure of control over the movement of the data into the contact because of the sheer number of ways the raw info can be displayed on websites, web directories etc. There would be nothing worse than ending up with a whole pile of contact records to edit into some semblance of order. Hence the check box and drag and drop options I suggest in my idea.

Thanks for the suggestion.



on ‎03-14-2010 01:42 PM

H Jeff, I like your suggestion as an interim measure, pity we can't drag and drop as well, way quicker than copy/paste.

I take it you set the memo field up in Design Contact Layout? The downside is having a 1 use only field permantly in the contact layout. Mine is already pretty busy with a few custom fields added.  Where have you put the memo field?

I was thinking of maybe putting it on the bottom half of the layout, so I would slide the Tabs pane down to use it the once for data entry, then slide the Tabs pane back up once the contact is created so it is out of sight for everyday use. How does that sound?


Thanks again,